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Versailles knocks WL-Salem out of tourney

West Liberty-Salem’s girls basketball team could not get its offense on track Thursday in a Division III sectional tournament loss to third-seeded Versailles.

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West Liberty-Salem’s Melany Ward drives toward the basket as a Versailles’ player goes to defend during the third quarter of their Division III sectional tournament game at Tippecanoe High School. (EXAMINER PHOTO | AARON LaBATT)

Versailles jumped out to a big halftime lead and went on to take a 52-22 victory at Tippecanoe High School.

WL-Salem finishes the season with an 8-15 record.

Versailles took control from the start. It led 13-2 after one quarter and 27-8 at halftime.

It was a tough shooting night for WL-Salem. It made just 8-of-41 shots for a 20-percent effort.

Versailles made 51 percent of its shots and outrebounded WL-Salem 31-16.

Melany Ward led WL-Salem with 12 points and Maria Daulton added five points.

Versailles saw 11 players reach the scoring column. Katie Heckman led the way with a game-high 14 points.

With the win, Versailles advances to play Arcanum in the semifinal round Wednesday at Tippecanoe.

VERSAILLES 52, WL-SALEM 22

WL-SALEM (8-15)

Daulton 1 3-6 5; Ward 5 2-5 12; Cox 1 0-0 2; Frederick 1 0-0 2; Peterson 0 0-2 0; Etgen 0 1-2 1. Totals: 8 6-15 22.

VERSAILLES

Kremer 3 0-0 8; K. Winner 2 0-0 4; Prenger 1 0-0 2; Bruns 1 0-0 2; E. Winner 1 0-0 2; McEldowney 1 0-0 3; Pothast 2 0-0 4; Puthoff 4 0-0 8; Harman 2 0-0 4; Heckman 7 0-0 14; Groff 0 1-2 1. Totals: 24 1 -2  52.

WL-Salem    2    6    8    6      —     22

Versailles    13    14    17    8    —    52

Three pointers: WL-Salem 0; Versailles 3 (Kremer 2, McEldowney). Rebounds: WL-Salem 16 (Cox 4); Versailles 31. Assists: WL-Salem 2. Steals: WL-Salem 6 (Cox 4); Versailles 4. Turnovers: WL-Salem 13; Versailles 14. Team fouls: WL-Salem 4; Versailles 13.

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