WELLSVILLE — Hard work and dedication has put the Lady Eagles back in the state tournament, Sydney Dwyer said.
For the first time since 2015, the Wellsville High School girls basketball team will compete in the 3A state tournament March 7-10 at Hutchinson Sports Arena, 1300 N. Plum St., Hutchinson. Wellsville (18-4) plays 4:45 p.m. Thursday as the No. 6 seed against the No. 3 seed Thomas More Prep (20-2).
“We’re excited,” Brock Campbell, WHS head girls basketball coach, said. “We feel like we can really do something when we get there.”
Campbell noted he has been working his team hard in preparation for the postseason. Dwyer, senior guard, echoed Campbell, saying that is exactly how the Lady Eagles have got this far.
“This team has been amazing,” Dwyer said following Wellsville’s sub-state championship win Saturday. “No matter what, we always have someone there to step up. It is a great group of girls and I’m so blessed to be able to play with them.”
The Lady Eagles steamrolled top-seeded Eureka 67-31 in the sub-state championship game at WHS to earn the state bid. A three-point bucket by Dwyer put Wellsville up 30-14 at the five minute mark in the second quarter in a game that was never close. The home team led 37-22 at the break, and outscored Eureka 30-9 in the second half, including a 21-5 run in the third quarter.
“I thought we were extremely prepared for [the sub-state championship game],” Campbell said. “I thought we played great offensively and defensively. We definitely stepped it up and played hard the entire game. I was extremely proud of them.”
Dwyer led all scorers with 21 points, going 4-5 from the foul line and sinking three shots from beyond the arc. Sophomore guards Demi Aamold and Maddie McCoy had 16 and 13 points, respectively.
Eureka’s Madelyn Koop, freshman, had 15 points, 11 of which were scored in the first half.
Wellsville (67) — Dwyer 21, Aamold 16, McCoy 13, McDaniel 8, Newhouse 5, Ball 3, Showalter 1.
Eureka (31) — Koop 15, Escareno 6, Ptacek 6, Vinson 2, Hoover 2.