OD, Argos roll into Sectional 51 semis
HAMLET — Two games, two big blowouts at the Class A Girls Basketball Sectional 51 Wednesday at The Den.
In the opener, host Oregon-Davis ran off 27 unanswered points to open the game and limited Westville to four points through three quarters en route to an 83-18 victory.
Meanwhile, Argos rattled off 22 consecutive points over a nine-minute span in the first half and settled for a mere 30-point margin in a 52-22 rout of Michigan City Marquette in the nightcap.
Semifinal play picks up Friday with Culver Community and Triton tipping off at 6:30 p.m. ET, while Class A No. 2 OD and Argos follow at approximately 8 p.m.
OD 83, WESTVILLE 18
The Lady Cats pulled off their patented full-court press midway through the first frame but still managed to pile up a total of 46 points off 35 Westville turnovers.
In addition to the game-opening 27-0 spree, OD, which collected its 10th straight win, also reeled off stretches of 25 and 26 straight points against the overmatched Blackhawks.
“We got off to a good start,” OD head coach Terry Minix said. “Westville was a little undermanned; they had two girls who couldn’t play and that hurt them. We wanted to cause some havoc.”
OD junior forward Haley Collings finished with a game-high 23 points on 10 of 11 from the field, several of those as the first player down the floor on the break. She also hauled in nine rebounds and snagged four steals in approximately 14 minutes of action.
“That’s the thing about Haley, she’s improved so much defensively, she can get the rebound and be the first one down the floor,” Minix said. “It’s four or five strides and she’s down the floor. It’s a lot like a Cody Zeller but without the dunks.”
Junior guard Ashley Campbell added 16 points, four assists and four steals for the Cats. Her 3-pointer off a Westville turnover kicked off the evening’s scoring and set OD well on its way to victory.
Freshman guard Taylor Kranenburg chipped in 14 points and eight rebounds off the bench in extended playing time.
In fact, OD’s second string played the entire second frame, outscoring Westville 12-0 as part of a 50-2 first half. The reserves also played part of the third quarter and the whole fourth in a tournament-seasoning exercise.
“We told the subs we’re not expecting you to score like the others because we’re not pressing, but if you can hold them to no points you can say you did a better job on defense,” Minix said. “That’s what they did.
“We wanted to get them some minutes in a tournament setting,” he added. “Taylor Kranenburg can put the ball in the basket, the question is can she handle the pressure? Kendra Sauer is one of our mainstays. Ashley Clark can usually score, and we’re going to need minutes from Lincy Jones. We’re going to have to go eight or nine deep if we want to go deep in the tournament. The subs came in and did what we wanted them to do.”
Also for the Cats, Alicia McIntosh finished with nine points, seven assists and five steals; Jessica Avarone tacked on eight points and six rebounds; and freshman guard Lexi Minix dished out five assists.
Shaina Jacks recorded nine points and six rebounds for Westville, which connected on just 2-of-28 attempts from the field through the initial 24 minutes.
CLASS A SECTIONAL 51
• OREGON-DAVIS 83, WESTVILE 18
Score by quarters
Westville: 2 2 4 18
OD: 38 50 78 83
WESTVILLE (18): Grethell Burckhardt 0 0-0 0, Shaina Jacks 3 3-6 9, Ashley Harris 0 0-0 0, Michaela Schrader 1 0-0 2, Stephanie Popp 2 0-0 4, Hanna Antikainen 1 1-2 3, Megan Henrich 0 0-0 0, Amber Haack 0 0-0 0, Krysten Wilson 0 0-0 0, Brooke Mikey 0 0-0 0. TOTALS: 7 4-8 18.
OD (83): Taylor Kranenburg 6 1-2 14, Ashley Campbell 7 1-4 16, Alicia McIntosh 4 0-1 9, Riley Trott 1 1-2 3, Jessica Avarone 3 2-2 8, Kendra Sauer 2 0-0 4, Zoe Seese 1 0-0 2, Lexi Minix 2 0-0 4, Ashley Clark 0 0-0 0, Katie Marsh 0 0-0 0, Haley Collings 10 3-5 23, Lincy Jones 0 0-0 0. TOTALS: 36 8-16 83.
