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Angola Girls cruise over Westview


Angola cruised into the NECC girls basketball tournament semifinals with a 57-31 dismantling of host Westview Wednesday night.

The No. 5 (3A) Lady Hornets, who battered Churubusco (65-25) in first-round action Tuesday, will take a 14-game winning streak into their semifinal tilt against Fairfield this Friday night at Westview. The Lady Falcons fended off Lakeland, 43-29 in Wednesday’s quarterfinals to earn their shot at Angola.

West Noble and Fremont will clash in the other semifinal game Friday night in Ligonier. The Lady Chargers handled Hamilton (72-30) and Eastside (65-24) in their first two games, while the Lady Eagles caged Central Noble (57-26) Wednesday.

The girls championship game will take place Saturday night in Angola starting at 6 p.m.

Rachel and Ericka Rinehart led Angola in its win over Westview. Rachel dropped in 16 markers and Ericka chipped in 13.

Joining the Rineharts in double figures on the Lady Hornet scoresheet was Caty Hoffman with 10 points.

Brooke Yoder canned a trio of three-point shots en route to a team-high 14 points for the 7-8 Lady Warriors. Skyler Carpenter contributed 12 points, six rebounds and four assists to the Westview effort. Brooke Schwartz snared four caroms.

The Lady Warriors upended Prairie Heights, 51-39 in first-round action Tuesday in Emma. Leading by four (27-23) at the halftime break, the hosts broke the game open with a 15-7 spurt in the third quarter.

Carpenter spearheaded the Westview cause with 13 points and 13 rebounds. Amber Roth delivered 12 points and five assists, while Brooke Yoder sank 10 points.

Shawna Carbone and Logan Penick each had nine points for the Lady Panthers, who will host Churubusco in a consolation game Thursday.

Lakeland scored the last 11 points of the first half to pull within four (18-14) of Fairfield in their quarterfinal contest Wednesday in LaGrange. But the Lady Falcons responded by netting the initial six markers of the second half to go up by 10 and never led by less than eight points after that.

Becca Kropf paced Fairfield with 13 points. Ellen Line was next with 11.

For the Lady Lakers, who travel to Central Noble Thursday night for a consolation game against the Lady Cougars, Lauren McKibben led the way with seven points and three assists. Lexie Myers snagged five rebounds.