The postseason runs of the Fairfield and Penn girls basketball teams each came to a close Saturday with a pair of semistate losses.
The No. 3 Falcons wrapped up the most successful season in program history with a 70-43 loss to No. 1 juggernaught Northwestern in the Class 3-A North Semistate at Logansport.
The No. 6 Kingsmen dropped a 53-45 final to No. 10 Zionsville in the Class 4-A North Semistate contest at Valparaiso.
Northwestern led 19-12 after the first period before outscoring Fairfield 20-8 in the second stanza to take control.
Northwestern shot 27-42 from the field in the win. Sophomore star Madison Layden, the daughter of Northwestern coach Kathie Layden, was brilliant. The 6-1 forward had 28 points to go with six rebounds and six assists.
Kendall Bostic, a 6-1 sophomore, had 18 points for Northwestern, who lost in a regional final a year ago to eventual state champion South Bend St. Joseph.
Northwestern, the top-ranked team in 3-A, improved to 28-1 with just a loss to a team from Louisville. The Falcons, who were appearing in the semistate for the first time, finish at 24-3.
Fairfield gave Northwestern its closest game of the postseason. TheTigers had won their previous five postseason games by an average of 50.4 points-per-game.
Erica Zook scored 14 points and Katie Lashley had 10 to lead coach Brodie Garber’s Fairfield squad. The Falcons shot 10-29 from the field and had 20 turnovers.
The Falcons bid good-bye to a stellar senior class in Zook, Lashley, Jenean Schwartz, Drea Lockwood, Jordan Kintigh and Felicity Bontrager.
Northwestern moves on to play Greensburg next Saturday in the Class 3-A state championship game in Indianapolis.
Penn simply could not hold on in the final frame. The Kingsmen led 33-32 entering the fourth quarter before being outscored 21-12 in the final period. Zionsville closed the game with a 5-0 run to seal the semistate title.
Reganne Pate paced Penn with nine points. Sara Doi and Jordyn Smith each scored eight points and Grace Adams and Antresse Shelton each had seven.
Megan Sheridan and Katey Richason each netted 17 points to lead Zionsville.
Penn kept the game close by hitting eight treys. Zionsville though hit 18-22 free throws, while Penn was just 5-8 from the line.
Penn finishes its season at 26-2. Zionsville advances to the Class 4-A state title game to face Warren Central next Saturday in Indianapolis with a 22-5 mark.