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Panther boys down Westview

A year ago, Westview made it all the way to the 2A championship game before losing in the boys basketball state tournament.

In 2015, the Warriors couldn’t get out of the first round.

Tuesday night in Emma, Prairie Heights hit Westview with an 11-0 scoring barrage to open the game and rolled to a 50-36 victory. The win was the first for the Panthers over their county rivals in sectional play. The Warriors won their previous meetings in 1987 (59-49), 1992 (66-64) and 1994 (70-53) all at East Noble, and in 2002 (78-51) at Westview.

Three-pointers by Austin Penick started and finished Prairie Heights’ opening salvo. In between there was a deuce by Austin Beiswanger and a three-point play by Jacob Heller.

Westview finally got on the scoreboard with 2:55 left in the first quarter on a jumper by Lincoln McDonald.

Three more baskets by Beiswanger in the second period helped the Panthers maintain a double-digit lead. The last of the trio, set up by a pretty feed from Heller, sent Heights into the halftime break owning a 22-12 margin.

The defending champion Warriors showed signs of life at the start of the third quarter when two free throws by Chandler Aspy and a hoop from Andrew Yoder cut the difference to six (22-16). But the Panthers quickly regain the momentum with an 8-0 run, punctuated by Heller’s three-point play with 2:03 left in the frame.

Prairie Heights built the lead to a high of 17 points (46-29) midway through the fourth quarter. A field goal by Penick and two free throws by Heller closed out the Panther scoring, giving them totals of 19 and 20 markers, respectively.

Yoder topped Westview with 16 points, followed by Aspy with 10. Aspy winds up his career with 1307 points, placing him fourth on the Warriors’ all-time scoring list behind Gary Yoder (1711), Rusty Yoder (1698) and Ryan Yoder (1594).

Westview ends the season 10-13, the first losing campaign for the Warriors since they finished 6-15 in 2004-05.

The Panthers will take a 15-8 mark into their semifinal battle against Central Noble (10-12) Friday night. Heights beat the Cougars, 63-52 back on February 7 in Brushy Prairie.

LaVille (18-6), a 56-48 victor over Bremen in the first game Tuesday night, will meet Fremont (10-12) in the opening semifinal contest Friday at 6 p.m. The semifinal winners return to Emma Saturday at 7 p.m. to play for the sectional crown and a slot in the 2A North Judson regional scheduled for March 14.

GAME SUMMARY

Prairie Heights 50

Westview 36

Scoring by quarters

      PH    13     9    10    18    -50

     WV     4     8      6    18    -36

Prairie Heights

Cody Bachelor 1, 0-1, 3; R.J. Gearhart 0, 0-0, 0; Zeb Domer 0, 0-0, 0; Tanner Terry 0, 0-0, 0; Jacob Heller 4, 12-15, 20; Austin Penick 6, 5-5, 19; Ryan Burkholder 0, 0-0, 0; Cole Harmes 0, 0-0, 0; Austin Beiswanger 4, 0-0, 8; Totals 15, 17-21, 50

Three-point field goals 3 (Penick 2, Bachelor 1); Team Fouls 11 (Fouled Out: None)

Westview

Norman Miller 1, 0-0, 2; Jeremiah Hostetler 0, 0-0, 0; Brody Jantzi 0, 0-0, 0; Cody Litwiller 1, 2-3, 4; Andrew Yoder 7, 0-0, 16; Kade Miller 0, 0-0, 0; Lincoln McDonald 2, 0-0, 4; Chandler Aspy 4, 2-4, 10; Totals 15, 4-7, 36

Three-point field goals 2 (Yoder 2); Team Fouls 19 (Fouled Out: Litwiller)