GRACE 88, HUNTINGTON 73
Grace’s women’s basketball team continued its hot start, defeating No. 21 Huntington 88-73 on Saturday.
The Lady Lancers’ top scoring threats put on a sizzling performance. Vironnica Drake and Kamryn Hostetler each topped 20 points with Kyannah Stull right behind at 19.
Hostetler kicked off the scoring for the Lady Lancers with a 3-pointer. The trend would continue as Grace was deadly from beyond the arc in the first half.
The first quarter was highlighted by a fast-paced style of play from both teams.
Stull buried two triples and Maddie Ryman added another, producing a seven-point lead for Grace.
The Foresters (10-2, 2-1 Crossroads League) played tough the rest of the quarter, but an and-1 from Brooke Treadway left Grace with a 25-20 lead after the first quarter.
Grace’s offense was quiet for the first several minutes before Stull converted a layup to get the Lady Lancers rolling.
With the score knotted at 33 and two minutes remaining in the half, Drake took over.
The senior guard single-handedly scored the next 11 points for Grace, including a buzzer beater from beyond the arc that sent the Lady Lancers into the locker room ahead 44-36.
Drake led Grace with 13 points at the half, while Hostetler was 2-2 beyond the arc for 10 points.
Warble had seven boards in the first half.
Drake stayed hot in the third quarter, scoring five points in the first two minutes. The lead grew to 23 points as Stull hit two more triples in the third quarter.
Huntington cut the deficit to six points in the fourth quarter, but to no avail.
Hostetler drilled back-to-back 3-pointers to silence any potential rally by the Lady Foresters. Grace stayed aggressive to the finish, securing a 15-point victory.
Warble narrowly missed a double-double with 10 boards and seven points.
Drake scored 26 points with 6 steals, 5 rebounds and 2 assists. Hostetler added 22 points and two assists.
Stull produced 19 points, 6 assists, 5 rebounds and 1 steal. Lexi Minix chipped in four assists and six rebounds.
Coming off the bench, Treadway stuffed the stat sheet with 6 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists and 1 steal.
The Lady Lancers are back on the road next week for their third straight ranked opponent. Grace will face No. 19 Olivet Nazarene on Thursday at 8 p.m.
LAKELAND CHRISTIAN 57, HAMILTON 4
LCA nearly pitched a shutout in an overwhelming win over the Marines. Hamilton managed its only points in the fourth quarter.
LCA registered 28 steals and eight blocks in the game, with Jessi Calizo pulling in 10 points, eight steals, six rebounds, three blocks and an assist. Finley Hobbs added 12 points, five blocks, four steals, three rebounds and two assists and Tori Calizo had 18 points and a pair of steals.
NORTHWOOD 65, LAVILLE 20
The Black Swish had no trouble winning the non-conference matchup in Lakeville.
The Lancers had no answer for Kate Rulli, who registered another big game with 23 points. Maddy Payne and Karlie Fielstra both cracked double figures with 11 and 10 points, respectively, and both Kendal Miller and Reagan Hartman had eight points.
Lucy Sherk led the beleaguered LaVille offense with six points.
LaVille won the JV game 39-26.
KNOX 42, TRITON 19
Knox remained unbeaten at 9-0 and earned a Hoosier North Athletic Conference win to boot in the lopsided affair at Triton.
Stats from the varsity contest were not immediately provided.
In the JV game, Triton reversed the mojo with a 41-19 win over Knox. Madeline Doll led Triton with 12 points and Emma Hepler had nine points.
TIPPECANOE VALLEY 49, WABASH 25
Valley made it 2-for-2 in the Three Rivers Conference by nearly doubling up the Apaches in Wabash.
Valley held Wabash to just 10 first-half points while building a 26-point advantage at the break. Sidney Wagner scored 16 of her game-high 19 points in the first half while Jillian Walls tossed in another 13 points.
Hayley Backus had nine points and Kaydence Mellott scored eight points in the Vikings rout.
Alivia Short had six points and Mariah Wyatt had five points to lead the hosts.
NORTH MIAMI JV 28, WAWASEE 26
Wawasee’s rally came up short to the Warriors of Miami County. Wawasee trailed by six points heading into the fourth quarter.
Tate Cowan led Wawasee with nine points and Lindsay Doss had eight rebounds in the loss.