Lady Eagles stun Cadets

   FORT WAYNE — Christmas came early for the Columbia City girls basketball team.
   The Lady Eagles broke their four-game losing streak on the road Wednesday night against Concordia (7-4), 62-55.
   “We’d been a slump in the last few games, this is a big win for us,” Columbia City Head Coach Amy Shearer said.
   With three players finishing the game in double digits, the Lady Eagles didn’t rely on one person to win the game.
   In fact, six players scored more than seven points in Wednesday night’s game.
   “This team is very unselfish, we don’t rely on just one person to score all our points,” Shearer said, “We have kids that want to do what it takes to win the ball game, they don’t care who gets the glory for it.”
   Perhaps senior Sierra Burlage set the tone for the game early in the first quarter when she snatched two consecutive offensive rebounds for buckets.
   The Lady Eagles scored eight points off of backside rebounds in the first quarter alone.
   But the Lady Cadets always had an answer to Columbia City’s effort to run away with the lead, setting the first quarter score  tied 16-16.
   Concordia scored two quick baskets in the first minute of the second quarter, but Kayla Dunn had an answer for that.
   Dunn scored two consecutive fast break lay-ups to tie the score and spark an 11-point run for the Lady Eagles.
   Dunn led the team with 18 points on the night and 13 in the first quarter
   Columbia City had a three-point, 34-31, advantage at the end of the first half.
   Not many people in the gym expected the Lady Eagles to be leading at halftime, let alone win the game by seven points after Columbia City’s disappointing loss to an 0-8 East Noble team on Saturday.
   “We focused on several different things this week at practice,” Shearer said, “Our seniors got together and talked about our goals for the season, and we executed them.”
   The Lady Eagles dominated defensively in the beginning of the third quarter, not allowing Concordia to score for the first 4:30.
   “We changed a few things on defense based on what we saw their offense was doing,” Shearer said.
    Columbia City increased its lead to nine, leaving the score at 47-38 going into the final quarter.
   The momentum shifted in the beginning of the fourth quarter, as the Lady Cadets put pressure on Columbia City.
   Concordia held off the Lady Eagles from scoring until the final four minutes of play.
   Sidney Bunyan and Maddie Hinen finished off scoring for the Lady Eagles with free throws in the final seconds.
   Hinen finished the game with eight points and Bunyan with five.
   “Concordia is a strong basketball team,  they have a lot of athletes, this is a big win on the road at Concordia,” Shearer said.
   Columbia City’s freshman team increased its record to 8-1 after Wednesday night.