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Goshen eyes first girls sectional title since 1996

Redskins coach Lenny Krebs credits his team for playing a "smart, disciplined game."

Posted on Feb. 15, 2014 at 12:12 a.m.

MIDDLEBURY — Goshen gets a chance at its first girls basketball sectional championship since 1995-96 thanks to poise displayed Friday, Feb. 14, in the semifinals of the Class 4A Northridge Sectional.

The Redskins, which lost 41-39 in overtime to Concord in the regular season, saw the Minutemen trail by just two points (41-39) with 2:12 to go then held on for a a 49-41 win.

Goshen (11-10) plays Northridge (17-4) at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15. The Raiders topped the Redskins 50-32 during the 2013-14 regular season.

Lenny Krebs, the Goshen coach, described the regular-season loss to Concord as "frustrating."

"We didn't feel like we did what were were capable of — win or lose," said Krebs. "But Concord is a much-improved team since the beginning of the year.

"Our girls stepped up and made the plays and did what they needed to do to win the game. For the most part, we played a smart, disciplined game."

Aylissa Trosper (13 points) and Deja Felder (12) attacked the basket and paced Goshen.

Ashton Ellis contributed seven points while playing just days after losing her grandfather in a fire in Milford.

"I'm proud of Ashton," said Krebs. "She was quite shaken up. She didn't know if she was going to play."

While Goshen did not have a single 3-pointer, the Redskins did connect on 21 of 28 free throw attempts.

The Minutemen sank eight 3-pointers, including three by Keoanna Clopton and two each by Michelle Detwiler and MacKenzie Rutter. Clopton (13 points) and Detwiler (10) led Concord (8-13).

"We have changed the culture in this program," said Minutemen coach Dan Ross, who gave much of that credit to seniors Detwiler and Alexis Williams. "We are selfless and compete to give ourselves a chance to win."

Ross said it was his team's inability to execute in the third quarter which proved most costly.

Ross said another example of the program's selflessness was the effort put in by players that saw either limited or no playing time during the sectional. That list includes juniors Chloe Emerick, Angalic Greer, Rachel Hajhaj, Kelsey Seddon and sophomores Anna Nisen and Alynna Ngyuen.

"They did an unbelievable job of preparing us for Tuesday night and (Friday) night," said Ross. "They sacrificed for the team."

 

CLASS 4A

Northridge Sectional

Goshen 49, Concord 41

Goshen — Leslie Vanlandingham 1-1 2-2 4, Deja Felder 3-5 6-6 12, Olivia Love 2-6 3-4 7, Aylissa Trosper 5-7 3-3 13, Ashton Ellis 2-6 3-5 7, Kayci Troyer 0-1 1-2 1, Alyssa Hershberger 0-2 2-2 2, Christina Gipson 1-1 0-0 2, Jessica DeStefano 0-0 1-2 1, Alexis Stevens 0-0 0-0 0, Kyrie Potter 0-0 0-0 0, Sheyenne Rangel 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 14-29 (.482) 21-28 (.750) 49.

Concord — Michele Detwiler 4-7 0-0 10, MacKenzie Rutter 2-7 2-2 8, Alexis Williams 1-5 0-0 2, Keoanna Clopton 5-7 0-0 13, Jade Iavagnilio 1-4 0-0 3, Justyce Warren 1-3 0-0 2, Nicole Wilhelm 0-0 2-2 2, Tylar Roberson 0-2 1-2 1, Anna Nisen 0-2 0-0 0. Totals: 14-37 (.378) 5-6 (.833) 41.

Scoring By Quarters

Goshen — 13 13 11 12 — 49

Concord — 12 9 7 13 — 41

3-point goals: Goshen (0-3); Concord (8-20) — Clopton 3-5, Detwiler 2-4, Rutter 2-6, Iavagnilio 1-2.

Rebounds: Goshen (32) — Love 8, Trosper 7, Felder 6; Concord (11) — Williams 3.

Turnovers: Goshen 18, Concord 12.

Total fouls: Goshen 8, Concord 20. Fouled out — none.

Officials: John Bellamy, Bob Neff, Scott Wilder.

Records: Goshen 11-10, Concord 8-13.

Next: Northridge vs Goshen in championship of Class 4A Northridge Sectional 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15.




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