Area girls teams set for sectional semis
BLACKBURN OVER â€” Adams Central's Jenae Blackburn (22) goes high over SA's Alison Amstutz during play recently at AC. Blackburn averages 5.7 points per game for the Jets, which take on No. 1 Bishop Luers Friday in the South Adams Girls Basketball Sectional. (Photo by Cassie Lehman)
The final four teams in both area girls basketball sectionals are set with No. 1 Bishop Luers hammering Bluffton at South Adams, 70-22, and 3A No. 4 Norwell blasting Maconaquah 79-14.
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At South Adams in Friday's semi-finals, the host Starfires will take on Woodlan at 6 p.m. and Adams Central will meet Luers in the 7:30 p.m. second semi-final contest. At Peru in the 3A tourney there, the host Tigers will meet Wayne while Bellmont will take on Norwell.
The championship games will be Saturday night.
Senior center Madison Schultz and senior guard Dana Kaczmarek both score at about 10.6 points per game for Tori Fuelling's Bellmont squad. while junior forward Payton Schultz is at 9.4. Junior guard Allison Gutierrez scores at 6.1 points per game and Mikala Quinn is at 4.9 points per contest.
The Squaws fell 72-51 to 18-2 Norwell, at Bellmont, three weeks ago. The 9-11 Squaws were led by the 16 points of Payton Schultz and 12 by Madison Schultz. Jessica Rupright, Norwell's 6-4 center, tallied 20.
Katrina Hawkins leads South Adams with 95 points in 19 game while Lyndsey Chandler has 59 points in 18 contests. Taylor Farlow has scored 51 points in 18 games,just under three points a game. Dzejna Ahmetovic has scored 38 points in 12 games, 3.2 points per contest, and she has 40 rebounds, as does Allison Amstutz. Farlow has 83 rebounds.
Madison Carroll leads Central with a 9.1 points per game mark while Alyssa Keller is at 7.2 and Jenae Blackburn 5.7 points per game. Bess Fiechter scores 5.1 points and Olivia Macklin talled 4.9 points per game.
Adams Central faces a tough task against No. 1 and 18-2 Luers, but coach Sam Beer is pleased with the progress of his team after an 0-6 start.
Asked how the Lady Jets have progressed, Beer said, "We knew early in the season that it would take some time to nail down the roles that some of our girls would play. Our 0-6 start is indicative of that.
"Being 8-5 since then has shown how our girls have grown into their roles and their confidence. We had to keep things in perspective and remember that we were only playing two girls [Madison Carroll and Alyssa Keller] who played any varsity minutes.
"To be able to play at the level we did against Leo the second time [a victory] gave us a real glimpse of how this team has progressed as individuals and as a unit."
Beer spoke of the win against Leo as a turning point in the season, saying, "I was not surprised at all to see our girls play as well as they did. The potential has been there all season. It might have been the first time our girls began to see and believe in what they are capable of and how good they can be. That Leo game was the first time we put it together for 32 straight minutes."