Crown Point Boys 68, Warsaw 55
A night after winning in exciting fashion over a Duneland Athletic Conference opponent, Warsaw hit the road against another DAC foe but had a much less satisfying result.
Drew Adzia led the Bulldogs with 23 points in the victory, Ty Smith adding 16 points. Crown Point was 20-22 from the free throw line in the second half and 22-26 (85 percent) for the game.
Judah Simfukwe continued to have the shooting touch for the Tigers (3-3), leading the team with 19 points. Friday night’s hero, Jaxon Gould, would record eight points and three steals and Jackson Dawson also had eight points along with six rebounds.
The Bulldogs also claimed the JV contest, 56-49. Terence Echols led the hosts with 16 points and Warsaw had Drew Heckaman lead all scorers with 19 points.
NorthWood Boys 46, Fairfield 29
A 12-2 Panther first quarter sent the visitors on their way Saturday night in Benton.
Cade Brenner continued his torrid scoring early on this season, notching 19 points to lead the victors. Ben Vincent added 11 points for the Panthers (3-1).
Lakeland Christian Girls 30, Trinity 26
FInley Hobbs sank all four of her free throw tries in overtime, and Alexis Miller added a pair as the Cougars beat Trinity Saturday afternoon.
The four makes were Hobbs’ only points in the low-scoring affair, while Miller led LCA (2-2) with eight points. Natalie Norris had seven points and Jessi Calizo added six points for the Cougars.
“The team fought hard all the way through and even though we couldn’t get the job done in regulation the girls showed great composure to close the game out in overtime,” said LCA head coach Marc Miller. “A lot of teams are over a month into their season but we had our first game just eight days ago so we were happy to get the win tonight and make progress in some key areas.”
Caston Girls 41, Triton 36
A two-point second quarter by Triton was enough gap for Caston to use to knock off the Trojans Saturday afternoon in Hoosier North Athletic Conference play.
Caston outscored Triton 7-2 in the second, otherwise the two teams were even the other three quarters.
Isabel Scales led the host Comets with 15 points, six rebounds, three assists and three steals. Scales was 7-10 from the free throw line. Addison Zimpleman added 10 points and six steals for the Comets.
Abbey Viers led the Trojans (3-4) with 10 points and five boards before fouling out. Taren Yates had nine points and four steals.
The two JV teams played two quarters with Triton ahead 14-11.
Taylor Women 78, Grace 64
Grace’s women’s basketball team could not survive a barrage of 3-pointers from Taylor on Saturday during a 78-64 defeat.
The Lady Lancers did their usual damage on defense, forcing the Trojans (8-3, 4-2 Crossroads League) into 22 turnovers.
But Taylor was lethal from beyond the arc, hitting 19 triples in the game while shooting 48 percent from deep.
Grace also struggled mightily with its shot. The Lady Lancers (3-5, 0-4 CL) made just 32 percent from the floor and 28 percent (10 of 36) on 3-pointers.
Kyannah Stull and Kiersten Poor tied for the team lead with 12 points.
Kamryn Hostetler gave Grace a boost to start the game with five quick points.
Taylor jumped ahead soon after thanks to its 3-point shooting. A trio of triples by Taylor lifted the Trojans to a 13-point cushion.
Grace’s offense went ice cold, missing 11 straight shots before Hostetler scored again on a jumper.
The Lady Lancers ended the first quarter behind 20-9, but Grace showed fight in the second period.
Sarah O’Day gave Grace’s offense a much-needed jolt with six points in the second quarter; her last shot pulled Grace to within six.
The Trojans maintained their lead and entered halftime ahead 35-26. Grace shot just 31 percent from the floor in the half, including a 4-of-16 performance (25 percent) from beyond the arc.
Taylor, on the other hand, buried nine 3-pointers. But Grace forced Taylor into eight turnovers to remain in striking distance.
Hostetler and Stull began the third quarter with 3-pointers to pull within 35-32. But the rest of the quarter belonged to Taylor.
The Trojans were not to be stopped from deep, hitting 8 of 10 on 3-pointers in the third quarter alone. Taylor made six triples without missing during one stretch of the period.
Grace fell behind by 20 early in the fourth quarter before mustering one final push down the stretch.
The Lady Lancers used a 7-0 run and later an 8-0 run to keep pressure on the Trojans. But time ran out on Grace to erase the sizable deficit.
Stull finished with 12 points, 4 assists, 3 rebounds and 2 steals, and Poor added 12 points and eight boards. Hostetler also reached double figures with 10 points and two assists.
Maddie Ryman scored seven points with three steals, and O’Day tallied eight points.
Kaylee Patton produced eight points and four rebounds, and Kenzie McMahon chipped in 2 points, 8 rebounds, 2 steals and 1 blocked shot.
“We have to play better and coach better overall. We are making a lot of the same mistakes, and we have to play smarter, take ownership and believe in what we are doing,” said Grace head coach Dan Davis. “We have to develop those things as a team, and we will. I believe that.”
The Lady Lancers have a quick turnaround, taking on IU East on the road on Tuesday at 7 p.m.
Grace Men 77, Goshen 61
Grace’s men’s basketball team put the clamps on Goshen in a 77-61 victory on Saturday.
The Lancers (6-3, 1-2 Crossroads League) were especially tough defensively after halftime, limiting the Maple Leafs to just 29 points in the second half.
Matt Jennings scored the first four points of the game, and Grace stayed in front for the rest of the half.
Goshen implemented a zone defense, which slowed Grace’s usual pace of play.
A quick 6-0 spurt put the Lancers on top 25-15 midway into the first half. But the Maple Leafs were undaunted and kept the game close.
Goshen clawed back to within three as Grace led 35-32 at halftime.
Both teams shot well in the half with Grace at 47 percent and Goshen at 50 percent. Grace made just 1 of 6 on 3-pointers (17 percent) compared to 5 of 10 for the Maple Leafs.
Jennings’s 14 points led all players at intermission, and Haden Deaton added seven more.
Five minutes into the second half, Grace grabbed a nine-point lead after a triple from Jakob Gibbs.
But Goshen responded with a 10-2 run to trail by just one with 10 minutes remaining.
The Lancers refused to surrender the lead, however. Grace rattled off a 12-1 charge of its own, capped off with four points in a row from Jennings.
The Maple Leafs (3-10, 1-5 CL) did not have another comeback in store. Grace cruised to the final 16-point margin of victory.
Defensively, Grace held Goshen to just 32 percent shooting after halftime. The Lancers outscored the Maple Leafs 42-29 in the second half.
Grace shot 48 percent for the game while Goshen shot 41 percent. The Maple Leafs shot 41 percent on 3-pointers but turned the ball over 19 times.
Jennings earned scoring honors with 23 points, 4 assists and 4 steals. Deaton finished with 16 points, 5 boards and 3 steals.
Jake Wadding just missed a double-double with 12 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists, and Cade Gibbs added 6 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists.
Jakob Gibbs notched 8 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists, and Elijah Malone amassed 6 points, 6 boards, 4 blocks and 1 steal.
The Lancers will leave town this weekend to play a pair of games. On Monday Grace will play Cumberland (Tenn.) followed by Brescia (Ky.) on Tuesday.