By DAVID VANTRESS email@example.com
---- — BENTON — It’s still a long way until sectionals, but there was tournament basketball Wednesday night at Fairfield nonetheless.
Westview’s boys, despite not having played since last year — Dec. 28, 2013, to be exact, a 75-57 win over Lakeland — took care of business on the road, dispatching host Fairfield, 71-55 in an NECC Tournament quarterfinal contest.
Earlier, the Fairfield girls defeated Westview, 43-29 in the girls semifinal.
In the boys contest, the Falcons got out to a 6-2 early lead, but Westview responded with a 12-2 run to take a 14-8 lead with just over two minutes left in the opening stanza. The Warriors led 16-12 at the first stop.
Fairfield cut the gap to a single point at 16-15 with a John Stack 3-pointer to open the second, but the Warriors went on another run, this one an 11-1 spurt to take a 27-16 lead with just under four minutes left until intermission.
Fairfield got back-to-back 3-pointers to cut it to five at 27-22, but the Warriors again ignited a run, outscoring the Falcons 10-4 over the remainder of the half for a 37-26 halftime advantage.
The Warriors took control in the third, and led 56-41 with eight minutes to play.
Westview coach Rob Yoder said the lack of rust was a testament to his team’s practice work ethic.
He also said his team is getting some players back, and that is helping with the Warriors’ depth.
Senior forward Chandler Aspy, who led the Warriors with 26 points, said he and his teammates were more than ready to get back on the court against an opponent.
As for his big point outburst, Aspy gave much of the credit for that to his teammates.
“They were doing a great job of finding me inside tonight,” Aspy said.
The Warriors also got 14 points from Judah Zickafoose and 11 from Jordyn Bontrager.
Brock Goeglein led Fairfield with 12 points. Joe Line added 10.
Fairfield coach Troy Beachy said the difference in the game was simple.
“Westview physically handled us tonight,” Beachy said.
The Warriors outrebounded the Falcons, 38-17.
The Warriors will host Prairie Heights Friday night in a semifinal contest. The Panthers defeated Churubusco, 57-50 in another quarterfinal contest Wednesday night.
Fairfield 43, Westview 29
Earlier, a 12-0 third-quarter run helped the Falcon girls eliminate Westview and move on to Friday night’s semifinals.
Fairfield led just 19-15 at intermission but outscored the Warriors 16-10 in the third.
“Our girls are very coachable,” Fairfield coach Brodie Garber said. “We told the girls that the first few minutes of the third quarter were going to be critical.”
Katie Yates and Alexis Zook led the Falcons with 10 points apiece. Jenna Kieper added eight. Brooke Wigner and Maria McCoy paced Westview with 12 points each.
Fairfield (10-2) will face Prairie Heights, a 67-57 winner over Churubusco Wednesday night in another quarterfinal contest, Friday night at 6 p.m. at Westview.
At halftime, Fairfield officials honored retiring volleyball coach Carla Hershberger.
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