Galeton boys back in states for first time in 10 years

WELLSBORO – When Galeton’s Dakota Shadle went to the locker room mid-way through the fourth quarter with an apparent leg injury; Galeton fans began to worry about their star player and began to wonder if their team would reach states for the first time since 2003. Minutes later, like Clark Kent emerging from a phone booth, Shadle emerged from the locker room to score 11 points in the fourth quarter and overtime to lead Galeton to a district medal and a berth in the PIAA state playoffs with a 57-46 overtime win over NTL-II champion Mansfield Saturday afternoon at Wellsboro. Galeton will play District 11 champion Mahanoy Area at a District 11 site to be determined on Friday.

Shadle, a 1,000-point scorer, had 23 points, 12 rebounds and three steals in Galeton’s biggest win in years.

“If it wasn’t for my teammates I would’ve never had an opportunity like this to help us win,” said Shadle.

Shadle started out slow but came alive when his team needed him the most, as he scored 17 second half points and hit big buckets the whole day. His most impressive shot came at the end of the third quarter when he hit a pull up three as time expired to break a 32-all tie. He also hit a free throw with 34 seconds remaining to give Galeton a three-point lead and that would prove to be crucial as Mansfield’s Ryan Campbell hit two threes in the final 34 seconds to force overtime.

Despite the collapse, Galeton stayed strong and outscored Mansfield 11-0 in overtime.

Sophomore Jake Batterson (15 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists) also had one of his best games of his career and was big down the stretch hitting some late free throws. Batterson was just one of the underclassmen to step up in Galeton’s biggest game in nearly 10 years.

“Jake and the other sophomores have been with me since fourth grade and we’ve been in a lot of tournaments over the years and he’s clutch, he just comes up when you need him,” said Galeton coach Rick Smith. “All my kids off the bench played very well, I had kids off the bench that didn’t have a lot of minutes that came in, did a very good job for me and I was very happy with them.”

Senior center Bob Williams (8 points, 13 rebounds, 3 blocks) had a big game as he led a dominant defensive effort in which Galeton controlled the paint and contained Mansfield stand-out Bo Burleigh.

“We wanted to see if we could shut down Burleigh, or at least control him, he’s going to get his,” said Smith. “But we wanted to make him work for it and I thought we did a pretty good job of that.”

Burleigh had a good game (13 points, 10 rebounds) as did Brady Andrews (6 rebounds, 5 assists) and Campbell (12 points) but Mansfield didn’t come out with much energy and struggled shooting the ball as it shot 32-percent from the field. Mansfield struggled in the half court with Galeton’s 2-3 defense and couldn’t get out on the break. Despite all the struggles, Mansfield still had a chance at the end thanks to Campbell’s shooting but wouldn’t take the lead as it wouldn’t score a single point in overtime. Possibly due to the loss of Burleigh and Zaparzyski who fouled out in the fourth quarter.

“I’m happy for the Galeton kids, they got a medal and an opportunity to compete in the state tournament,” Mansfield coach Kipper Burleigh. “I’m real disappointed for our lone senior Brady Andrews and for our kids. We worked hard but when it mattered most, we couldn’t get it done.”

Galeton (57)

Dakota Shadle 5 12-16 23, Bob Williams 2 4-4 8, Mitchell Smith 0 0-0 0, Mckinley Ward 2 0-0 4, Jake Batterson 4 5-8 15, Zach Brown 1 0-0 2, Hunter Rachiele 1 2-4 5, John Parsell 0 0-0 0, Tyler Dugan 0 0-0 0. Totals 15 23-32 57.

Mansfield (46)

Brady Andrews 2 0-0 5, Bo Burleigh 6 1-4 13, Bryce Zaparzynski 0 0-0 0, Chandler Correll 0 3-6 3, Jarrod Burd 3 0-0 9, Ryan Campbell 4 0-0 12, J.P. Shaw 2 0-0 4, Brock Burleigh 0 0-0 0, Jordan Williams 0 0-0 0. Totals 17 4-10 46.

Galeton 14 10 11 11 11- 57

Mansfield 11 9 12 14 0- 46

3-pointers: Galeton 4 (Batterson 2, Shadle, Rachiele); Mansfield 8 (Campbell 4, Burd 3, Andrews)

Records: Galeton (18-7); Mansfield (19-6)

Next game: Galeton vs. Mahanoy Area, March 7