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Lady Warriors win sectional

Check off one more goal accomplished by the Westview girls basketball team.

A little over a week after securing the NECC regular-season championship, the Lady Warriors rolled to a second straight 2A sectional title at Central Noble. Coach Randy Yoder’s crew clinched the crown with a 75-55 pummeling of county rival Prairie Heights Saturday night in Albion.

“Our goals at Westview are to win championships and cut down nets and I couldn’t be happier for a group of girls than I am for this one,” said Yoder, who has guided the Lady Warriors to five sectional crowns over the past 10 seasons. “We’ve fought through some adversity this year and did so with our defense and unselfishness on offense.”

The title tilt was a perfect testament of Yoder’s description of his squad. Though 6-1 sophomore center Maria McCoy would end up leading Westview with 30 points, it was the scoring of less-heralded juniors Sidney Byrkett and Kristen Duff who helped turn what had been a tightly-fought affair into a rout.

Byrkett tallied a season-high 14 points, half of which came in the second period that ended with Westview holding a 36-24 advantage. Duff canned a career-best 18 markers on six field goals and a perfect, 6-6 effort from the foul stripe.

“Prairie Heights had played a triangle-and-two defense against Fremont in the semifinals, so we figured they would do something similar to try and limit Brooke (Yoder) and Grace (Hales),” cited Yoder. “We knew that would leave some openings for our other players and Maria, Sidney and Kristen stepped up and hit some big shots.”

McCoy, held scoreless in the second quarter, erupted for 17 points in the third to help push the Lady Warrior lead to 19 (59-40). The Westview center finished with 10 field goals and went 10-11 from the charity line.

“I believe that the two Fairfield games were the turning point for our season,” Yoder said. “When we lost to Fairfield in the NECC tournament, everyone took that kind of hard. A week later when we came from nine points down to defeat them on the same court, it restored our confidence and we’ve been playing well ever since.”

The Lady Warriors will take a 19-3 record into the 2A regional to be played at Rensselaer Central this Saturday. Their opponent will be 14-6 Winamac, which won its own sectional with a 57-47 victory over North Judson.

“We can reach another one of our goals – a 20-win season – if we beat Winamac,” remarked Yoder. “After our showing in the regional last year (a 71-48 loss to Fort Wayne Luers) I know our girls are anxious to get another chance.

“It’s overwhelming to me, at times, how privileged I am to be working with such talented kids, a tremendous coaching staff and a very supportive community,” Yoder added. “There’s no place I’d rather be coaching than at Westview.”

Seniors Tressa Terry and Shawna Carbone led Prairie Heights with 18 and 15 points, respectively. The Lady Panthers finished the season with an 11-11 record.

GAME SUMMARY

Westview 75

Prairie Heights 55

Scoring by quarters

     WV    16    20    23    16    -75

      PH     11    13    16    15    -55

Westview

Sidney Byrkett 6, 1-2, 14; Kaitlyn Warren 0, 0-0, 0; Brooke Yoder 0, 2-2, 2; Karis Brewer 0, 0-0, 0; Grace Hales 3, 3-4, 10; Riley Hochstetler 0, 0-2, 0; Kristen Duff 6, 6-6, 18; Brooke Wigner 0, 0-0, 0; Maria McCoy 10, 10-11, 30; Taylor Eash 0, 1-2, 1; Taryn Pruitt 0, 0-0, 0; Totals 25, 23-29, 75

Three-point field goals 2 (Byrkett 1, Hales 1); Team Fouls 17 (Fouled Out: None)

Prairie Heights

Alicia Beechy 2, 1-2, 5; Shawna Carbone 4, 7-9, 15; Havanna Kleeberg 0, 1-2, 1; McKenzie Kain 2, 3-4, 9; Terris Elkins 0, 0-0, 0; Jordon LeMay 0, 0-0, 0; Haley Kleeberg 1, 2-2, 4; Saige Dunafin 0, 0-0, 0; Rene Lewis 1, 0-0, 3; Tressa Terry 6, 2-4, 18; Totals 16, 16-23, 55

Three-point field goals 7 (Terry 4, Kain 2, Lewis 1); Team Fouls 20 (Fouled Out: H. Kleeberg, Carbone)

 

 

Westview and Prairie Heights punched their tickets to the championship game of the Central Noble sectional with semifinal wins Friday night.

