For years, the Wawasee High School gym, a.k.a. The Tepee, has been a house of horrors for the Westview girls basketball team. For over two decades, and in each of the nine trips to Syracuse made by the Lady Warriors under the tutelage of Randy Yoder, the Emma lasses failed to bring back a victory.
That is until last Friday.
Sparked by the deadly three-point shooting of senior Brooke Yoder, and the interior scoring of sophomore sensations Grace Hales and Maria McCoy, the Westview girls snapped its Syracuse jinx with a resounding, 61-46 triumph over Wawasee in the season opener for both clubs.
“It’s feels great to finally win down here,” smiled Yoder. “Wawasee always puts a solid team on the floor. Except for a few lapses in the second half, I thought we played very well.”
A few seconds into the tilt, Yoder drilled a three-pointer from the left-wing to get the Lady Warriors off and running. The 5-4 guard would can four more triples and finished with a game-high 19 points.
“Brooke has been shooting very well in practice and it’s nice to see her get off to such a great start,” said the Lady Warrior skipper of his senior leader.
Hales swished a field goal and two free throws at the end of the first quarter to boost the Westview lead to 18-6. The 5-11 forward tallied nine points in the second quarter to help the visitors stretch their lead to 17 (34-17) by halftime.
“Grace can break down a defense in a variety of ways,” Yoder said of Hales, who wound up with 16 points. “She can hit the 15-footer, drive around you to the basket or get rebound baskets.”
Wawasee rallied to cut its deficit to 12 (39-27) late in the third quarter. But an inside deuce by McCoy followed by another trey from Yoder quickly raised the difference to 17 and the hosts never got closer than 14 the rest of the way.
McCoy, a 6-1 center, finished with 15 points to go with her team-high seven rebounds and four blocked shots. Hales added six boards and six assists to her ledger.
“Balance on offense will be a key for us this season and to get three people in double figures was nice to see,” said Yoder. “There are a lot of things we can get better at, especially on defense. But tonight was a good start.”
Elizabeth Jackson netted 16 points and Kylee Rostochak scored 11 to lead Wawasee.
Scoring by quarters
WV 18 16 10 17 -61
WW 8 9 11 18 -46
Sidney Byrkett 1, 0-0, 2; Kaitlyn Warren 0, 1-2, 1; Brooke Yoder 7, 0-0, 19; Karis Brewer 0, 0-1, 0; Grace Hales 5, 5-6, 16; Riley Hochstetler 0, 2-2, 2; Kristen Duff 2, 0-0, 4; Brooke Wigner 1, 0-0, 2; Maria McCoy 5, 5-6, 15; Taylor Eash 0, 0-0, 0; Totals 21, 13-17, 61
Three-point field goals 6 (Yoder 5, Hales 1)
Elizabeth Jackson 6, 4-4, 16; Hannah Haines 0, 1-2, 1; Courtney Linnemeier 0, 0-0, 0; Kylee Rostochak 3, 5-10, 11; Allissa Flores 2, 2-2, 6; Seaquinn Bright 1, 1-2, 3; Aubrey Schmeltz 1, 1-2, 3; Katlyn Kennedy 3, 0-0, 6; Totals 16, 14-22, 46
Three-point field goals 0