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Ranked showdown highlights girls' basketball action

PASS: Wabash's Hope Unger (12) looks for a pass against Elwood during the Apaches' game last Saturday.

BY JACOB RUDE - sports@wabashplaindealer.com

After a sparse opening week of the season, all four Wabash County girls’ basketball programs will be in action with three of the teams playing multiple games.

Both Manchester and Northfield had games on Tuesday against Lewis Cass and Western, respectively, on Tuesday but neither result was available as of Plain Dealer deadline.

Each team, though, will play at least one more game this week while Wabash will have a weekend doubleheader and Southwood will host its first home game.

 

Northfieldat Oak Hill, Nov. 9, 7:30 p.m.

The Norse, who are ranked No. 3 in Class A, will have arguably its toughest test of the regular season in the second week of the season when they travel to Oak Hill on Saturday. The Eagles are No. 2 in Class 2A and picked up a convincing win over Peru in the opening week of the season, 71-19.

The Eagles have back-to-back tough tests this week, traveling to Class 3A No. 16 on Tuesday ahead of Friday’s duel.

The Norse have been close in each of the last two meetings, losing 48-40 last season and 42-40 two seasons ago. The Eagles, though, have won the last four meetings in the series with Northfield’s last win coming in 2013.

 

Southwoodvs. Huntington North, Nov. 10, 7:30 p.m.

In a late addition to the schedule, Southwood opens the home portion of their regular season schedule on Saturday against Huntington North.

The two teams have met 22 times overall with Huntington North holding a 14-8 lead. The last game between the two, though, came all the way back in 1992 in sectional play with the Vikings winning 47-36. Huntington North also holds a 101-20 win over the Knights in 1988.

Southwood’s last win over Huntington North came in 1982 by a 59-54 final. The Vikings currently hold an 11-game win streak over the Knights.

Saturday’s game, though, will be the end of a busy week for Huntington North. The Vikings kick off the season this week with a trio of games, hosting Fort Wayne Snider and Fort Wayne North on Tuesday and Friday, respectively, before the trip to Southwood.

The Knights will have had nine days off since their season-opener at Blackford, a contest they won 49-23.

 

Wabashvs. Mississinewa, Nov. 9, 7:30 p.m.at Marion, Nov. 10, 7:30 p.m.

The Apaches, one week removed from a mixed-results opening win at home against at then-ranked Elwood, Wabash has a pair of daunting games against Grant County foes.

The Indians are anchored by a familiar duo in Caily and Carly Bolser, sisters who played for North Miami last season. This season, Mississinewa is 1-1 on the season, falling on the road to Tipton in its opener 45-27 before winning in overtime at home over Taylor, 69-66.

Both Wabash and the Indians will have had the better part of a week off with both teams prepping for a weekend doubleheader on Friday. Wabash won last season’s battle 58-48 and have a 12-3 advantage in the series the last 15 years.

One night later, the Apaches will battle another imposing duo in Rashaya Kyle and Jazmyn Turner of Marion. Both stand over six feet tall and have helped the Giants to a 1-1 start with a 61-47 loss to Pendleton Heights before a 49-45 win over Harrison, both games on the road.

Wabash fell in last season’s meeting with Marion at home 58-30. The last trip to Marion, though, saw the Apaches earn a 58-42 win.

 

Manchestervs. Warsaw, Nov. 7, 7:45 p.m.at Maconaquah, Nov. 10, 7:45 p.m.

The Squires have the busiest week of the county programs, playing three games including Tuesday’s battle against Lewis Cass. Manchester will host Warsaw on Wednesday looking for an early upset. The Tigers are 0-1 on the season with a 45-38 loss to Norwell but are still a regular power in Class 4A.

Warsaw downed Manchester last season 39-23. The only win in the series the last 15 years for the Squires came in 2005 by a final of 49-38.

On Saturday, Maconaquah will host Manchester in the first Three Rivers Conference battle of the season. The Braves are 0-1 on the season with a 51-43 loss on the road to Western. Maconaquah battles Blackford on Tuesday ahead of the weekend conference clash.

The Squires have a 3-1 edge over Maconaquah in the last 15 years with three-straight wins since the conference expansion in 2015. The only win by the Braves came in 2014.