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Westview bounces La Ville

 

Survive and advance.

It’s the only thing high school basketball coaches care about this time of year, and that’s exactly what coach Rob Yoder and his Westview squad did Tuesday night in Emma. The Warriors held off a hard-nosed LaVille Lancer unit, 63-56 in the opening round of the 2A sectional.

“If you can move on by beating a team as good as LaVille, you’re just happy to do so,” said Yoder. We needed one of our better efforts on both ends of the floor.”

Taking a 26-24 lead into the second half, Westview quickly found itself trailing for the first time in the game when Andrew Hostetler connected on the first of his three, three-point baskets in the third period. Hostetler would also score a conventional, three-point play to give the Lancers what turned out to be their largest lead of the contest (37-32).

“We were chasing him all night and he still found a way to make those shots,” Yoder said. “Give him credit. We defended him well even on the shots he hit.”

LaVille still held a 49-48 lead midway through the fourth quarter when Nic Raber converted a perfectly-placed inbounds pass into a deuce. Moments later, two free throws by Jordyn Bontrager stretched the Warrior lead to 54-51.

A basket by Jordyn Williams with 2:52 to play brought the Lancers back to within one. But two charity tosses by Adrian Brandenberger and a field goal by Yoder upped the Warrior edge to five (56-51). LaVille would not get closer than three the rest of the way.

“We ran a lot of guys at Hostetler and Williams, so we may have worn them down,” stated Yoder. “I do know that it’s hard to have people run at you all night and not get a little tired.”

Raber and Yoder tied for Warrior scoring honors with 17 points. Kyle Miller, whose nine straight points at the end of the third quarter began the Westview rally, finished with 14 markers.

Hostetler wound up with 18 points to pace LaVille, which ends the season 15-6. Williams had 15 points and Nicholas Amor netted 11.

Westview (18-5) will meet Central Noble (10-12) in the first semifinal game this Friday night at 6 p.m.

 

GAME SUMMARY

Westview 63

LaVille 56

Scoring by quarters

       LV     9    15    21    11    -56

      WV   15    11   18    19    -63

LaVille

Blake Berger 2, 2-2, 8; Jordyn Williams 5, 5-7, 15; Jason Duerring 0, 0-0, 0; Landon Manuel 0, 0-0, 0; Jeff Haygood 0, 0-0, 0; Andrew Hostetler 6, 1-1, 18; Nicholas Amor 3, 3-4, 11; Justin Baker 2, 0-0, 4; Totals 18, 11-14, 56

Three-point field goals 9 (Hostetler 5, Berger 2, Amor 2); Team Fouls 20 (Fouled Out: None)

Westview

Jordyn Bontrager 1, 2-2, 4; Jerry Schwartz 0, 0-0, 0; Judah Zickafoose 0, 0-0, 0; Brant Yoder 6, 4-5, 17; Adrian Brandenberger 2, 3-4, 7; Chandler Aspy 0, 0-0, 0; Kyle Miller 5, 3-3, 14; Nic Raber 7, 3-3, 17; Nate Raber 0, 2-4, 2; Devin Aspy 1, 0-0, 2; Totals 22, 17-21, 63

Three-point field goals 2 (Yoder 1, Miller 1); Team Fouls 16 (Fouled Out: None)