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COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia Cityâ€™s young basketball team is continuing to gain experience and improve in the early part of the season.
After beating county-rival Whitko in the season-opener Wednesday, the Eagles dropped a low-scoring, 46-35 game to Warsaw in their home opener Saturday night.
While the score writes its own story about the defensive efforts of both teams, the 11-point margin is slightly misleading.
SYRACUSE â€” Columbia Cityâ€™s wrestling team made the trip to Syracuse Saturday to defend the Wawasee Invitational title the Eagles won last year.
Columbia City joined Whitley County rival Whitko, the host Wawasee Warriors, West Noble, Tippecanoe Valley and Fort Wayne South Side in making up the field.
The Eagles swept the competition, posting a 5-0 record on their way to the invitational crown, while Whitko finished third with a 3-2 record.
LEO-CEDARVILLE â€” A speedy offense from the host Leo Lions was too much for Whitko Saturday.
The Wildcats lost to Leo by a final score of 79-46. The defeat puts Whitko at 0-2 on the 2013-14 campaign. It was the first game of the year for the 1-0 Lions.
Leo ran a high-pressure, full court defense that quickened the pace of the game, particularly in the second half. The Lions had 50 points combined from the third and fourth quarter.
Whitko Boys Basketball Head Coach Scott Wessel said his team had the correct strategy in its first game of the year against Columbia City â€” slow the pace.
CHURUBUSCO â€” Churubuscoâ€™s girls basketball team used strong second and fourth quarters to land a 69-46 win over Eastside Friday night.
After facing a 16-11 deficit at the end of the first quarter, the Lady Eagles came back to score 23 points in the second, while holding Eastside to four.
Churubusco used a scoring attack from six different players in the second quarter to steal the lead â€” and never give it back.
Fort Wayne â€” Columbia Cityâ€™s Lady Eagle basketball team traveled to Fort Wayne to take on the 1-3 North Side Lady Redskins with the hopes of getting back in the win column following a heartbreaking home overtime loss to undefeated Leo.
The Lady Eagles used a pressure perimeter defense to negate the Lady Redskins main offensive threats and balanced scoring to down the host Lady Redskins by a 57-36 score Friday night.
WARSAW â€” A tough defensive effort from Warsaw proved too much for Whitkoâ€™s girls basketball team Friday.
The Lady Wildcats dropped a road contest to the Lady Tigers by a final of 64-42.
The loss snapped a two-game winning streak for the 3-2 Lady Wildcats and was the first win of the year for 1-3 Warsaw.
Warsawâ€™s press wore down Whitko as the game advanced, holding the Lady Wildcats to just 14 second-half points and six in the fourth quarter.
CHURUBUSCO â€” Though Churubusco opened its boys basketball season with a loss, the Eagles showed a vast improvement from last seasonâ€™s opener against Adams Central.
Last year, Churubusco fell 51-34, the first of its nine-game losing streak to start this season. This year, Adams Central squeaked out the win with an overtime, 3-point, buzzer-beater, winning 58-56.
Eagle Brent Simmons stepped up the the free-throw line with 10 seconds left and â€™Busco down two points.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” For nearly an entire half, Columbia Cityâ€™s boys basketball team had an advantage it did not exploit in its 49-31 win against Whitko Wednesday.
That advantage was at the tape measure. With three players at 6â€™5 or more, and Whitkoâ€™s tallest being 6â€™3, the conventional wisdom would say that the Eagles would go inside, but that did not happen, at least at first.
â€śWe shot nine 3â€™s in the first half,â€ť said Columbia City Boys Basketball Head Coach Chris Benedict. â€śI mean, youâ€™ve got to get the ball inside.
Itâ€™s a little easier to go inside, then out on those 3â€™s.â€ť
WHITLEY COUNTY â€” Before the books close on the month of November, the girls basketball teams of Whitley County will have completed nearly 25 percent of their seasons.
The Lady Eagles are 3-1 and are heading for a Friday game at Fort Wayne North Side.
Columbia City has scored some big wins, avenging losses from last season by beating Marion and Fort Wayne Snider.
It was the first win over Snider in four seasons and the first in two against Marion.
Tuesday, the Lady Eagles lost their first game of the year, falling in overtime to Leo on their home floor in Columbia City.
WHITLEY COUNTY â€” Boys basketball officially began in Whitley County Wednesday.
In the Columbia City-Whitko rivalry game, the Eagles downed the Wildcats in South Whitley, 49-31.
Churubuscoâ€™s squad dropped an overtime game to Adams Central, after a last-second 3-pointer at the buzzer to win, 58-56.
At Whitko, Wildcat Dylan Cumberland was the leading scorer, tallying 16 points for the â€™Cats. His teammate, Nate Walpole, was Whitkoâ€™s second-leading scorer.