3-point goals: Westville none, OD (Campbell, McIntosh, Kranenburg); Turnovers: Westville 35, OD 14; Rebounds: Westville 26 (Jacks 6), OD 49 (Collings 9); Assists: Westville 3, OD 25 (McIntosh 7); Steals: Westville 6, OD 24 (McIntosh 5); Fouls (fouled out): Westville 10 (none), OD 10 (none); Records: Westville 4-17 (final), OD 19-3.
Argos senior post Kayla Prochno dominated the interior and personally outscored the Blazers with 23 points on 10-of-12 shooting from the field. She tallied 12 points during the Dragons’ decisive first-half run and also yanked down eight boards in an all-around mighty showing.
“Kayla’s just been playing like gangbusters,” Argos head coach Gary Teel said. “She’s a quiet leader; she leads in the way she works to get open. It was a great effort by Kayla Prochno under the basket, and she did a great job finishing. The whole team was unselfish and looking for Kayla and Amanda Middleton inside, and when the ball went in to the post and our post players were covered, they did a great job kicking it outside to our shooters.”
Prochno’s offensive accuracy also afforded the Dragons the luxury of executing the defensive game plan that ultimately staked them to a 26-4 advantage with 5 minutes left in the first half.
“We wanted to press, and if you’re going to full-court press you have to score,” Teel said. “We scored early and created more opportunities with a couple steals. The kids did a great job. It was imperative that we get off to a good start.”
Argos senior guard Karlee Van Der Weele filled up the stat sheet with 13 points, eight boards, five assists and five steals. With the score knotted at 4-all, Van Der Weele led off Argos’ big run with a tie-breaking basket and followed immediately with a steal and bucket as the Dragons seized command.
“That’s another senior,” Teel said. “Two seniors — Karlee and Kayla — showed leadership and unselfishness. That was evident with Karlee’s dribble penetration and passing to Kayla and Amanda. Karlee had a lot of rebounds, too. I’m proud of the all-around effort from Karlee.”
Junior guard Shelby Sanders finished with eight points, highlighted by a pair of triples during the big Argos run and also distributed five assists. Kelsey Kring, playing in place of Libby Moyer, who missed the game with an illness, ripped down a game-high nine boards for the Dragons, and freshman Valerie Rospopo scooped up four steals.
“Kelsey Kring had to start because Libby Moyer was sick and couldn’t be here, and Kelsey filled in with quite a few rebounds,” Teel said. “Shelby Sanders hit two 3s. Shacoda Leed and Val Rospopo played very well, too. It was a great team effort, with a couple of outstanding individual efforts from Kayla and Karlee. I’m proud of the whole team.”
Colleen Falk scored 11 points to pace the Blazers, who finished 8 of 43 from the field — the bulk of those attempts from the perimeter against Argos’ 2-3 zone.
CLASS A SECTIONAL 51
• ARGOS 52, MARQUETTE 22
Score by quarters
Argos: 22 30 38 52
Marquette: 4 7 17 22
ARGOS (52): Shacoda Leed 1 0-0 2, Valerie Rospopo 1 0-0 2, Mariah Lineberry 0 0-0 0, Karlee Van Der Weele 6 0-2 13, Hannah Harrell 0 0-0 0, Shelby Sanders 3 0-0 8, Kelsey Kring 0 0-0 0, Courtney DeMont 0 0-2 0, Amanda Middleton 2 0-0 4, Kayla Prochno 10 3-3 23, Jenni Fishburn 0 0-0 0. TOTALS: 23 3-7 52.
MARQUETTE (22): Sydney Mussman 1 0-0 3, Beth Bobillo 0 1-2 1, Dakota Kaplan 0 0-0 0, Hannah Weber 1 0-0 3, Seroyah Johnson 0 0-0 0, D’acia Kincaid 2 0-0 4, Colleen Falk 4 3-6 11, Kathryn Range 0 0-0 0. TOTALS: 8 4-8 22.
3-point goals: Argos 3 (Sanders 2, Van Der Weele), Marquette 2 (Mussman, Weber); Turnovers: Argos 14, Marquette 20; Rebounds: Argos 40 (Kring 9), Marquette 30 (Weber 8); Assists: Argos 14 (Van Der Weele, Sanders 5), Marquette 5; Steals: Argos 15 (Van Der Weele 5), Marquette 6; Fouls (fouled out): Argos 11 (none), Marquette 4 (none); Records: Argos 11-10, Marquette 2-18 (final).