LIGONIER — The season started late for Churubusco boys’ basketball but the Eagles first win didn’t take long.
On the road Saturday for the second game of its season, ’Busco wasted no time sealing up a 74-51 win by halftime over West Noble.
After dropping a season opening loss to Columbia City Tuesday, the Eagles hit the road to open the North East Corner Conference schedule.
OSSIAN — The point totals weren’t the only statistic lighting up the scoreboard Friday night when Columbia City (5-3) girls’ basketball team took to the conference road at class 3A’s No. 3 Norwell Lady Knights.
Blocking fouls, shooting fouls, over-the-back fouls, whatever it was sounding off.
In the first half alone, the two Northeast Hoosier Conference rivals combined for 25 fouls and 35 free throw attempts.
CHURUBUSCO — Lacking two of their top scorers, the Churubusco Lady Eagles fell short to West Noble Friday night, losing 52-30.
Leading scorer Haleigh Gross and senior Nichole Wormcastle had to watch their team from the bench, due to injuries.
“We were a little short-handed tonight,” Churubusco head coach Jamie Perlich said.
The Lady Eagles held the score close in the beginning of the game, with ’Busco only trailing by three points at the end of the first quarter.
While others are gaining rest and relaxation over the holidays, two local will be featured in tournament play.
Columbia City plays host for two different tournaments. On Dec. 28, the boys’ basketball team will be part of a four-team shoot-out. The schedule includes: 10 a.m. — FW Blackhawk Christian vs Columbia City, noon — Prairie Heights vs Wapahani, 6 p.m. — Wapahani vs FW Blackhawk Christian, 8 p.m. — Columbia City vs Prairie Heights.
SOUTH WHITLEY — Former Columbia City coaches, Wayne and Scott Kreiger, traveled back to Whitley County Wednesday night with the Canterbury Lady Cavaliers (5-2) to take on the Whitko Lady Wildcats (3-5).
Whitko fought to pull out a win over the Lady Cavaliers, who have won the Class A State Championship for the last three consecutive years.
The Lady Wildcats fell short, losing to Canterbury 69-63.
CHURUBUSCO — While Tuesday night was the fourth or fifth game of the season for most boys’ basketball teams including Columbia City (3-1), it was the first for Churubusco (0-1).
After a deep postseason run in football, ’Busco got a late start holding its first game two weeks after Columbia City’s season opener.
The seasoned Eagles showed the experience of three prior games capitalizing on 19 Churubusco turnovers and a 48 percent shooting night. City held off a scrappy ’Busco team 51-41.
SOUTH WHITLEY — Fourteen first-quarter points by senior Max Elder was all Whitko (3-1) needed Tuesday night to pull away from Central Noble (1-3) at home.
Along with junior Logan Irwin’s 18 points, the Wildcats basketball team put up 79 points on the Cougars winning 79-43.
The first quarter was enough to seal a victory for Whitko. Scoring 27 points, the ’Cats held a 19-point lead after one quarter, 27-8.
COLUMBIA CITY — The Columbia City swim teams took the pool for their first and only home meet Tuesday night.
The Eagles hosted North Side at Whitley County’s YMCA and took a win over the Redskins, with the boys winning 130-39 and the girls victorious 133-30, advancing their record to 3-1.
“Our home meet is good for the kids so the parents can come out,” Columbia City head coach Phil Stanczak said.
A good season doesn’t go unnoticed in Whitley County.
One of the best combined seasons ever within the three area high schools hasn’t gone without recognition.
A 30-6 mark from Columbia City, Churubusco and Whitko football squads made for an exciting season within the county lines.
With so much success, state caliber players are sure to be included in the dozens of victories.
COLUMBIA CITY — Saturday wasn’t the ideal way Columbia City (5-2) girls’ basketball wanted to start the Northeast Hoosier Conference.
Hosting Carroll (3-4), the Lady Eagles saw a close contest get away from them in the second half. With neither team seeing more than a five-point lead all game, a 4-for-19 second half shooting slump by Columbia City helped the Lady Chargers pick up a win on the road 52-46.