Warsaw Boys 57, Elkhart 56
A night after picking up a big win over NorthWood, Warsaw won its third straight game in exciting fashion at the venerable North Side Gym Saturday night.
Jaxon Gould hit a leaner with 2.1 seconds left in the game to put Warsaw (10-7) ahead for good. The game winner, his second last-second gem this season, capped a 23-point, 10-rebound performance. Judah Simfukwe also had a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Jackson Dawson had 12 rebounds and Bishop Walters added nine points.
Donovan Johnson led the Lions (9-9) with 14 points and the duo of Cem’Ron Daniels and Malachi Emmons combined for 21 points and seven rebounds.
Warsaw picked up another JV win Saturday night, beating Elkhart 43-31. Kyle Dawson posted 12 points and six rebounds for the Tigers, aided by 10 points and seven rebounds from Jeremiah Dawson.
Lakeland Christian Academy Boys 65, Southern Wells 48
A hot start lifted LCA to a win over a potential tournament foe Saturday night at home.
LCA (6-5) entertained Southern Wells, but dropped 24 first quarter points on the visitors, and hit 40 points by half.
All five starters reached double figures for the Cougars, led by Seth Martin’s 18 points. Landon Gause had 13 points, Hunter Rice scored nine of his 12 in the first quarter, Silas Gagnon also had 12 points, and Cam Shepherd added 10 points.
“We got off to an incredible start to the game,” said LCA head coach Jake Ritchie. “It seemed like everything was clicking offensively for us. We paired that offensive efficiency with some really solid defense in the first half.”
Wawasee Boys 55, Lakeland 46
After a tough night Friday in Dunlap, Wawasee visited LaGrange and came away with a win.
Wawasee (7-7) turned 23 Lakeland turnovers into 23 points, and enjoyed 14 points from Kam Salazar and 14 points and seven rebounds from Keaton Dukes. Collin Roberson added seven points and six rebounds.
Brayden Bontrager paced the Lakers (7-7) with 22 points and nine rebounds, but Wawasee held star point guard Bracey Shepherd to just two points.
Mark Wiggs recorded 13 points and 10 rebounds, and Carson Smith had 12 points, but Wawasee fell in the JV contest 55-49. Deion Marshall led the Lakers with 14 points.
Triton Boys 79, North Judson 51
Triton rolled to a Hoosier North Athletic Conference win Saturday afternoon in a blowout of the host Blue Jays.
The Trojans (10-3, 4-0 HNAC) shot a blistering 60 percent from the floor (31-52) and had contributions all over the roster. Tyson Yates had 20 points and six assists, Ashton Oviedo scored 15 points, Bruce Johnson had 14 points and John Gardner chipped in nine points and 10 rebounds.
Blayne Wilcox led the Blue Jays (3-7, 0-3 HNAC) with 11 points and seven rebounds.
Eleven points each from Eric Materna and Quinn Bales, along with 10 points from Wyatt Stowe pushed the Blue Jay JV to a 44-39 win over Triton. Chandler Westafer paced the Trojans with 16 points and five rebounds and Cameron Shively added 10 points.
Tippecanoe Valley Boys 57, Winamac 43
Valley ended a four-game slide with a win over the Warriors on Rita Price Simpson Court.
Nolan Cumberland paced the Vikings (3-11) with 18 points, Dawson Perkins recorded another double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds, Paul Leasure tossed in 10 points and Chase Miller came off the bench for five points and five rebounds.
John Glenn Girls 58, Tippecanoe Valley 52
Valley dropped its final regular season contest at home Saturday afternoon.
Sidney Wagner scored 27 points in her home finale, and was followed by Kaydence Mellott with 14 points and Lily Ault with six points for the Vikings, which wrap up the regular season 13-8 overall.
The Valley JV (14-2) won 58-16 in its final game of the season. The scoring leaders for the Valley JV game were Rily Holloway with 18, Molly Moriarty with 11, Sadie Snapp with 10 and Ava Smith with eight.
Elkhart Christian Academy Girls 37, Lakeland Christian Academy 31 (OT)
LCA dropped its final regular season contest Saturday in Elkhart.
ECA (6-13) won the battle of overtime 10-4 to cap the win in the shadows of Concord Mall.
Maria Youngen tallied 13 points and Camille Annan added 10 points for the hosts.
LCA (6-6) had Jessi Calizo score all 19 of her points in the second half. Natalie Norris and Cara McCrum both tallied five points.
Grace Men 102, Bethel 89
Despite missing its leading scorer, Grace’s men’s basketball team topped the century mark in a 102-89 win over No. 11 Bethel on Saturday.
All seven Lancers who saw the court scored at least eight points, including a team-high 22 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists from Haden Deaton to beat the Pilots (18-5, 8-3 CL).
Saturday’s win marks Grace’s third NAIA Top 25 upset of the season (No. 1 Indiana Wesleyan, then-No. 20 St. Francis).
Grace was incredibly efficient on both sides of the floor. The Lancers (13-7, 6-5 CL) shot 58 percent from the floor and 50 percent from the 3-point line. Bethel was held to 42 percent as a team and just 6 of 26 (23 percent) from the 3-point line.
