Trio of Eagles help City rout Norsemen

   COLUMBIA CITY — Three Eagles flew above all others Friday night when Columbia City (2-1) boys’ basketball hosted Northfield (2-1).
   Led by sophomore Drew Benedict’s game-high 22 points, City post players Tyler Mosher and Daniel Woll added 14 points apiece in a breakaway 55-38 win over the Norsemen.
   A strong shooting night by Columbia City helped the Eagles out score Northfield in every quarter. In both halves, City shot over 50 percent going 20-for-35 for the game (57.1 percent).
   An 8-4 first quarter lead grew to double figures by halftime for Columbia City.
   Along with a 6-for-6 night from the field for senior Tyler Mosher, Columbia City led 25-15 at the break.
   Mosher’s 14 points were joined by another 14 by sophomore Daniel Woll. Both Eagles scored more than Northfield’s top scorer in Chad Glasscock who scored 11 points.
   However, another sophomore stood above all others.
   For the second game this season, Benedict scored over 20 points with a game-high 22. The shooting guard for City went 4-for-9 from behind the three-point line.
   Nine points total scored in the third quarter had Columbia City take the advantage 5-4. Nearly totaling their first three quarters, the Eagles reeled off 25 points in the fourth quarter.
   A 17-7 advantage in the assist category was led by two Eagles. Despite not making a mark in the scoring column, sophomores Jared Murphy and Derek Hinen totaled 11 of the 17 assists.
   The first loss for Northfield comes at the hands of the Eagles while Columbia City moves to 2-0 at home.
   The Eagles hit the road Tuesday for a Whitley County rivalry game against Churubusco (0-0).