NORTHWOOD 85, ELKHART MEMORIAL 35
Memorial had absolutely no answer for NorthWood’s inside duo in the blowout Panther win.
Kate Rulli exploded for 27 points and Maddy Payne added 18 points as the two outscored their Northern Lakes Conference foes by themselves. NorthWood outscored Memorial 25-6 in the first quarter, Rulli with 11 of those points, and the Panthers erupted for a season-high 31 points in the third quarter.
For good measure, Kenzie Bergman scored eight of her 11 points in the first quarter, Kendal Miller had nine points and a total of 10 NorthWood players got into the scoring column of the scorebook.
Memorial (2-7, 0-1 NLC) had Mya Reeves lead the club with 11 points and De’Mour Watson come in with seven points.
The NorthWood JV opened the night wit ha convincing 43-16 win over Memorial.
NorthWood (7-3, 1-1 NLC) will host Plymouth next Saturday in a key NLC showdown.
TIPPECANOE VALLEY 72, NORTH MIAMI 43
Valley earned a Three Rivers Conference win at home Friday night.
Sophie Bussard, fresh off cracking 1,000 points for her career, started hot in pursuit for another 1,000 with 35 points against the Warriors. Bussard also passed 2008 Valley graduate Hannah Krueger’s 1,036 points for fourth on the Valley scoring list, sitting at 1,042. All that stands in Bussard’s way on the climb are Staci Groom (1,136), current Valley assistant coach Rebakah Parker (1,420) and Bussard’s former teammate, Anna Secrest, and her school-record 1,580 points.
Bussard also had seven rebounds, six assists and six steals. Hayley Backus had her best varsity performance to date, scoring 10 points and pulling down six rebounds.
Valley doubled up North Miami, 22-11, to create a 40-18 halftime advantage in sealing up the conference win.
Valley (8-3, 3-0 TRC) will host Winamac Thursday.
LAKELAND CHRISTIAN JR. HIGH 35, CLINTON CHRISTIAN 14
LCA powered to a 15-2 lead in the first half to put away the visitors from Clinton Christian. Finley Hobbs led the home side with 15 points. Alexis Miller added six points, six rebounds and six assists and Maddie Silveus chipped in six points, three rebounds and a pair of assists.