The first half started back and forth for the first 10 minutes. Grace started to gain control of the game with eight straight points in the paint, handing the Lancers a five-point lead.
Elijah Malone was a force to be reckoned with in the contest. The freshman scored seven points in a three-minute span, pounding Bethel’s posts in the paint.
A 3-pointer from Jakob Gibbs put the Lancers ahead 34-24 with three minutes to go in the half. The Pilots tried to rally with back-to-back triples, but Gibbs responded with four quick points.
The final possession of the half went to Grace, and the Lancers used it well. Deaton drilled a stepback 3-pointer in the closing seconds, giving Grace momentum and a 43-32 lead at halftime.
Gibbs led all players with 12 points off the bench, and Malone was dominant with 11 points, 6 rebounds and 5 blocked shots.
Grace had six more rebounds and held Bethel to a 3-of-10 performance from beyond the arc.
Shortly into the second half, Grace seized control of the game for good. The Lancers rattled off a 13-2 run over the span of three minutes.
Malone scored six points in that spurt, Jake Wadding scored four, and Matt Jennings buried a triple. By the end of the run, Grace had blown open a 21-point lead with 15 minutes left in the contest.
Grace refused to let Bethel make a run, still holding a 21-point cushion at 78-57 with 5:56 on the clock.
The Pilots did their best to come back, employing a fullcourt press and fouling Grace to stop the clock.
But the Lancers never allowed the lead to dip below 11 for the rest of regulation for a convincing victory.
Malone flirted with triple-double territory. The freshman shot 8 of 12 from the floor, finishing with 17 points, 9 rebounds and 8 blocked shots in 26 minutes.
Gibbs picked a good game to score a career high, amassing 18 points, 8 boards and 3 assists.
Wadding tallied 15 points, 8 boards, 4 assists, 2 steals and 0 turnovers, and Frankie Davidson added 11 points, 4 boards and 4 assists.
Jennings scored 11 points to go along with three assists, and Eddie Gill IV was a spark off the bench with eight points on 4 of 5 shooting.
The Lancers grabbed 12 more boards than the Pilots (48-36) and had just 11 turnovers in the contest.
Next up, Grace will hit the road on Wednesday for a 7 p.m. tilt at St. Francis.
Grace Women 89, Bethel 83
Grace’s women’s basketball team trailed by as many as 17 before rallying to an 89-83 victory over Bethel on Saturday.
Kyannah Stull scored a game-high 24 points to lead Grace, adding six steals and three assists.
Grace completed a memorable comeback after a forgettable first-half performance.
The Pilots (4-14, 0-11 Crossroads League) scored the first six points of the game and held Grace scoreless for the first two minutes.
Midway into the first quarter, Grace already trailed by 10 at 13-3. Grace’s offense jumped to life over the final minutes of the quarter; Kyannah Stull tallied eight points in the period, and Kamryn Hostetler added seven.
Bethel continued to maintain its lead, however. The Pilots began the second quarter strong again, scoring the first nine points to open up a 17-point lead (the largest of the game).
The Lady Lancers (11-12, 2-11 CL) did their best to battle back, chipping the lead down to 47-36 by halftime.
Grace only shot 38 percent as a team in the half, including a woeful 1 of 13 (8 percent) from the 3-point line. Bethel, on the other hand, made 53 percent of its field goals and 50 percent (9 of 18) from downtown.
Grace did force Bethel into 15 turnovers before halftime by recording seven steals.
The Lady Lancers continued to slice into Bethel’s cushion in the third quarter. Maddie Ryman scored the last four points of the quarter for Grace, bringing the Lady Lancers to within three at 62-59.
Ryman began the fourth quarter with a triple to tie the game, and Kaylee Patton gave Grace its first lead of the game from the free throw line.
The teams traded turns with a small lead for the next few minutes. With 5:24 remaining, Bethel owned a 74-71 edge.
The game flipped Grace’s direction over the next three minutes. The Lady Lancers scored 13 unanswered points, capturing an 84-74 lead with 2:40 on the clock.
Ryman and Hostetler started the run with back-to-back 3-pointers, Kaylie Warble added four points, and Kiersten Poor converted an and-1.
The Pilots refused to fade quietly, however. Grace was unable to put the game away on offense, allowing the Pilots to rally to within two at 85-83 with less than 30 seconds remaining.
Grace got the ball to Stull with the game on the line. Stull came through by going 4 of 4 from the foul line, allowing the Lady Lancers to hold on for the road win. Stull scored 14 of her 24 points after halftime.
The shooting percentages were almost opposite from the first half to the second half. Grace shot 53 percent in the second half and 50 percent on triples; Bethel shot 39 percent in the second half and 13 percent (2 of 15) on triples.
Ryman notched 17 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists, and Hostetler recorded a double-double with 16 points, 10 assists and 2 steals.
Poor amassed 13 points and eight rebounds, Patton had nine points and two steals, and Warble finished with five points and seven boards.
The Lady Lancers return home on Wednesday for a 7 p.m. matchup with St. Francis.