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Westview and Prairie Heights advance in boys NECC tourney

Westview and Prairie Heights advanced to the semifinal round of the 2014 NECC boys basketball tournament with road wins Wednesday night.

The Warriors rode the 24-point effort of Chandler Aspy to a 71-55 demolition of Fairfield in Benton. In Churubusco, Jacob Heller poured in 35 points in leading the Panthers to a 57-50 triumph over the host Eagles.

As a result of Wednesday’s outcomes, Prairie Heights (8-2) will travel to Westview (5-2) for one of the two semifinal games to be played Friday night. The other will pit unbeaten West Noble (9-0) against Eastside (6-5) in Butler.

The winners of Friday’s matchups will clash for the championship in Ligonier on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

Westview 71

Fairfield 55

In spite of an 18-day layoff due to the recent holidays and last week’s winter storm, it didn’t take Westview long to shake off any rust it may have acquired.

Trailing early by a count of 8-7, the Warriors tallied the next seven points to take the lead for good. Coach Rob Yoder’s crew then put together an 11-1 run at the start of the second quarter, boosting their advantage to 27-16.

“I was a little concerned about the long layoff going into tonight’s game,” admitted Yoder. “But our kids came out tonight and played the way they practice, with energy, determination and passion for the game. We also have everyone back healthy now, which gives us the depth we were lacking at the start of the season.”

Aspy, one of the Warriors who missed the opener at Bethany Christian due to illness, was nearly unstoppable in the paint against Fairfield. The 6-3 junior canned 9-12 field goal tries and converted a pair of three-point plays. His 13 points in the second half helped the Warriors pull away for their fifth win of the campaign.

Senior forward Judah Zickafoose followed Aspy on the Westview scorecard with 16 points, swishing 7-10 of his floor attempts. Classmate Jamar Weaver drilled four, three-point shots for 12 markers.

Jordyn Bontrager turned in another solid, all-around performance for the Warriors. The senior point-guard netted 11 points and five assists. His 12 rebounds also sparked a 33-16 edge on the boards for Westview.

Fairfield, which nipped Lakeland, 60-58 in the opening round Tuesday night, was led in scoring by Brock Goeglein with 12 points. Joe Line added 10.

Prairie Heights 57

Churubusco 50

Heller, who eclipsed the 1000-point barrier a few days ago in a win over Angola, helped the Panthers break away from a 21-all halftime tie with a 13-7 spurt in the third period. Heights then out pointed Churubusco, 23-22 in the final frame to secure its eighth victory in 10 outings.

In addition to his scoring, Heller grabbed a team-high 10 rebounds. Panther teammate Cody Bachelor collected 11 points and six boards.

With his 35 points, Heller improved his career total to 1048, moving him past Doug Booth (1043) into third place on the all-time Prairie Heights career scoring list. He is 100 markers shy of the Panther boys points leader Craig Everage (1148). Sarah Gordon is the overall career leader with 1374.

Fairfield 60

Lakeland 58

The Lakers, who were drubbed by Fairfield (83-49) earlier this season on the same floor, gave the hosts all they wanted before coming up short.

Behind by 10 (54-44) midway through the fourth quarter, coach Scott LaPlace’s squad rallied to narrow the gap to four (56-52). The difference was three (58-55) when Marcus Rodes swished a pair of free throws with three seconds left to salt away the win for the Falcons.

Rodes and Joe Line topped Fairfield with 17 and 16 points, respectively. Josh Stephens logged 12 points, all of them coming on a quartet of three-point goals.

Daemyn Priestley tossed in 16 points and Chandler Mynhier had 15 to pace Lakeland (2-6). Tanner Oakley and Joseph Trost each grabbed four rebounds.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GAME SUMMARIES

Westview 71

Fairfield 55

Scoring by quarters

      WV     16    21    19    15    -71

       FF      12    14    15    14    -55

Westview

Jordyn Bontrager 4-9, 1-2, 11; Daron Miller 3-3, 0-1, 6; Judah Zickafoose 7-10, 2-3, 16; Jamar Weaver 4-10, 0-0, 12; Brody Jantzi 0-1, 0-0, 0; Cody Litwiller 0-0, 0-0, 0; Andrew Yoder 0-1, 0-0, 0; Chase Anderson 1-1, 0-0, 2; Damon Hershberger 0-1, 0-0, 0; Chandler Aspy 9-12, 6-10, 24; Totals 27-48, 9-16, 71

Three-point shooting 6-11 (Weaver 4-7, Bontrager 2-3, Yoder 0-1); Rebounds 33 (Bontrager 12); Steals 6; Assists 12 (Bontrager 5); Turnovers 17; Team Fouls 16 (Fouled Out: None)

Fairfield

Mitch DeWitt 0, 0-0, 0; John Stack 2, 1-2, 7; Josh Stephens 3, 1-1, 9; Marcus Rodes 2, 1-2, 5; Brock Goeglein 4, 0-0, 12; Sam Brown 1, 0-0, 2; Clay Bontrager 0, 0-0, 0; Kegan Showalter 1, 3-6, 5; Joe Line 1, 8-8, 10; Thomas Martin 1, 3-4, 5; Totals 15, 17-23, 55

Three-point field goals 8 (Goeglein 4, Stack 2, Stephens 2); Rebounds 16 (Line 4); Steals 6 (Stephens 2, Rodes 2); Assists 10 (Stack 2, Stephens 2, Rodes 2, Brown 2); Turnovers 8; Team Fouls 16 (Fouled Out: None)

Prairie Heights 57

Churubusco 50

Stats not reported

Fairfield 60

Lakeland 58

Scoring by quarters

     LL    15    13    14    16    -58

     FF    18    18    14    12    -60

Lakeland

Tanner Oakley 1, 0-0, 2; Dustin Cunningham 2, 0-1, 5; Marco Olivares 2, 4-6, 8; Daemyn Priestley 5, 1-4, 16; Joseph Trost 1, 0-0, 2; Chandler Mynhier 6, 2-2, 15; Brant Betts 3, 1-3, 8; Eric Herber 1, 0-0, 2; Totals 21, 8-16, 58

Three-point field goals 8 (Priestley 5, Cunningham 1, Mynhier 1, Betts 1); Rebounds 18 (Oakley 4, Trost 4); Steals 16 (Olivares 4); Assists 6 (Olivares 2, Priestley 2, Herber 2); Turnovers 13; Team Fouls 18 (Fouled Out: None)

Fairfield

(Points only)

Mitch DeWitt 0; John Stack 5; Josh Stephens 12; Marcus Rodes 17; Brock Goeglein 0; Sam Brown 0; Clay Bontrager 8; Graham Morris 0; Kegan Showalter 2; Joe Line 16; Thomas Martin 0; Totals 25, 2-5, 60

Three-point field goals 8 (Stephens 4, Rodes 3, Stack 1); Team Fouls 13 (Fouled Out: None)