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VAN WERT - St. John’s gave Crestview all it could handle Saturday evening in the Division IV girls sectional final at Van Wert High School but the Lady Knights answered every Lady Jay run with a big shot and eventually held on for a 46-40 win.

In the second game, the Lincolnview Lady Lancers and the Jefferson Lady Wildcats faced off. After a closely-contested game, the Lady Lancers held off Jefferson 49-43.


Crestview will battle Kalida in the 6:15 p.m. opener of Thursday’s Lima Senior District semis, while Lincolnview tangles with Ottoville in the second game.


In the first game Saturday, Crestview (21-2) led from start to finish after opening the first quarter on a 9-2 run.

“We knew it was going to be a battle; everybody is 0-0 at this point. St. John’s played some good teams awful close,” Crestview coach Greg Rickard said. “They have got some good seniors on their team - good senior leadership. We knew it wasn’t going to be easy; we knew we were going to have to fight. We got off to a good start and just kind of held on.”

St. John’s pulled within four, 12-8, at the end of a quarter but trailed 23-14 at the half.

The Lady Jays (9-15) wouldn’t go away easily and pulled within four, 29-25, at the 42.4-second mark of the third quarter. Crestview sophomore forward Terra Crowle answered with a trey to return the Lady Knight lead to 32-25.

Crestview got another huge shot early in the fourth, this time from sophomore point guard Mackenzie Riggenbach. Junior guard Amanda Boberg nailed a 3-pointer to bring St. John’s within four, 34-30.

The shot seemingly turned the momentum to the Lady Jays but Riggenbach answered with a 15-foot jump shot to return the lead to six. Riggenbach drilled a trey on the ensuing possession to run the Lady Knight lead to nine and force a St. John’s timeout.

“That was huge. She’s done that all year… Those were two big shots to get it back up to nine. Without those shots, it’s anybody’s game,” explained Rickard.

Sophomore forward Lindsey Motycka then added a single free throw to give Crestview a 40-30 lead with three minutes to play in the game. Crestview began to eat clock and the teams traded baskets to keep the Lady Knight lead at 10. The Lady Jays got a pair of free throws from senior forward Katie Vorst and a steal-and-score from sophomore guard Tara Vorst to draw within six late but Crestview made 5-of-7 free throws down the stretch to take the 46-40 win.

St. John’s hit on only 3-of-8 in the first quarter and 3-of-7 in the second. The 40-percent clip in the first half was something St. John’s mentor Dan J. Grothouse pointed to.

“I thought we really battled. I’m proud of our kids and how we came out, played and defended,” Grothouse said. “I thought early in the game, we got some decent looks at the basket and didn’t get the opportunity to score. You’ve got to keep scoring with Crestview because they’ve got different kids who can score from the outside, score from the inside and go off the dribble, so you’ve got to keep up with them in terms of scoring. I thought we got decent looks and just didn’t knock some shots down.”

For the game, the Lady Jays shot 38 percent (14-of-37) to Crestview’s 59 percent (16-of-27). St. John’s got the extra shots due to 11 Lady Knight turnovers, while committing seven of its own. The Lady Knight scoring versatility showed in the scoring column. Freshman forward Emily Bauer led the team with 12 points, Riggenbaugh had 11 and Motycka added nine.

“We had a lot of girls step up. You see our scoring; again it was closely balanced tonight,” Rickard added. “If you take someone out of the game, someone else is going to step up. That’s been our game all year.”

Bauer had six rebounds and three blocks. The Lady Knights grabbed 17 boards to 11 for St. John’s.

Vorst led the Lady Jays in her final game in the blue-and-gold with 18 points ,including an 8-of-8 clip from the charity stripe. The next closest scorer was freshman forward Sydney Fischbach with six. “We needed Katie to step up and she did,” Grothouse added. “Her will was that she wasn’t going to lose. She took the ball to the basket; she did everything she could to give us an opportunity. I’m not sure she even came off the floor for 32 minutes. What a great effort. I thought rebounding was a key; a lot of times we lost a rebound and they were able to get another possession and score.”

In the nightcap, the Lady Lancers started off quickly. Julia Thatcher started the scoring and Katie Dye followed that with a basket on the next possession to take a 4-0 lead. After a free throw by Rileigh Stockwell, Kaitlyn Brant and Dye hit consecutive baskets to push the Lady Lancers’ lead to 8-1 with three minutes to play in the first. Later in the quarter with the score 11-3, the Lady Wildcats made a comeback. Stockwell hit an easy shot, followed by two free throws by Hannah Sensibaugh to make the score 11-7, which is where the first quarter ended.

