Bill Davis/News Danville’s Vanessa Hawk (4) tries to grab a rebound away from Waterford’s Hayley Duff (32) during the first half of Saturday’s Division IV regional final at Pickerington North High School. The Wildcats won, 50-35.

 

Bill Davis/News Danville’s Cece Newbold (42) shoots over Waterford’s Alli Kern during the first half of Saturday’s Division IV regional championship game at Pickerington North High School. The Wildcats won, 50-35.

 

PICKERINGTON — As the Danville Blue Devils left their locker room after Saturday’s game, all head coach Matt Proper could do is shake his head.

The Blue Devils faced Waterford, a team that was faster and stronger on both ends of the floor. Danville stayed with the defending state champs for much of the first half, but couldn’t keep up in its 50-35 Division IV regional championship loss.

“You don’t have a lot of time to prep,” Danville coach Matt Proper said. “They keep coming as you get the wins, and you have an idea who you’re facing. We just tried to slow them down and tried to rattle them, even though they’d been there before.”

The Blue Devils, who have scored many of their points on fast breaks, struggled to get behind Waterford’s defense all night. The Wildcats had a pair of defenders waiting for any long pass, preventing any uncontested shots. They also didn’t allow a single offensive rebound by Danville until the second half.

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