Crestview senior Ally McCoy (22) works in the post against Hicksville’s Addison Bergman during a Division II sectional championship game at Lincolnview on Saturday night. (DHI Media/John Parent)
Crestview senior Ally McCoy (22) works in the post against Hicksville’s Addison Bergman during a Division II sectional championship game at Lincolnview on Saturday night. (DHI Media/John Parent)

MIDDLE POINT — When Crestview visited Hicksville on Dec. 30, the Lady Knights were held to 28 points and lost by 16. On Saturday night, in a Division III sectional championship game at Lincolnview High School, the Lady Aces once again held Crestview to 28 points. This time, however, that was more than enough as the Lady Knights advanced to the districts with a 28-19 win.

“A win is a win is a win is a win,” said Crestview head coach Mark Gregory. “It’s a good feeling; this is my first championship as a head coach. I’m just very proud of our effort, and I’m proud for our school.”

As the score would indicate, offense was scarse on Saturday night. Hicksville made just one of its first 13 shots and turned the ball over nine times in that span, which encompassed the entire first half. Though the Aces had shot just 8 percent from the field, Crestview was up only 17-5 at halftime thanks to a 6-for-20 shooting effort of their own.

Hicksville came in to the contest with 18 wins, and showed in the second hlf that things wouldn’t be easy for the Knights. Junior Micah Schroeder connected on a 16-foot jumper on Hicksville’s first possession of the second half, kick-starting an 8-3 Aces “run” over the next six minutes of action. Crestview’s only third quarter points came on a Paige Motycka free throw a clean elbow jumper from sophomore guard Lexi Gregory.

Motycka made a pair of free throws early in the fourth quarter as Hicksville’s 6-1 senior center, Addison Bergman, was whistled for her fourth personal foul. Bergman, who had 13 points, 15 rebounds and 5 blocked shots in the first meeting between these two teams, was held to 2 points and 2 rebounds before fouling out with 1:22 to play on Saturday night.

The Aces (18-5) kept coming, as Alexis Kerns and Harlee Shuman scored on drives to the basket, making it a 22-19 Crestview lead with 3:22.

“I was proud of our girls; they didn’t give up. They could have very easily wavered a little bit toward the end, but we just kept fighting,” Gregory said.

Motycka scored on a strong post move with 2:12 left to push the lead back to five. With under 1 1/2 minutes left, Crestview senior Ally McCoy, who had neutralized Bergman throughout the evening, grabbed three offensive rebounds on one trip down the floor eventually drawing Bergman’s fifth foul. McCoy then calmly sank both free throws, all but sealing the game for the Lady Knights.

“Ally McCoy was such a great player tonight; she did so many good things defensively,” Gregory said. “That series where she got three offensive rebounds down there and then finally got fouled and made both of her free throws, that was huge. I can’t say enough about what she did tonight.”

Motycka was the only player on either team to reach double digits in scoring. She led the Knights with 11 points and 8 rebounds. McCoy had 8 points and 6 boards.

The Knights (18-6), who have won 12 straight games, will face Coldwater, which defeated Allen East in Saturday’s second game, on Thursday night at approximately 8 pm at Elida’s Fieldhouse.

“Twelve wins in a row is pretty special, and I’m real proud of that,” Gregory said. “I’m ready to keep this season going.”

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CRESTVIEW (28)

Lyvia Black 0-1 4-4 4, Lexi Gregory 2-8 0-0 5, Olivia Cunningham 0-2 0-0 0, Paige Motycka 3-11 5-8 11, Ally McCoy 3-6 2-4 8, Haley Speith 0-0 0-0 0, Bailey Gregory 0-2 0-0 0; Totals 8-30 11-16 28

HICKSVILLE (19)

Emily Sanders 1-4 0-0 2, Micha Schroeder 2-5 0-0 4, Alexis Kerns 2-5 2-2 6, Katelyn Bergman 1-6 0-0 2, Addison Bergman 0-3 2-4 2, Tiffanie Mobley 0-0 0-0 0, Halee Shuman 1-4 1-4 3; Totals 7-27 5-10 19

Crestview 10 7 3 8 - 28

Hicksville 3 2 10 4 - 19

3-point field goals: Cvw 1-9 (LGregory), Hck 0-8; Rebounds: Cvw 28 (Motycka 8), Hck 21 (Kerns 6); Assists: Cvw 5 (Black 2), Hck 4 (Kerns 2); Turnovers: Cvw 11, Hck 14