Nov. 13—Lewis Cass' girls basketball team beat Tri-Central 41-25 Saturday at Sharpsville to open the season 3-0 for the first time since the 2001-02 season.
Down 12-11 after the opening quarter, the Kings surged to a 24-17 halftime lead. It was 33-25 after the third quarter. The Kings outscored the Trojans 8-0 in the final quarter to win going away.
Heta Kosunen led the Kings with with 13 points and five rebounds. Anna Hedrick scored 12 points, with 11 coming in the first half. Hedrick also had three steals and two assists. Aftin Griffin had seven points and four steals and Ava Hubner contributed five points and four boards.
Cass hosts Kokomo on Wednesday. TC (1-2) hosts Taylor on Friday.
WESTERN 51, LCC 37
Western used a strong defensive effort to beat Class 2A No. 6-ranked Lafayette Central Catholic in a non-division matchup of Hoosier Conference teams at Richard R. Rea Gymnasium.
Western coach Misty Oliver pointed to "grit" as the key to the win.
"Our girls started sluggish and we got down quick. LCC is a well-oiled machine. They execute and play hard-nose defense. We fought back and never let up," she said. "We've grown so much from last year. Our confidence and trust in each other pushed us through this game."
Chloe Hunt scored 15 points to lead balanced Panther scoring. Mackenzie York scored 14 points and McKenna Smith had 11.
"Our five seniors carried the load," Oliver said. "They just picked each other up when one is down."
The Panthers (3-0) visit Maconaquah on Tuesday.
W. LAF. 42, KOKOMO 31
Class 3A No. 9-ranked West Lafayette rode a 26-9 edge in points off turnovers to a 42-31 victory over Kokomo at Memorial Gym.
The Red Devils (3-2) also had a decisive edge in 3-pointers as they made 6 of 17 attempts while the Kats made just 1 of 10.
Aijia Elliott led Kokomo (2-1) with a strong all-around line of 12 points, 14 rebounds, three assists and four blocked shots. Kamaria White had four points, six rebounds, three assists and two steals.
Elliott and White combined to make 7 of 11 shots from the field, but the rest of the Kats combined to make only 6 of 25.
The Kats visit Cass on Wednesday.
MANCHESTER 60, MACONAQUAH 53
Manchester broke away from a 53-all tie with around 2:30 remaining to beat visiting Maconaquah in a Three Rivers Conference game.
Miranda Stoll led Maconaquah (1-1 overall, 0-1 TRC) with 17 points, Bailey Carson had 14 points and Ireland Kile came off the bench to score seven points.
The Braves host Western on Tuesday.
T. VALLEY 67, NW 29
Northwestern dropped to 0-4 with the road loss to Tippecanoe Valley.
The Tigers host Tipton on Tuesday.
PARK TUDOR 55, TIPTON 13
Tipton dropped to 0-4 with the road loss to Indianapolis Park Tudor.
The Blue Devils visit Tipton on Tuesday.