News and Tribune

February 12, 2014

CLASS A SECTIONAL: Mustangs, Eagles survive at New Washington

New Washington edges South Central 41-35

By MITZI THOMPSON
sports@newsandtribune.com

NEW WASHINGTON — NEW WASHINGTON — Host and defending champion New Washington survived a close one against South Central, while Lanesville dominated Rock Creek in the opening round of the Class A New Washington Sectional Tuesday in James Matthews Gymnasium.

With the wins, both teams advance to Friday’s semifinal round with Lanesville facing a strong 15-2 Borden team and New Washington up against 5-14 Christian Academy.



NEW WASHINGTON 41, SOUTH CENTRAL 35

The Mustangs outlasted feisty South Central in a tightly-contested game of runs and momentum changes, pulling away midway through the fourth quarter to claim victory in the second game Tuesday night.

Before New Washington’s 8-0 run in the fourth, there were four ties, four lead changes, and there was never more than a two-possession difference.

“That’s tournament time for you,” said New Washington coach Terry White, whose team beat South Central by 11 points in both teams’ regular-season finale just five days ago. “South Central always has a competitive team, especially come sectional time. Tonight was a prime example of two teams whose desire and preparation became the story of the game.”

Senior Courtney Amick led the Mustangs with 15 points — all of them big and well-timed, including a 3-pointer to open the fourth quarter which gave the hosts a 27-23 lead.

Rebels’ senior guard Kelsey Miller answered, though, by scoring six straight points to give her team a two-point advantage with five minutes left. That would be the last time South Central would lead.

Amick found teammate Brooke Abbott under the basket to kickstart the run that put the Rebels away. Senior guard Ashley Johnson, who was hampered by painful kidney stones all throughout the game and didn’t have a field goal up to that point, scored twice and assisted once during the 8-0 run. Johnson finished with 10 points, nearly six below her season average.

Lexie James led New Washington on the boards with 10 rebounds.

Miller had 25 points for the Rebels.



LANESVILLE 73, ROCK CREEK ACADEMY 8

The final score tells the tale in the sectional opener as Rock Creek’s season-long struggles continued in a big way, resulting in a 73-8 loss to Lanesville and an early exit in the tournament.

The Lions couldn’t generate any offense, and their defense was unable to halt the Eagles, who went up 28-0 before Rock Creek scored its first points 12 minutes into the game. The Lions had only four field goals for the night and were held scoreless in the first and fourth quarters.

Ten players scored for the Eagles (7-13), led by senior guard Mahailey Hall’s 15 points.

Freshman Catie Troncin scored six points for the young Lions, who lose no players to graduation off this season’s squad.

 

NEW WASHINGTON 41, SOUTH CENTRAL 35

South Central    8 7 9 12—35

New Washington    8 6 9 17—41

    South Central (7-15): Kelsey Miller 25, Sabra Walker 4, Chelsey Kaiser 4, Jasmine Nalley 2.

    New Washington (11-8): Courtney Amick 15, Ashley Johnson 10, Lexie James 4, Shelby Haymaker 4, Brooke Abbott 4, Emilee Holloway 4.

    3-point goals: South Central 1 (Miller); New Washington 3 (Amick 2, Holloway).

    Rebounds: South Central 38 (Miller 7); New Washinton 42 (James 10).

 

LANESVILLE 73, ROCK CREEK ACADEMY 8

Rock Creek      0   6   2   0—  8

Lanesville    18 19 17 19—73

    Rock Creek (0-20): Catie Troncin 6, Allysan Corbett 2.

    Lanesville (7-13): Mahailey Hall 15, Emily Davis 12, Hannah Walther 12, Emma Zeller 12, Erica Daly 6, Elise Lawson 5, Annie Parsons 4, Jessica DeWeese 3, Carmen Jacobs 2, Taylor Brown 2.

    3-point goals: Lanesville 9 (Hall 4, Walther 3, Zeller 2).

    Rebounds: Rock Creek 24 (Troncin 7); Lanesville 37 (Daly 9).



CLASS A NEW WASHINGTON SECTIONAL

First round

Tuesday, Feb. 11

    Lanesville 73, Rock Creek 8

    New Washington 41, South Central 35

Friday, Feb. 14

Semifinals

    Borden ( 15-2) vs. Lanesville (7-13), 6 p.m.

    Christian Academy (5-14) vs. New Washington (11-8), 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 15

Championship

    Semifinal winners, 7 p.m.