Whiteoak senior Chelsea Chisman shoots a basket against the Notre Dame Lady Titans, Thursday in the sectional final game. (HCP Photo/Stephen Forsha)
Whiteoak senior Chelsea Chisman shoots a basket against the Notre Dame Lady Titans, Thursday in the sectional final game. (HCP Photo/Stephen Forsha)
MCDERMOTT — Though the Whiteoak Lady Wildcats were first to score points in their Division IV SE District Sectional Final game on Thursday night, it was the Portsmouth Notre Dame Lady Titans who controlled all aspects of the tournament game. Whiteoak battled, but turnovers and missed opportunities ended the Lady ’Cats season by a 58-15 score.

Whiteoak, who defeated No. 8 Sciotoville in the sectional semifinals on Monday night, had a rough first quarter against their tournament counterpart, being outscored 19-3 in the first quarter. WHS scored first with a free throw from Maggie Carr around the 7:00 mark of the first quarter. From that point on in the first quarter, the Lady ’Cats were outscored, 19-2, with the lone two-point field goal for WHS coming from Chelsea Chisman with 4:11 left in the opening quarter. Those two points by Chisman left the score at the time, 4-3 in favor of the Lady Titans.

The second frame didn’t fare much better for the visiting team on the scoreboard, as turnovers continued to haunt the Lady ’Cats. Notre Dame outscored WHS, 20-3 in the quarter, leaving the score 39-6 at halftime. Whiteoak did have points from Morgan Thompson to start the second with a jumper that swished through the net, and later. Carr sank a free throw around the halfway point of the quarter. Carr led WHS with seven points.

Following that free throw, the physical play of the Lady Titans prevailed for the Lady Titans as they answered that free throw with a 15-0 run in the final 3:44 left in the first, taking a 20-point lead with 3:44 left in the opening half and later increasing their lead to 33 points to end the first half.

Hagen Schaefer of Notre Dame led all scorers with 25 points for the game, as she was taken out of the game midway through the third quarter. In the first two quarters, Schaefer scored 21 of those points, including five 3-pointers against the Lady ’Cats, one in the first quarter and four in the second frame.

“They were taller than us, and we had a hard time matching up with them,” Whiteoak head coach Randy Abbott said. “Their speed and their height were a problem. We tried several different things defensively, as we wanted to keep the ball out of their bigs’ hands, but they are pretty good.

“Their outside shooting is hard to defend when everything they are shooting is falling in.”

The second half began with WHS (3-20) committing a turnover, which resulted in Notre Dame going down the court and having Taylor Schmidt sink a 3-pointer, increasing the lead of Notre Dame to 36 points. Turnovers continued to hurt Whiteoak’s scoring chances, with the Lady Titans outscoring WHS, 17-7 in the third frame for a 56-13 differential after three frames.

Whiteoak’s scoring in the third began with Carr making a layup at the 7:23 mark of the quarter, and later Lexi Jones swished a jumper at the 5:25 mark as the scoreboard read 45-20 following that basket in favor of the Lady Titans. Later in the quarter Carr made two free throws at the 2:18 mark, and later she made one free throw at the 1:13 mark of the quarter.

In the fourth quarter the Lady Wildcats had two points from Chisman, including a layup in the paint at the 5:21 mark of the fourth as both teams scored two points in the final eight minutes. Chisman finished the game with four points, followed by Jones and Thompson with two points each.

For the game, WHS finished 5-of-10 from the free-throw line and made no 3-pointers. The Lady Titans were 6-of-12 from the free-throw line and made six 3-pointers. Also for Notre Dame, Lexi Smith totaled 16 points, and Taylor Schmidt scored seven points. Katie Dettwiller scored four points, while Carla Hash, Catelynn Ball and Molly Hoover each scored two points.

Seniors for WHS are Lexi Jones, Maggie Carr, Morgan Thompson, Kattie Taylor and Chelsea Chisman.

“The seniors are going on to a new chapter of their life, and we wish them well,” Abbott said. “The girls got better as time went on, and they improved.”