PREP ROUNDUP: Pioneer boys record overtime win at North Judson

Feb. 2—Pioneer defeated North Judson 50-49 in overtime Thursday night in a Hoosier North Athletic Conference boys basketball game at North Judson.

Brayden Erickson hit five 3-pointers and scored 17 points to lead the Panthers. Drew McKaig was also in double figures with 12 points, including all five in overtime.

Pioneer led 15-8 after one, 28-23 at halftime and 38-34 after three. The game was tied 45-all at the end of regulation.

"Brayden Erickson was huge for us tonight," Pioneer coach Darren McKaig said. "He had some good scoring games for us last year, but he has struggled to get going this year. It was nice to see him feel some success. It was a solid team effort by everyone else.

"So many of the guys did things that won't show up in the stats, but they made plays all night to help us win. We had less than 10 turnovers and got several steals. The team felt pretty comfortable playing in a close game, because we learned some things from our last two losses. Drew is doing a great job of scoring, rebounding and assisting. He is a much better player when he is multi-dimensional. He also got two big steals for us down the stretch."

The Panthers (5-11, 1-3 HNAC) had lost two straight to Caston and South Newton since their last win over DeMotte Christian.

Jesiah McDaniel scored 22 points and Lukas Burkett had 11 to lead the Bluejays (10-6, 1-4), who dropped their third straight game, all in overtime. The other losses were to Winamac and Triton.

Pioneer hosts Knox (5-7, 3-1) on Tuesday.

"We have three conference games left and hopefully we can keep this momentum going," coach McKaig said.


Caleb Stinson had 23 points and Talon Zeider scored 17 as Caston (7-8) rolled past visiting North White (4-12).

Lane Hook added eight points and Alex Craig and Grant Yadon chipped in six apiece for Caston, which led 18-8 after one, 30-15 at halftime and 46-27 after three.

Caston hosts Class A No. 14 Triton (10-4, 3-0) Saturday for a 1 p.m. JV, 2:30 p.m. varsity start time.


Wabash topped visiting Cass in a Three Rivers Conference game. The Apaches led 20-15 after a quarter, 33-21 at halftime, and held a 16-point lead, 49-33, going into the final frame.

Brennan Deeter led Cass with 13 points. Bryce Rudd and L.J. Hillis added 10 each.

Cass fell to 1-6 in the TRC and 5-11 overall ahead of a home date against Rochester on Saturday. Wabash moved to 5-1 HHC, 12-6 overall.


Logansport, Lewis Cass and Pioneer competed at the Warsaw Sectional preliminaries on Thursday.

The top eight swimmers or relay teams in each preliminary event qualified for Saturday's championship finals, and the next eight reached the consolation finals.

Pioneer's Chloe Chan had the top individual finish among the local swimmers, placing fourth in the 100-yard breaststroke. She also placed eighth in the 50 freestyle (:28.57) to reach the championship finals in two events.

Cass' Maci Garland placed fifth in both the 50 free (:26.27) and 100 backstroke (1:07.08) and will compete for a sectional title in two events.

Teammate Maryn Zeck placed fifth in the 200 IM (2:29.11) and eighth in the 100 butterfly (1:07.03).

Cass freshman Mia Hall placed sixth in both the 100 free (:59.01) and the 100 breaststroke (1:16.75).

The Lady Kings' 200 medley relay placed third in 2:00.75. The swimmers were Zeck, Hall, Garland and Sydney Holmquist.

The 200 free relay consisting of the same swimmers also placed third in 1:49.76. The 400 free relay team of Mayce Armstrong, Adalyn Brown, Trinity Hagen and Kennedy McLaughlin placed seventh in 4:42.15.

Pioneer will also compete in the championship finals in all three relay events. The 200 free team of Chan, Kylie Attinger, Liz Rance and Kaia Murray placed fifth (1:53.26). The 400 free team of Rance, Ayla Depoy, Attinger and Murray placed sixth (4:34.47). The 200 medley team of Cailyn Colford, Chan, Addie Cripe and Attinger placed seventh (2:06.10).

Logansport had two swimmers and all three relay teams advance to Saturday's consolation finals. Freshman Isabella Nicoles placed 15th in the 100 free (1:05.46) and freshman Natalie Graham placed 16th in the 200 free (2:31.46).

Nicoles, Adyson Porter, Marilyn Macias and Kennedy Klinkhamer placed ninth in the 200 medley relay (2:20.14). Graham, Porter, Ximena Lopez and Nicoles placed ninth in the 400 free relay (4:44.65).