LCA 29, TRINITY 24
The Cougars got a nice surprise with nine points from Abigail Fishel as the leading scorer in the home win.
Fishel, who came into the night averaging just under three points per contest, also had a season-high six rebounds.
Anna Reimink added eight points and three rebounds and the Calizo sisters, Jessi and Tori, combined for 10 points and 16 rebounds. Carly O’Hara chipped in five rebounds and a basket.
Carla Schwartz led the Titans with eight points.
LCA’s junior high team also beat Trinity by a 32-19 score.
LCA (6-5) will take a week off before entering the Bethany Christian tournament next Saturday.
WARSAW 57, PLYMOUTH 27
It was a start to remember for Warsaw’s jump into the Northern Lakes Conference.
Warsaw came out of the gate white hot, exploding to a 21-2 lead after the first quarter, part of a 25-2 run to open the game.
Abby Sanner continued to play well for the Tigers, leading the team with 18 points and five rebounds. Brielle Harrison and Maddie Ryman each scored eight points, Harrison pulling down eight rebounds.
Plymouth, which came into the night winners of seven straight and had a gaudy 9-1 record, were just 8-33 from the floor (24 percent) and missed all five of its three-point attempts. Halle Reichard, Plymouth’s leading scorer, was 0-10 from the floor and scored just one point. Cassidy Holiday led the Pilgrims with 10 points.
Warsaw pulled away in the second half to win the JV game, 47-23. Warsaw used an 11-0 run to help build a 33-17 lead after the third quarter. Bailie Stephens led Warsaw with 16 points, five rebounds and four assists and Adin Um scored 10 points for the Tigers.
Warsaw (8-4, 1-0 NLC) has won five straight and hosts Columbia City Tuesday.
TRITON 51, CASTON 47 OT
Triton picked up a road conference win with an overtime triumph over the Comets.
Jaela Faulkner stepped up to lead the Trojans with 14 points and five assists while Delaney Groves had 13 points and Chelsea Johnson had 12 points and nine rebounds. Lexia Hostrawser added seven rebounds in the win.
Triton ran out to a 22-8 lead early on, only for the Comets to storm back into the game with a 14-3 run to end the half.
Emily Holt and Jordan Clinger each scored 16 points for Caston, but the Comets were 0-10 from three-point range.
Triton also won the JV game by a 30-23 count. Taren Yates had 12 points for the Trojans and Maddie Smith had eight points for the Comets.
Triton (3-10, 2-1 HNAC) will host Pioneer next Saturday.
HUNTINGTON 77, GRACE 53
A pair of sluggish quarters bookended a 77-53 loss for Grace’s women’s basketball team at No. 24 Huntington on Saturday.
Grace was outscored by a combined 23 points in the first and fourth quarters, allowing the Foresters to snap a three-game winning streak for the Lady Lancers (8-6, 3-2 Crossroads League).
Grace found points hard to come by in the opening quarter. The Lady Lancers missed 11 of their 14 field goals in the period. Grace turned the ball over on its first two possessions and managed just six points, slipping behind 17-6 after the first 10 minutes.
Vironnica Drake did her best to spark a rally in the second quarter. She scored four quick points and then found Lauren Godfrey for a 3-pointer, cutting Huntington’s lead to 29-24 late in the half.
But the Foresters (9-4, 2-3 CL) scored late to lead 33-24 at halftime. Grace shot just 31 percent from the floor before halftime compared to 54 percent by Huntington. The Lady Lancers made only 2-of-15 from beyond the arc (13 percent) and tallied two assists as a team.
Huntington ballooned its lead up to 19 points in the third quarter, but Grace had one final comeback attempt.
The Lady Lancers scored nine unanswered thanks to four points from Drake and a 3-pointer by Kamryn Hostetler. After Drake’s last basket, Grace trailed 53-45 with 9:17 remaining in the contest.
But Grace’s momentum ran out over the final half of the fourth quarter. The Lady Lancers were unable to score another point for the last 5:24 of the game.
On the last 10 possessions of the game, Grace missed seven shots and had three turnovers. As a result, Huntington eased away for the final 24-point margin of victory.
All five Forester starers scored in double figures compared to just two for Grace. Drake scored 20 points on 9-of-13 shooting, adding four rebounds and two steals. Sugg added 13 points and a game-high four steals.
Hostetler scored nine points, but no other player for Grace had more than five points.
The Lady Lancers had a season-low six assists on 22 made field goals. Grace also shot a season-low nine free throws and also made just five 3-pointers, tied for the least this year.
Grace will not return to league play until January. The Lady Lancers will enjoy a cross-country trip west starting next week, playing in Arizona for a pair of games. Grace will play Embry-Riddle on Dec. 18 and Arizona Christian on Dec. 19.