ALBION — There’s an old adage among coaches that one of the toughest things to do is to beat a team three times in a single year. Case in point: Bremen versus LaVille.
After two convincing wins by the Lancers in regular-season play, the third time proved the charm for the Lady Lions as they earned a Sectional 35 reprisal over their NSC rivals Tuesday night, 55-36. Bremen thus advances to Westview — which drew the bye at the tournament — in the early semifinal Friday in Albion.
“Obviously you talk about it because you don’t like to get beat. We got beat by 16 both games. The girls came out ready to play. They did not want to get beat again,” said Bremen head coach Tonja Lucchese.
“It was hard to beat them once, and we beat them twice,” said LaVille head coach Kevin McCullough. “We were not as ready to play tonight as we were those other two games. They were aggressive. We started the game aggressive… but we had plenty of good looks and just couldn’t get a basket.
“I’m giving them all the props. They played a little better than we did tonight.”
LaVille jumped out front early with a 10-6 first frame, but the Lady Lions held the Lancers to just four points during a 15-4 second quarter to get in the driver’s seat for good.
Hannah Herbster, who averaged 25 points during the two teams’ first two meetings, scored six as her team grabbed the early lead in the first period, but put up just five points thereafter.
• BREMEN 55, LaVILLE 36
At Class 2A Sectional 35 in Albion
Bremen: 6 21 39 55
LaVille: 10 14 21 36
BREMEN (55): Jasmine Schafer 12, Alexis Jennings 0, Micaela Box 18, Chelsea Huppert 3, Ashley Lucchese 3, Gabby Buck 0, Sara Slabaugh 10, Rachael Czarnecki 8, Shelby Zellmer 1; Totals: 20 12-18 55.
LaVILLE (36): Kelsey Gurtner 7, Jessica Tuttle 0, McKenzie Leed 10, Kyleigh Breden 0, Hannah Herbster 11, Nina Zeiber 2, Lucy Zeiger 1, Mallory Vernon 0, Kaitlyn Haisley 0, Kendra Borton 3; Totals: 12 9-16 36.
3-pointers: Bremen 3 (Box 2, Lucchese 1), LaVille 3 (Leed, Herbster, Borton); Rebounds: Bremen 34 (Box 8, Czarnecki 8), LaVille 30 (Leed 9); Steals: Bremen 9 (Schafer 2, Lucchese 2), LaVille 7 (Herbster 4); Turnovers: Bremen 12, LaVille 16; Assists: Bremen 6 (Huppert 2, Slabaugh 2), LaVille 2; Fouls (fouled out): Bremen 12 (none), LaVille 15 (none).
Records: Bremen 8-11, LaVille 7-11 (final).
For the full story, read Wednesday's Pilot News.