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Westview boys capture regional title

In a regional full of Warriors, one tribe stood alone when they passed out the hardware in North Judson.

Westview added another chapter to its rich basketball history by winning the 2A regional Saturday night with a 69-53 triumph over Winamac. It is the first regional title for the Emma Warriors since 2008.

“This really feels good,” said Westview head coach Rob Yoder. “Our kids work extremely hard. I know other teams do also, but this group is special. I’m so happy for them.”

Less than six hours after vanquishing No. 5 Hammond Noll in a double-overtime marathon, Westview came out a little sluggish in the title tilt. Winamac took full advantage, reeling off the game’s initial eight points.

“You almost had to expect our kids not coming out very sharp because of the demanding game they just went through against Hammond Noll,” Yoder observed. “But we weren’t too worried about it. We have a lot of leadership on this team and once we started to get the ball inside, it calmed us down.”

Brody Jantzi’s free throw with 4:01 left in the first quarter broke the ice for Westview, while two buckets by Chandler Aspy and another by Judah Zickafoose closed the gap to 8-7. The stanza ended in an 11-11 tie.

Consecutive hoops by Zickafoose to start the second period triggered an 11-2 Westview run. Capping the spurt was a three-point play by Aspy, which made the score 22-13.

Leading by 12 (36-24) midway through the third quarter, Westview turned to its perimeter snipers to begin putting a seal on its regional crown. Three straight triples, the first by Jordyn Bontrager and the last two by Jamar Weaver, stretched the Westview advantage to 45-31.

Winamac made a charge in the fourth quarter that eventually cut the difference to nine (57-48). However, a Bontrager basket followed by an 8-8 effort from the foul stripe in the final two minutes slammed the door shut on Winamac’s comeback hopes.

“When you get into games against good teams like we did today (at the regional), you just hope to make a few more plays than the team you’re playing. The past couple of times we made it here, that wasn’t the case. Today, we were lucky enough to do so.”

Aspy, playing with stitches over his left eye due to a cut he suffered in the win over Hammond Noll, led Westview in scoring with 16 points. “Chandler is a warrior,” said Yoder of his 6-3 junior forward. “He never backs down from anything.”

Seniors Bontrager, Weaver and Zickafoose joined Aspy in double figures with 15, 14 and 10 markers, respectively.

Parker Fox tallied 14 points to pace Winamac, which finishes the season 15-9. Derek Dotlich netted 12 points, Adam Breunig 11 and Dalton Button 10.

Westview (22-4) advances to the 2A semi-state to be played at 4 p.m. this Saturday at Huntington North. The Warriors’ opponent will be Lewis Cass (22-2), which beat Wapahani and Tipton to win the Lapel regional.

The Westview-Lewis Cass winner will earn a berth in the 2A state finals to be held Saturday, March 29 at 12:30 p.m. in Banker’s Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

GAME SUMMARY

Westview 69

Winamac 53

Scoring by quarters

       WI    11     9    13    20    -53

      WV    11   18    19    21    -69

Winamac

Adam Breunig 3, 2-3, 11; Jeff Nies 0, 0-0, 0; J.T. Garnett 1, 0-0, 2; Jeremy Bentle 0, 2-3, 2; Jack DeGroot 0, 0-0, 0; Luke Pugh 0, 0-0, 0; Colin McGee 0, 0-2, 0; Parker Fox 3, 8-9, 14; Levi Schultz 0, 2-2, 2; Dalton Button 5, 0-2, 10; Derek Dotlich 3, 5-6, 12; Ben Gudas 0, 0-0, 0; Totals 15, 19-27, 53

Three-point field goals 4 (Breunig 3, Dotlich 1); Team Fouls 23 (Fouled Out: McGee, Fox)

Westview

Jordyn Bontrager 4, 6-6, 15; Daron Miller 1, 1-2, 3; Judah Zickafoose 5, 0-0, 10; Jamar Weaver 3, 5-7, 14; Brody Jantzi 0, 1-2, 1; Cody Litwiller 0, 0-0, 0; Andrew Yoder 0, 4-4, 4; Chase Anderson 0, 0-0, 0; Damon Hershberger 3, 0-0, 6; Chandler Aspy 6, 4-5, 16; Kade Miller 0, 0-0, 0; Tim Miller 0, 0-0, 0; Totals 22, 21-26, 69

Three-point field goals 4 (Weaver 3, Bontrager 1); Team Fouls 20 (Fouled Out: Aspy)

 

 

Westview head coach Rob Yoder could barely hold back his emotions after watching his squad pulling off a 75-64 double-overtime victory over Hammond Noll in the semifinals of the 2A North Judson regional Saturday afternoon.

“These kids are pretty incredible,” said Yoder upon emerging from the Warrior locker room. “They have a lot of toughness in them. So many kids made really big plays when we needed them the most.”

Midway through the fourth quarter, it looked as though Westview would lose its first regional semifinal at North Judson. Larry Crisler’s basket with 6:12 to play gave Noll a 50-38 lead and a little doubt in the Westview camp.

“There was concern,” said Yoder. “But I never thought we were out of the game. All we needed were some stops on defense.”

Noll would score just three more points in the final frame. Conversely, Westview began to find enough cracks in the Hammond defense to score seven straight points and get back in the game.

A huge three-pointer by Jamar Weaver, a pretty alley-oop play from Jordyn Bontrager to Judah Zickafoose and a free throw by Zickafoose cut the difference to two (53-51) with 51 seconds left. A Hammond Noll miss of the front-end of a one-and-one free throw situation with 41 ticks remaining, gave Westview the ball with a chance to tie or go ahead.

Zickafoose sprung open at the right elbow of the free throw lane and received the pass. The 6-3 forward, not known for his jump shooting, drilled the 12-footer to knot the score at 53-all.

“I guess there was no better time for me to become a jump shooter than in the regional,” joked Zickafoose, who sat out his junior year to concentrate on his burgeoning baseball career. “It’s definitely one of the biggest shots I’ve ever made.”

Noll took a 56-54 lead in the first overtime period on a basket and free throw by Crisler, only to have Bontrager tie the count on two charity tosses with 38 seconds remaining. Crisler had the ball in his hands as the clock wound down, but his 20-foot attempt rattled off the rim.

Westview never trailed in the second extra frame, as a free throw by Damon Hershberger and a deuce by Weaver earned the Warriors a 59-56 edge. Weaver then canned a three-pointer from the left wing to widen the spread to four with 2:29 to go.

That would be the last field goal for Westview. Hitting 11-14 free throws allowed the Warriors to relentlessly build its final margin of victory to 11.

Aspy, who suffered a cut above his left eye during the fourth quarter, finished with 24 points to lead the victors. Zickafoose racked up 17 markers and both Bontrager and Weaver scored 14.

Crisler’s 24 points topped Hammond Noll, which bowed out with a 21-4 record. Marquis Tarver chipped in 18 points.

In the opening semifinal, Parker Fox poured in 34 points to lead Winamac past Woodlan, 70-60. Kadin Gerig fired in 19 points for Woodlan, which finished the season 18-7.

GAME SUMMARIES

Westview 75

Hammond Noll 64 (2 OT)

Scoring by quarters

 WV     9   12   11   21    3   19   -75

  HN   14   12   15   12    3     8   -64

Hammond Noll

Michael Jakubielski 1, 0-0, 3; Jasinto Carter 1, 0-0, 3; Anthony Diaz 1, 0-0, 2; Marquis Tarver 7, 1-1, 18; Roman Penn 3, 1-2, 9; Kodi Greenwell 0, 0-0, 0; Tyreon Gates 0, 2-7, 2; Jaylen Hord 2, 0-0, 4; Ryan Neal 0, 0-0, 0; Larry Crisler 9, 3-6, 23; Lee Howard, Jr. 0, 0-2, 0; Nick Nelson 0, 0-0, 0; Totals 24, 7-18, 64

Three-point field goals 9 (Tarver 3, Penn 2, Crisler 2, Jakubielski 1, Carter 1); Team Fouls 29 (Fouled Out: Gates, Crisler)

Westview

Jordyn Bontrager 2, 10-12, 14; Daron Miller 1, 0-0, 3; Judah Zickafoose 7, 3-4, 17; Jamar Weaver 3, 6-6, 14; Brody Jantzi 0, 0-0, 0; Cody Litwiller 0, 0-0, 0; Andrew Yoder 0, 0-0, 0; Chase Anderson 0, 0-0, 0; Damon Hershberger 0, 3-4, 3; Chandler Aspy 9, 6-12, 24; Kade Miller 0, 0-0, 0; Tim Miller 0, 0-0, 0; Totals 22, 28-38, 75

Three-point field goals 3 (Weaver 2, D. Miller 1); Team Fouls 16 (Fouled Out: None)

Winamac 70

Woodlan 60

Scoring by quarters

     WL    14     7    14    25    -70

     WI     11    15   19    25    -60

Woodlan

Triston Moses 0, 0-0, 0; Greg White 6, 0-2, 13; Jeffrey Jones 0, 6-8, 6; Ben Schwartz 0, 0-0, 0; Elyjah O’Hara 2, 0-0, 6; Kadin Gerig 6, 2-2, 19; Loren Hahn 0, 0-0, 0; Jaylin Bennett 4, 2-3, 10; Derick Herschberger 0, 0-0, 0; Caleb Steiglitz 3, 0-2, 6; Josh Gerig 0, 0-0, 0; Totals 21, 10-17, 60

Three-point field goals 8 (K. Gerig 5, O’Hara 2, White 1); Team Fouls 26 (Fouled Out: Jones, Bennett)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Winamac

Adam Breunig 1, 0-0, 3; Jeff Nies 0, 0-0, 0; J.T. Garrett 0, 0-0, 0; Jeremy Bentle 3, 2-4, 8; Jack DeGroot 0, 0-0, 0; Luke Pugh 0, 0-0, 0; Colin McGee 0, 0-0, 0; Parker Fox 9, 13-16, 34; Levi Schultz 1, 5-6, 7; Dalton Button 4, 2-7, 10; Derek Dotlich 2, 3-4, 8; Totals 21, 25-37, 70

Three-point field goals 5 (Fox 3, Breunig 1, Dotlich 1); Team Fouls 14 (Fouled Out: None)