by JOHN HOWLEY / sportingpumpkin.com
WILLIAMSPORT — Zane Trace controlled the final few minutes to escape Westfall with a 44-41 win Tuesday.
The score was tied at 31-31 to start the fourth. Westfall got five points from Reese Moehl, three from Tara Wolfe and two from Grace Wolfe to get out in front 41-35 midway through the final period.
From that point on, the Pioneers kept the Mustangs from scoring and chipped away at the lead.
With 1:03 to play, a free throw from Gracey McCullough made it a one-point game. About 10 seconds later, the Mustangs turned the ball over and the ensuing possesion ended with ZT’s Kendra Detillion scoring her only basket of the night which put her Pioneers in the lead.
Kinley May added two free throws for ZT – her only points off the night as well – with 16 seconds left.
The Mustangs’ last chance to tie the game was off the mark and ZT’s Emily Allen grabbed the rebound as the clock wound down to zeroes.
The game got off to a slow start with both teams struggling from the field. ZT was 4-15 and Westfall 3-11 as the Pioneers led 9-7.
The Mustangs found their shot in the second going 7-10 and Paige Weiss had eight points in the period as they took a 26-19 lead at halftime.
The third quarter didn’t go so well for the host Mustangs as they were 1-11 (a three-pointer from Gabby Patete) from the field as Zane Trace came back to tie the game heading into the final quarter.
McCullough was the game’s leading scorer with 15 points and Allen had a double-double for the Pioneers with 12 points and 11 rebounds.
Overall, ZT had a 34-25 rebounding edge with McCullough grabbing eight.
Weiss led Westfall with 10 points while Marianna Packer had eight and Tara Wolfe, Moehl and Patete each had seven.
Tara Wolfe led Westfall with five rebounds and Packer and Patete each had four.
The regular season complete, the Mustangs (4-18, 2-12) head to Fairland Thursday to take on the No. 4 seed in opening-round action of the Division III Southeast District tournament. Zane Trace (3-17, 1-11) is at Paint Valley tomorrow night.
Zane Trace 44, Westfall 41
Adena — Brooklyn Wade 2-0-5, Emily Allen 6-0-12, Alara Crow 2-0-4, Kinley May 0-2-2, Gracey McCullough 7-1-15, Kendra Detillion 1-0-2, Kyrsten Oneil 1-2-4. Three-point goals — Wade. Total — 19-47 5-11 44.
Westfall — Marianna Packer 2-2-8, Tara Wolfe 2-3-7, Grace Wolfe 0-2-2, Paige Weiss 4-0-10, Reese Moehl 3-0-7, Gabby Patete 3-0-7. Three-point goals — Packer (2), Weiss (2), Moehl, Patete. Total — 14-42 7-7 41.
Quarter scores 1 2 3 4 F
Zane Trace 9 10 12 13 44
Westfall 7 19 5 10 41