Eagles fall victim to hot-shooting Blue Devils
MEADVILLE, Pa. – The third time wasn’t the charm for the Youngsville Eagles on Friday.
After losing two competitive games to Cambridge Springs in the regular season, the two teams met in the District 10 Class 2A third-place game with plenty on the line despite both having already qualified for the state tournament.
It was the Blue Devils who controlled things right from the opening tip en route to a 78-43 at Meadville High School.
With the win, they advance to play District 6 runner-up Portage, while the Eagles draw WPIAL champion Our Lady of Sacred Heart.
“I’m assuming they said after their loss in the semifinal that they’re going to take it out on Youngsville and that’s exactly what they did,” said Youngsville coach Jesse DeLoof. “Credit to them for that. From the tip to the final bell, they dominated us. We weren’t ready to go and I will take full responsibility for that.”
The Blue Devils (22-4) completely took out Eagles senior big man Gage Hendrickson, holding him without a point.
Cambridge Springs took a 24-8 lead after the first quarter, but the Eagles (19-7) were briefly able to get back in the game.
Brady Olewine and Austin Peterson each knocked down 3’s in the second quarter as YHS cut the margin to 13 at the half, 39-26.
That was short-lived, however, as Lance Welker, who finished with a game-high 19 points, hit four 3’s in the third, as Cambridge Springs outscored Youngsville 32-6 in the period.
“The effort and focus just wasn’t there tonight,” DeLoof said.
Welker led four Cambridge Springs players in double figures, while Olewine had 11, Peterson 10 and Ethan Kesterholt and Timber Bower seven each for the Eagles.
The PIAA will release sites and times for the state playoff games on Sunday.
“We’ll have a week of practice to improve and get better for next Saturday,” DeLoof said. “Be better today then you were yesterday, be better tomorrow then you were today is our mantra. That’s what Youngsville basketball is and we’re going to keep working.”
Hendrickson 0-0-2-0, Mack 2-0-0-4, Kesterholt 3-1-1-7, Olewine 5-0-0-11, Peterson 4-0-0-10, Bower 3-0-0-7, Dell 2-0-0-4, Procter 0-0-0-0, Totals 19-1-3-43
CAMBRIDGE SPRINGS (78)
Andrews 3-0-0-7, Bidwell 0-1-2-1, Welker 7-0-0-19, Taylor 6-0-0-15, Luktisch 0-2-2-2, Spaid 0-0-0-0, Held 4-0-0-8, Wheeler 5-0-0-10, Leandro 0-0-0-0, Smith 0-0-0-0, Shinsky 6-2-3-14, Kingsley 1-0-0-2, Totals 32-5-7-78
Youngsville 8 18 6 11 – 43
Cambridge Springs 24 15 32 7 – 78
Three-point FGs: Youngsville (4) – Peterson 2, Olewine, Bower ; Cambridge Springs (9) – Welker 5, Taylor 3, Andrews