DENVER â Whitkoâs girls basketball team won its Three Rivers Conference opener at North Miami Saturday night, 64-29.
After a rough patch in their schedule (Elkhart Memorial, Northrop and Warsaw), the Lady Wildcats opened conference play with a decisive win.
âWe knew going in this was going to be a big game for us to see where we were mentally after playing those tough teams,â Whitko Head Coach Brandon Bradley said.
FORT WAYNE â After keeping Carroll from taking the lead throughout the entire regulation, the Columbia City Lady Eagles found themselves playing in overtime Saturday night in the Northeast Hoosier Conference opener.
The Lady Chargers hit a 3-pointer with 3.3 seconds left on the clock to tie the game at 37 and force an extra four minutes of play.
The Lady Eagles held on to win the game, 41-38, off free throws by Sarah Opliger and Sidney Bunyan.
Bunyan led the team in scoring with nine points and also chipped in a block, steal and assist.
DENVER â Had it not been for a second quarter momentum shift, the outcome of Columbia Cityâs boys basketball game at Northfield may have been different.
The Eagles came off a 13-6 first-quarter deficit to out-score the Norsemen 26-2 in the second quarter and win 66-43.
âWe allowed them to play in their comfort zone in the first quarter,â Columbia City Head Coach Chris Benedict said. âIn the second quarter we started to pressure them with a full court press.â
TOPEKA â Churubusco Head Coach Mike McBride said the Eagle schedule to start the season is a difficult one.
It didnât get any easier Friday when âBusco traveled to Westview High School and lost to the Warriors, 47-31.
Westview player Brant Yoder, who had 17 points in the game, hit a two-pointer with just under two minutes left and âBusco went into the locker room trailing 19-11 at the half.
With 1:15 left to go in the third, LeFever fouled out of the game.
The Eagle deficit had grown even farther; the third period ended with the score 34-21 in favor of the Warriors.
COLUMBIA CITY â Columbia Cityâs Lady Eagle basketball team fell to 2-5 Thursday after a loss to Bishop Dwenger.
Coumbia City lost to the Lady Saints by a score of 49-41.
Dwenger took an early 8-0 lead and continued the output.
It wasnât until Emily Whiteleather hit one of two free throws with under five minutes to go in the first quarter that Columbia City was on the scoreboard.
âOur slow start in the first quarter didnât help us,â said Lady Eagle Head Coach Amy Shearer.
COLUMBIA CITY â Churubusco took home the Whitley County Eaglesâ traveling trophy Wednesday night after defeating Columbia City, 42-31.
âWe figured itâd be a good meet tonight and it was,â Churubusco Head Coach Sam Riesen said. âItâs always an exciting match-up against Columbia City. We figured itâd be another good one tonight and it was.â
The trophy was introduced this season and according to Churubusco Head Coach Sam Riesen, the gold Eagle will travel between the schools.
âThey definitely deserve it,â Columbia City Head Coach Blane Culp said. âThey out-wrestled us.â
CHURUBUSCO Ââ The Lady Eagles girls basketball team provided Adams Central its first win of the season Tuesday, losing to the visiting Lady Jets, 44-34.
Two of Adams Central three leading scorers, Olivia Macklin and Jenae Blackburn, hit early jumpers to give the Lady Jets a 5-0 lead to start the game.
According to Churubusco Head Coach Jamie Perlich, the teamâs lack of readiness was apparent from tip-off.
âWe didnât come out focused. We had a good practice last night and we didnât carry that over. We started out flat,â Perlich said.
COLUMBIA CITY â Warsaw proved that even the best of teams can be beaten.
Columbia City, ranked in the Associated Press and Indiana Coaches Association polls, as well as semi-state qualifier last season, was taken down by the Tigers Saturday night.
The Eaglesâ 28-17 lead in the second quarter turned into a four-point loss, 63-59, in Columbia Cityâs home-opener.
âThe good news is, weâre pretty good. The bad news is, (we think) weâre pretty good,â Columbia City Head Coach Chris Benedict said. âWe let them back in the game and it deflated our momentum. Itâs frustrating.â
Whitko came out victorious in their second round match against Columbia City in Saturday's Wawasee High School November Super Duals Invitational.
The final was 45-27.
Full results will be published once available.
FORT WAYNE â The Columbia City Lady Eagles basketball team snapped a three-game losing streak Friday night at North Side.
The Lady Eagles won decisively, 59-44, after falling to Snider, Marion and Leo.
Columbia City jumped out to a 11-0 lead to start the game and held the Lady Redskins to a slim two points in the first quarter off a pair of free throws (19-2).
Macie Hinen got four of her eight points in the last two minutes of the first quarter.
Senior Sidney Bunyan scored four of Columbia Cityâs 11 second quarter points against North Side.