Wawasee Girls 37, Whitko 22
Wawasee held just a two-point lead, but pulled away in the second half to avoid the upset at home Tuesday night.
Leading just 15-13 at the break, Wawasee matched its first half output in the third quarter while holding Whitko to just six points.
Kennedy White fought off an injury during the contest to lead the Warriors (6-8) with nine points and seven rebounds. Danielle Jenkins scored seven points and Becca Smith and Lindsay Doss each had five points and three rebounds.
“We had a nice heart to heart,” said Wawasee head coach Matt Carpenter of his halftime message. “We have some upperclassmen, seven juniors and seniors on this varsity team. My frustration as a head coach was that the sense of urgency wasn’t there tonight at the beginning of the game. Coming up against some other teams down the stretch, that isn’t going to cut it.”
Kloe Kraig led Whitko with 12 points while Katelynn Cripe and Kylie Fugett each had four points.
In one half of JV basketball, Wawasee clubbed Whitko 40-1. Abbi Burelison and Jaci Worrell each had eight points.
Mishawaka Marian Girls 54, NorthWood 39
Kendal MIller scored a season-high 18 points, but it wasn’t enough to slow down Marian in the second half at The Pit.
NorthWood (1-11) led the Class 3-A No. 9 Knights 17-15 at the half, and despite allowing 20 points to Marian in the third, trailed by only two, 35-33, after three. A 19-6 run by Marian to end the game was all she wrote.
Miller added seven rebounds, three assists and a steal to her point total. Alea Minnich had 12 points and three assists and Bre Wise had seven rebounds.
Marian clipped the NorthWood JV 38-31. Kailey Martin led NorthWood with 11 points and Sophie Grueser added six points and five rebounds.
Homestead Girls 46, Warsaw 30
Troubles again for Warsaw coming out of the half Tuesday night in southwest Allen County.
Homestead shut out Warsaw 17-0 in the third quarter, taking an eight-point Spartan advantage and ballooning it to 25 after three played. Warsaw saw a similar fate last Saturday against Goshen, giving up 22 points to the RedHawks in the third to fall behind by double digits.
Ayanna Patterson had a monster night for the Spartans with 20 points and 16 rebounds.
Kensie Ryman led Warsaw (14-5) with 12 points and Abby Sanner had 10 rebounds.
Tippecanoe Valley Girls 64, Peru 27
Valley kept its slim hopes alive for a Three Rivers Conference title with a whipping of Peru Tuesday at Rita Price Simpson Court.
Sidney Wagner had 14 points in the first quarter alone and dropped 24 total to pace the Vikes. Kaydence Mellott had four triples and 16 points and Lily Ault continued to provide a spark for the Vikes (10-7, 4-2 TRC) with 10 points.
Cate Wolfe had eight points to lead the Tigers.
The Valley JV won 38-23. The JV scoring leaders for Valley were Molly Moriarty with eight and Sidney Nelson with seven.