While Central Noble entered Friday’s game at Eastside as the No. 1-ranked team in Class 2A, the No. 6 Blazers played like the top team in the class, knocking off the top-ranked Cougars 42-34 to lay claim to the top spot in the Northeast Corner Conference.
Connor Essegian, who entered Friday as the third-leading scorer in the region at 26.6 points per game, was held to just five points and was limited in second-half playing time because of an ankle injury, for Central Noble (15-1, 5-1). Just six days after suffering an 18-point loss in the NECC Tournament championship, stout defense helped Eastside (15-1, 5-1) avenge that defeat, the lone loss this year to date for the Blazers.
NORTHROP 84, WAYNE 68: At Wayne, Jalen Jackson broke out with 41 points and 17 rebounds for the Bruins (7-7, 2-2 SAC). The Generals (1-9, 1-3) lost for the sixth time in a row.
SOUTH SIDE 43, CARROLL 39: At South Side, the Archers pulled out the SAC victory despite missing senior starters Ashton Johnson and Jaylen Lattimore to injury. Omarion Washington scored 16 and Derek Ruch added 13 for South Side (6-5, 3-2), while Cannen Houser led Carroll (1-12, 1-4) with 15.
CONCORD 58, WARSAW 56: In Dunlap, Jaxson Gould sank eight three pointers en route to a game-high 28 points for the Tigers, but a four-point second quarter sank Warsaw’s hopes of claiming a Northern Lakes Conference road win.
Judah Sikfumwe added 11 and Drew Heckaman 10 for Warsaw (9-5, 3-1).
GARRETT 56, WEST NOBLE 33: In Garrett, Nataley Armstrong moved into ninth place all-time in Indiana girls high school basketball history in career assists as the Railroaders won their 19th straight game.
Bailey Kelham led Garrett (21-1, 8-0 Northeast Corner Conference) with 25 points. West Noble fell to 5-15, 1-8 in the conference.
CENTRAL NOBLE 37, EASTSIDE 31: In Butler, the Cougars overcame an early 14-2 deficit. Central Noble (12-8, 6-3 NECC) defeated the Blazers (12-9, 5-4) for the eighth straight time.
BISHOP DWENGER 48, BISHOP LUERS 35: At Luers, Lexie Linder’s 13-point night propelled the Saints (9-13, 4-4) to victory against their rivals. Anna Parent led the Knights (11-10, 3-5) with a game-high 14.
NORTHROP 73, WAYNE 50: At Wayne, Nevaeh Jackson scored 21 with 10 rebounds, Saniya Jackson added 20 points and 15 boards, and the Bruins (12-5, 6-2 SAC) won their fourth straight. Wayne (9-8, 2-5) lost in its third attempt to notch double-digit wins since the 2014-15 season.