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Saturday, February 24, 2018 5:10 pm

Central Noble 46, Winchester 42

Central Noble wins Class 2A girls basketball state title

AUBREE REICHEL | The Journal Gazette

INDIANAPOLIS – Central Noble outlasted Winchester 46-42 to win the Class 2A girls basketball state championship at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

The Cougars jumped to a 12-4 lead in the first quarter but the Golden Falcons responded with a 12-0 run to take a 16-12 lead with 6:45 left in the second quarter.

Sydney Freeman had 14 points and Meleah Leatherman had 11 points and 12 rebounds. The Cougars' lone senior, Calista Rice, was named the mental attitude award winner.

Central Noble went 5 of 7 from the free-throw line in the third quarter to fight back and tie the game at 30 as the quarter ended.

The Cougars opened the fourth quarter with an 8-2 run to go up 38-32, including the go-ahead bucket from Bridgette Gray with 6:42 left in the game.

Winchester got within 44-42 with 1:11 left after a three-point play from Maddie Lawrence but Freeman's layup with 25 seconds left made it a two-possession game and secured the win.

Lawrence led the Falcons with 20 points.

areichel@jg.net