Strong finish pushes LaVille into 2nd round at Westview
TOPEKA — A mix of age and youth helped keep LaVille’s season alive in Tuesday’s opening round of the Class 2A Westview sectional.
Senior Codee Kimbel and sophomore Nick Amor combined for 17 of LaVille’s 19 fourth-quarter points as the Lancers escaped with a 41-37 win over Jimtown.
Amor, who took a shot to the head late, scored 10 points in the final period to help put LaVille (12-9) in Friday’s 7:30 p.m. semifinal against No. 7 Westview (19-2).
“I have high expectations for Nick and he has the same for himself,” LaVille head coach Michael Edison said. “I don’t think either one of us are really shocked. I do know he hit his head pretty hard and was getting examined, so hopefully he’ll be ready and good to go Friday.”
For Jimtown, the second loss to LaVille in four days ended the Jimmies’ season at 9-12.
“Missed shots and untimely turnovers were the two main things, and that’ll lose the game for you,” Jimtown coach Randy DeShone said.
LaVille was hot from outside early on. Andrew Hostetler had two 3-pointers and Jordyn Williams added another for the Lancers’ only points of the first quarter as they took a 9-8 lead.
A 3-pointer by Williams gave LaVille a 16-10 lead midway through the second quarter, but Jimtown finished the half with a 7-1 run. Just before halftime, Jimtown’s D.J. Washington took an inbounds pass, and with LaVille defenders making no effort to get in his way, nailed a half-court 3 at the buzzer to tie it at 17-17.
“That was a good momentum shift for them and got me a little too riled up at halftime,” Edison said.
A 3-pointer by Brae Beadles put Jimtown up 25-19 halfway through the third quarter. Despite a 9 1/2-minute field goal drought stretching back to the first half including a waved-off 3 by Williams just after the third period buzzer sounded, LaVille only trailed 27-22 going into the fourth quarter.
Kimbel scored the first six points for LaVille during the final period. In addition to a key steal with 40 seconds left, Amor put up 10 of LaVille’s final 13 points, including 5-of-6 shooting at the foul line in the closing minutes.
“(Amor and Kimbel) were the keys to them winning the game,” DeShone said. “You never want to lose, but Mike Edison has great kids that work hard and that he talks real highly of. It’s good for them and I congratulate them.”
Williams (12 points), Kimbel (11) and Amor (10) all scored in double figures for LaVille.
With 10 points, Beadles was the only Jimtown player to crack double digits. The senior also led all players with eight rebounds.
LaVille, which last won a sectional in 1986, will now reload for a shot at Westview, which is going for its fourth sectional title in six years.
“It’ll be a neat experience for our guys, but I don’t think they’re at the level where they’re just interested in neat experiences,” Edison said. “They’re interested in being competitive and having a good showing.”
• CLASS 2A
Score by quarters
LaVille: 9 17 22 41
Jimtown: 8 17 27 37
LAVILLE (41): Trenton Scott 0 0-0 0, Jordyn Williams 4 2-2 12, Drew Dutoi 0 0-0 0, Landon Manuel 0 0-0 0, Codee Kimbel 4 3-9 11, Andrew Hostetler 2 0-0 6, Nick Amor 2 6-8 10, Justin Baker 1 0-0 2. Totals: 13 11-19 41.
JIMTOWN (37): Alec Brown 0 0-0 0, Max Pollock 2 0-0 5, Corleone Desimone 0 0-0 0, D.J. Washington 3 0-1 7, Justin Brown 3 0-0 7, Brae Beadles 3 3-3 10, Brandon Abel 0 0-0 0, August Farwig 0 0-0 0, Brian Hosinski 3 2-3 8. Totals: 14 5-7 37.
3-point goals: LaVille 4 (Williams, Hostetler 2), Jimtown 4 (four with 1); Rebounds: LaVille 19 (Kimbel, Hostetler 5), Jimtown 20 (Beadles 8); Turnovers: LaVille 11, Jimtown 15; Fouls: LaVille 12, Jimtown 20; Records: LaVille 12-9, Jimtown 9-12 (final).