GOSHEN GIRLS 46, CONCORD 24
Goshen did a number on its rivals, smashing its way to the Class 4-A No. 4 Warsaw Sectional semi-finals.
The RedHawks (18-5) held the Minutemen to just three field goals in the first half, taking a 24-9 lead into the lockerroom. Brynn Shoup-Hill led Goshen with 18 points, Tori Eldridge had seven points and the trio of Hailey Mast, Megan Gallagher and Liz Kirkton all had six points.
Sydney Simon had nine points for the Minutemen, which bid adieu to the season 15-8.
PENN GIRLS 65, NORTHRIDGE 42
Northridge made a game of it in the third quarter, but the No. 6 Kingsmen were too much in the second game of the night at the Tiger Den.
Northridge had cut Penn’s bulging lead to 11, 36-25, in the third quarter, but Penn turned on the jets and rushed to a 14-0 run to end the third quarter, the 50-25 lead far too much for Doug Springer’s bunch to recover from.
Kaitlyn Costner scored 20 points to lead Penn (23-2), which had 16 from Trinity Clinton and 10 from Reganne Pate. Clinton scored nine of her points in the third quarter.
Jaci Walker finished her night with 18 points and Juliana Weaver added 12 points for the Raiders, which close at 10-15 overall.
Warsaw and Elkhart Central meet in Friday’s first semi-final at 6 p.m., with Goshen and Penn to follow.
TIPPECANOE VALLEY 6TH GRADE GIRLS 26, PIERCETON 15
Dalynne Bussard paced Valley’s win Tuesday night with 12 points, three rebounds and an assist. Betty Shepherd had six point and three boards, and Kyra Kiser and Danika Miller both pulled down four rebounds.
WABASH 7TH GRADE GIRLS 14, TIPPECANOE VALLEY 12
Mackaylie Costello and Emma Patrick both had four points in the loss for the Vikes.
TIPPECANOE VALLEY 8TH GRADE GIRLS 17, WABASH 12
Macy Petersen and Sidney Nelson each scored six points and Chesnee Miller had five points to lead Valley to the win.
GRACE WOMEN 69, TAYLOR 63 (OT)
Grace’s women’s basketball team pulled off its biggest win of the season on Wednesday, upsetting No. 5 Taylor in overtime 69-63.
The Lady Lancers overcame a 15-point deficit at halftime to send the game to overtime.
Vironnica Drake scored the go-ahead basket on a fastbreak layup, and the stiff Lady Lancer defense held the Trojans scoreless for the final 45 seconds of the game.
The Trojans (23-2, 11-2 Crossroads League) entered the game at the top of the league standings with just one loss on the season.
Kyannah Stull was unstoppable late, scoring 13 of her game-high 21 points in the fourth quarter and overtime.
The Lady Lancers (16-9, 7-6 CL) kept pace early despite a barrage of 3-pointers from the Trojans. Buckets from Drake and Stull cut the lead to two points.
That was the closest Grace would get in the first quarter; the Trojans ended the quarter on a 9-2 run to claim a 21-13 advantage.
Grace struggled with its shot at the start of the second quarter until Kamryn Hostetler nailed a 3-pointer.
The Lady Lancers scored just eight points in the period, heading into halftime trailing 36-21.
Drake led the team with seven points at the half. Grace shot just nine percent from the 3-point line compared to 33 percent for Taylor.
Grace came out of the locker room with intensity. Drake scored two quick baskets, and Lexi Minix knocked down a 3-pointer as Grace went on an 11-3 run to cut the lead to single digits.
Later, Hostetler and Stull each connected from downtown to pull within five points. Brooke Treadway ended the period with an emphatic block.
Grace outscored Taylor by seven points in the third quarter, making the score 46-38 heading into the final stanza.
The Lady Lancers continued to chip away in the fourth quarter. Treadway and Maddie Ryman provided an offensive boost off the bench; however, Taylor held Grace at arm’s length, holding a five-point lead for most of the period.
Stull helped close the gap, draining a triple to cut the deficit to two points.
The swarming Lady Lancer defense forced Taylor to turn the ball over, and Stull converted a physical 2-point shot to tie the game at 55.
Grace’s defense forced another empty possession for Taylor. The Lady Lancers wound the clock down to two seconds but could not convert a potential game-winning shot in the paint.
Taylor knocked down a triple on its second possession of overtime to take the lead 58-55.
Drake responded with an excellent finish at the basket to pull within one point.
Minix knocked down a 3-pointer to give Grace the lead, but the Trojans responded seconds later with a triple of their own.
On Grace’s next possession, Stull earned two free throws and calmly sank each one to give Grace a one-point edge.
