SANDUSKY Kate Stimpert keyed a Crestview comeback, which brought the Lady Cougars from behind to post a 65-47 win over Western Reserve in a Division III sectional tournament game Saturday at Sandusky High School.
In earning the championship, Crestview overcame a lot of frustration at the hands of Western. Not only had the Lady Cougars lost two close games, but they had been eliminated from the tournament the past three years by Western.
The Lady Roughriders closed the season 19-2 overall, 14-0 in the Firelands Conference for the league crown.
Western had a great start. With Tiffany Patrick hitting two early baskets, the Lady Roughriders took a 15-10 lead after the first quarter with six players scoring.
Things were even better for Western in the second stanza. Western posted a 14-6 advantage and after Danielle Gangluff hit a jump shot and layup in 52 seconds, the Lady Roughriders led 29-16 with 2:49 to go in the half.
But then the game took a big momentum turn. Stimpert opened a 9-0 Crestview run with a three-point play and ended it with two jumpers in the final 46 seconds as the Lady Cougars closed to 29-25 at halftime.
She was just warming up.
Stimpert poured in 14 third-quarter points as Crestview overtook Western and held a 45-37 advantage. Ten turnovers hurt the Lady Roughriders as did foul trouble. Three Western players picked up third fouls.
Western charged back in the fourth quarter. Reanne Montgomery converted an offensive rebound, while Gangluff scored off a steal to make it 45-41. Ashley Palmer sandwiched four straight free throws around two Crestview baskets and it was 50-45 at the 4:42 mark.
But the Lady Cougars hit 12 free throws and had a 13-3 rebounding advantage in the quarter to pull away. Western missed the final 10 floor shots in the contest.
Stimpert led all scorers with 27 points, including 23 in the middle two periods. Teammate Emma McCarron added 16 points.
Sara Scheerer paced Western with 14 points. She netted seven in the first minute of the second quarter on a rebound and three-point play, featuring a short jump shot and layup.
"Sara Scheerer came in and did a heck of a job,'' coach Brenda Friend said.
Gangluff and Patrick added eight points each.
"To be up 13 points in the second quarter and then all of the sudden we're in foul trouble,'' she said.
Friend praised Palmer and Patrick.
"They were good leaders,'' Friend said. "I feel sad for them that it had to end like that.''
Stimpert 9-8-27, McCarron 5-6-16, Gwinner 0-1-1, Metzger 2-6-10, Fulk 2-1-5, Dick 1-2-4, Pummell 1-0-2. Totals 20-24-65.
Western Reserve 47
Palmer 1-4-6, Glangluff 3-2-8, Butler 1-0-2, Patrick 4-0-8, Montgomery 2-0-4, Zimmerman 2-0-5, Scheerer 6-2-14. Totals 19-8-47.
Crestview 10 15 20 20 65
W. Reserve 15 14 8 10 47