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Westview girls win Sectional

 

Westview claimed its seventh girls basketball sectional championship Saturday night in Albion with a 46-32 victory over LaVille.

As a result the 15-8 Lady Warriors, whose last sectional title came in 2010, earn a trip to the 2A regional tournament at Rochester this Saturday. There they will meet last year’s 2A state runner-up Fort Wayne Luers (12-11), which won the Bluffton sectional with a 54-13 mauling of South Adams.

“This group has showed its resiliency all season long and they did again tonight when LaVille made a run at them in the fourth quarter,” said Westview head coach Randy Yoder. “We thought all along that the pieces were there for this team to win the sectional. It’s a great accomplishment for this group of girls.

“I’m especially happy for Olivia Miller,” said Yoder of the lone senior on the Lady Warrior squad. “She doesn’t get noticed a lot because her stats usually aren’t as big as the other players. But she does the little things all good teams need done in order to win a championship.”

Westview led from start to finish, opening up a 12-point gap (16-4) when sophomore reserve Sidney Byrkett knocked down a three-pointer midway through the second quarter. LaVille rallied to chop the halftime difference to seven (18-11), only to have Lady Warrior junior guard Brooke Yoder drain a trio of triples at the start of the third period and widen the spread to 13 (27-14).

“With teams paying so much attention to Maria (McCoy) inside, we need players to step up and hit the open threes and Brooke did an outstanding job of that tonight,” said the Lady Warrior mentor.

McCoy, Westview’s 6-1 freshman center who spent most of the sectional being double-teamed by the opposition, and classmate Grace Hales would make their presence felt in the final frame after a furious LaVille rally sliced the margin to four (29-25). Six consecutive points by the rookies boosted the Lady Warrior lead back up to 10. LaVille would not come closer than nine the rest of the way.

Helping to seal the Westview victory was a 9-11 effort from the foul stripe in the final minutes. “We shot 120 free throws as a team before we got on the bus today and made 101,” Yoder revealed. “I’d say it carried over to tonight.”

Yoder finished with 18 points to pace the Lady Warriors, 15 of them coming on five, three-point field goals. Hales followed with a dozen markers.

For the Lady Lancers, who were playing without their top scorer, 5-10 junior forward Kelsey Gurtner due to a knee injury, Hannah Herbster led the way with 16 points.

LaVille closes the campaign with an 11-11 slate.

GAME SUMMARY

Westview 46

LaVille 32

Scoring by quarters

      WV    11     7    11    17    -46

       LV      4      7     8    13    -32

Westview

Brooke Yoder 6, 1-2, 18; Sidney Byrkett 1, 0-0, 3; Stephanie Mowery 0, 0-0, 0; Amber Roth 1, 2-3, 5; Grace Hales 4, 4-4, 12; Olivia Miller 0, 0-0, 0; Maria McCoy 1, 6-6, 8; Kristen Duff 0, 0-0, 0; Riley Hochstetler 0, 0-0, 0; Hannah Witham 0, 0-0, 0; Kaitlyn Warren 0, 0-0, 0; Totals 13, 13-15, 46

Three-point field goals 7 (Yoder 5, Byrkett 1, Roth 1)

LaVille

Mackenzie Leed 1, 1-2, 4; Hannah Herbster 5, 5-6, 16; Lauren Hostrawser 2, 2-2, 6; Katie Berger 1, 0-0, 3; Kyla Coblentz 1, 0-0, 3; Paige Hawkins 0, 0-0, 0; Kaitlyn Haisley 0, 0-0, 0; Amanda Carbiener 0, 0-0, 0; Heather Dorn 0, 0-0, 0; Sydney Good 0, 0-0, 0; Totals 10, 8-10, 32

Three-point field goals 4 (Leed 1, Herbster 1, Berger 1, Coblentz 1)