A hungry Westview girls basketball team earned its first victory last Friday night with a 59-56 overtime decision over visiting Prairie Heights.
The Lady Warriors, who came into the tilt 0-3 after facing three NLC schools to open the campaign, needed a couple of clutch free throws from freshman Maria McCoy with 29 seconds left in the fourth quarter to tie the count at 51-all. McCoy finished the game with a team-high 21 points.
Prairie Heights, playing without junior standout Tressa Terry (stretched Achilles), sophomore forward Haley Kleeberg (ankle) and sophomore McKenzie Kain (illness), had a chance to win the tilt in regulation, but a pair of shots in the lane refused to fall.
Westview tallied the first five points of the overtime session, the last two coming on a length-of-the-court drive and layup by junior Brooke Yoder. A free throw by junior Amber Roth put the Lady Warriors up four (57-53) with 35 ticks to go.
But the Lady Panthers weren’t done yet. Senior Kayla Feeney drilled a three-pointer with 23 seconds remaining to cut the margin to one. After two free throws by freshman Grace Hales restored the Lady Warriors to a three-point lead, Heights set up Rebekah Frey for a possible tying trey.
But the 5-6 senior, who canned a career-high 25 points, couldn’t get the triple to drop as the final buzzer sounded.
“Sometimes it pays to be fortunate and we were tonight,” said Westview head coach Randy Yoder. “Prairie Heights played very well despite having three of its kids out. We’re just glad to get a win.”
Hales backed up McCoy on the Lady Warrior scoresheet with 10 points. Roth and Yoder each wound up with eight.
Senior Olivia Miller led the Westview effort on the glass with eight rebounds, followed by Hales with six and McCoy with five. Roth dished out five assists and Yoder three.
Feeney threw in 14 points to follow Frey on the Lady Panther scoring list. Junior Shawna Carbone snared 17 rebounds.
“I couldn’t be prouder of the way our girls battled tonight,” stated Lady Panther skipper Kevin Frey, who believes all three of his injured players could return to action this week. “Rebekah (Frey) stepped up and had a sensational game, and Shawna (Carbone) did a great job on the boards.”
Prairie Heights 56 (OT)
Scoring by quarters
PH 7 21 10 13 5 -56
WV 13 13 14 11 8 -59
Rebekah Frey 7, 7-8, 25; Shawna Carbone 2, 1-12, 5; Kayla Feeney 5, 2-2, 14; Makyla York 0, 0-0, 0; Allison Young 2, 0-0, 5; Saige Dunafin 3, 0-0, 7; Totals 19, 10-22, 56
Three-point field goals 8 (Frey 4, Feeney 2, Young 1, Dunafin 1)
Sidney Byrkett 2, 0-0, 6; Amber Roth 2, 2-4, 8; Brooke Yoder 3, 0-0, 8; Olivia Miller 1, 2-3, 4; Grace Hales 4, 2-2, 10; Riley Hochstetler 0, 0-0, 0; Maria McCoy 8, 5-7, 21; Hannah Witham 1, 0-0, 2; Totals 21, 11-16, 59
Three-point field goals 6 (Byrkett 2, Roth 2, Yoder 2)