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Zickafoose fitting back in with Westview, and it shows against Fairfield

Senior helps Warriors into NECC semis; Falcon girls also win.


Posted on Jan. 16, 2014 at 12:00 a.m. | Updated on Jan. 16, 2014 at 1:11 a.m.

BENTON — Westview finally has a full bench, and more enticingly, is getting closer to a full Judah Zickafoose.

Two Warrior reserves — Chase Anderson and Daron Miller — made their first game appearances of the boys basketball season Wednesday, Jan. 15, while fellow sub Damon Hershberger played for just the second time. They’d been out for assorted reasons.

As for Zickafoose, he has been on the court since the beginning of the season, but now the last remnants of rust are starting to disappear for the gifted, 6-foot-3 senior who sat out last year to concentrate on landing a since-landed baseball scholarship.

With Zickafoose looking plenty comfortable, and with that increased bench support, Westview roared to a 71-55 victory over host Fairfield in a Northeast Corner Conference Tournament quarterfinal.

Earlier in the evening in a girls quarter that matched the league’s two leading teams in the standings, the Falcons pulled away in the second half for a 43-29 victory that snapped the Warriors’ seven-game winning streak.

Westview’s boys (5-2) host Prairie Heights (8-2) in a semifinal Friday, and based on the fact that sites are determined by boys results this year, Fairfield’s girls (10-2) will be facing Prairie Heights (7-7) on Westview’s court earlier in the night.

Championship games in the tourney are set for Saturday at West Noble.

BOYS GAME

Chandler Aspy poured in a game-high 24 points, Zickafoose added 16 points and nine rebounds, Jamar Weaver tallied a dozen points, and Jordyn Bontrager contributed 11 points to go with game highs of 11 boards and six assists as Westview had no trouble shaking off a long layoff.

Playing for the first time in 18 days due to postponements, the Warriors led 37-26 by halftime and 61-41 by the opening minute of the fourth quarter.

Zickafoose, a key backup as a freshman and sophomore before missing last season, was a major factor throughout, and is thrilled to be back in the basketball mix.

“I love these guys,” Zickafoose said. “Since freshman year, Jamar and Jordyn, we’ve all been buddies, hung around together, along with some of the other guys coming up, and it’s been a great experience to also play with them again.”

A highly regarded baseball prospect, Zickafoose secured a scholarship in that sport last summer to Grand Canyon University, a program in Phoenix that is transitioning to Division I.

“It was hard,” Zickafoose said of opting not to play basketball last winter, “but in the long run, I can see that it helped me and (the basketball team). They had other kids come up and play, and I able to concentrate on my one goal, to get to college and play baseball.”

Zickafoose wasn’t sure that he’d return to basketball this winter until October.

“I didn’t decide until three weeks before the season started,” Zickafoose said. “I was messing around in PE, trying to get my shot back, but when I came back (coach Rob Yoder) said he needed my rebounding and for me to be a defensive player, and the offense will come with time. So I tried not to do too much offensively, unlike in past years. And it’s just coming more natural now that I’m a little older, a little more mature.”

“The thing that’s always been consistent with Judah is bringing energy and passion to his play,” Yoder said. “He’s unselfish, and once you combine that with his athletic ability and starting to play every day again after a year off, I think he can really help us.”

The coach thinks his now fully stocked bench can help too.

“You saw some mistakes from those guys tonight with turnovers, but some of them are just now starting to play, and they’re playing against guys on the other team who have been playing every day,” Yoder said. “They’re going to get better, and I think it’s going to help us as we develop a little more of a rotation.”

Westview helped itself Wednesday to an overwhelming effort on the glass, outrebounding the Falcons 38-17.

“We pretty well got physically handled,” Fairfield coach Troy Beachy said. “You saw it, parents saw it, the crowd saw it. They pushed us around physically, just manhandled us, and they shot well. That wasn’t a good combination for us.”

The Warriors hit 28-of-50 shots for 56 percent, while limiting the Falcons (6-4) to 38 percent.

Each team shot 3-pointers well, with Fairfield going 8-of-17 (paced by Brock Goeglein’s 4-of-6) and Westview 6-of-11 (including Weaver’s 4-of-7).

Goeglein’s 12 points led the Falcons. Joe Line added 10 points and five rebounds.

Girls Game

Fairfield abruptly took control late in the third quarter of a contest that had seen nine ties until then.

The ninth, though, was the start of a 12-0 spurt by the Falcons, good for a 35-25 spread entering the fourth quarter.

In the fourth, Westview (10-3) scored the first four points to close to 35-29, but then went scoreless over the final 6:30.

Alexis Zook, who just returned to game action 11 days earlier after undergoing labrum surgery, bounced off the bench to contribute 10 points, five rebounds and two steals for the winners. Katie Yates exactly matched each of those figures for Fairfield.

