MOUNT STERLING -- The Wethersfield boys' basketball started in a rut, nearly climbed back to the top only to fall down again.|
After getting within one point after the third quarter, the Flying Geese could not get defensive stops when it needed down the stretch. All that led to a 65-54 loss to Mendon Unity in a Class 1A Brown County Sectional semifinal on Thursday night.
Wethersfield (25-7) was outscored 23-13 in the fourth and forced one turnover.
"They went to their five-out motion and it was very difficult for us to guard," Wethersfield coach Jeff Parsons said. "We saw them numerous times and knew that once they got the lead (in) the last four or five minutes they were going five-out motion and they run it very, very well."
The Mustangs (20-11) advance to tonight's sectional championship against Adams County rival Payson Seymour. Wethersfield sees its season end.
The problem for the Flying Geese was shooting as they shot 37.3 percent (19 of 51) from the field. In the tide-turning fourth quarter, they hit six of their 18 attempts.
"We normally shoot the ball real well, and our stat sheet said we shot it at about 28 percent," Parsons said. "We usually shoot it over 40 (percent) and we just missed some bunnies."
Wethersfield trailed 21-12 after one and 35-28 at the half. A 13-7 run in the third quarter pulled the deficit to one point with one quarter left.
But the Mustangs maintained the lead and used their ball-control offense to seal the win.
"We trapped and got physical, but we just couldn't get the ball from them," Parsons said. "If we have the lead, we do the same thing."
Lane Davis led Unity with a game-high 22 points. Trevor Lay paced the Flying Geese with 18 and Kegan Jacobson added 16 more.
"I'm proud of our guys," Parsons said. "I think we're even with any team in this sectional."