Wellsboro goes coast-to-coast with the lead to down Southern Columbia 53-28 in the semifinals of the District 4 AAA Tournament.

By: Brett R. Crossley | Towanda Daily Review | February 28, 2018


WILLIAMSPORT — At the beginning of the second quarter, Brandyn Tuttle rebounded a ball off a missed free throw and quickly put the ball back up.

He was fouled on the attempt and quickly buried both shots. The rebound was a small portion of the game, but one that occurred throughout the night. Wellsboro displayed a clear advantage on the glass and made it difficult to penetrate its defense, adding up a dominant 53-28 win over Southern Columbia in the semifinal round of the District 4 Class AAA tournament.

The win will set No. 1 Wellsboro up with a contest against No. 2 Loyalsock, which defeated Hughesville 58-36 to advance to the championship. Southern Columbia will take on Hughesville in the consolation round with a chance still to reach the PIAA Class AAA Tournament.

Tuttle was the show throughout the night. He dominated the glass, finishing with 15 rebounds to go with his 23 points. It was his 18th double-double of the season.

"He has put in a ton of time this summer to make himself better," Wellsboro coach Todd Outman said. "He has a complete game. It's all about the time he put in over the summer. It's just awesome to watch."

Tuttle, who led all scorers with 23 points, made it difficult on Southern Columbia throughout the night. Tuttle pulled down two rebounds and scored two points in the opening quarter. He then exploded in the second, scoring the Green Hornets' first six points. He went on to finish the eight minute stretch with nine points and eight rebounds.

"My teammates were working and we had a bunch of mismatches inside and my teammates noticed it," Tuttle said. "Our team overall, we're a pretty good rebounding team. One thing our coach really stresses if we can control the boards then it should be our game."

It was the Green Hornets' game early and late as they continued to control the glass. Wellsboro scored 19 points through the third quarter. Tuttle has 10 of those points. He finished with a double-double, pulling down 14 rebounds and scoring 23 points.

"I surprised he doesn't get more tired, because he just works endlessly," Outman said. "Anytime you're missing some of the shots that you don't normally miss, it's huge when you get two-for-one opportunities. It was a huge part of the game tonight."

Tuttle led the way with 23, but Collin Pietropola and Dalton Prough also had big nights. Both scored 12 points, with Prough also adding three rebounds, a block, and a steal.

"They were aggressive," Southern Columbia coach Joey Britto said. "They played 100 percent speed all the way through. They really made the guards uncomfortable and I have really good guards that handle the ball most of the time, so Wellsboro did a good job."

Wellsboro's guards were the main reason Southern Columbia just couldn't reach the paint for high percentage shots. The Tigers were forced to shot from outside and the results were not good.

Through the opening eight minutes Southern Columbia missed all but two shots from the field. Brett Szuler and Jake Davis scored and Elijah Dobson added two points from the free throw line.

"The game plan was to be a little bit patient," Britto said. "I felt like they sped up. Some of the shots we were getting weren't normal shots we would take."

The Tigers only managed two makes from the field in the second quarter. Tobias Walden hit a two and Dobson added a three, but the rest of the team finished 0-for-6.


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Brett Crossley has been covering sports in the area for more than a decade. Through that work he has built close community relationships with athletes, coaches, and athletic directors. In 2013 and 2015 he won Keystone Press Awards for Sports Story of the Year. He has worked as a photographer, columnist, beat writer, and sports editor.