continued Taking full advantage of Ross's absence, Roberts hit on another basket and two more free throws, giving her 13 points for the half, and South Jefferson took a 27-20 lead to the break.
Ludwig said that, while the foul trouble to Ross and fellow starter Kelly Mascari was a big concern, the bigger problem was that Westhill could not convert on a series of wide-open looks at the basket, whether it was inside, or whether it was 3-point attempts by the likes of Sam Peebles, who did not hit a field goal all night.
"We just didn't make shots," said Ludwig. "We had our opportunities, but they (South Jefferson) take you out of your game."
Stevens wasn't done tormenting Westhill. Just as the Warriors closed the gap to 37-32 late in the third quarter, Stevens' drive to the basket led to a three-point play, and she also drained a 3-pointer before the horn, making it 43-32.
Despite a superb effort in the paint from Gwen Dougherty, who led Westhill with 14 points, and Tripodi's 11 points, the Warriors never got closer than nine points again. Stevens finished with 23 points, getting ample support from forward Amanda Roberts, who added 16 points.
Ross finished with eight points, but as she fouled out in the final minute, she went to the bench with her face in her hands, a crushing disappointment after a superb season where, according to Ludwig, Westhill had nothing to be ashamed about.
"We worked hard and made the most of ourselves," she said. "We played to our potential, and that's a good thing. We will be back."
About that last part, Ludwig has a good chance to be right. Other than Dougherty and reserve Steph Baron, everyone else, including Ross, Peebles, Tripodi and Mascari, come back for 2012-13, burning to get the Warriors to the top again.