McDonald - The stage was all set for the Wellsville girls' basketball team to win a big game on the road and for senior Mikyla Tipton to set a school record for scoring.
Unfortunately, McDonald had other ideas as they handed the Tigers a 55-38 loss with Tipton having a team high 20-points, just four short of the record mark.
"We lost our intensity tonight," Tigers' head coach Ed Swogger said. "Some games we have good intensity, and some games we don't, and tonight we didn't have it. I don't know why."
"It's 50-50, but I'd rather win and get it at the same time," Tipton said about breaking the record in a win rather than a loss. "Rather than to loose and get it, so it's kind of like yeah for me, but my team still loss, so it would still be a disappointment."
The Tigers dug themselves an early hole as the Devils would jump out in the first period to an 18-6 lead, but to the Tigers credit, they battled back. They would outscore the Devils in the second stanza 15-10 to close the gap to 7-points at halftime with the Devils up 28-21 at the break.
The third period is when the game really turned as the Devils outscored the Tigers 17-4 in the third period. Coach Swogger and Tipton both pointed to the lack of intensity starting the second half as a big factor in the game.
McDonald 55, Wellsville 38
WE (38): Irene Kiser 0 0-1 0, Shartece Taylor 1 2-2 4, Kallee' Powell 3 0-0 6, Rilee Livolsi 2 0-0 4, Mikyla Tipton 7 6-10 20, Courtney Cook 1 0-0 2, Amanda Coles 1 0-0 2. TOTALS: 15 8-13 38.
MD (55): Eckman 4 4-7 12, Novak 2 1-2 5, Ellis 0 0-1 0, Stanley 5 7-9 23, Stellmar 2 0-0 4, Kraynek 0 0-0 0, Streb 3 5-5 11, Politano 0 0-0 0. TOTALS: 16 17-24 55.
WE 06-15-04-13 - 38
MD 18-10-17-10 - 55
"We just lost intensity, and they were out working us on the boards," Tipton explained. "They were just beating us up and down the floor."
"We came out flat in the third quarter," Swogger said. "We just couldn't gain any momentum. Too many turnovers, and we put them at the foul line way too much. It was just us coming out cold. When they came out in man, that was a little bit different, so no they really didn't do anything different."
As far as the performance by Tipton, Swogger had plenty of praise for his senior guard.
"She plays hard all the time no matter what the score is. For her to be this close to the record and she should get it on Wednesday at home, which would be even more special getting it on senior night. I can't say enough good things about her."
"We really worried about Tipton scoring. She is a great scorer, and she gets the ball inside and its two-points. So we really tried to keep the ball away from her. She is a great player, so we tried to stop her and if we do that, then good things would happen," Devils' head coach Rob Hilbun remarked about Tipton.