HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS' BASKETBALL: West Shamokin's record-setting season ends in WPIAL playoffs
IMPERIAL — Seton-LaSalle might have ended West Shamokin’s season Tuesday night, but the loss won’t erase the Wolves from the history books.
The Wolves were no match for the top seed in the WPIAL Class AA playoffs and lost, 61-33, in a first-round girls’ playoff game at West Allegheny High School, bringing to an end the best season in school history.
While the loss stung, it won’t be the lasting image of a season filled with positives, said second-year coach Judd McCullough, who led the Wolves to a 12-11 record last season in his first season, one year after they went 1-21. McCullough is 25-22 in his first two seasons.
West Shamokin finished third in Section 1-AA to qualify for the playoffs for just the third time in 14 seasons since the formation of the school before the 2000-01 school year.
The Wolves’ third-place finish in the section was their best ever, they matched their single-season wins record with a 12-10 regular season, and they earned the second playoff win in school history. They set the new wins record Friday with their 13th victory, 27-21 over Riverview in a WPIAL preliminary-round playoff game.
West Shamokin also made the playoffs in 2009-10 and 2012-13, the same two seasons they had previously won 12 games.
On Tuesday night, the Wolves managed to stay with the Rebels in the first quarter by keeping the game at their preferred slow, deliberate pace. But Seton-LaSalle hit its stride in the second quarter and never looked back, outscoring West Shamokin 27-7 to take a 41-13 lead into halftime.
Kelly Clowser scored a game-high 12 points for the Wolves.
Shaunay Edmonds had 11 points to lead Seton-LaSalle and Yacine Diop had 10.
West Shamokin closed its season at 13-11.