WELLSVILLE — To come out third in the Top Gun Tournament would be pretty good, Brock Campbell said.
His team will get a shot at that 3:15 p.m. today in the third-place game of the tournament hosted at Wellsville High School, 602 Walnut St., Wellsville, against Nemaha Central. The Lady Eagles fell to undefeated, top-seeded Baldwin 65-47 Thursday in the semifinals. Nemaha Central lost to Piper 39-31 the same day.
“We are going from one of the best teams in 4A to one of the best teams in 3A,” Campbell, WHS head girls basketball coach, said. “If we come out third in this tournament, I think that is still pretty good.”
The Lady Eagles played a much tighter game against Baldwin than the score indicates. Despite falling behind 17-5 after the first quarter, Wellsville put up 22 points in the second thanks to a combined 15 points from Demi Aamold, sophomore, and Paige McDaniel, junior. Baldwin led 33-28 at the half.
“We were trying to slow them down a bit because we know they run,” Campbell said. “I actually thought we did a pretty good job of that in the first half. We got them in foul trouble, we got to the free throw line and we made our free throws. That kept us in it. They just keep running at you.”
Wellsville again got behind when the Lady Bulldogs started the third quarter on a 14-2 run. WHS got back in it thanks to a nine-point swing with less than 45 seconds left in the period. Back-to-back three pointers by Sydney Dwyer, senior, and Aamold started the run, and Dwyer capped it off with a basket and one with four seconds left. Baldwin’s lead was cut to 48-41.
The Lady Eagles got within 51-44 in the fourth quarter. Baldwin pushed the lead to 57-44, and ran the clock down to 1:48 before WHS was forced to foul. Wellsville couldn’t connect on key shots in the final minutes, and Baldwin iced the game from the foul line.
Aamold finished with 16 points for the Lady Eagles. McDaniel and Dwyer added 11 apiece.
Baldwin’s Abby Ogle, senior, led all scorers with 24 points.
Baldwin (65) — A. Ogle 24, Stewart 11, Gere 8, Kurtz 7, Lindenmeyer 6, Markley 5, K. Ogle 4.
Wellsville (47) — Aamold 16, McDaniel 11, Dwyer 11, Showalter 5, McCoy 4.