Girls Basketball Moves To Sectional Finals With Win Over Apaches

Posted on February 3, 2019 in Girl's Basketball, Winter Sports

BY ERIC HINDERLITER – ctreporter@indy.rr.com
NORTH MANCHESTER — The Oak Hill Lady Eagles (20-3) rode a strong third quarter Saturday night against Wabash breaking up a tight game and ran away in the end with a 51-20 victory over the Apaches.

The win in the 2A Sectional 37 at Manchester helps the Eagles to advance to the sectional championship game on Monday night to face the host Squires. Manchester topped Lewis Cass, 45-39.

“We started out sluggish,” noted Oak Hill coach Todd Law. “We told the girls at halftime that if they play defense and block out they can survive it.”

The Eagles expanded a 23-11 halftime lead to a commanding 39-13 advantage by the end of the third quarter, effectively ending the Apache hopes.

The quarter was keyed by Taylor Westgate’s six points and Adrianna Trexler’s five. Oak Hill also grabbed five offensive rebounds resulting in four of their points.

“We were down 23-11 at halftime,” said Wabash coach Matt Stone. “We executed our game plan in the first half.”

Sluggish was an apt descriptor of the opening minutes and first half. The Eagles hit just three of their first nine shots against an Apache defense that came out in a two-three zone and packed the paint. Oak Hill also committed four turnovers in the first quarter.

The Apache zone held the Eagles without a field goal for nearly the first four minutes of the game before Taylor Westgate’s bucket and free throw off the foul gave Oak Hill a 4-1 lead.

Buckets by Marissa Wilk and Andrea Wilk rounded out the first quarter the Eagles on top 8-1.

An 11-2 run to open the second quarter helped Oak Hill push to its biggest lead in the first half at 19-3.

A three-pointer from Tabatha Wagner, a bucket from Mariah Wyatt, and three free throws from Alivia Short cut into the lead and left the Eagles up 23-11 at the half.

“I thought our kids came out and did everything we asked of them,” said Stone. “There’s no hanging our heads with this.”

“Our defense allowed us to survive,” explained Law. “We played very well on both ends of the floor in the second half.”

The Eagle defense stifled the Apaches all game long forcing them into 20 turnovers while limiting them to just five field goals in 22 attempts.

They also held a commanding 24-12 advantage on the boards.

“In the second half they (Oak Hill) got on a run and it just got away from us,” said Stone. “We had to find a way to get shots and we just couldn’t.”

Westgate led the Eagle scorers with 15 points on five of eight shooting and grabbed seven rebounds.

“We wanted her to catch and shoot it as they (Wabash) had their defense packed in,” said Law.

Law was also impressed with the play of Marissa Wilk and Andrea Wilk coming off the bench. Both Wilks scored eight points not missing a shot. Andrea Wilk also had seven rebounds.

Wabash, which bows out of the season at 9-14, was led by Alivia Short’s seven points while Mariah Wyatt scored five.

“You have to tip your hat to Oak Hill,” said Stone. “It’s a great team … a state championship team.”

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