Sunday, February 04, 2018 1:00 am
Bluffton ends sectional drought
Bluffton won its first girls basketball sectional title in 20 years by beating Canterbury 53-44 in the championship of the Eastside Class 2A Sectional on Saturday.
In 1998, the Tigers won the school's only sectional, regional and semistate titles. Bluffton fell in the Class 2A state championship to Southridge, 62-57.
Bluffton improved to 17-7. Canterbury finished 9-16.
SOUTH SIDE 68, MUNCIE CENTRAL 36: Taniece Chapman had 16 points to lead the Archers to the championship at the South Side Sectional. Shamari Tyson and Jaci Jones each added 13 points for South Side (23-4).
CONCORDIA 49, ANGOLA 39: Carissa Garcia scored 20 points to lead the Cadets (18-7) to the title at the Bishop Dwenger Sectional.
Angola finished 23-5.
The Cadets will face Fairfield in the regional semifinal.
MARION 56, BISHOP LUERS 53: The Giants won their first sectional title since 1997 at the Bellmont sectional.
Kathryn Knapke led the Knights with 14 points and Libby Bierbaum added 11.
RaShaya Kyle led Marion with 15 points and Ellie Vermilion
STATE FINALS: Homestead's Lance Williams finished fourth at the IHSB state finals in Anderson. As a team, Huntington North was third, and Warsaw was fourth.
Ben Davis won the boys state title, while Portage took home the girls championship.
NORTHRIDGE SECTIONAL: Northridge won the team title with 556 points. Wawasee (172) was fourth, East Noble (160) fifth, Angola (113) seventh, DeKalb (60) ninth and Fremont (10) 11th.
WARSAW SECTIONAL: The host Tigers won the team title with 396 points. Columbia City was third (270) and Huntington North eighth (126).
The Tigers had wins from the 200-yard medley relay team and 200 free relay team and Huntington North's Alexandra Aschliman won the 100 butterfly.
JAY COUNTY SECTIONAL: The Patriots won their sectional with 431.5 points to 331 for Norwell. South Adams was fourth (248), Bluffton fifth (210), Bellmont sixth (184.5) and Adams Central ninth (112.5).
Norwell's Alyssa Cyrus won the 200 individual medley and 100 backstroke. South Adams' Ashley LeFever won the 100 free.
PENN REGIONAL: Wawasee finished third with 119 points, behind Penn's 184 and Mishawaka's 145.5. Wawasee's Jace Alexander won at 106 pounds by pinning Mishawaka's Andrew Sinkovics in 2:14.