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INDIANAPOLIS — The brackets were drawn up and the postseason road was paved Sunday night for the 36th annual IHSAA girls’ basketball state tournament.
Amongst 397 teams, three Whitley County teams are looking for a March 5 date at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne for the state finals. It began with the sectional draw Feb. 8-12.
Two area rivals will have to go through one another to reach the final game of class 3A.
SOUTH WHITLEY — Heading into the final week of the Indiana high school girls’ basketball regular season, the Three Rivers Conference already had its champion with the No. 1 team in class 2A Wabash locking up back-to-back titles.
Whitko had room to move into a three-way tie for second place when the Apaches came to town on Saturday’s senior night.
A hot shooting Wabash team left the Lady Wildcats alone in third place at the end of the night shooting 23-of-37 from the field and winning 66-47.
NEW HAVEN — Leading by as much as 16 points in the second half, Columbia City head coach Chris Benedict saw his team grow up in a big way Friday night.
The Eagles had their 10th win of the season all but locked up with a 45-29 lead and 4:35 to go in the fourth quarter.
A little over three minutes later, an 11-0 run by New Haven tested the maturity level of a young Columbia City team, who earlier in the season might have folded.
ALBION — The mark of a quality team is sometimes not measured by how they deal with adversity, but rather with how they maintain their focus and intensity when they are faced with prosperity.
That was the case for a Churubusco boys’ basketball team that was still able to remain focused and execute well, especially defensively in a 62-31 road win over Northeast Corner Conference foe Central Noble Friday night.
WABASH — Offense wins tickets, defense wins games, and rebounds win championships.
Friday night at Wabash, Whitko proved they are ready to win championships by out-rebounding, out-scoring, and attacking defensively to gain a 78-45 advantage over the Apaches on their home court.
Not only did Whitko’s offense come out firing, with 26 points in the first quarter, but the Wildcat defense held Wabash to three points for the first five minutes of the game.
Churubusco guard Kasey Gibson, left, and the Lady Eagles basketball team won their fourth game of the season Thursday night with a long trip to South Adams 41-18. Gibson scored six points in the â€™Busco win. The Lady Eagles pulled away with a 15-0 scoring advantage in the third quarter. Heather Monk led the team with 10 points while Haleigh Gross and Nicole Wormcastle both added six.
COLUMBIA CITY — No longer the little league facility of the Northeast Hoosier Conference, Columbia City baseball has the new look of a respectable diamond.
After new dugouts were installed last season, the final steps in a renovation project have parents of the baseball program asking for the community’s help to finish it.
FORT WAYNE — In most ordinary circumstances a 32-point fourth quarter will get a team the victory.
Tuesday night’s game at Fort Wayne Northrop had no ordinary circumstances.
After being down 26 points at halftime, Columbia City (10-8) outscored the hosting Lady Bruins (8-8) by 14 points in the second half. However, a strong shooting first half by Northrop was too much for the Lady Eagles to overcome in a 74-62 loss.
SPEICHERVILLE — For the first time in nine years the Three Rivers Conference wrestling tournament has a team champion that is not the Whitko Wildcats.
By the narrowest of margins the host Northfield Norsemen upended a short-handed Wildcat squad 209.5-202 to take the team title.
The Wildcats, haunted as they have been by injuries all year, were forced to forfeit three weight classes. Those forfeits allowed Northfield to outscore the Wildcats by 28.5 points in those divisions.
COLUMBIA CITY — The Donald S. Weeks gymnasium hosted a dogfight Saturday night between two Northeast Hoosier Conference foes.
The score was close throughout the entire game, but Columbia City (9-3, 3-1 NHC) was able to pick up a four-point lead in the final seconds leaving DeKalb (5-7, 1-3 NHC) behind 44-40.
With the score so low, the game proved to be a defensive battle. The Eagles held DeKalb to just eight points in the fourth quarter.