WINONA LAKE – After two long days, the dust settled in the LCA Cougar Classic boys and girls basketball tournaments, with the hosts taking third in the girls setup and the boys fourth overall. All of the Friday games were played at the Manahan Orthopaedic Capital Center on the campus of Grace College.
Friday’s play for LCA had the girls defeat Clinton Christian 41-24 while the boys lost to Calumet Christian in the two third-place matchups.
Hope Fancil came up huge for LCA, scoring 25 points in another effort that had Fancil outscore an opposing team. Fancil added nine rebounds, three steals and a block. Melissa Goss did her best Rajon Rondo stat impression, scoring five points to go with 10 assists, seven rebounds, three steals and two blocks.
Jess Slone added 10 rebounds and Heather Plastow had six rebounds in the win.
LCA led by eight points at halftime, 21-13, but outscored Clinton by three in the third quarter and gave up just two points in the fourth quarter.
LCA’s boys ran into a very athletic Calumet Christian side and fell 74-50. Calumet had Cody Disterheft led the squad with 22 points and seven rebounds while Myles Quick had 19 points and Quran Rodgers finish with 14 points.
The Cougars would outrebound Calumet 25-18, with five caroms apiece from Elijah Raymond and Jeremy Gross. Josh McDaniel had 23 points to pace the Cougars and added four boards. Noah Twombly and Landon Twombly combined for 10 points, eight rebounds and four assists.
Friday’s results for the girls tourney had Calumet beat Trinity 34-16 for fifth place, LCA beat Clinton for third and Covenant Christian beat Granger Christian 61-48 for the title. In the boys tourney, Granger Christian beat South Bend Trinity 51-45 for fifth place, Calumet beat LCA for third and Clinton Christian beat Covenant Christian 77-47 for the title.
Clinton’s Nathan Stutzman and Covenant’s Maria Nanninga were named tourney MVPs. Girls All-Stars included Katelyn Porte of Covenant, Allison Emswiler and Emily Stump of Granger Christian, Clinton’s Angela Troyer and LCA’s Goss and Fancil. Boys All-Stars included Clinton’s Benson Yoder, Covenant’s Chris Beezhold and Jeff Terpstra, Calumet’s Myles Quick and Nick Alonso, and LCA’s McDaniel.
LCA’s girls even up at 7-7 overall and face its biggest test of the season in its next game, a home contest Jan. 7 against Class 1-A No. 3 Argos. The Dragons are 14-0 after wins over West Central and South Central (Union Mills) this week.
LCA’s boys are 4-5 overall and next host Elkhart Christian Academy Jan. 6.