West overwhelms Lebanon for district title

The Lakota West High School girls basketball team keeps rolling along.

West won its 17th straight game, blitzing Lebanon 67-28 in the last of four Division I district finals Saturday at Harrison.

The Firebirds overwhelmed the Warriors from the start. West led 26-4 after the first quarter and 43-8 at halftime.

West (24-2) advances to the regional semifinals and will face McAuley on Wednesday at Fairmont’s Trent Arena. McAuley defeated Centerville 57-39 on Saturday.

Lebanon (17-8) was making its first district appearance making since the 1994-95 season (Division II). West advanced to the regional finals last year.

Mount Notre Dame knocked off Lakota East 52-48 and Fairmont eliminated Mason 55-47 in the two other district title games.

Mount Notre Dame 52, Lakota East 48:After a convincing 52-31 loss to MND in a nonconference game on Jan. 20, East made some much needed adjustments.

They almost paid off in the Thunderhawks’ first Division I district championship since 2011. East led the Cougars 29-25 at halftime Saturday, but Mount Notre Dame – ranked No. 2 in the Associated Press state poll – came from behind in the second half to pull out the win.

East senior Kandace Satterwhite scored a game-high 19 points, but five-time state champion Mount Notre Dame (23-2) outrebounded East (19-7) by a whopping 40-19 to ease into the regional semifinals.

The Thunderhawks were outrebounded 20-10 in the first half, but their aggressive specialty defenses helped hold the Cougars to a 29.6 shooting percentage.

“We each had a week to prepare,” MND coach Scott Rogers said. “We worked on late-game situations. They got us out of everything with their triangle-and-two or box-and-one. We felt fortunate that were only down by four (at halftime). Our kids figured out that we could still play basketball. We challenged the kids, and they responded like champions.”

Mark Schmetzer contributed to this story.

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