ROCHESTER 41, TRITON 11
For the second consecutive night, Triton’s slow start doomed it in boys basketball action. The Trojans managed just six points in the first half at Rochester, mirroring last night’s loss to Tippecanoe Valley where the Trojans went over 11 minutes without a field goal to open the contest.
Rochester strung together a 22-2 run to open the game, which Valley also did Friday night. The Zebras also held Triton to just 2-13 shooting in the first half, and the Trojans were a frigid 1-15 from behind the arc in the game.
Kalvary Lingenfelter led the hosts with 11 points and Kyle Reinartz came in with 10 points and five rebounds.
Tye Orsund, Jared Bules and Ashton Oviedo all had three points for the Trojans.
In the JV contest, Grant McCarter dropped 22 points and added six rebounds as the Zebras beat the Trojans 43-37. John Gardner had 11 points and seven rebounds for Triton.
Triton (7-12) visit Elkhart Christian Monday night.
SOUTH BEND TRINITY 44, LAKELAND CHRISTIAN ACADEMY 41
Trinity held off LCA’s fourth quarter comeback Saturday afternoon in South Bend.
Mike Florin led the Titans with 25 points, scoring the team’s final 10 points. The Titans held a 34-26 lead after three quarters, and Florin’s 6-8 performance from the line as well as a pair of baskets kept LCA from the win. LCA managed just a Trenton Parker field quarter in the third quarter, where Trinity moved a two-point halftime lead to the eight-point bulge after three.
Dave Loughran added 11 points for the Titans, which are coached by former LCA head Joel Burrus.
Jake Harmon continued to hit from outside, making four more three-pointers a night after breaking the school record for made threes. Harmon scored 14 points and had four rebounds and two assists. Parker finished with 10 points and eight rebounds and Landon Twombly had 12 points and four assists.
LCA drops to 8-12 and looks to Monday at home in a contest against the Noble Whitley Homeschool squad.
CARMEL 54, WARSAW 35
A 19-2 run in the second quarter gave Carmel some breathing room in a win Saturday night against the visiting Tigers.
Leading 15-10, Carmel went on the run to build a 34-12 lead at the half.
The Greyhounds (19-1) were coming off a win over defending state champion and top-ranked Warren Central Friday night, and likely move into the No. 1 position after sitting at No. 2 this week. Andrew Owens led the winners with 17 points, John Michael Mulloy had 15 points and eight rebounds, and Karsten Windlan added 10 points and a pair of rebounds, assists and steals.
Carmel outrebounded Warsaw 27-16 and were 19-24 from the free throw line while Warsaw did not attempt a free throw in the game.
Warsaw muddled through a 14-37 shooting performance, half of its makes coming from three-point range. Blake Marsh led the Tigers with 11 points and Tyler Metzinger had six points.
Warsaw (13-5) will host Elkhart Memorial Tuesday night in a make-up game that will decide whether Warsaw (6-0) claims the Northern Lakes Conference championship outright or shares it with the Chargers (5-1).
GRACE MEN 79, TAYLOR 67
The strong late season play for Grace’s men’s basketball team continued on Saturday with a 79-67 win at Taylor on Saturday.
The Lancers (15-15, 5-13 Crossroads League) have now won four of their last six games to close out the regular season.
Grace will compete in the 2019 NCCAA National Championships, hosted by Grace in March. The Lancers will await word about a potential NCCAA regional game.
The Lancers were efficient on offense. Grace shot 50 percent from the floor compared to 41 percent for the Trojans (11-19, 5-13 CL). Grace also committed a season-low five turnovers while passing out 19 assists.
Logan Godfrey was the best player on the court. He made 10-of-16 from the floor, leading all players with 24 points, 13 rebounds and 4 blocks, and he added a steal and two assists.
The teams could barely be separated in the first half. Neither team led by more than five points before halftime.
The lead incredibly changed hands 12 times in the first half as the sides traded baskets.
Grace had its biggest lead of the half in the final minutes. Charlie Warner hit a 3-pointer, and Braxton Linville then scored for a 35-31 advantage.
But Taylor drilled consecutive 3-pointers to regain the lead and end the half with a 37-35 advantage.