The Lady Lancers’ defense came through again, forcing the Trojans to turn the ball over.
On the fast break, Drake converted the layup that gave Grace a 64-61 lead with 55 seconds remaining.
Taylor responded by driving the lane, drawing contact, and sinking both free throws to keep the game close.
But Grace’s defense stood strong. Grace held the Trojans scoreless for nearly a minute.
Stull, Treadway and Drake each hit free throws to secure the 69-63 victory.
“I’m really happy for our players. It was exciting to see their joy on the floor tonight. I thought our heart, fight and grit made a big difference to beat a great program like Taylor,” said Grace head coach Dan Davis. “Kyannah and Vironnica had big nights obviously, but this was a total team effort. Lexi hit a big three, Maddie made a critical steal, and Kaylie and Brooke each had important moments for us. I’m very happy for this team.”
Defensively, the Lady Lancers forced 18 total turnovers with 14 of those coming after the first half. The Trojans’ 55 points scored in regulation were the third-fewest they have scored all season.
Stull led all players with 21 points, adding four boards and two steals. Drake stuffed the stat sheet with 19 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals.
Minix recorded 8 points, 7 rebounds and 3 steals. Treadway made an impact on the defensive end with four steals and a block, and Kaylie Warble grabbed seven boards.
Grace finished the game shooting 41 percent from the floor and 23 percent from the 3-point line.
The Lady Lancers will host rival Bethel for a doubleheader on Saturday at the Manahan Orthopaedic Capital Center. The women’s game will tip off at 1 p.m. with the men’s game to follow.
GRACE MEN 72, TAYLOR 68
Grace’s men’s basketball team held on late to beat Taylor 72-68 on Wednesday.
The Lancers moved into sole possession of third place in the Crossroads League standings with the victory. Grace (16-9, 8-5 CL) will end the season with five straight ranked opponents, beginning with No. 9 Bethel on Saturday at home at 3 p.m.
Myles Johnson enjoyed one of the best games of his freshman season, producing a double-double with 17 points, 14 rebounds and 3 blocks. Haden Deaton scored 14 points, none bigger than a 3-point dagger in the final minute.
Grace led for nearly the entire first half. Johnson opened the scoring with a 3-pointer.
Taylor managed to take a quick 8-7 lead, but the Lancers maintained a small lead for the next seven minutes.
With seven minutes to play in the half, the Lancers’ long-range marksmanship helped the hosts pull away. Grace erupted on a 12-4 run over the course of three minutes.
All 12 of those points came on 3-pointers — two from Jaret Sons and one apiece from Braxton Linville and Charlie Warner.
Taylor was unable to cut into Grace’s cushion, and Johnson ended the half with a putback layup in the final second.
The Lancers went into halftime up 45-32 after shooting 60 percent as a team.
Taylor struggled to make any shots from the perimeter. The Trojans (13-12, 5-8 CL) did not make a 3-pointer. As a result, Taylor focused inside and scored 26 of its 32 points in the paint.
Sons buried three triples in the half for a game-high 14 points, and Johnson poured in 11 points and seven rebounds.
In the second half, Grace’s distance shooting plummeted. The Lancers were sluggish offensively to start the second half, and Taylor took advantage.
The Trojans used an 8-1 spurt to pull within seven. Three minutes later, Grace’s lead had all but vanished. A 3-pointer by Taylor made Grace’s lead just one at 55-54.
Charlie Warner and Haden Deaton scored on back-to-back possessions for the Lancers to give Grace breathing room.
A putback by Johnson handed Grace a comfortable margin at 65-56 with five minutes to play.
But Taylor was not finished. The Trojans raced back and trailed by three with less than three minutes remaining.
Matt Jennings was fouled with two minutes to go and hit both foul shots. But the Lancers came up empty on their next two possessions, and Taylor trailed by one at 69-68.
Grace had the ball with 40 seconds remaining and needed a score; the Lancers found a bucket from Deaton. With the shot clock winding down, Deaton collected his dribble and launched a deep fadeaway 3-pointer that found the bottom of the net and essentially won the game.
Deaton’s triple snapped a massive drought from beyond the arc. Grace missed 15 straight 3-pointers between the end of the first half and Deaton’s triple with seven seconds left in the game. It also marked Deaton’s first made 3-pointer after missing his first five tries.
Jaret Sons scored 14 points with four rebounds, Charlie Warner shot 5-of-8 for his 13 points, and Jennings added 11 points, 2 assists and 2 steals.
Next up, Grace will play its archrival No. 9 Bethel on Saturday at home. The men’s game will tip off at 3 p.m. after the conclusion of the women’s matchup.