Tippecanoe Valley Boys 34, Plymouth 28
Valley scored more points in the fourth quarter than it did the first three in a win at Plymouth Saturday night.
Valley turned up the dial in the fourth, scoring 18 points after registering just 16 through the first three quarters. Plymouth had held just a 19-16 lead after three in a slow-paced contest.
Valley (2-7) shot just 37 percent from the floor (10-27) but were 12-17 from the free throw line. For the second straight night, Dawson Perkins had a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Nolan Cumberland added 11 points and four boards.
Easton Strain led the Pilgrims with 10 points and five rebounds.
Warsaw Girls 37, Northridge 33
In another contest saddled with low scoring, Warsaw shut down a high-flying Northridge squad in Northern Lakes Conference play in Middlebury.
Warsaw opened the game on an 11-2 run, then held on as Ridge outscored Warsaw 16-11 in the fourth but ran out of time.
Abby Sanner had a big night for Warsaw (13-3, 4-0 NLC), recording nine points and 15 rebounds. Kensie Ryman hit all six of her free throw tries and finished with nine total points and three assists. Kacilyn Krebs had eight points in the win.
Julia Mantyla led the Raiders (11-7, 1-2) with 16 points and Warsaw limited Jaci Walker to nine points, six below her average coming into the night.
Warsaw’s JV escaped Middlebury with a 26-22 win. Ava Wetzel and Lauren Grose combined for 15 points and 16 rebounds to lead the Tigers to victory.
Taylor Women 76, Grace 60
Grace’s women’s basketball team was unable to take down Taylor on the road during a 76-60 defeat on Saturday.
The Lady Lancers (9-7, 1-6 Crossroads League) were held to their fourth-lowest scoring output of the season as Taylor completed the season sweep.
Maddie Ryman began the game with a 3-pointer, but Grace’s offense was sporadic to start the game.
The Lady Lancers needed four more minutes to score again. Kaylee Patton hit back-to-back triples, and Kamryn Hostetler made another to put Grace on top 12-7.
But that proved to be the final points of the quarter for Grace. The Trojans ended the quarter with 12 straight points thanks to Grace’s drought over the final 4:28.
Grace only scored on those four 3-pointers. For the quarter Grace shot 25 percent (4 of 16) compared to 58 percent for Taylor (7 of 12).
Hostetler caught fire in the second quarter to apply pressure on the Trojans. She drilled four 3-pointers for Grace, including two from well beyond the arc.
Another late triple from Kiersten Poor closed the gap as Grace trailed by just four at halftime, 38-34.
Hostetler led all scorers with 17 points at halftime, shooting 5 of 6 from the 3-point line.
Grace shot 9 of 18 (50 percent) on 3-pointers before the half but only made 3 of 15 (20 percent) on 2-point tries.
The Trojans shot 50 percent from the floor but were forced into 11 turnovers.
The second half started sluggishly for Grace. The Lady Lancers needed over four minutes to register a point, which came from the foul line.
Kenzie McMahon made the first field goals of the third quarter for Grace, scoring on back-to-back layups.
But Grace was muted to just eight points in the third, and Taylor took advantage to grab a 16-point cushion.
The Lady Lancers were never able to make a significant charge in the fourth quarter, ultimately falling by 16.
After making nine 3-pointers in the first half, Grace made zero triples after halftime.
The Lady Lancers shot 36 percent from the floor as a team compared to 51 percent for the Trojans. Grace forced Taylor into 20 turnovers, but Grace was outrebounded by 15.
Hostetler’s 19 points tied for scoring honors in the game, and she added 4 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals.
Patton added 12 points and two assists before fouling out, and McMahon tallied 10 points, 7 boards, 2 blocks and 2 steals.
“This was a disappointing loss today. I didn’t think we had a good performance overall. We expect more of ourselves. We need to be more consistent in every quarter and share the ball a lot better,” said Grace head coach Dan Davis. “One thing we have to improve at is getting tougher as a team. When things don’t go our way, we can’t let it snowball. We need to put this loss behind us and refocus for the week ahead. We have not peaked yet as a team.”
The Lady Lancers are home for three games next week, including Wednesday (vs Goshen), Thursday (vs Grace Christian) and Saturday (vs Huntington).