Northridge Girls 59, NorthWood 36
Northridge kept steady pressure on NorthWood to pull a Northern Lakes Conference win Saturday night at The Pit.
Eva Fisher led the Raiders (13-7, 3-2 NLC) with 16 points, Julia Mantyla was right behind with 15 points and six rebounds, Colleen Miller tossed in 12 points and Jaci Walker posted 10 points and six rebounds.
NorthWood (1-10, 1-4 NLC) saw Alea Minnich led the side with 16 points and six rebounds. Macy Lengacher had nine points and six rebounds and Bre Wise contributed six rebounds and three assists.
Northridge won the JV game 31-24.
Rochester Girls 50, Tippecanoe Valley 44
Rochester won a huge Three Rivers Conference game Saturday night, moving to 7-0 in the conference slate.
Emma Howdeshell led the Zebras (9-6) with 19 big points and Amelia Scorsone added 12 points as Rochester stayed atop the TRC standings.
Valley (9-7) fell to 3-2 in the table, Sidney Wagner netting 18 points but the Zebras holding Kaydence Mellott to just one field goal and five points, nine below her average.
Bremen Girls 45, Triton 37
Bremen won the backyard rivalry matchup Saturday night in Bremen.
Ellia Foster was on point again with 25 points, her sixth 20-plus point game of the season. Katie Moyer added 13 points for the Lions.
Triton (6-11) played in its third game in five days. Addyson Viers led the Trojans with 13 points and Taren Yates was next with eight points. Kinsey Atkins and Lexia Hostrawser each had six points in the loss.
Wawasee Girls 38, Mishawaka 24
Wawasee evened its Northern Lakes Conference record at 3-3 with a home win Saturday afternoon.
Jada Carter paced the Wawasee offense with nine points, and combined with Danielle Jenkins to record nine steals. Jenkins also scored eight points. Kennedy White chipped in seven points, five rebounds and a block in the victory.
Blair Harker and Addy Trimble both had six points to pace Wawasee to a 32-16 JV win. Emma Lowery added six boards in the victory.
Jimtown Boys C-Team 44, Wawasee 39
Aidan Monds had 17 points to lead the Warriors Saturday morning.
Huntington Women 59, Grace 54
Grace’s women’s basketball let a second-half lead slip away on Saturday in a 59-54 defeat to Huntington.
The Lady Lancers (10-9, 1-8 Crossroads League) shot just 33 percent from the floor as a team. A key offensive drought erased a comfortable lead for Grace, allowing the Foresters (6-4, 3-3 CL) to rally for the win.
Both offenses were anemic in the first half. Grace only scored 11 points in the first quarter after shooting 5 of 17 from the floor.
But the Foresters were a touch worse, scoring only 10 points as Grace led 11-10.
The teams scored even less in the second quarter. Grace’s defense was sharp to mute Huntington to just seven points in the frame. The Foresters shot 22 percent from the floor in the half and had nine turnovers.
But Grace was unable to build a lead despite that defensive effort. The Lady Lancers shot 26 percent from the floor, including 2 of 12 (17 percent) from beyond the arc.
Grace still led 20-17 at halftime. Kaylie Warble had eight points on 4 of 4 shooting, and Kamryn Hostetler added six points. No other player for Grace scored more than two.
Grace’s offense sparked to life to start the third quarter. Maddie Ryman swished a pull-up jumper.
Hostetler, Kyannah Stull and Ryman followed that up with back-to-back-to-back triples to give Grace a 31-19 lead.
Warble scored in the paint to give Grace a 14-point lead, its largest of the game.
But the wheels began to fall off with four minutes remaining in the third quarter. Huntington’s defense was airtight, allowing the Foresters to rally.
By the end of the third quarter, Huntington trailed by four. That momentum carried into the fourth quarter; Huntington rattled off 10 points over the first three minutes as the Foresters took the lead for good.
Grace was held to a single 3-pointer from Kaylee Patton over the first six minutes of the fourth quarter. The Foresters took advantage of Grace’s drought to seize a 50-42 advantage with 4:00 to play.
For a 10-minute stretch bridging the third and fourth quarters, Grace scored just five points.
Grace did its best to comeback, using triples by Patton and Ryman to pull within four with 2:26 on the clock.
But Grace suffered another drought, going over two minutes without making another field goal. The Foresters made enough free throws down the stretch to hold for the win.
Ryman scored a team-high 12 points, all scored after halftime. Hostetler finished with 11 points, 3 assists and 2 rebounds, and Warble shot 5 of 5 for 10 points to go along with nine boards.
Patton tallied 7 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 block and 1 steal, Stull notched seven points and four rebounds, and Kiersten Poor added 5 points, 6 boards and 3 assists.
Grace had 19 turnovers in the game, 12 of which came in the second half.
The Lady Lancers play a home-and-away series with Mt. Vernon Nazarene next week. On Wednesday Grace will be at home at 6 p.m. On Saturday the teams will clash in Ohio.
Huntington Men 93, Grace 85
Grace’s men’s basketball team could not extend its five-game winning streak, losing 93-85 at Huntington on Saturday.
The Lancers (11-5, 4-3 Crossroads League) excelled in practically every offensive category. Grace shot 54 percent from the floor and 50 percent on 3-pointers, and the team had just eight turnovers.
But the Lancers were unable to slow down the Foresters (11-5, 4-4 CL) who scored 93 points in the win. Huntington made 13 of its 15 free throws as well compared to Grace, who hit just 3 of 8 from the foul stripe.
Grace could not have started the contest on a worse foot. The Lancers scored just six points over the first nine minutes.
As a result, Huntington stunned Grace by claiming a 26-6 lead.
The Lancers’ offense began to show life thanks to 3-pointers by Jake Wadding and Jakob Gibbs, and Grace managed to cut the deficit to eight at halftime (44-36).
The teams played evenly in the second half. Huntington was unable to build a significant lead, but Grace was unable to fully come back.
The closest that Grace came the rest of the way was with 10 minutes remaining. Wadding scored in the paint after a pass from Matt Jennings to cut Huntington’s lead to 64-58. But the Lancers came up empty on their next four possessions to end a potential rally.
Grace fouled down the stretch to extend the game, but the Foresters sank 10 free throws in the final minute to ice the victory.
Wadding led Grace in scoring with 18 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 0 turnovers, and Frankie Davidson added 17 points, 3 boards and 2 assists.
Jennings tallied 16 points with nine assists, and Haden Deaton added 15 points and four rebounds.
Cade Gibbs finished with 9 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals, and Jakob Gibbs chipped in 6 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists.
The Lancers play Mt. Vernon Nazarene twice next week. The teams will play in Ohio on Wednesday before returning to Winona Lake on Saturday.