By Rob Kiser
PITSBURG — The Versailles girls basketball team can’t control who its opponents are.
And when the challenges come down the road — and they will — the Lady Tigers will be ready.
For the second straight Franklin Monroe D-III sectional tournament game — the Lady Tigers showed why they are state ranked and advanced with ease.
After opening the tournament with an 86-16 win over Triad, Versailles followed it with a 67-19 win over Northridge Tuesday in second-round action.
The Lady Tigers, 21-3, will play 13-11 Miami East for the sectional title at 11 a.m. Saturday.
Versailles set the tone early.
After Elizabeth Ording opened the game’s scoring, Danielle Winner immediately intercepted a Northridge inbounds pass and ended up scoring on an offensive rebound to make it 4-0 — leading to a Northridge timeout.
But, there was nothing the Lady Polar Bears could do to slow down the Tigers.
“I thought we did (took care of business),” Versailles coach Jacki Stonebraker said. “I thought everybody played with a lot of intensity when they got in there and we played well.”
Kami McEldowney hit three shots from behind the arc in the opening quarter and finished with a game-high 15 points.
Versailles got 11 points from a pair of Winners — 6-foot-2 junior Danielle and 6-1 freshman Lindsey — while Elizabeth Ording added eight points and six rebunds.
And Stonebraker liked the way the Tigers went about it.
“It is all the little things,” she said. “Things like boxing out and setting screens.”
Jamese Johnson scored 11 points for Northridge as Versailles led 26-7, 43-11 and 62-13 at the quarter breaks.
Versailles was 28 of 54 from the floor for 52 percent and seven of 11 from the line for 64 percent.
Northridge was nine of 37 from the floor for 24 percent and one of two from the line for 50 percent.
Versailles won the battle of the boards 28-15.
The Lady Tigers had 12 turnovers — most after the bench had emptied — and Northridge had 24.
And make no mistake — Versailles is prepared for the journey ahead.
“We will be ready (when the tougher games come),” Stonebraker said about her team that played a challenging non-conference schedule, along with the always tough MAC slate. “That is what the first 22 games are for. To get us ready for games like that.”
And to steal a quote from former Jets linebacker Bart Scott — the Lady Tigers “Can’t Wait”.
Kami McEldowney 6-0-15, Camille Watren 1-0-2, Ellen Peters 1-0-2, Elizabeth Ording 3-2-8, Danielle Winner 5-1-11, Lindsey Winner 5-1-11, Clair Schmitmeyer 3-2-8, Brynna Blakeley 1-1-3, Kami Ording 1-0-3, Emily Langenkamp 1-0-2, Mallory Marshal 0-0-0, Hailey McEldowney 0-0-0, Bailey Huffman 0-0-0, Caitlin McEldowney 0-0-0, Kelsey Custenborder 1-0-2. Totals: 28-7-67.
Cara George 1-0-2, Jamese Johnson 5-1-11, Leslie Lane 2-0-4, Loraine Reeder 1-0-2, Kaite Bergman 0-0-0, Ashlie Smith 0-0-0, Ashley Allison 0-0-0, Chastity Rettig 0-0-0, Tatiana Bryston 0-0-0. Totals: 9-1-19.
3-point field goals — Versailles: Kami McEldowney (3), Kami Ording.
Score By Quarters
Versailles 26 43 62 67
Northridge 7 11 13 19
Records: Versailles 21-3, Northridge 1-22.