2A NORTH JUDSON REGIONAL
Saturday, March 15
Game 1 — Woodlan (18-6) vs. Winamac (14-8), 11 a.m. Eastern Time.
Game 2 — Hammond Noll (21-3) vs. Westview (20-4), follows.
Championship — 8:30 p.m.
A Coach's Perspective
Rob Yoder, Westview — "(Noll is) really a perimeter-oriented team. Their two best players (Larry Crisler and Tyreon Gates) are 6-3 (off) guards who love to pull up and shoot, and if you come at them, they will straight-line, hard-drive it. It’s not a team that scores a lot in the post. They’re comparable to us in size, though they do have one 6-5 guy who starts sometimes. They have very willing shooters and will probably shoot a lot of 3-point shots. If we can rebound, hold them to one shot per possession, that will be huge, but that’s not easy, because long shots can equal long rebounds. In general, we’ve gotta take care of the ball and get shots within our offense."
Westview: Jordyn Bontrager (5-11 sr.; 17.5 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 4.1 apg, 1.6 spg, 53 percent on 2s, 42-of-102 on 3s for 41 percent), Chandler Aspy (6-3 jr.; 15.3 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 51 percent on 2s), Jamar Weaver (5-11 sr.; 9.1 ppg, 40-of-92 on 3s for 43 percent), Judah Zickafoose (6-4 sr.; 9.0 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 1.5 bpg, 54 percent on 2s), Daron Miller (6-0 jr.; 3.7 ppg).
Hammond Noll: Larry Crisler (6-3 sr.; 16.2 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 3.7 apg, 2.7 spg), Tyreon Gates (6-3 sr.; 13.6 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 1.7 spg, 30-of-75 on 3s for 40 percent), Marquis Tarver (5-10 sr.; 12.9 ppg, 2.5 apg, 1.9 spg, 38-of-97 on 3s for 39 percent), Roman Penn (5-10 so.; 5.2 ppg), Jalen Hord (6-4 sr.; 4.5 ppg).
Things To Know
Westview: The Warriors have won nine straight games and are coming off their sixth sectional title in the last nine years. ... Westview beat Noll 69-55 in a 2008 regional semifinal on its way to taking the most recent of its four regional crowns, and lost to Noll 51-41 in a 2011 regional final, each of those games at North Judson. ... Sagarin rating: 72.3.
Noll: The 2A No. 5-ranked Warriors, the lone AP Top 10 team in the field, have won 14 of their last 15 games and are coming off their sixth sectional title in the last 14 years. ... Crisler is an Indiana University baseball recruit. ... Coach Josh Belluomini is in his first season, having succeeded Drew Trost, who resigned after last season to take a coaching job in his native Salt Lake City. ... Noll followed the above-mentioned 2011 win over Westview, the most recent of its four regional titles, by capturing the 2A northern semistate, before being nipped 43-42 by Indianapolis Park Tudor in the state championship. ... Sagarin rating: 79.8.
Woodlan: The Warriors won their first sectional title in 17 years with their 71-67 victory Monday over Fort Wayne Canterbury in the South Adams final. Greg White scored 18 points, Kadin Gerig 17, Jaylin Bennett 13 and Jeffery Jones 12. … Woodlan, champion of the Allen County Athletic Conference for both regular season and tourney, has won 15 of its last 17 games, including an overtime loss. ... Woodlan has never won a regional. ... Sagarin rating: 65.0.
Winamac: The Warriors won their first sectional title in 12 years with their 69-50 victory over North Judson in the Rensselaer Central final. ... Parker Fox, a 5-11 junior guard, is averaging 12.0 points, 3.5 assists and 2.2 steals, while seven other players average between 4.3 and 8.2 points. ... Winamac went 7-0 in the Midwest Conference this season and has won 10 of its last 11 overall. ... The most recent of Winamac’s two regional crowns came in 1932. ... Sagarin rating: 60.2.