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Knights knock off Zebras at home

Staff reports

Southwood’s girls’ basketball team picked up a wire-to-wire victory to open Three Rivers Conference (TRC) play at home on Saturday. The Knights opened up a 12-5 lead over Rochester after one quarter and led 19-14 at the break before playing an even second half for a 39-34 win.

“A huge win for us,” head coach Chad West said in an e-mail to the Plain Dealer. “It caps off a solid week and a bounce-back win after a tough loss Wednesday night. But the biggest takeaway is learning how to win a close game and fighting for 32 minutes. Our defensive focus was fantastic tonight. Our primary defense was excellent. Giving up offensive rebounds was our only pitfall tonight on defense, leading to most of their points. A great team effort with contributions from all seven who played.”

Erin Lehner and MaKenna Pace led the Knights on the evening, pouring in 13 and 12 points, respectively. Morgan Farr chipped in seven in the win. Lehner tallied nine steals on the night as Southwood finished with 20 as a team. Farr and Pace had four apiece.

On the boards, Sierra Stout and Lehner had five each while Kayla Mays grabbed four rebounds.

Southwood (3-3) travels to Mississinewa on Wednesday. Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m.

Apaches doomed by poor first quarter in TRC opener

After falling behind 16-2 in the opening half, the Wabash girls’ basketball team could not dig out of the hole as they fell on the road to Tippecanoe Valley in their TRC opener, 47-39.

The Apaches won the final three quarters 37-35 but would be unable to cut into the deficit enough to earn the win.

Mariah Wyatt finished with 15 points, Alivia Short chipped in 14 and Hope Unger 11.

Nici Gunderman finished with one point. Short grabbed nine rebounds, Abby Vinopal had eight and Wyatt seven. Vinopal and Tabatha Wagner had three assists.

Sophie Bussard finished with 24 points, 17 rebounds and two assists to lead Tippecanoe Valley.

Wabash (3-5) hosts Bluffton tonight with tip-off slated for 6 p.m.

Norse fall to Blue Devils

On Friday, the Northfield boys’ basketball season opened with a loss to Tipton at home, 64-32. The Norse trailed 17-8 at the end of the first and 35-14 at the half.

Nate Drancik had 11 points to lead the Norse. Clayton Tomlinson and Jarret Shafer had five points apiece. Graydon Holmes and Drancik had three rebounds each. Jared Peas had five steals.

Northfield (0-1) travels to Fort Wayne Canterbury on Wednesday. Tip is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

Emmanuel Christian stays unbeaten

Facing Cornerstone of Indianapolis on Friday, Emmanuel Christian came away victorious to move to 4-0 on the season. JC Frank had 17 points and 12 rebounds, Preston Ritzema had 13 points and Levi Hinds chipped in 10.