ELIDA — Holgate went right inside.
Then, it went inside some more.
Holgate’s pair of 6-foot post players combined for 34 points in a 54-46 victory over Crestview in the Division IV girls basketball regional semifinals Thursday at the Elida Fieldhouse.
Holgate’s Marissa Myles, a 6-foot senior, had 18 points and 11 rebounds. Rachel Desgranges, a 6-foot junior, finished with 16 points.
It was just too much power on the blocks for the Knights.
“We knew we wanted to get it into the post because that’s one of our strengths,” Myles said. “The second half I got out of the post area and Rachel went in. They couldn’t stop either one of us. And if they would have stopped us, we would have kicked it out and shot threes.”
Crestview coach Greg Rickard said, “We knew it was going to be a struggle. We gave them way too many easy shots around the basket. They’re going to make those high-percentage shots. We were concerned about their inside-out game, but they didn’t have a whole lot of outside game because they didn’t have to. They had a lot of points around the basket and it’s hard to overcome those.”
Holgate (22-4) advances to the regional championship game against Carey (23-2) at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Elida. The Knights end the year 23-2.
In the first regional semifinal of the night, Carey defeated New Riegel, 44-39.
Mackenzie Riggenbach led Crestview with 16 points. Emily Bauer had 10 points, five rebounds and two blocks. Claire Zaleski had six points.
Crestview led after the first quarter 16-14.
Holgate took the lead to stay on a 3-pointer by Connor Abel to make it 21-18 with 4:22 left in the half.
At that point, Holgate made a strong statement of finding Myles inside the Crestview 2-3 zone. Myles had seven points in the second quarter to give her 13 at the half.
“The key was to keep moving the ball and I posted up in the middle,” Myles said.
Holgate led 26-22 at the half, then ran off a 12-4 run to start the third quarter to pull out to a 38-26 lead.
With 2:30 left in the third, the Knights came out of their zone and began going man. But when the Knights began slowing down Myles, Holgate went inside to Desgranges, who had six points in the third quarter.
“I talked to them (Myles and Desgranges) before the game and I told them they had to establish position,” Holgate coach James Niese said. “You have to get a great seal and have to keep wanting to get the basketball. And our perimeter kids did a great job of getting them the ball. Our ball movement was really, really good.”
Holgate’s lead grew to as many as 19, 47-28, with 6:16 to go. Crestview’s final basket of the night got the Knights within 10 for the first time since the third quarter.
Both teams had 23 rebounds. Holgate shot 49 percent from the field and was 2 of 8 on 3-pointers. Crestview shot 41 percent and was 3 of 9 on 3-pointers.
“You saw how we play basketball when we play really well,” Niese said. “They were completely unselfish.”
Holgate 54, Crestview 46
Marissa Myles 18, Rachel Desgranges 16, Mattie Grim 8, Sarah Niese 7, Connor Abel 5. Totals: 18–16–54.
Mackenzie Riggenbach 16, Emily Bauer 10, Claire Zaleski 6, Terra Crowle 5, Courtney Grote 5, Lindsey Motycka 4. Totals: 16–11–46.
Score by quarters:
Holgate 14 12 14 14–54
Crestview 16 6 6 18–46
3-point goals: Holgate–Niese, Abel; Crestview–Riggenbach, Crowle, Grote.