Minutes into the second half, the Lancers made the first significant run of the game. Grace erupted on a 14-2 charge to go ahead 54-44 with 11:29 remaining. Warner had six points during that spurt.
Grace maintained its advantage for the remainder of the game. Taylor did its best to rally, using a 7-2 run to come within 64-60 with 6:30 on the clock.
But Grace leaned on Godfrey down the stretch, and the stellar senior was up to the task. Godfrey scored eight points in the final six minutes to keep Taylor at a distance.
Grace secured the win on the defensive end. With a minute remaining, Tyce Frank made a steal and passed it ahead to Godfrey for a fastbreak layup which effectively ended the game.
Haden Deaton produced 18 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists with just 1 turnover, and Warner scored 16 points on 6-of-10 shooting.
Braxton Linville tallied 8 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists, Martin Schiele handed out four assists, Frank scored five points with three assists, and Eddie Gill IV finished with four points and three boards.
The Lancers did not shoot well from deep, making just 5-of-18 (28 percent). But Grace’s low turnover rate and seven more free throw attempts helped make the difference.
TAYLOR WOMEN 92, GRACE 66
Grace’s women’s basketball team could not stop an onslaught of 3-pointers on Saturday, falling at No. 8 Taylor 92-66.
The Trojans (25-4, 16-2 Crossroads League) needed a miraculous, last-second shot to beat Grace in the last matchup. But on Saturday, Taylor’s long-range shooting carried the day. Taylor made an eye-popping 20-of-34 (59 percent) from beyond the arc and coasted to a win.
The Lady Lancers (16-14, 10-8 CL), on the other hand, shot 34 percent from the floor and 65 percent from the foul line.
With the loss, Grace ends the regular season as the No. 6 seed in the league standings. The Lady Lancers will play at third seed Indiana Wesleyan on Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the quarterfinals of the CL Tournament.
Kamryn Hostetler was a bright spot on the offensive end. The freshman scored 18 points, one away from her career high. She made 4-of-7 from beyond the arc.
Grace forced Taylor into 18 turnovers in the game while committing just 11 miscues of their own. But despite Grace shooting 14 more shots than Taylor, Grace actually made eight fewer baskets. The Trojans’ 57 percent shooting performance proved to be too much to overcome.
Taylor’s hot shooting started in the first quarter. The Trojans ripped off 27 points in the period; their first three makes were all from downtown, and Taylor connected on seven treys in the quarter alone.
Grace still managed to keep within range and trailed 27-22. Five points from Kyannah Stull and four by Hostetler and Brooke Treadway helped Grace stay close.
The Lady Lancers’ defense held Taylor in check to start to second quarter. The Trojans did not score a point for nearly four minutes, and Grace took advantage to go ahead 28-27 after a triple by Hostetler.
But the Trojans controlled the rest of the quarter, outscoring Grace 17-4 for the final 6:15. Taylor led 44-32 at halftime.
Grace’s deficit quickly grew in the third quarter, trailing by 22 midway into the period. The Lady Lancers were never able to make a significant push after that juncture and suffered the road loss to end the regular season.
Stull shot 6-of-13 for 15 points to go along with three boards, and Vironnica Drake added 8 points, 6 boards and 2 steals.
Brooke Sugg scored four points with five assists, Kaylie Warble had four points and five boards, and Melissa Goss netted three points. Lexi Minix had three points and three rebounds, and Pam Miller chipped in 2 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists.
IHSAA GIRLS BASKETBALL SEMI-STATES
Hamilton Southeastern 61, Crown Point 28
Lawrence North 50, Castle 40
4-A State Championship: Hamilton Southeastern (26-1) v. Lawrence North (22-6)
Northwestern 59, Marion 31
Benton Central 48, Salem 34
3-A State Championship: Northwestern (26-3) v. Benton Central (27-4)
Oak Hill 53, Central Noble 36
Winchester 59, Evansville Mater Dei 50
2-A State Championship: Oak Hill (24-3) v. Winchester (26-3)
Michigan City Marquette 47, Northfield 32
Vincennes Rivet 61, University 50
1-A State Championship: Michigan City Marquette (26-2) v. Vincennes Rivet (29-0)