Goshen hands Westview first home loss of the year

Goshen thinks its due a little more respect. Knocking off one-loss Westview at home should help the Redskins get it.
Posted on Feb. 15, 2013 at 12:00 a.m.

TOPEKA — Anyone who heard the war cries outside of Goshen’s locker room would think the Redskins were preparing for battle.

In reality, Goshen was celebrating the fight it had just won.

The Redskins arrived at Topeka ready to prove their place among the best teams in Northern Indiana and ended up snapping Westview’s 14-game winning streak in front of a jam-packed house in the process.

So forgive some noise from an ecstatic group of players, and, as coach Brian Bechtel hopes, give them a little more credit.

“We feel like sometimes people don’t give us the respect that we deserve,” he said. “We went through a really rigourous NLC schedule. I think we’ve grown up a lot since NLC play.”

Goshen (12-6) demanded that respect from the opening tip, erupting on a 9-0 lead early in the game. The Redskins would only trail once the entire contest, winning 49-43.

“That was important for our mentality because we understood that at that point we weren’t going to back down, that we were going to keep going the entire game,” senior Sam Stegelmann said of the quick start.

Stegelmann and Jesse Good kept the pace with 14 and 12 points apiece, while fellow senior Austin Woolett swarmed the boards in the first half. Junior Deric Haynes came off the bench to score seven third-quarter points and extend Goshen’s lead heading into the final period.

When Westview’s Kyle Miller hit a jumper to give the Warriors (17-2) its first and only lead of the night, Stegelmann hit a quick 3-pointer to reclaim the advantage. Stegelmann brushed off his clutch three, saying it just happened to be his “turn in the scope of the offense.”

Coupled with only six total turnovers and 11-15 free throws in the fourth quarter, Goshen only let Westview sniff within four points twice the entire final period.

The loss marked Westview’s first since Dec. 6 and first at home all year. But Westview coach Rob Yoder cares about losing so late in the season more than breaking a winning streak.

“That really matters less than the fact that you’re using the last games of the regular season to prepare for the sectional,” Yoder said. “Good teams don’t let you get away with mistakes. They were focused and they outplayed us and they deserve the credit.”

To Bechtel, a non-league win so close to sectionals helps cement his team’s confidence.

“Great sectional-type atmosphere,” he said. “For us to come of here and win, we had to be pretty good on both ends of the floor.”

Goshen 49, Westview 43

Goshen — Austin Henke 2-5 4-4 8, Sam Stegelmann 4-11 5-6 14, Brady Bechtel 1-3 1-3 3, Jack Gingerich 0-0 0-0 0, Cristian Barron 0-0 0-0 0, Jesse Good 4-7 3-3 12, Deric Haynes 3-4 1-3 8, Alex Hartsough 0-1 0-0 0, Alex Haney 0-0 0-0 0, Austin Woolett 2-6 0-0 4. Totals: 16-37 (.432) 14-19 (.737) 49.

Westview — Jordyn Bontrager 4-12 1-1 9, Jamar Weaver 1-2 0-0 3, Cody Litwiller 0-0 0-0 0, Brett Yoder 0-1 0-0 0, Chandler Aspy 2-6 7-10 11, Nic Raber 3-5 2-28, Kyle Miller 5-7 1-1 12. Totals: 15-33 (.455) 11-14 (.786) 43.

Scoring By Quarters

Goshen 11 8 15 15 — 49

Westview 7 9 10 17 — 43

3-point goals: Goshen (3-8) — Stegleman, Good, Haynes; Westview (2-6) — Weaver, Miller.

Rebounds: Goshen (19) — Woolett 4; Westview (22) — Aspy 5.

Assists: Goshen (5) — Henke 2, Good 2; Westview (7) — Bontrager 4.

Steals: Goshen (5) — Bechtel 3; Westview (2) — Bontrager, Litwiller.

Turnovers: Goshen 6, Westview 12.

Fouls: Goshen 11, Westview 16.

Records: Goshen 12-6, Westview 17-2.

Next: Goshen at SB St. Joseph, Fremont at Westview, both Tuesday.

JV: Westview 45, Goshen 29. Top scorers: Westview — Buchanan Carpenter 15, Kolton Miller 15; Goshen — Alex Haney 8.

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