DANVILLE — The defensive pressure from the Armstrong-Potomac Lady Trojans were too much for the Westville Lady Tigers as the Trojans advanced to the Vermilion County Principal’s Association Girls Basketball Tournament Championship with a 46-34 win on Wednesday.
Westville started well with getting open looks for their 3 point shooter Morgan Gallion (11 points) and took an early lead in the game.
“I thought we did a decent job of moving the ball and getting good looks early we just didn’t get the shots to fall late and that is attribute to Armstrong-Potomac, they have a good program and they played good defense tonight,” Westville coach Mike Chandler said.
As Armstrong-Potomac started to put more defensive pressure outside on the shooters, it slowed Westville down and this allowed the Lady Trojans to take a 17-10 lead at the end of the first quarter.
Throughout the game, Armstrong-Potomac continued their good ball movement especially from Rachel Miles (six points, seven rebounds, four assists and two steals) and timely cuts to the basket by Morgan Zindars (11 points) and Abbie Stewart (nine points) as the offense began to heat up in the second quarter as the Trojans took a 27-17 halftime lead.
“We really worked hard in practice to move the ball and get good open looks in the game,” Zindars said.
The Lady Trojans got after it defensively as the second half started and continued to make things tough on the Lady Tigers. As the Lady Trojans spread the lead to 15 points, they put a lot of pressure on the Lady Tigers and it frustrated Westville’s shooters.
“We really work at the defensive end and that is our strong point, we emphasis playing good defense and trying to hold teams under 40 as coach wants,” Stewart said.
As the quarter was coming to the end, the Lady Tigers would not quit and got some good looks for Adrianne Pate (nine points, nine rebounds, three steals) and Ji’cee Lacey (six points, six rebounds) to close the gap to 37-29 after three quarters.
“We really focus on the defense end and tonight we did a good job of that, on the offensive side I thought we had quick ball movement and good passing to get good looks at the basket,” Armstrong-Potomac coach Nick Hipsher said.
This was evident as the fourth quarter got under way as the Lady Trojans some key steals and easy buckets to stretch the lead back out to 13 points. Westville played hard to the finish but couldn’t cut into the lead Armstrong-Potomac had built.
Westville (5-17 overall) will face off against Oakwood for 5th place, while Armstrong-Potomac (16-4) will play for the championship against Bismarck-Henning Friday night at the David S. Palmer Arena.