Home Sweet Home was very good for the Pirates as they advanced to OHSAA Division IV Van Wert District Sectional Finals with a win over Arlington. #10 seed Continental hosted the Sectional Final against the # 11 seed Red Devils on Wednesday night. The Pirates hosted by being the better seed. Continental won the tip and put in the first basket as Maddie Burke put in a contested shot after a set play. Pirates 2-0. A three by the Red Devils was followed up by a Catelyn Etter 3 point play. The Red Devils regained the lead with a second 3, 6-5. A pair of free throws by Bryn Tegenkamp and a Burke basket was followed by another 3 from the Red Devils. Game tied at 9 all. The Pirates gained the lead on a Jensen Armey basket only to see the Red Devils hit their 4th 3 of the quarter to regain the lead 12-11. Armey would be the first Pirate to hit from long range as the Pirates moved to a 14-12 advantage. Etter finished up the quarter scoring with a basket Pirates 16-12, Pirates after 1.
The Red Devils put in the first basket of the second quarter to make it a 2 point game 16-14 Pirates. Tegenkamp put in a 3 and Burke a basket put the Pirates up by 7, 21-14. The Red Devils would put in another 3 to cut the lead to 4 21-17. An Etter basket was followed by a Red Devil free throw 23-18 Pirates. A pair of Red Devil free throws and an Etter layup, a Burke layup put the Pirates ahead 27-20. A Red Devils layup finished up the scoring in the half. Continental 27, Arlington 22 at the break.
It was all Pirates in the third as the Pirate D held the Red Devils to a single basket while the Pirates put in 15 with Madelyn Potts hitting a pair of 3 pointers, Burke scoring 5, Tygre Troyer and Etter 1 basket each. Pirates 42-24 after 3.
The Red Devils would take the 4th quarter 13-12 while the Pirates would take the game 56-37.
Senior Catelyn Etter led the Pirates with 16 points and Senior Madddie Burke put in 14. Senior Madelyn Potts put in 8, all in the second half. Jensen Armey also scored 8. Bryn Tegenkamp had 5, Senior Tygre Troyer 2, Jensen Prowant 1. Continental made 6/10 from the 3 point area with Armey and Potts both making 2 and Etter and Tegnkamp 1 each. The Red Devils were 8/23 from 3. The Pirates were 15/29 from 2 point land with Burke going 5/6. Continental had 30 rebound to the Red Devils 18. Burke led the Pirates with 7 boards. Tegenkmap had 4 steal and Burke 4 blocks.
Continental is now 7-14 and will play in the Van Wert District Sectional Semifinal on Saturday at Kalida. The Wildcats were the #2 seed in the District. Arlington falls to 6-16.
–Mike Jones, Sportswriter