Westview girls basketball coach Randy Yoder was hoping that senior standouts Skyler Carpenter and Jeslyn Zimmerly could have one last ride on a sectional title train.
Unfortunately for Yoder and the Lady Warriors, a rugged pride of Bremen Lions canceled their boarding passes.
Led by Jenna Pfeiffer’s 17 points, Bremen shocked Westview, 51-45 in the Class 2A sectional Tuesday night in Emma. The result was a reversal of the Lady Warriors’ 58-46 win at Bremen back in December.
“It would have been nice for Skyler and Jess to get one more sectional championship, but Bremen made the plays when they had to we did not,” said Yoder of his senior stars, who were starters on Westview’s 2010 sectional title squad. “Bremen got to the line a lot more this time around and hurt us on the boards.”
Westview took its biggest lead of the game (37-33) midway through the fourth quarter on a rebound goal by Amber Roth. But Pfeiffer came right back to score a three-point play and then hit a free throw to knot the count at 37-all.
“That was a big point in the game,” stated Yoder. “After that, things seemed to go Bremen’s way.”
The Lady Lions surged to a 45-40 lead with three minutes remaining. Zimmerly was then fouled while attempting a three-point shot, and the senior calmly swished all three charity tosses to cut the margin to two.
After two Bremen free throws increased the difference to 47-43, Carpenter drove for a deuce to bring Westview within two once again. However, Sara Slabaugh ended any hopes of a Lady Warrior victory when she nailed four straight foul shots in the final 27 seconds.
Slabaugh finished with 11 points and Kailee Feldman 10 to follow Pfeiffer on the Bremen scoresheet.
Carpenter tallied 20 points and Zimmerly 12 to pace the Lady Warriors, who wind up the campaign 10-11. Carpenter finishes her hoops career with 1048 points, ranking her third on the all-time Lady Warrior scoring list behind Tiffany Fisher (1510) and Jamie Gallmeyer (1315).
“It’s a tough pill to swallow right now, but it’s been a very rewarding year,” summed up Yoder. “I can’t say enough about the leadership and hard work put in by Skyler and Jess. Their speed allowed us to do so many things we haven’t been able to do in past years.”
Bremen (13-8) will tangle with Prairie Heights (13-7) in the second semifinal game Friday night. The 6 p.m. opener pits Fremont (13-9), which hammered Central Noble, 56-24 Tuesday, against LaVille (6-14). Winners of those game return to Westview Saturday at 7:30 p.m. to vie for the championship.
Scoring by quarters
WV 13 7 10 15 -45
BR 10 12 10 19 -51
Jeslyn Zimmerly 4, 4-6, 12; Skyler Carpenter 8, 4-5, 20; Amber Roth 2, 0-0, 5; Brooke Yoder 3, 0-1, 8; Olivia Miller 0, 0-0, 0; Brooke Schwartz 0, 0-0, 0; Kayla Yoder 0, 0-0, 0; Rachelle Whitaker 0, 0-2, 0; Totals 17, 8-14, 45
Three-point field goals 3 (B. Yoder 2, Roth 1); Team Fouls 20 (Fouled Out: Zimmerly)
Megan Stouder 0, 0-0, 0; Jenna Pfeiffer 5, 7-12, 17; Sara Slabaugh 3, 5-6, 11; Allison Shorter 3, 2-4, 8; Brooke Baker 2, 1-2, 5; Kailee Feldman 4, 2-2, 10; Totals 17, 17-26, 51
Three-point field goals 0; Team Fouls 14 (Fouled Out: None)