NORTH JUDSON — Westview is in the Final Four.
Barely rested after a grueling double-overtime afternoon semifinal win over Hammond Noll, the Warriors gutted through a slow start against Winamac to win a 69-53 Class 2A regional championship on Saturday, March 15.
"We knew we might not have the energy we had this morning. I don’t think we were concerned down 8-nothing. It’s 32 minutes of basketball," said Westview coach Rob Yoder, who watched his club fall behind 8-0 three minutes into the game.
"A lot credit goes to the kids to getting on a run and closing out the half to give us a cushion," Yoder said. "You’ve got to gut through it."
Chandler Aspy finished with 16 points and eight rebounds for Westview, following up a 24-point performance in a semifinal victory over Hammond Noll.
Jordyn Bontrager added 15 points, including 10 in the final quarter, while Jamar Weaver contributed 13 points. The Warriors (22-4) will now take on Lewis Cass (22-2) in a northern semistate on Saturday, March 22.
The IHSAA will determine on Sunday whether the game will be played at Huntington North or Lafayette Jeff.
Westview won’t quibble on a site.
"It’s a crazy feeling. I never would have imagined this at the start of the year," said Aspy, a junior. "We’ve worked hard all year and we’re playing the best basketball we have."
"At the beginning of the season, if you would have told me we’d reach this point, I never would have believed it," Bontrager said. "There’s just something about this team."