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SOUTH WHITLEY â In what has been the start to a struggling season, Whitkoâs boys basketball team suffered another loss Friday night, falling in a Three Rivers Conference matchup with Tippecanoe Valley, 59-40.
Despite the 19-point loss, the Wildcats didnât go down without a fight.
After trailing most of the game, down 10-6 after the first quarter, 24-10 at halftime and 40-27 going into the fourth quarter, Whitko battled back to come within eight points with seven minutes on the clock.
SOUTH WHITLEY â When two athletic and quick teams meet, one might expect a clean, fast ballgame. Thursday nightâs Whitko girls basketball game with the visiting West Noble Lady Chargers showed that something very different is also a possibility.
The Chargersâ and Wildcatsâ pressure defense forced a combined 59 turnovers and went to the free-throw line for 77 attempts on the game.
With less than a second left, the Lady Wildcats got a rebound basket at the buzzer to pull out a stirring 64-62 home win giving them their best start to a season since the early nineties.
COLUMBIA CITY â More than 10 years in the making, Columbia Cityâs girls basketball team finally beat its rival to the west â Warsaw, Tuesday night, 38-24.
Records that date back to the 2000-01 season show that the Lady Eagles havenât defeated the Lady Tigers in at least 13 years.
âI know it has been quite some time since weâve beaten them,â Columbia City Head Coach Amy Shearer said. âWarsaw has a great program. It was a good win for us.â
Not only did the Lady Eagles beat Warsaw, they did it with several underclassmen playing substantial minutes.
LIGONIER â An early deficit was too much for Churubuscoâs girls basketball team to overcome.
West Noble got off to a hot start in its 65-51 win over the Lady Eagles Friday. The Lady Chargers roared out to an 11-0 start in the first quarter.
From that moment on, âBusco only scored three fewer points than the host-Lady Chargers. However, the early gap would prove insurmountable.
West Nobleâs 11-0 run to open the game turned into a 19-5 advantage at the end of the first quarter.
The Lady Chargers had the score out as far as 31-12 at halftime.
COLUMBIA CITY â After close games, many coaches donât speak very highly of the opposing team.
It was quite the opposite for Norwellâs Head Coach Eric Thornton, when he spoke of Friday nightâs game against Columbia Cityâs girls basketball team.
âColumbia Cityâs not going to give up,â Thornton said.
If effort heart could win the game, the Lady Eagles couldâve walked out of the gym with a second conference win Friday night.
Unfortunately, though, Norwell (5-1) held on through a roller coaster fourth quarter to win, 50-46, and pick up its first Northeast Hoosier Conference win.
FORT WAYNE â Difficulty getting inside, along with their opponentsâ athleticism, made for a difficult Friday for the Columbia City Eagles boys basketball team.
One season after defeating Fort Wayne Northrop, the Eagles fell to the Bruins by a final of 44-24.
There were times when the game was close. Northrop had just a 9-8 lead after one quarter, and Columbia City cut the margin to 20-18 in the third quarter. But overall, it was not enough.
FORT WAYNE â A third-quarter charge was not enough for Whitkoâs girls basketball team against Fort Wayne Northrop Wednesday.
The Lady Wildcats lost to the Lady Bruins by a final score of 60-49.
It was the second defeat in a row for Whitko (3-3), but the third consecutive contest against a Class 4A school. It was the first win of the year for 1-5 Northrop.
Whitko Girls Basketball Head Coach Brandon Bradley said Northrop challenges his squad in a unique fashion.
COLUMBIA CITY â Two Eagle wrestling squads squared off Wednesday night at the Donald S. Weeks Gymnasium for Whitley County bragging rights and both the Olde Golden Eagle Trophy and the Blake-Jones-Koontz Cup, as wrestling supremacy in Whitley County was on the line.
Columbia City, fresh off a victory over Whitko at the Wawasee Invitational, looked to defend last yearâs title. Standing in the Eaglesâ way was a veteran Churubusco team looking to avenge last yearâs narrow, home loss to Columbia City.
atchup that has been a rivalry for the last several years has been shifted to the beginning of the schedule this year.
In Columbia Cityâs boys basketball teamâs third game of the season, the Eagles will travel to Northrop Friday.
While most of the players who battled it out on the court for the last several years are gone now, the game is still expected to be competitive.
Like Columbia City, Northrop lost several key players to graduation, mainly twins Brenton and Bryson Scott, who went on to play Division I hoops at Indiana State and Purdue, respectively.
COLUMBIA CITY â Indian Springs Middle Schoolâs girls basketball team took a win and a loss against Summit Middle School Tuesday night.
The seventh-grade Lady Eagles won 47-21 to go 2-0 on the season, and the eighth-grade girls fell 43-15, falling to 1-1 on the year.
All of the seventh-grade Lady Eaglesâ players had the opportunity to contribute during the game, led by Grace Cotter with 14 points, as well as going 3-for-3 from the free-throw line.
Ava Winters and Alaina Rongos made a strong showing on the boards, as well as contributing 12 and six points, respectively.