BREMEN GIRLS 31, TRITON 22
Bremen concluded quite a week to lay claim to the girls championship at the Bi-County Tourney, played Saturday night at LaVille.
Bremen gave up just 57 total points in three wins in the tourney, clearing out Culver, Argos and eventually Triton. The win gives Bremen its 12th win in its last 14 games after starting the season 3-4.
The Lady Lions had tournament MVP Haylie Rodriguez lead the team with just nine points, but had Erin Coffel behind with eight points and the Bremen defense shut down Triton from the floor. The Trojans were only 8-25 shooting and turned the ball over 23 times in the championship. Bremen wasn’t any better shooting the ball from the floor, going 8-32, but limited the turnovers to 10 and were 12-19 from the free throw line while Triton made its only two attempts.
Kinsey Atkins led the Trojans with nine points and Emma Hepler had five points.
One highlight for the Lady Trojans was the announcement of Whytnie Miller as the girls recipient of the WB Hawkins award, given to a player from the tournament who excels both on and off the court. New Prairie’s Chase Ketterer was named the boys recipient.
WARSAW GIRLS 51, CONCORD 37
Warsaw did its part Saturday night in its quest for part of the Northern Lakes Conference title. But so did NorthWood.
Warsaw finishes 6-1 in the NLC after its 14-point win over Concord at the Tiger Den. NorthWood, however, beat Goshen 36-19 to run 7-0 in the NLC and claim the title outright.
Brielle Harrison played motivated basketball, scoring a career-high 22 points and passing the 500-point mark for her career. Abby Sanner chipped in 12 points and seven rebounds, Kaylee Patton pulled down nine boards and Kensie Ryman had eight points, four assists and four rebounds.
The win moved Warsaw’s win streak over Concord to 44, dating back to 1983.
The JV game saw Warsaw pull out a 27-25 win in overtime. Marin Hart led the Tigers with 10 points, Lauren Grose pulled down 11 rebounds and Zoe Bergan scored six points.
TIPPECANOE VALLEY GIRLS 59, SOUTHWOOD 26
Valley kept its hopes of a Three Rivers Conference championship alive with a lopsided home win Saturday night.
Valley moved to 6-2 in the TRC, a game back of Rochester (7-1) which won by 20, 50-30, over Manchester.
The Vikings had Sid Wagner lead the way with 17 points and Kaydence Mellott had 13 points in the victory.
The JV Vikings edged out a 43-42 win over the Knights. Molly Moriarty paced the victors with 16 points.
Valley and Northfield are tied for second in the TRC heading into the final week. The Vikings visit Manchester Thursday while Northfield hosts Rochester, the winner of that game getting to claim at least a share of the title.
WAWASEE GIRLS 43, PLYMOUTH 40 (2 OT)
Emily Haines had a hero’s moment as Wawasee claimed its only Northern Lakes Conference notch of the season Saturday night at the Teepee.
Haines hit a pair of free throws to tie the game at 40, then drilled a three-pointer as Wawasee claimed its fourth win over Plymouth in the past five seasons. Haines finished with 13 points and four rebounds. Kennedy White added 11 points and seven steals.
Wawasee, playing without guard Danielle Jenkins out with the flu, had Hannah Lancaster step up with eight points and two steals.
Plymouth had Lindsay Janus lead the team with 16 points.
Lindsay Doss had 10 points and five rebounds and Amari Peete secured nine points and four steals, but Plymouth won the JV contest 43-29.
CLINTON CHRISTIAN BOYS 70, LAKELAND CHRISTIAN 27
Not much changed from the first matchup between the two teams about a month ago. After beating LCA by 27 at the Cougar Classic at the beginning of the month, Clinton continued to have LCA’s number. Michael Darr led the charge for the Couriers with 20 points, followed by Dumarrion Williams with 18 points and Seth Shetler with 16 points.
In the loss, Silas Gagnon had 10 points and five rebounds. Cam Shepherd and Seth Martin each finished with six points.
Clinton won the JV game 53-43.
TRITON JV 42, NEW PRAIRIE 37
Triton won the undercard tournament at the Bi-County, taking out the Cougars in the Saturday matinee.
A pair of Connor Large free throws with two seconds left sealed the win for the Trojans, which won three games over the course of the week to claim the Bi-County title. Large finished with nine points for the Trojans, which had Cole McKinney score 11 points, and Lucas Cabrera and Bruce Johnson both score eight points.
Mike Eckovich led the Cougars with 11 points.
WAWASEE 7TH GRADE GIRLS 2-0 AT WHITKO ROUND ROBIN
The Wawasee seventh grade team won the Whitko round robin by beating Whitko 64-3 and Manchester 27-6. Wawasee was led by Kiersten McCreary in the first game with 17 points, eight rebounds, and six steals. Mackenzie Hackleman and Molly Beer both tossed in 12 points each with Molly added seven steals. The second game against Manchester Olivia Horn was leading scorer with eight points. Hackleman also added six points along with eight steals.
