Hartloff hits OT game-winner as Hornets win

FORESTVILLE – Forestville sophomore Dylan Szumigala did exactly what was instructed of him in the final seconds of overtime Thursday during Hornets’ non-league boys high school basketball contest against West Valley (2-8, 3-13).

With the ball in the corner, Szumigala drove baseline. He missed the shot, but teammate Wayne Hartloff got the offensive rebound and the putback with :2.1 left on the clock for the 58-56 victory.

“It’s good,” Forestville coach Ralph Jackson said of the win. “Especially having a sophomore step up like that. We were looking to get to the hole or to the foul line. They ran what I wanted them to run. I told Dylan, ‘If you get the ball in the corner, drive to the basket.’ He did what I wanted and Wayne crashed from the high post and got the putback.”

After falling behind, 13-8, after the first quarter, the home team cut the lead, 20-18 at halftime. In the third quarter, the Hornets (1-9, 4-12) outscored the visitors, 25-17. However, the Panthers went on a 12-6 run in the final frame to send the game into overtime.

In the extra session, Forestville outscored West Valley, 9-7, capped off by Hartloff’s game-winner.

“It was up and down,” Jackson said. “They had the lead in the first and we had a 6-point lead and they took the lead back. It was a great game. The kids played with such effort. We had 18 offensive rebounds. We have been losing a lot of games by 10 points or eight points. Tonight I was very pleased with the effort. We were tying the ball up and diving on the floor. They got after it tonight.”

Helping the Hornets was the 3-point shooting of Adam Pleva as he connected on five shots from behind the arc on his way to a game-high 18 points. Hartloff finished with 10 points while Paul Davis had 11 rebounds and seven steals. Connor Stone had eight rebounds and Szumigala finished with five rebounds and seven steals.

Forestville returns to action Tuesday when it hosts Franklinville.