SYRACUSE – Elkhart Central had a chance to get a run on the Wawasee equipment ahead of the sectional tournament. The Blazers found it may need to make some adjustments after just a 100.875-96.05 win over the host Warriors Thursday night.
Mia Echartea continued to pace the Blazers, scoring a 35.2 all-around number helped by top scores of 8.6 on bars and 9.3 on floor. While Ellie Dobson added an 8.05 second-place score on bars and a runner-up 8.9 on floor, Central’s remaining scores were rather pedestrian. Maleena Strukel had an 8.4 on beam and Karli Reveal scored 8.65 on vault, but not the historically huge numbers coach Kathy Krauter has routinely paraded around northern Indiana.
Senior night for Wawasee had its lone elder, Aundreya Wegener, shine on her ceremonial stage. Wegener posted an 8.7 to lead the beam performances, was third on both vault (8.8) and bars (7.6) and was fourth on floor (8.6). Her 33.65 trailed just Echartea in all-around.
Talia Kuhl gave Wawasee the top vault score at 8.95 and was third on floor at 8.8.
“We had just met Elkhart Central last weekend at the Lakeland Invitational, so we knew what they were capable of,” stated Wawasee head coach Nika Prather. “We had our highest team score of the season, but they still overtook us by almost four points.”
Wawasee ran unopposed in JV events. Layla Scott scored 7.7 on vault and 8.2 on floor among the undercard work.
Wawasee will continue on next Tuesday at DeKalb in a make-up meet from last week.