SHEFFIELD, Pa. – Games are often won and lost at the free-throw line and Sheffield went 8-10 from the line in the fourth quarter to seal a 52-42 win over county rival Youngsville Monday night.
(Sheffield’s Tony Richards. Photo by Cody Elms.)
Tony Richards had 23 points to lead the Wolverines while Joe Mack had 15 for the Eagles.
The Wolverines improved to 4-1, continuing their rapid improvement under first-year head coach Jordan Copley.
Buckets from Dominic Dell, Brady Olewine and Timber Bower got Youngsville within two, 42-40, in the fourth quarter, before Sheffield closed the game on a 10-2 run thanks to Richards and Tyler Hepinger.
The duo scored all of Sheffield’s points in the fourth quarter, with Hepinger adding eight of his 15 markers in the final eight minutes.
Hepinger, who added four steals, talked about the win afterward:
The game was back-and-forth right from the get-go, with neither team able to gain much of an advantage.
Mack scored nine of his points in the first quarter for the Eagles, as the two teams traded buckets for most of the first half.
Dell had six-straight points in the second quarter for the Eagles, but it was Sheffield that led, 24-21 at halftime.
An Olewine three gave Youngsville (2-6) a 32-30 lead at the midway point of the third quarter before Sheffield hit back-to-back 3’s courtesy of Connor Johnson and Richards.
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