The defending champion Lady Warriors rode the 20-point effort of Brooke Yoder to a 63-45 romp over Bremen. Yoder canned six of Westview’s seven three-pointers in the contest. Five of the triples came in the first half, helping the Lady Warriors open up a 32-18 lead.

Teammates Maria McCoy and Grace Hales joined Yoder in double figures with 14 and 11 markers, respectively. McCoy also grabbed 12 rebounds and Hales added six steals. Sidney Byrkett topped the assist chart with nine.

Micaela Box topped Bremen with 21 points.

In the nightcap, Shawna Carbone fired in 19 points in leading Prairie Heights past Fremont, 60-51. The result avenged a Lady Panther loss to the Lady Eagles just two weeks earlier.

Tressa Terry backed up Carbone on the Heights scorecard with 14 points. Haley Kleeberg chipped in a dozen tallies.

Miranda White sank 14 points and Kayla Stroop netted 11 for Fremont.

GAME SUMMARIES

Westview 63

Bremen 45

Scoring by quarters

     WV    15    17    15    16    -63

      BR      6    12    12    13    -45

Westview

Sidney Byrkett 1, 0-0, 2; Kaitlyn Warren 0, 0-0, 0; Brooke Yoder 7, 0-0, 20; Karis Brewer 0, 0-1, 0; Grace Hales 3, 4-4, 11; Riley Hochstetler 2, 0-0, 4; Kristen Duff 3, 2-2, 8; Brooke Wigner 0, 0-0, 0; Maria McCoy 6, 2-4, 14; Taylor Eash 0, 0-0, 0; Taryn Pruitt 1, 0-1, 2; Sierra Kimmell 1, 0-0, 2; Totals 24, 8-12, 63

Three-point field goals 7 (Yoder 6, Hales 1); Team Fouls 13 (Fouled Out: None)

Bremen

Jasmine Schafer 1, 0-0, 2; Alexis Jennings 0, 1-2, 1; Micaela Box 7, 4-8, 21; Chelsea Huppert 2, 1-4, 5; Ashley Lucchese 3, 0-0, 8; Gabby Buck 0, 0-0, 0; Jessica Gall 0, 0-0, 0; Sara Slabaugh 1, 0-0, 2; Rachael Czarnecki 2, 0-0, 4; Shannon Arndt 1, 0-0, 2; Shelby Zellmer 0, 0-0, 0; Totals 17, 6-14, 45

Three-point field goals 5 (Box 3, Lucchese 2); Team Fouls 16 (Fouled Out: None)

Prairie Heights 60

Fremont 51

Scoring by quarters

      PH    19    15     7    19    -60

      FR    10    15     8    18    -51

Prairie Heights

Alexis Beechy 0, 1-2, 1; Shawna Carbone 5, 9-11, 19; Havanna Kleeberg 0, 0-0, 0; McKenzie Kain 3, 0-0, 7; Haley Kleeberg 4, 4-7, 12; Saige Dunafin 2, 3-4, 7; Tressa Terry 3, 6-6, 14; Totals 17, 23-30, 60

Three-point field goals 3 (Terry 2, Kain 1); Team Fouls 18 (Fouled Out: None)

Fremont

Kaileigh Foland 2, 0-0, 4; Elaina Schaefer 0, 0-0, 0; Kayla Stroop 4, 3-4, 11; Shae Rhonehouse 3, 2-4, 8; Melissa Beer 1, 4-6, 6; Miranda White 6, 2-3, 14; Lexus Lyon 3, 0-0, 6; Mercedes Lyon 1, 0-0, 2; Totals 20, 11-17, 51

Three-point field goals 0; Team Fouls 23 (Fouled Out: Rhonehouse, Beer, White, L. Lyon)