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Eagles present challenge to Tigers

March 8, 2013
Salem News

WELLSVILLE - Wellsville was on the cusp of meeting a familiar foe in its upcoming Division IV district championship. Then came Daylen Williams.

Williams, a senior from Youngstown Christian, made a last-second three-pointer to lift his Eagles to a 52-51 victory over No. 2 seeded Mogadore. Wellsville had lost to Mogadore, 63-50, in its district final last year.

Despite the potential rematch with Mogadore being spoiled, Wellsville needs no extra motivation for its matchup with Youngstown Christian. Despite the Eagles' daunting full-court press and aggressive defensive play, the Tigers believe they are up to the task.

"We've been doing a lot of running and conditioning," Wellsville coach David Thompson said. "We've been seeing teams wear down as the game goes on when they play us.

"They are very quick and they love to use that full-court press to create a lot of traffic. They are always attacking."

One of Youngstown Christian's most explosive players is Williams. After scoring a game high 23 points in the district semifinal against Mogadore, Williams is averaging a team-best 17.4 points a game this year.

"How we handle him is the key to the game," Thompson said. "He can shoot outside, penetrate, draw fouls. We're going to have to contain him."

Wellsville is relying on its conditioning - as well as one of its best defenders, junior Camden Douglas - to slow down Williams.

"It's all about helping each other out," Douglas said. "He's quick with the ball and has very good ball handling skills. Our speed is one of our strongest points. We love to run and wear down the other team."

Youngstown Christian, the No. 8 seed, is coached by Dolph Carroll. A former assistant coach at Youngstown State University, Carroll has led the Eagles to a 14-8 record this season, including winning seven straight games after a 7-8 start.

Offensively, Wellsville is led by junior Nate Scott. Scott is shooting 70 percent from the floor this season and is averaging 21 points per game this season.

"He does everything right," Thompson said. "He reads the floor, finds the opening, and hits the shot."

"We like to get a lot of fast break baskets," Scott said. "Our plan is to spread the floor out and find the open looks."

Wellsville will take on Youngstown Christian in their Div. IV district final at 7 p.m. on Friday at Struthers Fieldhouse.

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