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.