Pana girls basketball got the upper hand against Newton in the sectional semi, Monday, and survived a late run to advance to the sectional final on Thursday, 68-59.
Hannah Funneman jump-started Pana with 9 of her 11 points in the first 8:00. She had back-to-back twos, then knocked down a trey. She followed with 2-of-2 at the line. Alyssa Waddington scored twice and Kasch and Charley Lett had solo twos.
Newton had three solo twos and five points from Koebele, but trailed 17-11 after the 1st.
The divide got wider in the 2nd as Pana went on a 19-10 run. Alyssa Waddington scored 8 of her game-high 23 points on 1-of-2 at the line, a pair of twos and a triple. Charley Lett scored twice, Sydney Lett cashed in from the arc, and Funneman and Kasch added solo twos.
Newton got five more points from Koebele, but only one bucket from teammates and 3-of-4 at the line, to fall behind by 15 at the break, 36-21.
Charley Lett fueled another 19-point period with 8 of her 22 points on four buckets and 1-of-2 at the line. Waddington scored three more times and Vaughn added a deuce.
Newton almost kept up with Pana in the 3rd. Koebele scored five more points and Zerrusen made a trey and a deuce. Another solo and solo deuce by teammates left Newton down by 17, 53-36, heading into a 38-point 4th period.
Newton mounted a comeback attempt scoring 23 points. They got back within 10 points, but that was as close as they would come. Niebrugge made a pair of treys Bierman made a pair of deuces. Koebele scored six more points. Jansen had a two and 3-of-4 at the line, Swingler added a two.
But, Pana stayed in control even as their lead was trimmed. Pana went to the line seven times and made 9-of-14 shots. Lett was 5-of-8 at the line and a two. Waddington converted a 3-point play and then two more free throws. Vaughn was 1-of-2 at the stripe and had a two.
Pana plays Teutopolis in the sectional final on Thursday. Teutopolis beat Mt.Carmel in the other semi, 48-32.
Fairfield 2A Sectional
Pana 68, Newton 59
Pana stats: Waddington 23 (8-2s, 1-3 pt FGs, 4/5 FTs), C. Lett 22 (8 FGs, 6/10 FTs), Funneman 11 (3-2s, 1-3 pt FGs, 2/2 FTs), Vaughn 5 (2 FGs, 1/2 FTs), Kasch 4 (2 FGs), S. Lett 3 (1-3 pt FG, 0/1 FTs). Team FGs 26. 3-pointers: 3 (Funneman, S. Lett, Waddington). Team FTs 13-of-20.
Newton stats: Koebele 21 (7 FGs, 7/10 FTs), Jansen 9 ( 3 FGs, 3/4 FTs), G. Zerrusen 8 (1-2, 1-3 pt FGs, 3/4 FTs), Niebrugge 8 (FG, 2-3 pt FGs), Bierman 6 (3 FGs), Swingler 5 (1-2, 1-3 pt FGs, 0/1 FTs), Will 2 (FG). Team FGs 21. 3-pointers: 4 (Niebrugge 2, Zerrusen 1, Swingler 1). Team FTs 13-of-19.