COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Bell-mont‚Äôs boys basketball team took nearly the same approach Saturday at Columbia City as the girls used Friday against the Lady Eagles ‚ÄĒ a low-possession, low-scoring ball game. Unfortunately for the Braves, they lost 47-38 like the girls did Friday in Decatur.
Columbia City pulled out to a 5-0 lead one minute into the game with a bucket by Daniel Woll in the first possession and a 3-point play by senior Austin Paul.
DECATUR ‚ÄĒ One observer at the press table Friday night at the Bellmont gym wryly noted, ‚Äúthe first team to 30 will win.‚ÄĚ
That prediction came true as Columbia City held on to win a 35-29 girls varsity decision over Bellmont in Northeast Hoosier Conference action by shutting down the Bellmont inside game with what Eagle coach Amy Shearer called ‚Äúgood pressure and a good defensive effort.‚ÄĚ
FREMONT ‚ÄĒ Churubusco girls basketball got down early Friday and was never able to recover, losing to Fremont Lady Eagles 49-31.
The ‚ÄėBusco Lady Eagles kept it close in the first quarter, scoring nine points to Fremont‚Äôs 12.
‚ÄúWe played well in the first quarter,‚ÄĚ Churubusco Head Coach Jamie Perlich said. ‚ÄúThen we started struggling defensively.
‚ÄúWhen we play well on defense the rest falls together. We started getting tired and started standing up instead of moving our feet on defense and our shots stopped falling.‚ÄĚ
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Columbia City wrestling alumni ‚Äď on hand for Alumni Night Wednesday ‚Äď didn‚Äôt quite get the show they were hoping for.
The Eagles lost to East Noble, 60-10.
‚ÄúI was very proud of our guys,‚ÄĚ said Eagle Head Coach Blane Culp. ‚ÄúFor the most part our guys really went after them. It‚Äôs a tough team. (Head Coach) Keith Koffar‚Äôs got them going.‚ÄĚ
After five matches, East Noble led 21-4.
Despite the loss, the Eagles only surrendered four pins in 12 matches, something Culp said the coaches have stressed to the team this year.
WOODBURN ‚ÄĒ Churubusco‚Äôs boys basketball team traveled to Woodlan Wednesday night to post a 71-49 win and improve the Eagles to a winning record (4-3).
‚ÄôBusco‚Äôs Josh LeFever scored 10 of the Eagles‚Äô 16 first-quarter points, while the defense held the Warriors to nine.
‚ÄúHe (LeFever) got off on a real good roll in the first quarter,‚ÄĚ Churubusco Head Coach Mike McBride said. ‚ÄúIn the first quarter we did a nice job defensively, they have some kids that shoot it pretty well and we stopped them.‚ÄĚ
HUNTERTOWN ‚ÄĒ In last year‚Äôs sectional title game against Wawasee, Columbia City‚Äôs boys basketball team fell to a 10-0 deficit in the first quarter but came back to win the title 67-66
The Eagles didn‚Äôt have the same luck in Friday‚Äôs holiday shoot-out championship game against Homestead.
The Spartans jumped out to a 16-0 lead in the first quarter and Columbia City never recovered, picking up its second loss of the season, 63-45.
‚ÄúIt was disappointing to come out to a team that we knew was going to be good and not put our best foot forward,‚ÄĚ Columbia City Head Coach Chris Benedict said.
PERU ‚ÄĒ Guaranteed to at least match the girls‚Äô second place finish, Whitko boys basketball took the court Friday in the final game of Peru‚Äôs Holiday Tournament.
The Wildcats faced, and beat, the LaVille Lancers by a final of 64-55.
The half ended with a difference of just one point, 26-25 in favor of LaVille. At the break, Logan Irwin had 13 of his team leading 34 points.
Though keeping the score close, the Wildcats were just 7-for-29 in the first half (.241).
In the third quarter, following the fifth tie of the game (29), the Lancers scored 11 of the next 14 points.