Thursday, January 11, 2018 1:00 am
Hornets end Cougars' reign
There won't be a three-peat in the Northeast Corner Conference girls basketball tournament as Class 3A No. 8 Angola held off Class 2A No. 8 Central Noble 49-40 on Wednesday in the quarterfinals at Angola.
Ali Cranston led the Hornets (16-3) with 15 points, while Reace Peppler added 12 and Ally Lorntz scored 10 to power Angola to its fifth straight win.
The two-time defending NECC tourney champion Cougars (14-4) saw their bid for a third straight title dashed despite a game-high 20 points from Sydney Freeman.
Angola will face Eastside in Friday's semifinals at Westview.
EASTSIDE 64, HAMILTON 11: At Hamilton, the Blazers breezed to the NECC semifinals by holding the Marines (0-14) to a single first-half point.
Eastside (13-4) entered the tournament having lost three of four but bounced back in a big way to earn a date against Angola on Friday.
WEST NOBLE 47, LAKELAND 35: At LaGrange, the Chargers led by just two at halftime before pulling away. Megan Godfrey and Madison Schermerhorn led West Noble (14-4) with 11 and 10 points, respectively.
The Chargers will face Fairfield in the semifinals Friday at Lakeland, as the Class 3A No. 3 Falcons (15-1) dispatched Prairie Heights, 56-18.
WARSAW 57, ELKHART MEMORIAL 35: At Warsaw, the Tigers got 14 points from Maddie Ryman and 13 apiece from Kacy Bragg and Emma Bohnenkamper to improve to 12-6 overall, 3-1 in the Northern Lakes Conference.
LEO 70, WAYNE 22: At Wayne, Sophia Pierce poured in 32 points for the Lions (9-8). Quinnia Reese paced the Generals (2-15) with 11.
NORWELL 78, WHITKO 50: At Ossian, the Knights (12-5) improved to 5-1 in their last six games, while the Wildcats (1-16) posted their second-best scoring output of the season.
WESTVIEW 47, ANGOLA 43: At Angola, the Class 2A No. 1 Warriors remained perfect on the season to advance to Friday's semifinals of the NECC Tournament. The Hornets (6-4) trailed 26-21 at halftime but battled to keep Westview (12-0) within arm's reach throughout. The Warriors will play host to a girls-boys semifinal doubleheader Friday.
EASTSIDE 59, HAMILTON 44: At Hamilton, the Blazers completed the sweep to earn the right to face Westview on Friday in the NECC Tournament. Eastside (7-5) held the Marines (1-10) to just two second-quarter points.
LAKELAND 55, WEST NOBLE 46: At LaGrange, the Lakers pulled away in the second half after holding a two-point lead at intermission. Lakeland (8-5) won its third straight game, while West Noble (7-5) lost its fourth game in five tries.
Mason Stover led three Chargers in double figures with 13. The Lakers will play host to Fairfield on Friday in the NECC Tournament, as the Falcons defeated Prairie Heights, 61-28.
MISSISSINEWA 63, BELLMONT 42: At Gas City, the Indians jumped out to a 17-point halftime advantage as the Braves (5-10) dropped their third straight.
NEW HAVEN 56, BISHOP DWENGER 54: At Dwenger, the Bulldogs won their third in a row to improve to 8-4. Lucas Lehrman led the Saints (5-5) with 16 points, while Hayden Smithey added 11.