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Westview girls basketball team regional results

For the past decade, Fort Wayne Canterbury thoroughly dominated 1A girls basketball, winning five of the last six state championships in that class.

Based on their showing in the Rensselaer Central regional this past Saturday, it appears the Lady Cavaliers are on their way to doing the same thing in Class 2A.

You won’t get an argument from Westview.

Led by the scoring of Kindell Fincher and the brilliant overall play of Darby Maggard, Canterbury rolled past the Lady Warriors, 77-52 in the regional championship game Saturday night in front of about 700 hearty souls, most of whom were clad in the Westview red and gold.

“That is one outstanding team,” said Lady Warrior chief Randy Yoder of Canterbury. “They shot the ball extremely well, even when we had a hand in their face. You just have to tip your cap to them.”

Fincher, the Lady Cavs’ all-time career scoring leader, wound up with 27 points to pace the champs. The 5-10 senior forward also pulled down six rebounds and made four steals.

But it was the play of Maggard that really ruined Westview’s chances of winning. The 5-5 junior point guard not only tallied 25 points, she also collected six steals and dished out six assists.

“Maggard has all five tools you want in the basketball player,” praised Yoder. “She can shoot, pass, dribble, rebound and defend at a high level. I’d say she’s one of the best all-around players we’ve faced.”

Maggard drained consecutive three-pointers at the end of the first period to give Canterbury a 25-14 lead. Early in the second quarter, the Lady Cavs’ quarterback picked the pocket of a Westview dribbler at half-court and raced in for a layup, improving the difference to 15 (31-16).

Fincher netted eight markers in the second stanza to help push the Canterbury edge past 20 points. Maggard then ended the half by swishing her fourth triple of the night, giving the Lady Cavs a 47-27 cushion at the break.

“You think you are staying with them and then all of a sudden they hit you with a big run and you’re down 15-20 points,” Yoder said. “That’s their style.”

Westview played Canterbury nearly even over the last two quarters, a fact not lost on its coach. “I was so proud of the way our girls competed in the second half. It shows what kind of character this group of players has.”

Katherine Smith, a 6-2 junior center, paced Canterbury on the glass with 11 rebounds. Smith also blocked three Westview shots and altered many more.

Lady Warrior pivot Maria McCoy poured in 23 points to lead all scorers. The 6-1 sophomore also had eight boards.

Junior Kristen Duff tallied 12 points for Westview. Sophomore Grace Hales tallied nine.

“This has been an unbelievable run,” said Yoder of the 2014 Lady Warrior campaign, which ends with a 20-4 record. It is only the second time a Westview girls hoops squad has eclipsed the 20-win barrier. “It’s sad in a way to see it end like this. But it’s also a celebration. We attained many of the goals we set for ourselves and had fun doing it. It’s one of the most enjoyable years in coaching I’ve experienced.”

Canterbury moves on to the 2A semi-state this Saturday at Warsaw. The 19-4 Lady Cavaliers take on 18-4 Tipton at 4 p.m. The winner advances to the 2A state championship game set for 12:30 p.m. on March 8 at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

GAME SUMMARY

FW Canterbury 77

Westview 52

Scoring by quarters

     WV    14    13    11    14    -52

    FWC   25    22    17    13    -77

Westview

Sidney Byrkett 0, 0-0, 0; Kaitlyn Warren 0, 0-0, 0; Erika Gamble 0, 0-0, 0; Brooke Yoder 2, 0-0, 4; Karis Brewer 0, 0-0, 0; Grace Hales 3, 3-4, 9; Riley Hochstetler 1, 0-2, 2; Kristen Duff 5, 2-2, 12; Brooke Wigner 0, 0-0, 0; Maria McCoy 10, 3-3, 23; Taylor Eash 0, 0-0, 0; Taryn Pruitt 0, 0-2, 0; Sierra Kimmell 1, 0-0, 2; Totals 22, 8-13, 52

Three-point field goals 0

FW Canterbury

Darby Maggard 9, 2-2, 25; Ginesha Robinson 0, 0-0, 0; Mason VanHouten 2, 0-0, 6; Adrienne Guyton 0, 1-2, 1; Rachel Hoagburg 1, 0-0, 2; Alexa Habig 1, 0-0, 3; Celeste Marshall 0, 0-0, 0; Emma Hyndman 3, 0-2, 6; Kindell Fincher 9, 8-10, 27; Claire Rorick 0, 0-0, 0; Katie Haines 0, 0-0, 0; Katherine Smith 1, 5-6, 7; Totals 26, 16-22, 77

Three-point field goals 9 (Maggard 5, VanHouten 2, Habig 1, Fincher 1)

 

 

The backcourt duo of senior Brooke Yoder and junior Sidney Byrkett combined to score 32 points and help propel Westview past Winamac, 62-48 in the semifinal round of the 2A girls basketball regional at Rensselaer Central.

Yoder swished 18 points to co-lead the Lady Warrior attack along with sophomore forward Grace Hales. It was Yoder’s three-pointer just before the third-quarter buzzer which gave Westview a 32-29 advantage.

“That was a huge shot for us,” said Lady Warrior coach Randy Yoder. “She’s very cool under fire.”

Byrkett, who finished the contest with 14 points, tallied three of them on a long-range shot at the start of the final stanza to boost the Westview margin to six. Hales, sent to the bench late in the third quarter with her fourth foul, converted a three-point play with four minutes left to give the Lady Warriors a 52-42 lead.

Winamac cut the spread to six (52-46) with 2:52 left on a pair of free throws by Stephanie Shorter and had a chance to narrow the gap further. However, a critical traveling call against Winamac, followed by two free throws apiece by Hales and junior forward Kristen Duff pushed the difference back up to 10. Winamac never got closer than eight after that.

“Winamac said they were a second-half team, but so are we, and I challenged our girls at halftime to see who the better second-half team is,” said Yoder, whose club forged a 43-27 scoring edge after the intermission.

Shorter, a 5-9 senior, finished the game with 21 points to pace Winamac. Classmate Bethany Brogdon, a 5-5 guard, came in with 19 markers and earned a heap of praise from Yoder.

“She (Brogdon) broke us down defensively as well as any guard has this year,” stated the Westview skipper. “Brogdon and Shorter are two very gifted players.”

Winamac closes the season at 14-7.

In the other semifinal, Fort Wayne Canterbury handled Hammond Noll, 76-64. Kindell Fincher tallied 29 points and Darby Maggard 27 for the Lady Cavaliers. Naomi House led Noll (20-4) with 23 markers.

GAME SUMMARY

Westview 62

Winamac 48

Scoring by quarters

     WV    10     9    13    30    -62

      WI       9   12     8    19    -48

Westview

Sidney Byrkett 5, 0-0, 14; Kaitlyn Warren 0, 0-0, 0; Brooke Yoder 6, 2-2, 18; Grace Hales 5, 6-8, 18; Riley Hochstetler 0, 0-1, 0; Kristen Duff 0, 4-6, 4; Brooke Wigner 0, 0-0, 0; Maria McCoy 3, 2-3, 8; Totals 19, 14-20, 62

Three-point field goals 10 (Byrkett 4, Yoder 4, Hales 2)

Winamac

Sara Bailey 0, 0-0, 0; Michaela Ingram 0, 0-0, 0; Stephanie Crist 0, 0-0, 0; Bethany Brogdon 4, 9-10, 19; Stephanie Shorter 6, 9-13, 21; Taylor Brandt 1, 0-0, 2; Raychel Davis 3, 0-2, 6; Totals 14, 18-25, 48

Three-point field goals 2 (Brogdon 2)