Westview climbed into a first-place tie with Fairfield in the NECC girls basketball standings thanks to a 51-46 victory over the visiting Lady Hornets of Angola Tuesday evening.
The win improved coach Randy Yoder’s Lady Warrior squad to 4-0 in league play, the same mark as Fairfield. Tuesday’s result also snapped Westview’s seven-game losing streak against Angola. The last Lady Warrior win in the series was a 59-40 decision in the second round of the 2008 NECC tournament.
“Angola has been a big obstacle for us in recent years so it’s nice to finally get a win over them,” said Yoder.
Angola appeared to be on its way to an eighth consecutive win over Westview in the first half, as the deadly three-point shooting of Katie Lopshire and eight points by forward Kaitlyn Brandt helped the Hornets build a 31-24 halftime edge.
“We seemed a step slow in the first half and did not execute our defense at all,” Yoder cited. “Angola hurt us with its dribble penetration and then hitting an open shooter on the perimeter.”
Westview made the defensive adjustments in the third period, holding Angola to just five points in the frame. On the offensive end, a three-pointer by Grace Hales, a bucket by Maria McCoy and three straight hoops from Brooke Yoder fueled an 11-1 run which gave the hosts their first lead (37-36) as the tilt entered the final quarter.
Angola took a 46-45 advantage with just over two minutes to play on a pair of free throws by Claire Grubb. Seconds later, however, Yoder drilled a clutch triple from the wing to earn the Lady Warriors a two-point edge.
The visitors had a couple of chances to tie the game in the final minute, but a travel call and a missed three-pointer dashed those threats. Free throws by Sidney Byrkett and McCoy in the last 14 seconds sealed the Westview win.
“We played with much more intensity on defense in the second half,” Yoder observed. “We may have worn them (Angola) down a bit.”
Hales racked up 17 points and seven rebounds for the Lady Warriors, now 8-2 overall. Yoder finished with 14 points, McCoy snared six rebounds and Byrkett dealt three assists.
Grubb’s 15 tallies paced the Lady Hornets, who dropped to 4-6 overall and to 4-2 in the NECC with the loss. Lopshire had nine points.
Scoring by quarters
AN 17 14 5 10 -46
WV 9 15 13 14 -51
Alexis Scott 3, 0-0, 6; Claire Grubb 4, 5-5, 15; Katie Lopshire 3, 0-0, 9; Becca Buchs 1, 2-3, 4; Abby Buchs 1, 0-0, 3; Tana Willibey 0, 0-0, 0; Madison Meyer 0, 0-0, 0; Hannah Siders 0, 1-2, 1; Kaitlyn Brandt 4, 0-1, 8; Totals 16, 8-11, 46
Three-point field goals 6 (Lopshire 3, Grubb 2, A. Buchs 1)
Sidney Byrkett 2, 1-2, 5; Brooke Yoder 6, 0-0, 14; Grace Hales 8, 0-0, 17; Riley Hochstetler 2, 1-2, 5; Kristen Duff 1, 1-2, 3; Maria McCoy 1, 5-6, 7; Totals 20, 8-12, 51
Three-point field goals 3 (Yoder 2, Hales 1)