Hoosier hysteria was in full swing at Oak Hill Friday night as semi-final action of the girls sectional took place. Two games were on tap to decide who would play for a sectional title Saturday.
In game one Wabash took on North Miami in a rematch from January 20th that the Lady Warriors won 46-38. Game two would have the same outcome as the Warriors held off a late Wabash rally to defeat the Apaches 50-44.
North Miami would jump out to a 4-0 lead off buckets from Caily Bolser and Cailyn Bolser before a Bailey Yoakum bucket made it 4-2. Adria Hartley and Caily Bolser made it 8-2. Yoakum would hit again for an 8-4 score. Bailey Keim would then give the Warriors a 12-5 lead with two jumpers before the Apaches made a run. Wabash would get a free throw from Carmen Higdon that started an 8-0 run to give Wabash a 13-12 lead. MaryAnn Freeman would hit the final bucket of the quarter as North Miami led 14-13 after one.
Hartley would hit a jumper, followed by two Hannah Hall free throws to start the second quarter and give the Warriors a 17-13 lead before Hope Unger made it 17-16 with a long ball. North Miami led 1916 after a Cailyn Bolser bucket when Abby Vinopal hit, followed by two Higdon free throws to put Wabash up 20-19. With the score tied at 21 a Yoakum free throw, answered by a Caily Bolser three mad it 24-22 North Miami. Vinopal would tie the score before two Caily Bolser free throws made it 26-24 at the half.
Wabash would grab the lead early in the third on a Higdon three that was answered by a Hall three to put North Miami up 29-27. Unger would then drain her second three to put the Apaches back up 30-29 when the Warriors would go on a 7-0 run, Hartley would hit, followed by a Hall three and another Hartley bucket to grab a 36-30 lead. Wabash would score the last three points of the quarter on a Yoakum free throw and a Wagner bucket to make it 36-33 North Miami after three.
The Warriors would start the fourth quarter on a 6-0 run to open a 42-33 lead. The Bolser sisters did all the damage. Higdon would stop the run with a three to make it 41-36 before the Warriors went on another run, opening a 50-38 lead. Just when it looked as though the game was put away the Apaches made it interesting when Higdon hit two free throws, followed by a Yoakum steal for two free throws to make it 50-42 with 32 seconds left to play. Abby Vinopal then scored with 21 seconds left, making it 50-44 with the Apaches stealing the ball. A North Miami foul gave the Apaches two free throws with 10 seconds left with both being missed before time ran out.
North Miami scoring : Caily Bolser 13, Cailyn Bolser 13, Bailey Keim 4, Adria Hartley 9, Hannah Hall 9, MaryAnn Freeman 2.
Wabash scoring : Abby Vinopal 4, Tabby Wagner 6, Carmen Higdon 11, Hope Unger 6, Bailey Yoakum 16, Alivia Short 1.
Up next was the Manchester Lady Squires taking on Oak Hill.
The #1 Lady Eagles would flex their muscle and height advantage from the opening tip, defeating the Squires 54-27.
Oak Hill would jump out to a 6-0 lead off two buckets from Taylor Westgate and one from Adrianna Trexler before Sydney Day made it 6-2. Oak Hill would do the rest of the scoring in the quarter, going on a 10-0 run. Kristin Dubois would hit two free throws and drain a three with Kaela Robey and Westgate adding buckets. Oak Hill led 16-2 after one.
Manchester would get the first points of the second quarter on an Eva Bazzoni three to make it 16-5 before the Lady Eagles scored 7 straight for a 23-5 lead. Brittany McCorkle would hit, followed by a Westgate three point play. Jenessa Hasty would finish the run with a bucket. Erika Kendall stopped the run with two free throws to make it 23-7. Oak Hill would then score 6 straight off buckets from Robey, Hasty and McCorkle to raise the lead tp 29-7. Sydney Day then found the bottom of the net from long range to make it 29-10 before a Dubois bucket and a Westgate three point play ended the half with Oak Hill leading 35-10.
Kaela Robey would get the first bucket of the third quarter before Manchester would score 7 straight. Emma West would hit two free throws, followed by a three from day and two more West free throws to make it 37-17. Jenessa Hasty would stop the Manchester run as the teams traded buckets. Oak Hill led 42-20 after three.
Kennedy Fierstos would hit two free throws to start the fourth quarter before Oak Hill went on a 9-0 run. Adrea Wilk would start the run with Robey and Westgate adding points. Oak Hill led 51-22 before going on to the 54-27 final
Manchester scoring : Kennedy Fierstos 6, Emma West 4, Sydney Day 7, Eva Bazzoni 3, Erika Kendall 6
Oak Hill scoring : Kristin Dubois 10, Brittany McCorkle 4, Jenessa Hasty 5, Brooke Law 1, Kaela Robey 10, Adrianna Trexler 2, Taylor Westgate 18, Andrea Wilk 4.