UHRICHSVILLE -- A terrific season came to a disappointing conclusion for Indian Valley High when the top-seeded Braves were upset by the No. 5 seed New Philadelphia Quakers, 54-43, in the Division II District semifinals at Claymont High School on Wednesday.
The Quakers outscored the Braves 33-14 in the second and third quarters combined to take control of the game.
"They got hot," said Indian Valley coach James Herman of the Quakers. "They got the lead up to 14 at one point, but it was a tight game and if any one thing bounces the other way it could be a completely different outcome.
"I am real proud of our guys," he continued. "They never stopped, not once. We didn’t execute everything and we didn’t make every shot, but we played hard until the very end and I am so proud of the guys for the season we had."
The first quarter was back-and-forth, but Braden Rostad scored the last five points of the quarter for the Braves and gave his squad momentum, as well as a 12-7 lead entering the second round.
New Philadelphia slowly chipped away at the deficit and went on a 17-8 scoring run in the second to take a 24-20 lead into halftime.
Nate Voll had the hot hand in the second for the Quakers as he was a perfect 3-of-3 from beyond the arc.
Things didn’t get any better for Indian Valley in the third quarter as it was outscored, 16-6, and fell behind 40-26 entering the final eight minutes.
This time, it was Noah Begue who did the damage for New Philly as he knocked down all of his three-point attempts for nine points.
The Braves came within nine points in the fourth, but every time they built some momentum, the Quakers would shut the door and take it right back.
"They really slowed us up," admitted Coach Herman. "Their defense had a lot to do with it and it just kind of put us on edge. That’s credit to their defense for putting pressure on the ball."
Despite four points each from Cade Williams and Karson Hartrick in the fourth, Indian Valley could not get back in the game and its season ended with a fine 20-4 record.
Pacing Indian Valley in scoring was Williams with 12 points and five rebounds. Connor McGuire added 10 points four boards and two assists and Braden Rostade chipped in with eight counters and a pair of rebounds, assists and steals.
The Braves were 14-of-36 from the field, 3-of-13 from beyond the arc and 12-of-15 from the stripe. Indian Valley hauled in 21 rebounds compared to New Philly’s 18 and added four blocked shots.
For the Quakers (16-8), Voll led the way with 16 markers including four "treys" while Beague added 15 points, all via the three-pointer. Adding double digit support was Joe Boose with 11 points to go along with four rebounds and three assists.
New Philadelphia finished the contest 17-of-34 on floor shots, an impressive 9-of-15 on three-pointers and 11-of-15 from the free throw line. Both teams turned the ball over 13 times.
"There was a lot of contact both ways," said Herman. "It was just a very physical game and a lot of their shots fell and ours didn’t.
"We have a lot coming back," he concluded. "We are losing five seniors and we paid them the respect they are do. This senior class won 48 games the past three seasons. But, we are in a good place now and we have four of our five starters coming back as well as our sixth man and a lot of young talent."