TROY — She’s a sophomore in name only. Springboro super sophomore Kelly Wurth took over Tuesday night’s Division I sectional quarterfinal game at Troy High School to lead the Panthers to a 50-40 win over Fairborn.
It seemed like whenever Springboro needed a key stop, a big steal or a critical rebound, Wurth was there to make it happen.
“She’s a young player, but (Wurth) plays like a senior,” Fairborn coach Bridgett Williams said. “She really put the team on her back. She grabbed every steal, scored most of the points in that first quarter. She put the team on her back and made it happen.”
Wurth led all scorers with 17 points, and had at least six steals and eight rebounds for the Panthers.
Courtney Hillis also reached double-figure scoring with 13 points.
In her final game as a Skyhawk, Kayla Patterson led Fairborn with 13 points. Patterson, Katie Proffitt and Stephanie Mosher were Fairborn’s seniors.
Williams appreciated the Skyhawks’ effort throughout the season.
“These guys came together, from a team that was dominated by one player (Indiana freshman Alexis Gassion) last year, to a team that truly played as a team,” Fairborn coach Bridgett Williams said. “A lot of the roles they had this year, they didn’t have last year.”
LEBANON 57, BEAVERCREEK 53:
In the first game, “the little things” made the difference for fourth seeded Lebanon in a come-from-behind 57-53 win over fifth-seeded Beavercreek.
The Beavers led 51-47 midway through the fourth period, but missed at least one easy layup that would’ve extended the lead.
Instead, Lebanon out scored Beavercreek 10-2 the rest of the way.
“You practice those little things each day, and you hope that they pay off in the end — rebounding with two hands, making safe passes to the outside half of the body, guarding the ball with the dribble — all those little things we did right, and combine that with a lot if guts. That’s what it took to beat a very good Beavercreek team tonight,” Lebanon coach Rob Hodges said.
Beavercreek’s Kayla Shields scored from inside to pull her team within a point (53-54) with 1:23 left to play, but the Beavers had to foul to stop the clock.
That put Gracen Howard and Samantha Showalter on the line for a pair of double-bonus free throws.
Gracen hit one of hers; Showalter hit both of hers; and that cinched it for the Warriors.
Beavercreek coach Ed Zink was visibly frustrated over his team’s missed opportunities.
“We self destructed. We got early layups that missed, and a late layup … I still don’t know what happened on that play,” Zink said. “But give Lebanon credit. They made some key stops and they scored when they needed to.”
Unofficially, Lebanon’s Showalter and Beavercreek’s Aubry Zimmerman led everyone else in scoring with 16 points each.
Zink wished the seniors — Zimmerman, Kiersten St. Pierre, Jordan Elliott, Leah Elliott and Jacquie Stedman — his very best, and thanked them for their efforts.
“They had a nice year. It could’ve been a little bit better, but we lost some close games, but I’m gonna miss the heck out of them.
Springboro will now face Greater Western Ohio Conference, South Division for Lebanon for the sectional crown, at 6 p.m. Friday at Troy High School.