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Defending state champ Penn opens Girls Basketball Sectional with win

Penn High’s defending state champion girls basketball team opened the Class 4-A state tournament with a 53-28 victory against sectional host Goshen on Tuesday.

Point guard Sara Doi scored 19 points – including 12-of-12 free throws in the fourth quarter – to lead the Kingsmen attack.

Penn’s lone senior, Lindsy Kline, scored 18 points.

Penn connected on 21-of-26 free throws, including 17-of-18 in the final quarter.

Reganne Pate scored 10 points for the Kingsmen.

Penn (19-4) returns to Goshen for sectional semifinal play on Friday at 6 p.m. against Elkhart Central (12-10). Goshen’s season ends at 8-15.

PENN 53: Chloe Foley 0, Kelsi Carrico 0, Victoria Smith 0, Sara Doi 19, Reganne Pate 10, Makenzie Kilmer 3, Anne Goralczyk 0, Antreese Shelton 2, Marissa Trewhella 0, Lindsy Kline 18, Delayne Sanchez 0, Caroline Morris 1.

Goshen 28: Ashton Ellis 7, Josie Walters 4, Jordan Nemeth 2, Megan Harmelink 0, Aylissa Trosper 6, Regan Mast 3, Maggie Gallagher 4, Lizzy Kirkton 2, Hailey Mast 0, Nyla Dean 0, Remya Johnson 0, Breanna Boocher 0.

PENN        14     10     8       21 – 53

Goshen     6       3       7       12 – 28

Three-pointers: PENN 5 (Pate 2, Doi 1, Kilmer 1, Kline 1), Goshen 2 (Walters 1, Ellis 1).