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Westminster's Will Woodhouse (left) flies by Elgin Academy's Vito Maglio. | Michael R. Schmidt ~ For Sun-Times Media
Westminster Christian took care of business on Tuesday night as the Warriors rolled over Elgin Academy for a 61-22 victory in opening-round action of the Class 1A Westminster Christian Regional.
The starters dominated on both ends of the floor for the Warriors early on and they were able to build a 31-4 lead midway through the second quarter.
The Warriors (17-12) used a 22-0 run to build their big lead, holding the Hilltoppers (2-18) scoreless for a stretch of nearly nine minutes, en route to a 36-8 halftime lead.
“They were running a 3-2 against us, and we were just running our plays like we know we can and getting good shots,” said senior guard Will Woodhouse.
Woodhouse led the first-half onslaught, scoring all 14 of his points before the break thanks to 4-of-7 shooting from beyond the three-point arc.
The bench played the bulk of the second half for the Warriors, but they continued to pile it on as they outscored the Hilltoppers 25-14 in what was a much slower-paced half on their way to the big win.
“It was nice to be able to play everyone tonight, and not have to go too far with our starters,” said Westminster coach Bruce Firchau.
Freshman Dillon Rejman matched Woodhouse with 14 points off the bench for the Warriors. Robert Kleczynski added eight points and Luke Weston chipped in seven.
The Warriors shot a combined 25-of-57 (43.9 percent) for the game, while the Hilltoppers were limited to just 10-of-37 (27 percent) shooting and turned the ball over 25 times.
Seniors Vito Maglio and Zach Bohenick, playing in their last game for Elgin Academy, tallied six points each.
Third-seeded Westminster advances to the semifinals on Wednesday night where it will take on No. 2 Mooseheart at 7:30.
Mooseheart won big in both regular-season matchups between the two teams, most recently beating the Warriors 53-31 on Feb. 9.
“We have to play a great game tomorrow night, I don’t think an average game will get it done,” said Firchau. “We’re going to have to take care of the basketball and take smart shots every time down the floor and shoot well.”