PREP ROUNDUP: Cass sweeps weekend

Jan. 22—The Lewis Cass boys basketball team put together its first win streak since the first two games of the season with a sweep of Southwood and Taylor this weekend.

The Kings recorded a 56-52 win at Southwood Friday for their first-ever Three Rivers Conference win.

The Kings beat a Knights team that was the Class A state runner-up a year ago.

The Knights (3-9, 0-4 TRC) led most of the game but it was a narrow lead most of the way. They led 16-11 after one, 26-23 at halftime and 41-37 after three.

The Kings (5-8, 1-4) took their first lead of the game at 52-50 on an L.J. Hillis 3-pointer with 1:15 remaining. Hillis hit 1 of 2 free throws to push the lead to three with 42 seconds left. Bryce Rudd hit two free throws to make it 55-50 with 20 seconds left.

After a basket by Southwood's Maddox Marshall, following a timeout, the Kings were called for a 5-second violation to give the Knights the ball back. But Will Winer missed a look from 3 and Brennan Deeter rebounded for the Kings. He hit 1 of 2 free throws with 9.6 seconds left for the 56-52 final.

Hillis led Cass with 23 points on 6 of 8 shooting from the field including 3 of 4 from 3-point range. He added six rebounds, three steals and three blocked shots.

Deeter scored 13, which included 10 straight during a span in the third quarter. Rudd was also in double figures with 10. Kolten Young added four points and seven boards. Brody Hillis had four points. Trey Johnson, playing in his first game in seven weeks after sitting out with an ankle injury, had two points and three assists.

The Kings overcame 13 turnovers by shooting 71% from the field including 5 of 9 from 3. They shot 11 of 19 from the foul line (58%).

Marshall led the Knights with 17 points. Bryce Wilcox had 13 and Winer added nine.

Cass turned around and beat Taylor 51-36 Saturday night in Walton. The Kings trailed 22-17 at halftime and 33-29 after three before outscoring the Titans 22-3 in the fourth.

The Kings shot 50% from the field and 7 of 11 from distance. They shot 12 of 17 from the foul line (71%).

Rudd scored 17 points on 5 of 8 shooting from the field, 3 of 4 from long range. Hillis had 16 points on 4 of 6 shooting from the field and he hit all seven of his free throws. Deeter had nine points on 3 of 5 shooting from 3. Young added five points and six boards. Johnson chipped in four points. The Kings are now 4-1 with him in the lineup.

The Kings ended a five-game winning streak for the Titans (11-4).

Cass coach Eric Branz said in his postgame interview with WLHM that the two games were the hardest his team has played and also the best basketball they've played this season.

The Kings face a challenging weekend ahead when they travel to Maconaquah Friday and host Class 4A No. 10 Kokomo Saturday.


Rochester utilized a big second quarter during a win over Caston Saturday afternoon at RHS.

The Comets led 17-14 after one before the Zebras outscored them 20-4 in the second to take a 34-21 halftime lead. The Zebras led 43-28 after three.

Bryce Baugher had 19 points to lead the Zebras (5-6). Tanner Reinartz scored 15 and Dylan Hook added 10.

Talon Zeider scored 21 points which included six 3-pointers to lead the Comets (4-7). Lane Hook added nine points.

"We got off to a great start," Caston coach Carl Davis said. "We did a great job of getting out, running, and being on the attack. That allows us to get our defense set. We seemed to lose some of our focus in the middle part of the quarter and then started forcing some things that were successful early but Rochester did a good job of adjusting to. That led to some guys trying to do too much.

"When we played within ourselves and were on the same page good things happened. We got a run of stops in the third quarter but couldn't capitalize on the offensive end of the floor. We saw some positive things, but we didn't string them together for eight-minutes stretches like we need to. It's probably the first time we've out-rebounded a Rochester team in quite some time so that's a definite positive. We need to play within ourselves and take care of the basketball. That's going to be the ticket for us moving forward."

Caston's home game against West Central Monday was postponed to Tuesday. The JV boys game starts at 5 p.m., followed by the varsity at 6:30, followed by the Caston girls team's senior night game against Carroll at approximately 8.


Carroll guard Chris Huerta drained 11 3-pointers and scored 46 points to lead Carroll past visiting Faith Christian.

