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The Journal Gazette

Thursday, January 11, 2018 10:50 pm

High Schools

South Adams girls to play Patriots in ACAC tourney final


Last season, the South Adams girls basketball team handed Jay County its first-ever Allen County Athletic Conference regular season defeat. On Saturday, the Starfires will look to repeat the feat in ACAC Tournament play. At Monroeville, South Adams defeated Heritage, 51-36, while Jay County handled Adams Central, 63-29, in Portland, to advance to Saturday’s championship game in Berne.

Lexi Dellinger and Madi Wurster each scored 15 points for South Adams (11-7), which used a 20-4 advantage in the second quarter to pull away. Nevaeh Feasby led Heritage (8-9) with 15 points as well.

Jay County (12-6) scored 19 points in the first two quarters to punch its ticket to its fourth straight ACAC Tournament title game. The loss marked the fourth in a row for Adams Central (3-15).


GARRETT 50, CHURUBUSCO 20: At Churubusco, Kenzie Casselman broke the Railroaders’ career three-point field goal record in an NECC Tournament consolation game. The junior now has made 129 triples for Garrett (6-12), scoring 12 on the night while Tori Baver led the team with 13.

Brooke Nondorf’s eight points paced the Eagles (3-15), who have lost five in a row.

FREMONT 57, WESTVIEW 53 (OT): At Emma, the Eagles surrendered an eight-point lead after three quarters before emerging in the extra period. Grace Schmucker led three players in double figures with 14 for Fremont (8-10) in an NECC Tournament consolation game.

Isabella Dangerfield aided the Eagle effort with eight points and 13 rebounds. Westview fell to 8-9.

PRAIRIE HEIGHTS 66, HAMILTON 12: At Hamilton, the Panthers took control early to improve to 5-13. The Marines dropped to 0-15 in an NECC Tournament consolation game.

BETHANY CHRISTIAN 37, BLACKHAWK CHRISTIAN 24: At Blackhawk, Anya Kaufman nearly matched the hosts’ offensive output as a team, leading the Bruins (10-7) with 17 points. Kyre Mercer led the way for the Braves (2-15) with nine.

HUNTINGTON NORTH 68, CANTERBURY 53: At Huntington, the Vikings (10-7) closed the first half on an 11-0 run, then opened the third quarter on a 10-0 burst to turn a one-point deficit into a 20-point lead. The Cavaliers (4-11) lost for the third time in six days after a 22-day holiday break.

MISHAWAKA HOMESCHOOL 39, LAKELAND CHRISTIAN 30: At Mishawaka, the host Wildcats improved to 14-1 by limiting the Cougars to four second-quarter points. Tori Calizo led Lakeland Christian (9-8) with 13 points, while Anna Reimink added eight rebounds and seven steals.


JAY COUNTY 47, ADAMS CENTRAL 39: At Portland, the Patriots (7-5) led by just one point through three quarters, scoring the game’s final four points to advance to the ACAC Tournament title game Saturday.

HERITAGE 61, BLUFFTON 43: At Monroeville, Alec Burton’s 18-point night helped the Patriots (9-1) earn a berth in the ACAC Tournament championship. LaMar Hudson Jr. added 10 for Heritage, while Johnathan Irwin and Rylie Johnston each scored 11 for the Tigers (5-7).


CHURUBUSCO 63, GARRETT 37: At Churubusco, the Eagles (5-8) gained a modicum of revenge for their counterparts in the opener in an NECC Tournament consolation game. Brayton Bonar’s double-double (21 points, 10 rebounds) led the way for Churubusco, while Luke McClure added 14 points and Jackson Paul finished with 10 points, eight assists and seven boards.

CENTRAL NOBLE 64, FREMONT 41: At Albion, Ridley Zolman torched the nets for 30 points as the Cougars improved to 5-7 in an NECC Tournament consolation game. Ethan Marten and Tanner Behnfeldt led the Eagles (4-9) with 13 and 11 points, respectively.

PRAIRIE HEIGHTS 67, HAMILTON 51: At Hamilton, the Panthers (4-8) led 21-6 after the first quarter to break a three-game slide in an NECC Tournament consolation game. The Marines (1-10) scored 25 fourth-quarter points to tie their second-best single-game offensive output of the season.