Kelsie Peterson hit an 8-foot jumper at the buzzer to lift West Noble past visiting Westview, 58-57 last Friday night in the regular-season finale for both teams.
Peterson’s deuce capped off a Lady Charger rally which erased what was one time a 20-point (29-9) Westview lead. It also came 18 seconds after Maria McCoy had given the Lady Warriors a 57-56 lead with a baseline hoop of her own.
After a West Noble timeout, Peterson took the inbounds pass at half-court and dribbled away several precious seconds at the top of the key. She then drove to the right baseline and lifted a shot over Westview defender Grace Hales. The ball bounced on the rim a couple of times before dropping through the net as time expired.
“I thought we defended the last play well, but Kelcie (Peterson) executed the shot and give her credit for that,” said Westview skipper Randy Yoder after the game. “I feel bad for the girls because we played so well for much of the game and they put forth a lot of effort.”
McCoy, who finished with 20 points and 15 rebounds, netted 12 of her markers in the first two periods to help the Lady Warriors build up its big lead. West Noble began to chip away at the margin late in the first half, as five points from Peterson and a bucket by Haley Richardson cut the difference to 13 (29-16).
“That was a key point of the game because it gave them a little life,” said Yoder of the Lady Chargers’ end-of-half rally. “In the second half, West Noble was able to pressure us a little and got some easy baskets because of some turnovers. That’s what they’re (West Noble) is good at.”
The margin was still 13 (43-30) when a triple by Lexi Shepherd to end the third quarter and another by Peterson to start the fourth drew the hosts within seven. West Noble continued to narrow the gap until a rebound basket by Richardson with 1:55 left earned the Lady Chargers their first lead of the tilt (56-55).
Both Peterson and Richardson shared scoring honors for West Noble with 22 points apiece.
Hales and Brooke Yoder followed McCoy on the Westview scoresheet with 16 and 12 markers, respectively. Olivia Miller dealt out six assists.
Friday’s result created a three-way tie for second place in the final NECC standings, as Westview, West Noble and Fairfield all finished with 8-2 league marks. Angola claimed first place with a 10-0 slate.
The Lady Warriors will take a 12-8 overall record into 2A sectional play against host Central Noble Tuesday night.
West Noble 58
Scoring by quarters
WV 16 13 14 14 -57
WN 4 12 17 25 -58
Sidney Byrkett 0, 0-0, 0; Amber Roth 1, 0-0, 3; Brooke Yoder 4, 2-2, 12; Olivia Miller 1, 2-2, 4; Grace Hales 4, 7-8, 16; Maria McCoy 8, 4-6, 20; Hannah Witham 1, 0-0, 2; Totals 19, 15-18, 57
Three-point field goals 4 (Yoder 2, Roth 1, Hales 1)
Ashley Shepherd 2, 0-0, 6; Lexi Shepherd 2, 0-0, 5; Kelsie Peterson 8, 5-7, 22; Shawna Young 0, 0-0, 0; Cara Groff 0, 0-0, 0; Paige Shearer 0, 0-1, 0; Taylor Fisher 1, 0-2, 2; Haley Richardson 9, 4-4, 22; Kohdee Hicks 0, 1-2, 1; Totals 22, 10-16, 58
Three-point field goals 4 (A. Shepherd 2, L. Shepherd 1, Peterson 1)