Huntington North Boys 54, Warsaw 45
Warsaw dropped its second game in as many nights Saturday evening in the Huntington County seat.
Zach Hubartt led the Vikings with 21 points, but was a perfect 15-15 from the free throw line. He added four rebounds, three steals and a block among his line of work. Dominic Cardwell was also perfect from the line at 7-7, finishing with 15 points and four rebounds. Huntington as a whole was 27-30 from the stripe.
Jaxon Gould had a career night, posting 28 big points before fouling out. Gould hit five three-pointers and had four rebounds and two steals. Warsaw (2-2), however, only had three others score, Luke Adamiec with eight points, Judah Simfukwe with seven points and Graydon Barth with a basket. Warsaw’s remainder were a collective 0-9 from the floor.
Huntington had 29 combined points from Tiler Carr, Jacob Daugherty and Aric Hosler in edging the Tigers 36-35 in the JV contest. Kyle Dawson led the Tigers with 11 points.
The freshman game went to Warsaw in a 29-27 final. Stats were not provided for the game.
Westview Boys C-Team 46, Wawasee 41
Wawasee’s rally fell short in a Saturday morning loss to visiting Westview.
Wawasee trailed by nine at the half, but were within a possession late in the second half. Carson Smith led Wawasee with 23 points and Brayden Mickley had six points.
Warsaw Girls 53, Fort Wayne Snider 45
Warsaw won its second game this week, and second straight on the road with a win in Fort Wayne.
Abby Sanner’s 14 points and nine rebounds came in handy for the Tigers (6-2), as did 11 points, five rebounds and four assists from Kensie Ryman. Kacilyn Krebs had 10 points and four assists in the win.
Destini Craig led the hosts with 17 points, Jordyn Poole had 12 points and Destiny Jackson pulled down 12 rebounds.
Ava Wetzel tossed in 14 points to lead Warsaw to a 38-15 JV win over the Panthers.
Knox Girls 41, Triton 32
Triton (2-2) dropped the Hoosier North Athletic Conference contest on the road Saturday afternoon. The game was the third in four days for Triton after playing just one in the month of November.
Emma Hepler led Triton with 14 points, hitting all four of her three-point tries. Kinsey Atkins added 10 points and four rebounds.
Felicity Olejniczak paced the Redskins with 15 points.
Lakeland Christian Girls 79, Hamilton 17
Marc Miller earned his first win as LCA coach with a landslide win over visiting Hamilton Saturday afternoon.
Jessi Calizo led the way for the Cougars (1-1) with 21 points, right behind was Finley Hobbs with 20 points. Natalie Norris settled at 13 points and Amaya Hoyt added nine points.
Dager and Ramos scored 15 of Hamilton’s 17 points.
Tippecanoe Valley Girls 46, Wabash 42
Valley opened Three Rivers Conference play Saturday night at home, edging out rival Wabash.
Sidney Wagner and Kaydence Mellott again led the Vikings, Wagner with 18 points and Mellott with 13 points. The two were a combined 10-15 from the free throw line, and the team as a whole made 9-13 free throws in the fourth quarter and were 11-18 at the line.
Lily Ault added seven points in the win for the Vikings (4-2, 1-0 TRC).
Wabash’s interior combo of Mariah Wyatt and Alivia Short combined for 28 points to lead the Apaches.
The Valley JV also won, 39-35. Tippy was led in scoring by Sidney Nelson with 10 and Molly Moriarty with eight.
LaPorte Girls 41, NorthWood 37
A 15-7 third quarter by LaPorte became the difference in a Slicer victory on its home court.
NorthWood carried a 17-14 lead at the break, but LaPorte made the adjustments in the third to flip the script.
Alea Minnich led NorthWood (0-4) with 16 points and seven rebounds. Kendal Miller had 10 points and two steals, and Bre Wise added seven rebounds and two assists.
Bethel Men 101, Grace 95
Grace’s men’s basketball team almost completed a comeback for the ages on Saturday.
The Lancers made a valiant rally before ultimately losing 101-95 at Bethel. Grace trailed by as many as 31 points in the second half. But the Lancers’ dramatic comeback ran out of time.
Grace, who swept the season series last year with the Pilots, was unable to slow down Bethel’s attack in the first half.
The game started evenly with the teams trading small runs. Grace led 13-9 after a 3-pointer by Haden Deaton, but the Pilots scored 10 straight points in a sign of things to come.
Elijah Malone hit a pair of free throws to end Bethel’s 10-0 run, but the Pilots continued to charge. Bethel grabbed a 26-15 lead as Grace struggled with ball control. The Lancers committed 11 turnovers over the first 12 minutes.
Frankie Davidson sparked Grace’s offense with seven quick points, but the Pilots were too dangerous from deep in the half.
Bethel grabbed a 22-point lead at 45-23 on the back of its 3-point shooting.
Grace did its best to recover but still trailed 58-37 at halftime. The Pilots made 10 of 16 from downtown (63 percent) before halftime compared to a 3-for-10 performance by Grace.
The Lancers coughed up the ball 13 times and were outrebounded 25-11.
The Pilots continued to roll after halftime, scoring the first 10 points of the half to further bury the Lancers.
Facing a 31-point deficit, Grace finally showed signs of life. The Lancers attacked quickly on offense, slashing into the paint on several possessions.
Grace went on a 20-3 surge, rallying to within 14 points at 71-57 with 14 minutes remaining.
With 7:30 to play, Jakob Gibbs drilled a triple to bring Grace to within nine at 85-76.
Two minutes later, Matt Jennings hit a corner 3-pointer as Grace trailed by just six to force a Bethel timeout.
With 4:30 remaining, Deaton hit a 3-pointer to trim the deficit to 87-85.
But the Pilots managed to get to the free throw line down the stretch, clinging to the lead as the clock wound down.
Grace was unable to get the final defensive stops the team needed as Bethel held on for a six-point win.
The Lancers outscored Bethel by 15 in the second half and shot 65 percent from the floor. Overall, Grace made 57 percent of its field goals.
Cade Gibbs poured in 23 points, 10 rebounds, 4 steals and 3 blocked shots to lead Grace, and Jennings tallied 17 points, 8 assists and 6 boards.
Deaton had 15 points, 3 assists and 3 steals, Davidson notched 13 points and six rebounds, and Jake Wadding added 12 points with five boards.
The Lancers are back at home on Wednesday, hosting Spring Arbor at 7 p.m.