Claire Dye hit a basket to begin the second quarter for Lincolnview to make the score 13-7 but Jefferson continued its comeback. Stockwell hit two straight baskets to get within three, then Katie Goergens added a bucket to cut the lead down to one. A few possessions later, Stockwell hit one out of two free throws to tie the game at 13. Both teams played the rest of the quarter even, ending the first half tied at 17-17.

Late in the third quarter with the game still tied, this time at 27-27, Lincolnview took a 1-point lead on a free throw by Hannah McCleery. On the next possession, Brant hit a basket to give Lincolnview a 30-27 lead at the end of the third quarter.

The Lady Lancers outscored Jefferson 9-2 to begin the fourth quarter to take a 39-29 lead. Katie Dye led the run with five points and Brant added the other four. The Lady Wildcats did not go away easily, though. Jefferson went on a furious 14-4 run to tie the game at 43-43 with 2:30 left to play in the game. During the run, the Lady Wildcats had points from five different players, including four by Brooke Culp and a three by Makayla Binkley.

After the Lady Wildcats tied the game, the Lady Lancers took over the last two minutes of the game. Katie Dye hit two free throws to give the lead back to Lincolnview, then McCleery hit a short jump shot to make the score 47-43. With under a minute to play, Brant hit two more free throws for the Lady Lancers to finally put away Jefferson and secure the victory.

Katie Dye led all scorers in the game with 18 points for Lincolnview, while Brant added 17.

The victory moves the Lady Lancers to 19-5 on the season and earns them a trip to districts.

“It feels great to moves on to districts. We knew coming in it was going to be a battle to play Delphos Jefferson for a third time and it was,” said Lincolnview coach Dan Williamson. “They played us tough. They knew what we wanted to do and we knew what they wanted to do. It was just a matter of who was going to execute better and down the stretch, we were able to do that just a little better. It’s an awesome feeling for these kids to experience this victory.”

Stockwell led the Lady Wildcats with 17 points, while Culp added 12.

The loss ends the Lady Wildcats’ season with a record of 8-17.

“I thought we gave a good effort. We had a couple of crucial turnovers and gave up easy baskets that we didn’t get back on,” said Jefferson mentor David Hoffman. “We played them twice before and they blew us out a couple times but we got ourselves in a good position and got some kids good playing experience. They made their free throws in the end and that’s what won the ball game.”


Game 1

ST. JOHN’S (2pt, 3pt. FT. Pts.)

K. Vorst 5-12 0-0 8-8 18, Saine 1-4 1-5 0-0 5, Recker 1-3 0-2 0-0 2, E. Fischbach 0-0 0-1 0-0 0, S. Fischbach 2-3 0-0 2-2 6, Zuber 1-2 0-0 0-0 2, Schnipke 0-1 0-0 0-0 0, T. Vorst 2-2 0-0 0-0 2, Boberg 0-1 1-1 0-0 3.


Riggenbach 2-5 1-3 4-4 11, Motycka 2-4 0-0 5-7 9, Bauer 5-6 0-0 2-3 12, Mercer 2-2 0-2 0-0 4, Crowle 0-0 2-3 0-0 6, Henry 1-1 0-0 0-0 2, Hicks 1-1 0-0 0-0 2.

Score by Quarters:

St. John’s    8   6   13 13 - 40

Crestview   12  11   9 14 - 46


Game 2

Lincolnview (49) (2-pt, 3-pt, FT, Pts)

K. Thatcher 1-2 0-0 0-0 2, C. Dye 2-5 0-2 0-1 4, K Dye 5-7 0-3 8-9 18, J. Thatcher 1-4 0-1 3-6 5, McCleery 1-2 0-0 1-2 3, Brant 7-7 0-0 3-4 17.

Jefferson (43)

Culp 4-6 0-0 4-4 12, Goergens 1-4 1-3 0-0 5, Stockwell 5-9 0-0 7-12 17, Sensibaugh 0-2 0-1 6-6 6, Binkley 0-3 1-2 0-2 3

Score by Quarters:

Lincolnview   11  6 13 19 – 49

Jefferson        7 10 10 16 – 43


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