Triton Girls 57, Oregon-Davis 51
Triton will advance to the championship game of the Bi-County tournament for the second year in a row after knocking out the Bobcats.
Triton beat Oregon-Davis for the first time since 2015, ending a seven-game losing streak to the Bobcats. The Trojans also make the championship in back-to-back years for the first time in program history.
Taren Yates had a big night for Triton, scoring 18 points. Addyson Viers had 16 points and Abbey Viers had 10 points. Jaelyn Bules added eight points for the Trojans (8-11).
O-D (10-9) had Mercedes Rhodes pace the squad with 23 points and Mackenna Chessor had 17 points.
Triton (8-11) will meet Argos (9-10) Saturday at LaVille for the championship, a noon tip.
Mt. Vernon Women 65, Grace 63
A last-second shot handed Grace’s women’s basketball team a 65-63 defeat to Mt. Vernon Nazarene on Wednesday.
The Cougars (7-8, 4-4 Crossroads League) hit the game-winning jumper with 1.9 seconds remaining, nullifying a strong team effort from Grace.
Kyannah Stull flourished with 25 points and four steals in defeat. The Lady Lancers (10-10, 1-9 CL) nabbed 17 steals and forced MVNU into 24 turnovers.
The Cougars started the game by making their first three shots, but Grace also forced MVNU into several early turnovers.
Grace started the quarter shooting poorly, but Stull provided a steady dose of offense. The senior scored 11 points in the quarter to go along with three steals.
Grace ended the quarter on a 5-0 spurt to grab a 20-18 lead.
But Grace began the second quarter sluggishly on offense again. The Lady Lancers missed their first seven shot attempts before Kate Rulli scored on a putback.
MVNU took advantage to grab an eight-point lead, going into halftime with a 37-32 advantage.
The Cougars shot 50 percent from the floor and 55 percent (6 of 11) from beyond the arc. The Lady Lancers, on the other hand, shot 35 percent from the field and 25 percent (2 of 8) from the 3-point line.
Grace’s aggressive defense forced MVNU into 13 turnovers, grabbing 12 steals in the process.
The Lady Lancers had their most efficient offensive quarter in the third period. Grace made a late push to charge ahead.
Stull scored five quick points in the final two minutes. Kamryn Hostetler followed that up with five unanswered points of her own as Grace led 52-48 entering the fourth quarter.
MVNU opened the fourth quarter with five points in the first minute to regain the lead.
Following the theme of the night, Grace missed its first five field goals of the fourth quarter. But Grace’s defense kept the game nearly deadlocked entering the final minutes.
Kaylie Warble scored four points in the span of a minute as Grace took a 61-58 lead with 2:31 on the clock. MVNU countered with a 3-pointer to level the score.
After each team turned the ball over, Stull converted an acrobatic, driving layup with 1:13 on the clock for a 63-61 lead.
But again MVNU had the answer with the game-tying basket on the next play. Grace misfired on a shot in the paint in the final 30 seconds, setting the stage for MVNU’s dramatic game winner.
For the game Grace shot 38 percent from the field compared to 51 percent for MVNU. The Cougars made 47 percent of their 3-pointers while Grace struggled to make 29 percent.
Hostetler scored 10 points with three steals and two assists, and Kenzie McMahon added 7 points, 3 rebounds and 2 steals.
Kiersten Poor tallied 6 points, 4 rebounds and 2 steals, Warble had four points and six boards, and Maddie Ryman chipped in five points.
Grace Men 88, Mt. Vernon 68
Grace’s men’s basketball team was dialed in on Wednesday, producing an impressive 88-68 win at Mt. Vernon Nazarene.
Grace shot 53 percent from the floor, had 21 assists versus nine turnovers and placed five players in double-digit scoring.
The Lancers (12-5, 5-3 Crossroads League) are winners of six of their past seven matchups. Grace and MVNU will face off again on Saturday. The 1 p.m. game will tip off at Grace’s Manahan Orthopaedic Capital Center.
The game started strongly for the Lancers. Grace scored on its first six possessions to open up an early lead.
The Cougars (3-7, 3-4 CL) kept the score close until a late push from Grace put the visitors ahead for good.
With seven minutes remaining in the first half, Grace used a 12-4 run to gain separation from the Cougars. Matt Jennings scored nine of Grace’s points during that run, and Haden Deaton added a triple.
Grace went into halftime with a 44-36 lead. Jennings poured in 17 points in the half to lead all players.
Early in the second half, the Cougars clawed back to within three of Grace’s lead. But the Lancers utilized a 7-1 spurt to keep MVNU at bay.
Grace continued to add to its lead in the middle portions of the second half, and the Cougars could not find an answer. The Lancers led by as many 23 down the stretch en route to the win.
Grace held the Cougars to 37 percent shooting for the game. MVNU also had four more turnovers (13 to 9) than Grace and four fewer rebounds (41 to 37).
Jennings led all players with 21 points, shooting 7 of 12 from the field, 3 of 4 on 3-pointers and 4 of 4 from the foul line.
Deaton produced 17 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists, and Frankie Davidson added 14 points, 8 boards, 4 assists and 2 blocked shots.
Cade Gibbs had 10 points, 9 boards, 3 assists, 2 steals and 1 block, and Elijah Malone added 10 points, 2 blocks and 2 steals in 16 minutes off the bench.
Jakob Gibbs registered 9 points, 5 boards and 4 assists, and Jake Wadding chipped in 7 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals.