TRITON 57, WINAMAC 30
Triton had four players in double figures, and the Trojans won their second consecutive game with a Hoosier North Athletic Conference win at Winamac Friday.
Ashton Oviedo put up 15 points, Tyson Yates scored 11, and Quentin Amsden and Tyler Heckaman each scored 10 for Triton, which showed inside-outside balance with 30 points in the paint and 7-of-16 three-point shooting in the win.
The visitors jumped out to a 26-10 lead in the first half and ballooned that cushion out to as many as 33 points in the fourth period. The Trojans tallied 16 team assists — including four from Yates — on the way to 22-of-44 shooting from the floor.
Will Larkin scored 11 points for Winamac, which lost in nearly every statistical category to Triton.
The Trojans improved to 4-3 with a 1-1 start in the HNAC. They won’t play again until a game at John Glenn Jan. 10.
Triton’s JV fell a little short, 39-36, meanwhile. Beau Grandt scored 20 points to lead the JV Warriors. The JV Trojans got their scoring done by committee as Cole McKinney, Lucas Cabrera and Nate Amsden each finished with seven points.
PLYMOUTH 52, NORTHWOOD 47
NorthWood lost for the first time in five games via a Northern Lakes Conference-opening defeat to Plymouth at The Den Friday night.
The Panthers led 27-17 in the second quarter but were outscored 32-20 in the second half, when they shot just 7-of-20 from the field.
The Pilgrims had three players in double figures as Jake Reichard put up 19 points, Brady Hissong scored 15, and Adam Hunter chipped in 11 off the bench for Plymouth, which survived 18 turnovers.
Trent Edwards scored 18 points, and Jamarr Jackson scored 14 for Wood in the game, which featured six lead changes and four ties.
NorthWood slid to 6-2 with an 0-1 NLC start. The Panthers travel to Columbia City next Friday with tip-off scheduled for 7:45 p.m.
WHITKO BOYS 53, TIPPECANOE VALLEY 48
A fourth-quarter comeback by the Vikings fell short, and Valley lost its third straight in a Three Rivers Conference defeat on the road at Whitko Friday.
The Vikings scored 19 points in the fourth but after falling behind by as many as 22 points, it was too little, too late. Poor free throw shooting continued to plague Valley, which scuffled to a 4-of-13 mark from the line.
Bret Sickafoose put up 22 points with nine rebounds to lead the Wildcats to the TRC-opening win, which snapped a three-game losing streak by Whitko. Drake Lewis chipped in 12 points for the Wildcats, who improved to 2-3, 1-0 in the TRC. The team will play Jimtown at the Plymouth Tournament Jan. 3 at 10:30 a.m.
Dawson Perkins notched a double-double of 10 points and 13 rebounds, Nolan Cumberland put up nine points, and Tanner Trippiedi scored eight points with five assists for Valley, which slipped to 2-5 with an 0-1 TRC start. The Vikings host LaVille next Friday night at 7:30 p.m.
Valley’s JV won, 47-36. Brendyn Stump led with 20 points, and Cooper Walls scored eight.
TIPPECANOE VALLEY GIRLS 58, WHITKO 14
The Lady Vikings won their sixth straight game and moved to 4-0 in the Three Rivers Conference with a dominant win over visiting Whitko Friday night.
Valley jumped out to a 30-6 half-time lead and coasted to the win.
Morgan Howard scored eight points with eight rebounds to lead the Wildcats, who fell to 1-9 with their ninth straight loss and 0-4 in the TRC.
Valley had Sidney Wagner lead the team with 15 points and Jillian Walls had 12 points. Karina Young came in with 10 points. The Vikings moved to 11-2 and will play two games at the Concord Classic on Jan. 4 — an 11:45 a.m. contest with Lakeland and a 4:45 p.m. game with West Noble.
CONCORDIA WOMEN 74, GRACE 64
Grace’s women’s basketball team suffered its worst offensive output of the season, falling to Concordia on Friday.
The Lady Lancers (10-3), who averaged 92.0 points per game entering Friday’s contest, were held to their lowest point total of the year. Grace shot 30 percent or worse in each half.
Kyannah Stull was a bright spot for Grace’s offense, scoring 21 points with four rebounds, two assists, a block and five steals.
Grace struggled with its shot in the first quarter. The Lady Lancers shot just 33 percent from the floor, including an 0-for-5 mark from beyond the arc.
But Grace’s defense and foul shooting kept the Lady Lancers close. Concordia turned the ball over nine times in the quarter, but the Cardinals (9-4) still led 19-17 by the end of the quarter after shooting 57 percent as a team.
The Lady Lancers’ shooting woes only worsened in the second quarter. Grace did not score for over three minutes to start the period. Concordia pulled out to a 10-point edge late in the half and held a 38-30 lead at halftime.
Grace shot just 30 percent from the floor in the half, including a 3-of-14 performance (21 percent) on 3-pointers.
In the fourth quarter, Concordia pulled ahead by 17 with six minutes remaining — the largest lead of the game.
The Lady Lancers had one rally left. Grace erupted for nine points over a two-minute span, keyed by a 3-pointer from Kamryn Hostetler. Vironnica Drake hit a pair of free throws, cutting the Cardinals’ cushion down to 66-56 with 3:23 remaining.
But Grace missed its next five field goals to erase any chance of a turnaround. The Lady Lancers hit a pair of triples down the stretch, but the damage was already done in a home defeat. Friday marked Grace’s first home loss of the season (7-1).
Grace shot 29.7 percent as a team compared to 50 percent for Concordia. The Lady Lancers did nab 15 steals, forcing Concordia into 28 turnovers.
Concordia’s 40 points in the paint powered the Cardinals.
Drake produced 17 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals, and Hostetler added eight points and five assists.
Maddie Ryman scored eight points off the bench, Kaylie Warbled grabbed six boards, and Brooke Treadway had four points, three rebounds and two steals.
The Lady Lancers do not return home until Jan. 15. Grace will play at Holy Cross on Dec. 28 and at Asbury on Dec. 30 to end the calendar year.