CEDAR LAKE | Bethany Jansma says she doesn't like to shoot.
The Kankakee Valley senior sure is good at it though, as Jansma put on a shooting clinic in the first half of the Kougars' 71-54 Hanover Central Sectional semifinal win over Knox on Friday.
Jansma opened the game with a personal 7-0 run and scored 19 points in the first two quarters. She splashed a 3-pointer at the buzzer before halftime. The speakers screamed out Alicia Keyes' "This Girl is on Fire" as if the Hanover Central staff had it prepared.
"We wanted to show Andrean and Hanover what we had, because we knew they were watching," Jansma said. "I just wanted to give it everything I had because I knew we could beat them and I wanted to leave it all out on the floor."
K.V. (14-6) led by as many as 23 in the second half.
"If there was any question of whether we were nervous or worried, that was gone. One of the things we said was that we had to come out to a good start," Kougars coach Ryan Myers said. "Jansma just came out and played so well, I thought, especially early on. She got everybody else relaxed and then I think we could just settle down and play the way we're capable of playing."
Jansma finished with 21 points and seven rebounds. Lauren Stoke scored 22 for the Kougars.
Kankakee Valley will face Andrean in Saturday's championship. The 59ers held off Hanover Central to earn a 57-53 win in the nightcap, avenging a regular season loss to the Wildcats.
Andrean did it with defense, particularly in the third quarter. H.C. (12-10) scored only three points in that frame and the Niners built an 11-point cushion.
"It was the kids. It was all the kids," Andrean coach Tony Scheub said. "There were no changes (at halftime). It was just they wanted it more at that point."
The Wildcats closed the gap in the final minutes, but Lauren Stazinski hit several free throws and Andrean did enough for the win.
"It's been a tough season (due to injuries)," Scheub said. "We've had a rocky road, so to get everyone back at this time we kind of show that this is the team that we expected at the beginning of the season."