MARIAN MEN 101, GRACE 78
Grace’s men’s basketball team could not slow down No. 13 Marian on Saturday in a 101-78 defeat.
The Lancers (11-9, 1-7 Crossroads League) fell behind early at Marian and never found their way back into the game.
The Knights (16-4, 5-3 CL) shot 55 percent in victory compared to 46 percent for Grace, and Marian also outrebounded Grace by 14.
Haden Deaton was stellar offensively in defeat. He shot 8-of-12 overall, 4-of-5 from the 3-point line and 7-of-8 from the foul line for 27 points.
Although the game started close for the opening eight minutes, Marian began to find separation midway into the first half.
Grace came up empty on offense for six straight possessions, and the Knights took advantage to claim a 23-13 lead after 10 minutes.
Late in the half, Grace suffered another scoring drought. This time Marian went on an 11-0 run to open up an 18-point lead.
The Lancers went into halftime behind 46-30, in part due to 10 turnovers over the first 20 minutes.
In the second half, Grace was never able to mount a dangerous comeback. The Lancers faced a 20-point deficit for much of the half.
Over the final minutes of regulation, Grace produced a 13-4 run thanks to Deaton. Deaton drilled a trio of 3-pointers along with a layup. The last of his triples cut Marian’s cushion down to 16 with three minutes to play.
But Grace gave up baskets on the next four plays to end any potential rally.
Deaton’s game-high 27 points came with three rebounds and two blocked shots. Only five players altogether scored for Grace.
Jaret Sons scored a season-high 19 points with four 3-pointers. Sons added 5 rebounds, 3 steals and 2 assists in a well-rounded performance.
Charlie Warner produced 14 points, and Logan Godfrey and Eddie Gill IV each had nine points.
The Lancers have a pair of home games next week, starting with a matchup with No. 3 Indiana Wesleyan on Tuesday at 7 p.m. IWU squeaked out a 92-86 win in overtime during their first meeting this year.
MARIAN WOMEN 81, GRACE 63
Grace’s women’s basketball team could not recover from a slow start and fell 81-63 to No. 8 Marian on Saturday.
The Lady Lancers (10-10, 4-4 Crossroads League) shot 39 percent for the game compared to 53 percent for Marian.
The game started with a 3-point barrage as Marian buried triples on consecutive possessions, and Kyannah Stull answered with a trey of her own.
The Knights had their way with Grace’s defense at the start, scoring eight points in the first two minutes. Vironnica Drake kept pace with four points in a row for the Lady Lancers.
Grace struggled with its shot after that point, however. The Lady Lancers were scoreless for over five minutes, and Marian capitalized with a 10-point cushion.
Pam Miller ended the period with a long jumper, but Grace still trailed 21-11.
Grace’s offense continued to sputter in the second quarter; the Lady Lancers managed to score just eight points over the first nine minutes.
Stull made a layup off a clever inbounds play in the final 20 seconds, and Brooke Sugg also made a layup but her shot was just after the buzzer. Grace faced a 40-21 deficit at halftime.
No player for Grace scored more than Drake’s six points at halftime. Grace shot 24 percent in the half, including 2-of-15 (13 percent) on 3-pointers.
Grace showed signs of life immediately after halftime. Vironnica Drake made two layups in less than 30 seconds, the last of which came after a steal and fastbreak.
But despite an improved attack, Grace was unable to make a significant push in the quarter. The Lady Lancers trailed by 20 entering the final 10 minutes.
The fourth quarter was much of the same. Grace continued to press but was unable to puncture Marian’s comfortable lead. The Knights (16-4, 7-1 CL) cruised to an 18-point win.
The Knights shot 10-of-18 (56 percent) from beyond the arc and had an assist on 25 of 31 made field goals.
Drake was the lone bright spot for Grace with 24 points, 5 rebounds and 4 steals. Stull added 11 points, 6 boards and 2 assists, and Brooke Sugg added eight points with three assists.
Warble and Kamryn Hostetler each scored seven.
The Lady Lancers return home next week for a pair of ranked opponents. Grace will play No. 16 Indiana Wesleyan on Wednesday and No. 11 Taylor on Saturday.
ELKHART MEMORIAL GIRLS 50, WAWASEE 41
A slow start doomed Wawasee Saturday afternoon against the visiting Chargers.
Wawasee didn’t hit its first field goal until it was already trailing by double digits, and found itself down 13 at the half. A strong second half couldn’t get the Lady Warriors back in it, although it held Memorial without a field goal in the fourth quarter.
Devine Johnson led Memorial (6-12, 1-4 NLC) with 16 points, hitting three treys in the process. Madison Axsom added 13 points, getting eight of her points in the first quarter and Mya Reeves also was in double digits with 10 points.
Jada Carter played well for Wawasee with a game-high 17 points, hitting four threes in the game. Caitlin Wortinger added eight points and four rebounds.
Wawasee had a good showing in the JV game, winning 32-14. Ella Beezley paced the Warriors (12-6) with seven points and five rebounds, Amari Peete had six points and four rebounds, and Emily Haines chipped in seven rebounds.
Wawasee (3-15, 0-5 NLC) hosts Whitko Tuesday.
WAWASEE 9TH GRADE BOYS 39, JIMTOWN 30
The Warriors moved to 8-3 on the season with its win over the Jimmies. Landon Gause scored 15 points for Wawasee while Mason Possell added 12 points.
Wawasee plays again Thursday at Plymouth.
TRITON ‘C’ TEAM BOYS 39, ELKHART CHRISTIAN 31
Triton survived a 58-percent shooting night from the free throw stripe to get a win over the Eagles. The Trojans were just 15-26 from the line, but closed the game on a 15-8 run in the fourth quarter to ice the win.
Tyson Yates led the Trojans with 17 points and Connor Large helped with his nine points.
TRITON 7TH GRADE BOYS SECOND AT HNAC
Triton’s seventh graders came up three points short of a title Saturday at Caston, losing in the Hoosier North Athletic Conference championship to Culver.
In the 51-48 loss to the Cavs, Cole Shively poured in 23 points and Anthony Schuh added 10 points. Triton finishes the season 11-6. Carson Krueger led the champs with 24 points and Jack Rodgers added 13 points.
Shively’s 28 points in the semi-final led the Trojans over Pioneer 51-27. Schuh came through with 16 points for the Trojans while the Panthers had Cayden Hill lead them with 18 points.
LAKEVIEW 8TH GRADE GIRLS 1-1 AT CRESTVIEW TOURNEY
Lakeview split its appearances at Saturday’s tourney, losing to Peru 35-26 in the first matchup but coming back to knock off Northfield 36-18.
Lauren Grose led Lakeview (2-2) in the Peru game with eight points. In the Northfield contest, Grose and Riley Borne each scored eight points.
LAKEVIEW 7TH GRADE GIRLS 2-0 AT CRESTVIEW TOURNEY
Lakeview won a pair of convincing games to claim the trophy at the Crestview tournament, beating Peru 44-10 and Crestview 37-21.
Joey Rastrelli led Lakeview (3-1) in the Peru win with 14 points and Leah Henderson came in with 12 points. Abigail Davis paced Lakeview in the championship with 19 points and Jael Namfukwe chipped in eight points.