Huerta broke Carroll's single-game scoring record (previously held by Mike Martin, 43 vs. Rossville in 1974) and Carroll's gym record (previously held by Nick Beaver, 40 vs. Tri-County in 1979).

In addition, Huerta also bettered his own program record for single-game 3-pointers.

Carroll (9-4) visits Tri-Central on Tuesday for a makeup of a game that was postponed Friday.


Delphi avenged a loss to Winamac from four weeks earlier at Delphi Saturday night.

Sophomore Kaydn McAtee scored 27 points on 10 of 14 shooting from the field including 5 of 8 from 3 to lead the Oracles (5-9). Walker Jones added 19 points.

Will Malchow scored 12 points and Jayse Bentle had 11 points and five assists for the Warriors (5-8). John Malchow had 10 points, five boards, four assists and three steals. Brendan Hines scored eight, Justin Potthoff had seven points, six boards and five assists and Ethan Burgess added five points.

Delphi led 21-12 after one, 36-27 at halftime and 46-41 after three.



The Class 2A No. 9 Kings took over during the middle quarters to beat visiting Southwood in Three Rivers Conference action. The game was tied 11-all after a quarter but the Kings outscored the Knights 11-6 in the second quarter and 13-6 in the third quarter to take a 35-23 lead heading into the final frame.

Aftin Griffin led Cass with a game-high 14 points and added four steals. Anna Hedrick scored nine points and took five rebounds. Kinsey Mennen scored eight and led the Kings on the glass with seven rebounds. Heta Kosunen scored five.

The Kings (18-2) are 7-0 in the only squad unbeaten in TRC play and are half a game ahead of second-placed Whitko, which is 7-1. Southwood fell to 6-12 overall, 1-6 in the TRC.


Madison Wagner had a double-double and the Class 2A No. 6 Cougars blew past Tri-Central to complete a perfect run through the HHC for the league championship. The Cougars led 20-6 after a quarter and 38-9 at halftime.

Wagner scored a game-high 22 points and took 10 rebounds to go with four assists and six steals. Alli Harness added 20 points, nine assists and five steals. Jillian Salts added eight points and 10 rebounds and Emily Justice scored six.

TC fell to 3-4 in the HHC and 8-11 overall.


Jacelyn Starks scored 41 points and made seven 3-pointers to lead Anderson (8-13, 4-4 NCC) to a win at the Berry Bowl on Saturday afternoon.

Lydia Goad had 16 points for the Berries (3-17, 2-6) in their final NCC game. Kellyn Cripe scored 10 and Goldie Kitchell added six.


The game scheduled for Monday was postponed to Wednesday with a 6:30 p.m. JV, 8 p.m. varsity start time.

Pioneer's games against Southwood Thursday and Argos Saturday were also canceled. The Panthers currently have games scheduled at Winamac Tuesday and at North Judson Wednesday and a home game against West Central Friday to conclude the regular season.


Cass placed seventh out of 10 teams. Rochester won.

Eli Bowyer won a conference title in the 132-pound weight class for the Kings. Bowyer (21-5) won all three of his matches by fall.

Dominic Sebastian (113), Elliott Grist (120), Kamaron Hall (144) and Eli Martin (215) each placed fourth for the Kings. Hunter Sellers 175) and Nick Park (190) placed fifth. Levi Bell (106) and Max Grist (126) placed sixth. Elijah Auten (285) placed seventh.


The event was postponed again Monday and rescheduled for Tuesday with a 5 p.m. start time at Triton.


Logansport placed fourth out of eight teams Saturday.

Senior Jaelyn Benish had a spectacular vault performance for the Berries. She scored a 9.225 and placed third on the event. She placed ninth on floor (8.475) and seventh in the all-around (33.2).

Sophomore Rylee Zimmerman led the Berries. She competed a beautiful bar routine scoring an 8.8 to finish in third place. She placed seventh on beam and floor with a score of an 8.6. She finished up the day placing fourth in the all-around (34.5).

Freshmen Amilia Zaragoza and Lucy Gordon had a strong showing as well. Zaragoza debuted her first ever floor routine and had so much fun doing so. Gordon competed on all four events for the first time this season. She did very well competing new skills.

Harrison won with a 104.9, followed by Northwestern (103.05), Lafayette Jeff (95.25), Logansport (94.1), Western (92.95), North Montgomery (80.675), Southmont (78.675) and West Lafayette (65.65).