EDGEWOOD 7TH GRADE GIRLS 2-0 AT TIGER CLASSIC
Edgewood’s squad crushed both Wabash and Churubusco in its two wins at the Tiger Classic. In the 48-12 win over Wabash, Makia Lucas lead the team with 10 points. Allison Slone and Braisha Harrison adding nine, Lucy Wilkinson with eight and Braylie Chastain with six to top out the top 5 scores.
In the 48-27 win over Churubusco, Harrison lead the team with 16 points, Gwen Howard had eight points and Chastain had seven points.
MARIAN WOMEN 93, GRACE 60
Grace’s women’s basketball could not piece together the upset on Saturday, falling to No. 4 Marian 93-60.
Grace’s offense was largely muted in the first half as the teams played almost evenly after halftime.
Vironnica Drake led the Lady Lancers (14-8, 5-5 Crossroads League) with 16 points, and Maddie Ryman had 15 points.
Grace had a forgettable performance in the first quarter. The Lady Lancers were sloppy at the start with two turnovers and four missed shots over the first six possessions.
Drake’s jumper broke Grace’s slump, but Marian led 11-3 after five minutes of play.
Grace trailed 23-8 after the first quarter. The Lady Lancers shot 3-of-12 from the floor and made just one of their five 3-point attempts.
Ryman was a bright spot offensively, scoring five of the team’s eight points off the bench.
The second quarter had a similar story. The Lady Lancers were held scoreless for the first five minutes of the period.
The Knights (19-3, 8-2 CL) took advantage with 19 straight points. Brooke Treadway ended the drought with a layup with 4:35 left in the half, but Grace faced a 42-10 deficit at that point.
Grace did find its offense to end the half, but the home team trailed 49-19 at halftime.
Ryman had nine points to lead Grace, and Treadway added four. Grace could only muster six points from its starting unit to start the half.
The Lady Lancers shot 20 percent from the floor with 11 turnovers; Marian shot 45 percent overall.
Grace’s attack was significantly better in the third quarter. The Lady Lancers bettered their entire output from the first half, scoring 23 points in the period.
Drake gave Grace a boost with seven early points after halftime; the senior guard had 11 points in the quarter. Micaela Box added four late four throws in the period.
Marian scored 23 points in the third quarter to maintain a comfortable margin.
The fourth quarter was played evenly as the Knights coasted to the victory.
Drake’s 16 points came with six boards and two steals, and Ryman amassed 15 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists.
Treadway scored eight points off the bench, Kyannah Stull had seven points and two assists, and Kaylie Warble added eight boards.
Grace will hit the road next week, playing at Goshen on Wednesday and at Huntington on Saturday.
GRACE MEN 98, MARIAN 83
Grace’s men’s basketball team added another ranked upset to its portfolio on Saturday.
The Lancers impressed in a 98-83 victory over No. 8 Marian at the Manahan Orthopaedic Capital Center, leading for nearly the entire game.
Charlie Warner scored a season-high 28 points in an efficient performance. He shot 10-of-14 from the floor, 4-of-6 on 3-pointers and 4-of-4 on free throws.
The Lancers (14-8, 6-4 Crossroads League) are now in a four-way tie for third place in the league standings. Grace just concluded a seven-game stretch against Top 25 opponents, going 3-4 during that period.
The game started evenly, despite an early batch of 3-pointers from Grace. Jaret Sons, Myles Johnson, Warner and Hank Smith all hit triples in the opening nine minutes.
Grace gained its first separation midway into the first half. Grace unleashed a 14-2 run over a four-minute flurry.
Cody Holmes scored four quick points to start the run, and Johnson added five points in a row. Sons buried a triple, lifting the Lancers to their largest lead of the half at 32-17.
The Knights (16-5, 7-3 CL) kept within range but still trailed 44-34 at halftime. Grace shot 62 percent as a team in the half, including 50 percent on 3-pointers. The Lancers also assisted on 14 of their 18 made field goals. Warner’s 12 points led all players.
Marian, conversely, made 38 percent as a team and 33 percent from beyond the arc.
The second half was a case study in a patient, efficient offense for Grace. The Lancers consistently found matchups to exploit, rarely forcing shots.
Grace ripped off 54 second-half points, shooting 60 percent after halftime.
The Lancers slowly ballooned their cushion, eventually leading by as many as 24 points after a Warner triple with 6:31 remaining.
The Knights attempted a last-gasp rally, managing to trim their deficit to 12. But Grace scored eight points over the final three minutes to ice the win.
Warner, who scored 16 second-half points, was one of five Lancers to score in double figures. Sons finished with 17 points, 6 assists and 6 boards after hitting 5-of-9 from downtown.
Johnson picked up a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds, shooting 6-of-7 from the floor with a trio of 3-pointers.
Deaton tallied 13 points and three assists, Matt Jennings amassed 12 points, 7 assists and 2 steals, and Braxton Linville added six points and six dimes.
The Lancers will head next to Goshen on Wednesday at 8 p.m.