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Westview’s balance too much for Redskins

Warriors face rival Fairfield in Saturday afternoon NECC game.

Ken Fox
Posted on Feb. 22, 2014 at 12:32 a.m.

GOSHEN — Goshen High boys basketball coach Brian Bechtel admitted to being worried earlier this week when his team struggled through practice — despite riding a five-game winning streak.

On Friday, Feb. 21, Bechtel’s fears became a reality, as a cold-shooting Goshen team fell to Westview, 54-41, in non-conference action.

Westview — now 14-4 — had four players in double figures and used a late 11-0 run to pull away from the Redskins.

"I don’t think we were satisfied with a five-game winning streak, but we sure didn’t practice well all week," Bechtel said. "I thought Westview played really good defense tonight, but we also missed some shots that we usually hit. You can’t go two-of-10 from 3-point range on your home court and expect to beat a really good team."

While Goshen struggled from the field, the Warriors were red-hot, hitting 19 of their 40 shots, including a 10-12 effort in the middle two quarters.

"I really think our decision-making on what shots we take is really improving,'' Westview coach Rob Yoder said. "Goshen is a very good team and they're well coached, so to come over here and get a win is big for us.''

Goshen trailed 39-30 with a little more than seven minutes to play in the fourth quarter. But three straight Westview turnovers led to six Redskins points and when Brady Bechtel hit a short jumper with 5:53 to play it was suddenly a three point game.

But Westview’s Judah Zickafoose stopped the bleeding with a rebound basket at the 4:31 mark, which started the Warriors' 11-0 run that put the Redskins away.

The final dagger may have been a three-point play by Chandler Aspy with 2:28 left that put Westview back up by 10.

"We did a nice job of getting back into it, but we just weren't able to sustain,'' Brian Bechtel said. "We made a couple of bad shots at the end and Westview made us pay for it. Hopefully, this will be a learning experience for us as we go forward.''

Westview 54, Goshen 41

Westview — Judah Zickafoose 7-8 1-1 15, Jamar Weaver 4-4 1-1 11, Damon Hershberger 1-3 2-2 4, Jordyn Bontrager 4-7 4-6 12, Chandler Aspy 2-5 6-8 10, Damon Miller 0-2 0-0 0, Brody Jantzi 0-0 0-0 0, Cody Litwiller 1-1 0-0 2, Chase Anderson 0-0 0-0 0.. Totals: 19-30 (.631) 14-18 (.771) 54.

Goshen — Alex Haney 0-1 0-0 0, Brady Bechtel 4-10 3-3 12, Jack Gingerich 0-4 2-2 2, Deric Haynes 3-11 0-0 7, Austin Woolett 7-13 0-5 14, Alex Hartsough 1-2 2-2 4, Cam Kline 0-1 0-0 0, D.J. Ambrose 0-0 0-0 0, Trevor Weldy 1-1 0-0 2, Colton Potter 0-1 0-0 0.. Totals: 16-43 (.373) 7-12 (.584) 41.

Scoring By Quarters

Westview — 11 18 8 17 — 54

Goshen — 11 13 4 13 — 41

3-point goals: Westview (2) — Weaver 2-2; Goshen (2) — Bechtel 1-3, Deric Haynes 1-3..

Rebounds: Westview (25) — Zickafoose 8; Goshen (19) —Woolett 9..

Assists: Westview (6) — Bontrager 3; Goshen (7) — Bechtel 4..

Turnovers: Westview 16, Goshen 10.

Total fouls: Westview 10, Goshen 17..

Officials: James Weinberg, Dave Spencer, Bruce Wirick.

Records: Westview 14-4, Fairfield 9-9.

Next: Westview at Fairfield Saturday, Feb. 22; SB St. Joseph at Goshen Tuesday, Feb 25.

JV: Goshen 47, Westview 21.. Top scorers: Goshen — Juchaun Fox 17 .

Westview really built it's lead with another 11-0 run, this one coming over a stretch of 2:14 of the second quarter and dominated by the 6-foot-3 Zickafoose.

Tariling 20-18, Zickafoose first scored on a rebound basket to tie the game with 3:29 to play in the half. On Goshen's next possession, Zickafoose stepped in front of a pass, drove the length of the court and hit a tough layup as he was being fouled. The three-point play would give Westview a lead it would never relinquish.

Zickafoose would score nine straight in the run, with Cody Litwiller adding the 11th point.

 Senior Jordyn Bontrager would take over in the third quarter, scoring all eight of the Warriors' points. Meanwhile, Goshen would scored just four points in the quarter.

"You just can't score four points in a quarter,'' Bechtel said shaking his head. "They shot the ball really well tonight, but I still think we played good defense. We forced 16 turnover and were right there on them, but they just hit their shots.''

Zickafoose would lead the balanced Westview attack with 15 points, hitting seven-of-eight from the field. Bontrager would finish with 12 points, Jamar Weaver added 11 and Chandler Aspy had 10.

"To be a good team, I believe you have to have several different kids that can make a play at anytime in the game,'' Yoder said. "When a team isn't able to concentrate on just one or two guys, it's a huge advantage for you.''

Austin Woolett scored 14 points for the Goshen, but the 6-foot-5 senior was 0-5 from the free throw line. Brady Bechtel finished with 12 points and four assists for the Redskins. 



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Warrior coach Rob Yoder salutes his 'humble' club following 2A title game loss, while Bontrager say it's been a 'blessing' to be in the program.  Westview senior Judah Zickafoose (15) takes a shot. Park Tudor defeated Westview 84-57 in the Class 2A IHSAA state championship at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis on Saturday, March 29, 2014. Westview bids farewell to a bunch of 'easy guys
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