WINONA LAKE – A busy day at the Manahan Orthopaedic Capital Center saw rivals Grace and Bethel square off in the women’s and men’s basketball doubleheader Saturday afternoon. The Lancer women rolled to a huge win while the Pilot men held off Grace in the nightcap.
GRACE WOMEN 91, BETHEL 64
Grace’s women’s basketball team picked up its second straight Crossroads League rout with a 91-64 win over Bethel on Saturday.
Brooke Sugg propelled Grace’s offense with 32 points in 27 minutes. The Lady Lancers’ defense gave Bethel issues all afternoon, forcing the Pilots (7-4, 2-1 CL) into 22 turnovers compared to just seven for Grace.
Grace got off to a fast start on Saturday, scoring the first seven points of the game. Sugg, who scored a career-high 40 points on Wednesday, had the first four points after tipoff.
Bethel clawed back to trail by one, but the Lady Lancers (7-5, 2-1 CL) ended the half with nine straight points to lead 21-12. Sugg scored in the final seconds of the first period, her eighth points of the quarter.
Grace pushed its lead up to 19 in the second quarter, and the team led 38-25 at halftime. Sugg made the last shot of the second quarter again, giving her 13 points in the first half.
The Lady Lancers continued their strong play in the third quarter; Grace opened up a 21-point cushion at 49-28 after a pair of free throws by Kamryn Hostetler.
The lead only grew as Grace ended the period on a 14-3 run, grabbing a commanding 70-44 lead after three quarters.
Both teams substituted liberally in the fourth quarter, and Grace’s lead steadily grew to as much as 33. Neither team scored a point for the final 3:46 of regulation.
As a team Grace shot 51 percent from the floor and had a plus-five advantage in rebounding. Grace scored 31 points off Bethel’s 22 turnovers, and the Lady Lancers also had a 47-30 edge in points in the paint.
Sugg’s 32 points came on 14-of-21 shooting, and she added two assists and two boards. Vironnica Drake tallied 19 points, 4 assists, 4 rebounds and 4 steals, and Hostetler scored 10.
Brooke Treadway shot 4-of-4 from the floor and 2-of-2 from the foul line for 10 points, adding seven boards in 10 minutes.
Kaylie Warble produced nine points and six rebounds, Kyannah Stull had 7 points, 6 assists and 4 steals, and Pam Miller added two points and five boards.
The Lady Lancers are on the road next week playing at Goshen on Wednesday at 6 p.m. The men’s game at Goshen will follow at 8 p.m.
BETHEL MEN 96, GRACE 88
Charlie Warner’s 29 points went for naught in a 96-88 defeat for Grace’s men’s basketball team against No. 15 Bethel.
The Lancers struggled to shoot just 42 percent from the floor, including 8-of-30 (27 percent) from beyond the arc.
Grace started the game ahead, scoring on its first three possessions to lead 6-0.
But the Pilots (11-1, 3-0 CL) countered with a 13-4 run a few minutes later to grab their first lead of the game.
Bethel scored four points in the final 20 seconds of the half, seizing a 38-32 lead at halftime.
The Lancers (8-3, 0-3 CL) saw their deficit grow to 12 points early in the second half and faced a 13-point lead with five minutes to play.
Bethel led 90-78 with 1:05 remaining in regulation, but Grace showed resolve to start a rally.
Linville scored five quick points, and the Lancers forced a turnover with fullcourt pressure.
On the next play, Jaret Sons buried a corner 3-pointer to cut Bethel’s lead down to six with less than 40 seconds remaining.
But Bethel iced the win with four free throws over the final seconds to win by eight.
Grace had three more rebounds than Bethel (36 to 33) and had only nine turnovers. But the Lancers could not recover from Bethel’s hot shooting and Grace’s poor outside shooting.
Warner’s 29 points came from shooting 11-of-19; he drilled five 3-pointers and grabbed three rebounds.
Haden Deaton scored 21 points with 3 rebounds and 2 assists, and Logan Godfrey had a double-double with 15 points and 12 boards.
Linville tallied 14 points and six rebounds, and Eddie Gill IV had 4 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists, including a highlight-reel putback dunk in the second half.
The Lancers are on the road twice next week, including at Goshen and at Huntington. Grace’s game at Goshen on Wednesday is a doubleheader with the women as the games will start at 6 p.m.