OREGON-DAVIS GIRLS 72, TRITON 37
The Bobcats nearly doubled up Triton in a matchup of Bi-County opponents in Hamlet.
Jayden Worthington had a big night for O-D, going 10-15 from the floor and 5-5 from the free throw line to amass 25 points. Worthington also pulled down nine rebounds and had two steals. Madilynn Hudspeth added a double-double, recording 15 points and 15 rebounds, and Katelyn Sauer and Mercedes Rhodes both dropped in 16 points for the Bobcats.
Emma Hepler paced the Trojans with 10 points and Lexia Hostrawser added five points and seven boards in the loss.
GARRETT GIRLS 60, WAWASEE 44
A hot start once again put Wawasee in a sticky situation in hosting Garrett Wednesday night.
The Railroaders opened with a 23-point first quarter, building a 16-point lead in the process. Wawasee would score 22 points in the fourth quarter, but were already trailing by 22 heading into the final eight minutes.
Eight Railroaders scored, led by 16 points from Bailey Kelham and 11 points from Nataley Armstrong.
Jada Carter led Wawasee with 12 points and Tate Cowan had 10 points and a pair of rebounds. Emily Haines added eight points and four rebounds and Kennedy White contributed six points and five assists.
In a low scoring affair, Garrett withstood Wawasee 21-16 in the JV contest. Cowan had six points to lead Wawasee, Lindsay Doss adding four points.
EAST NOBLE C-TEAM 39, WAWASEE 27
East Noble protected its house in the C-team contest, taking down Wawasee. Jay Finlinson led the Warriors with 12 points and Peyton Felger came in with 11 points.
“The effort was there. We need to take care of the ball,” offered Wawasee coach Andrew Wilson.
GRACE WOMEN 98, BETHEL 77
Grace’s women’s basketball team nearly topped the century mark in a 98-77 victory over Bethel on Wednesday.
The Lady Lancers led a balanced attack with five players scoring in the double-digits, highlighted by 22 points from Kyannah Stull. Grace continued its recent dominance over Bethel, winning its seventh straight in the series.
Grace’s defense created chaos as usual, forcing 31 turnovers.
The Lady Lancers (12-5, 3-2 Crossroads League) ran the floor at a blistering pace to start the game.
Grace’s defensive pressure forced the Pilots (6-11, 0-5 CL) to turn the ball over four times in the first four minutes.
However, Bethel was deadly from the 3-point line, keeping the score close throughout the quarter.
The first quarter ended with Grace holding a slim 28-26 lead.
In the second stanza, Grace’s blistering pace began to take a toll on Bethel. The Lady Lancers went on a 9-3 run to open up a lead.
Stull, Maddie Ryman and Kamryn Hostetler each drilled 3-pointers, resulting in a 58-48 lead at the half.
Stull led all players with 15 points at the break. Vironnica Drake dominated the glass with seven rebounds in the first half.
With a steady dose of drives and excellent free throw shooting, the Lady Lancers expanded the lead to 18 points in the third quarter.
Kaylie Warble grabbed six boards in the third quarter alone, and Grace carried a 78-60 lead into the final quarter.
Hostetler scored the final points for Grace with a 3-pointer late in the fourth quarter. The Lady Lancers cruised to the final score of 98-77.
Drake stuffed the stat sheet with 17 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists. Hostetler added 16 points on 4-of-10 shooting from beyond the arc. Micaela Box chipped in 10 points, going 6-of-8 from the free throw line.
Ryman produced 8 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists. Brooke Treadway grabbed four rebounds to go along with 10 points, and Warble nearly missed a double-double with 10 boards and eight points.
Grace is back in action on Saturday, traveling to Fort Wayne to take on No. 13 St. Francis at 1 p.m.
GRACE MEN 100, BETHEL 95
Grace’s men’s basketball team continued its hot start to the Crossroads League season with a marquee victory on Wednesday.
The Lancers (12-5, 4-1 CL) upended No. 9 Bethel 100-95 on the road, remaining in a tie atop the league standings.
Jaret Sons enjoyed a monster game, scoring a team-high 25 points with 10 rebounds and three blocked shots. Additionally, he reached a personal milestone by becoming the newest member of Grace’s 1,000-point club.
The Lancers shot 50 percent from the 3-point line and had four players score in double figures.
The game could not have started better for Grace. Haden Deaton and Sons drilled 3-pointers on the Lancers’ first two possessions to jump out to a 6-0 lead.
Deaton remained on fire with five more points, and Charlie Warner notched yet another trey for an early 14-2 advantage.
Bethel was forced to burn a timeout less than four minutes into the game to stop Grace’s momentum.
But the Lancers’ sharpshooting continued. Braxton Linville hit back-to-back triples, despite entering the game with one 3-pointer on the season.
Deaton muscled his way to another bucket, giving Grace its largest lead of the half at 30-12.
The Pilots (15-2, 3-2 CL) quickly rallied at that point, going on a 13-2 run to find life.
Bethel eventually clawed all the way back to tie the game at 35-35, and the Pilots took their first lead of the game on the next possession at 37-35 with 4:18 left in the half.
Grace went over four minutes during Bethel’s run without a made field goal. The Lancers turned to the post to generate offense to end the half, using hoops from Sons and Warner to find a rhythm.
But it was the Pilots who entered halftime on top by the score of 48-46. Bethel shot 50 percent from the floor compared to 46 percent for Grace.
The Pilots committed just one turnover in the first half with Grace turning it over four times.
Deaton led all players with 12 points, and Sons and Warner each scored 10.
Similar to the first half, Grace began the second half with a dynamic attack. The Lancers scored the first eight points of the half thanks to triples from Sons and Myles Johnson.
Grace stunned the Pilots, grabbing a 60-50 lead five minutes into the second half.
The Lancers maintained a double-digit lead for the next five minutes, but Bethel again tried to rally. The Pilots trimmed Grace’s cushion down to five at 70-65, but this time Grace countered.
Sons threw down a two-handed dunk and Jennings scored shortly after to make Grace’s lead 77-65 with eight minutes remaining.
Bethel refused to give up and managed to cut the gap to six, but Sons rose up for another 3-pointer at the top of the key to give Grace breathing room with under three minutes to play.
The Lancers were efficient in the closing minutes, taking advantage of Bethel’s frantic defense to score easy points.
Bethel tried to make the end interesting, hitting a few 3-pointers in the final minute.
But the Lancers made enough free throws down the stretch to keep Bethel at bay.
Matt Jennings poured in 19 points, 5 assists and 5 rebounds in 26 minutes, and Warner finished with 19 points with four rebounds.
Deaton had 15 points, 5 boards and 3 assists, and Linville added 9 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists.
Hank Smith scored seven points off the bench, and Johnson added six points and four rebounds.
The Lancers will play their third straight ranked opponent on Saturday, traveling to No. 17 St. Francis for a 3 p.m. game. Grace is in the middle of a seven-game stretch against NAIA Top 25 teams.