NORTHWOOD 59, SOUTH BEND RILEY 20
NorthWood’s girls basketball team opened the season with a convincing 59-20 win at South Bend Riley Friday night.
The Lady Panthers used an 18-8 second quarter to take control at 27-9 at halftime and put the game out of reach with a dominant 20-3 third period. Kenzie Bergman put up 13 points, Kendall Miller finished with 12, and Kate Rulli chipped in nine points for NorthWood, which had eight players make the scoring column in the win.
Shatoia Gadson scored six, and Imani Owens and Jazmen Watts each put up five for the Wildcats.
NorthWood opens at 1-0 and will play its home-opener opposite Penn Saturday at 1:30 p.m. Riley will also play Penn next, hosting the Kingsmen next Thursday night.
MISHAWAKA MARIAN 67, WAWASEE 18
It wasn’t the start Wawasee wanted to its season Thursday night.
A 12-6 Marian lead after one was stretched out quickly as halftime approached, with the Knights outscoring the Warriors 21-4 in the second quarter. Anija Payne had 11 of her 19 points in the second quarter and Makayla Weaver had 12 by halftime as Marian pulled away for good.
Weaver finished with a game-high 23 points while both Mckenzie Hudgen and Jaiden Rangel both added six points in the win.
Wawasee couldn’t get anything going once Marian started to make its run. Caitlin Wortinger scored nine points, seven of those in the first half. The Warriors made just five field goals in the game and struggled mightily from the free throw line, going 5-19 for the night.
Wawasee would start the season with a nice 27-19 win in the JV game over the Knights. Becca Smith had eight points and eight rebounds and teammate Amari Peete added six points and six rebounds in the win.
Wawasee (0-1) will visit Prairie Heights on Saturday, Marian (2-0), which opened with a win against Fairfield Tuesday night, visits Plymouth next Tuesday.