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Westhill girls stopped just short of sectional title

Utica-Notre Dame defends title, beats Warriors 46-39

— UND sneaked in front, 22-20, by the break. Ross, with 14 points and contributions in all phases of the game, was outplaying Durr, who had a modest eight points. Ludwig said her side played well enough to lead, but hurt itself with those struggles from the field.

As the third quarter wore on, the Warriors fell into a deeper drought, unable to score for more than four minutes, while Durr took over the way Ross had done at the outset, earning her team's first nine points of the period.

Despite this, Westhill only trailed 33-27 going to the fourth quarter. It endured a field-goal drought of more than nine minutes before Peebles banked in a 3-pointer with 4:20 left, and shortly after the Warriors pulled within two, 37-35, with a long way to go.

UND moved the margin back to eight, 43-35, and looked to put it away, but the Warriors still weren't done as Mary Kate Washburn, and then Ross, hit back-to-back baskets to make it 43-39, and almost got closer before Martin missed an inside chance with less than a minute to play.

During the ensuing scramble for the ball, Durr appeared to injure her left leg. But it turned out to be a cramp, and after an exchange of misses, Durr returned and converted the clinching basket with 18.4 seconds left, giving her 23 points for the night.

Just as crucial to UND's effort was Hajec, who worked inside and finished with 14 points, giving the Jugglers a second offensive option that Westhill could not quite match.

Ross finished with 25 points, as she and Peebles, who had seven points, ended storied five-year varsity careers having accrued every possible honor, from a team and individual basis, except a sectional title that, for Westhill, remains elusive.

Still, said Ludwig, "we competed hard. I'm proud of our kids."

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