The West Holmes Lady Knights and the Dover Tornadoes didn’t start their Div. II sectional final game on fire by any means. In fact it took almost four minutes for the first team to score a bucket in Millersburg on Feb. 18.
After a brutal first quarter, that saw Dover leading after one 5-4, buckets finally started to fall and West Holmes would go on to win at home 37-31 and advance to the district tournament.
West Holmes (20-4), the number one seed in the East 1 bracket, will now scrum with the number three seed Indian Creek on Tuesday, Feb. 22. The site of this game is yet to be announced. Indian Creek breezed past Philo 51-20 on Saturday setting up this match-up.
On the other side of the East 1 bracket, John Glenn will take on Carrollton with the winner headed to the district final against the West Holmes/Indian Creek winner.
John Glenn put up a cool 74 points to bounce Zanesville from the state tourney by a score of 74-40. The Warriors of Carrollton beat New Philadelphia, a familiar foe of the Lady Knights, by a 10-spot 43-33 on Saturday to set up their date with John Glenn.
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Things started to heat up finally early in the second quarter when Keegan Uhl got the first two points of the period with a layup and a corner three. Uhl’s layup came on a sweet behind the back pass from Allie McMillin and the Knights took an 11-5 lead.
Dover would get it back to 18-17 with under a minute to play in the half, but Uhl finish what she started in the second quarter hitting a floater in the paint to give West Holmes a 20-17 at the break.
A Chloe Patten jumper just below the free throw line and a gimme from Aveona Yoder in the lane pushed West Holmes ahead 24-17 early in the third. However, Dover had the ultimate answer all afternoon long with sophomore Morgan Karam. With her third triple of the game and another jumper, Karam’s five points late in the third cut West Holmes’ lead to 26-24 after three.
Dover would tie at 26-26 early in the fourth, then it was senior Ella McMillin’s time to shire for the Lady Knights. Ella McMillin would score West Holmes’ next five points with two buckets and and freebie to push West Holmes ahead 31-26. Yoder, who played a great game around the tin, got a put-back bucket and another bank shot in the paint for West Holmes to push out their lead even further at 35-26.
Yoder would finish the day with eight gigantic points for West Holmes and Ella McMillin would lead the team with 11 points. Uhl scored 10 in the sectional title win and Patten and freshman guard Zalina Proper each had four.
Dover (6-18) were led by Karam’s game-high 19 points as she absolutely shined for the Tornadoes.