The question will take weeks to answer, but there wasn’t much disagreement between Wadsworth players and coaches that Tuesday’s 65-63 double-overtime win at Medina could be a season-changer.
Not only did the Grizzlies (8-4, 4-3), who trail Revere by three games in the Suburban League race, upend what many felt was Medina County’s best team, but they also showed an incredible amount of fortitude by persevering through multiple tough moments.
“That was just an unbelievable effort, and that’s what brought us back was our all-out effort,” third-year coach Mike Schmeltzer Jr. said. “During those overtimes, we didn’t force much and didn’t quit battling. It’s a huge win.”
Wadsworth fell behind 15-5 in the first quarter and clawed its way back to take the lead. The Grizzlies then relinquished it during the third quarter thanks to a technical foul, but scored the final five points of regulation to force overtime.
Most important, Wadsworth, led by junior center Josh Kipfer’s 25 points and 15 rebounds, didn’t back down from the very physical Bees, who pride themselves on wearing opponents down with their size and strength.
No one exemplified the Grizzlies’ resilience more than senior Tate Moore. The point guard was 0-for-5 shooting through the first 30 minutes, yet responded with the game-tying 3-pointer in the fourth quarter and the game-winner from the wing in the second overtime.
“We needed him to do that because that’s what you need a senior point guard to do: Go out and be a leader,” Schmeltzer said.
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