“I’ve got a bunch of girls that are very, very coachable,” Falcon coach Brodie Garber said. “To hold Westview to 29 points (the Warriors were averaging 55.9 going in) is pretty good.”

Fairfield piled up 13 steals along the way.

“We’ve got some people who can really defend,” Garber said. “A couple of them are small, but they move their feet well.”

For the Warriors, Maria McCoy powered to game-high totals of 12 points, 12 rebounds and two blocked shots.

NECC Tournament Quarterfinals

WESTVIEW 71, FAIRFIELD 55

(Boys)

Westview — Chandler Aspy 9-12 6-12 24, Judah Zickafoose 7-10 2-3 16, Brody Jantzi 0-2 0-0 0, Jamar Weaver 4-10 0-0 12, Jordyn Bontrager 4-9 1-2 11, Daron Miller 3-3 0-1 6, Andrew Yoder 0-1 0-0 0, Damon Hershberger 0-2 0-0 0, Cody Litwiller 0-0 0-0 0, Chase Andeson 1-1 0-0 2. Totals: 28-50 (.560) 9-18 (.500) 71.

Fairfield — Joe Line 1-10 8-8 10, Marcus Rodes 2-7 1-2 5, Clay Bontrager 0-1 0-0 0, Brock Goeglein 4-7 0-0 12, Keegan Showalter 1-2 3-6 5, 1-2 3-6 5, Sam Brown 1-1 0-0 2, Josh Stephens 3-6 1-1 9, John Stack 2-4 1-2 7, Mitch Dewitt 0-0 0-0 0, Thomas Martin 1-2 3-4 5. Totals: 15-40 (.375) 17-23 (.739) 55.

Scoring By Quarters

Westview 16 21 19 15 — 71

Fairfield 12 14 15 14 — 55

3-point goals: Westview (6-11) — Weaver 4-7, Bontrager 2-3; Fairfield (8-17) — Goeglein 4-6, Stack 2-4, Stephens 2-5.

Rebounds: Westview (38) — Bontrager 11, Zickafoose 9, Aspy 5; Fairfield (17) — Line 5, Martin 3.

Assists: Westview (15) — Bontrger 6; Fairfield (13) — Rodes 4, Stack 3.

Steals: Westview (6) — Aspy 2; Fairfield (6) — Rodes 2.

Turnovers: Westview 19, Fairfield 13.

Fouls: Westview 16, Fairfield 17. Fouled out — none.

Officials: David Spencer, Bruce Wirick, Granger; Jim Weinberg, New Carlisle.

Records: Westview 5-2, Fairfield 6-4.

Next: Prairie Heights at Westview in NECC Tournament semifinal Friday, Jan. 17; Fairfield in NECC Tourney consolation TBD Thursday, Jan. 16.

FAIRFELD 43, WESTVIEW 29

(Girls)

Westview — Maria McCoy 6-10 0-0 12, Grace Hales 2-10 2-2 6, Kristen Duff 2-4 0-0 4, Brooke Yoder 1-4 0-0 3, Sidney Byrkett 1-3 0-0 2, Riley Hochstetler 1-3 0-0 2. Totals: 13-34 (.382) 2-2 (1.000) 29.

Fairfield — Haley Brown 2-8 3-4 7, Katie Yates 3-6 4-4 10, Jalisa Schwartz 0-0 0-0 0, Jenna Kieper 3-6 1-2 8, Brooke Mast 2-5 0-0 4, Alexis Zook 4-8 1-2 10, Katie Kieper 1-4 0-0 2, Alyssa Zook 1-3 0-0 2, Madison Riley 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 16-40 (.400) 9-12 (.750) 43.

Scoring By Quarters

Westview 7 8 10 4 — 29

Fairfield 7 12 16 8 — 43

3-point goals: Westview (1-5) — Yoder 1-2; Fairfield (2-10) — Alexis Zook 1-2, J. Kieper 1-3.

Rebounds: Westview (25) — McCoy 12, Hales 6; Fairfield (23) — Yates 5, Alexis Zook 5, Alyssa Zook 5.

Assists: Westview (8) — Byrkett 5; Fairfield (8) — J. Kieper 4.

Steals: Westview (3) — McCoy, Duff, Byrkett; Fairfield (13) — Yates 2, J. Kieper 2, Mast 2, Alexis Zook 2, Alyssa Zook 2.

Turnovers: Westview 20, Fairfield 13.

Fouls: Westview 13, Fairfield 7. Fouled out — McCoy (0:38, 4th quarter).

Officials: Jimmy Arnett, South Bend; John Walczewski, Granger; John Bellamy, Warsaw.

Records: Fairfield 10-2, Westview 10-3.

Next: Fairfield vs. Prairie Heights at Westview in NECC Tournament semifinal Friday, Jan. 17; Westview in NECC Tourney consolation TBD Thursday, Jan. 16.



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