Summary by Bob Ashby:
Regional Semi-Final (State final 16) This was a highly anticipated game as neither of these schools had met in the recent past nor had they faced many common opponents. Walnut Hills entered the contest with a 25-1 record, a spotless 25-0 in Ohio.
The Eagles scored the first two points of the game but got a 19 point scoring avalanche dumped on them by the Firebirds before they could raise their total. Nevaeh Dean got West’s first basket with a putback, which was followed in the nex 60 seconds by three Abby Prohaska field goals intermingled with Abby’s usual assortment of steals and rebounds.
The Eagles were treated to fresh players off the Lakota West bench before the first stanza was half over. The second shift included Ally Haar who dropped a trey on the hapless Eagles shortly after taking the floor followed in quick order by two more Jaydis Gale treys. With a minute remaining in the first quarter the Firebirds held a 19-2 lead and the ball. Using an eight player rotation to maintain an up tempo game West built a 35 point lead (56-21) and had the continuous clock activated by the end of the third quarter.
Jasmine Ballew scored a game high 15 points. She was a perfect 6 for 6 at the charity stripe, 1 for 1 from beyond the arc and shot 4 of 7 overall. Ballew shared the game high in assists with Ally Haar, each with three, and with neither being charged with a turnover.
Haar also made some Lakota West history by canning two free throws to become the first Firebird female to sink 20 consecutive in a season.
Abby Prohaska had a sterling all around game consisting of 13 points, 5 boards, a game high 4 steals, 2 assists, and the games only shot block.
This marked the fifth consecutive year that Lakota West had played in the Regional Tournament opener. They raised their all time record to 7-2 in the round of sixteen.
Next Game: Regional Final (State final 8)
This game will be played at Trent Arena starting at 7:00 pm. The winner will advance to play the winner of the Pickerington Central (25-2) /Westerville South (21-5) game on 3/16 at the Jerome Schottenstein Center.