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Prep roundup for Saturday, Jan. 27

Jan. 27—Maconaquah's boys basketball team keeps on rolling. The Braves jumped out to a 22-4 first quarter lead on Three Rivers Conference foe Lewis Cass Friday night at Bunker Hill, toppling the Kings, 81-59, behind a 29-point night from Josiah Ball.

The Braves won for the seventh time in their last eight games, the only loss in that stretch to Class 2A top-ranked Tipton. Mac improved to 10-3 overall and 4-1 in the TRC, while also moving to 5-0 on their home court this season.

"Our kids were amped up for Cass," Mac coach John Burrus said. "It's a big rival game. It's a conference game and they wanted to come out and prove we're a good team. We're very confident at home. We've won 10 in a row at home now."

The Braves hit their first five shots to open the game on the way to a 15-0 lead. Meanwhile, Cass (5-9, 1-5) got off only two shot attempts in the first 4:00, their first points coming with 4:12 to play in the period.

Compounding matters for Cass were 13 first-quarter turnovers as the Kings were stymied by the Braves' full court press and Mac held a commanding 26-11 lead after the first eight minutes.

"Our kids put both ends together," Burrus said. "To put a run together to start the game, you've got to stop them. We kept them away from their basket, forced several turnovers in the first half and I think all of those things added up."

Cass made a nice 10-0 run early in the second quarter to close the gap to 30-20, but the Braves ended the half on a 13-3 run for a 43-23 lead at the half.

From there, the Braves closed the door late in the third quarter with an 8-0 run to end the frame and take a 67-40 lead into the fourth. The Braves' lead expanded to as many as 32 points in the fourth quarter before both teams pulled most of their starters with 5:17 to play.

Mac shot a sizzling 64% from the field for the game (32 of 50). Ball got plenty of help as A.J. Kelly scored 16 points and Ethan Zeiser added 13.

"You look at Ball [averaging] 30 [points] a game and you would think there's not a lot of team play, but it's not really like that," Burrus said "He gets a lot of his stuff from what other people allow him to do and they get stuff from him."

Cass also shot well, hitting 24 of 43 shots for 55.8%. L.J. Hillis led the Kings with 15 points. Kolten Young and Bryce Rudd added 10 points each.

— Mark Saluke, for the Kokomo Tribune

TC 66, DELPHI 54

Tri-Central took control early and kept it the rest of the way in beating Delphi in a Hoosier Heartland Conference game at Delphi.

The Trojans led 18-14 after the first quarter, 34-26 at halftime and 51-36 after the third quarter.

Stetson Newcom led TC with an all-around line of 22 points, five assists, five steals, four rebounds and two blocked shots. Drake Ramseyer backed him with 16 points. Newcom was 4 of 8 from 3-point range and Ramseyer was 3 of 4.

Also for the Trojans (10-5, 3-2 HHC), Trenton Patz had six points and 11 rebounds and Jay Jankoviak had eight points off the bench.

Walker Jones led Delphi (5-10, 1-5) with 20 points.

TC hosts Frankton tonight.

ROSSVILLE 59, EASTERN 53

The Hornets edged the visiting Comets in an HHC game. It was also Rossville's homecoming.

Tied 19-19 after the first quarter, the Hornets went on for leads of 37-33 at halftime and 49-43 after the third quarter. From there, the Hornets held the Comets at bay to give coach Cory Dunn his 200th career win. A former standout player at Tri-Central, Dunn has a 140-97 in 10 years at Rossville

Brayden Thiele-Hahn led Rossville (8-10 overall, 4-3 HHC) with 18 points.

Colton Lindsay poured in a game-high 30 points for the Comets (10-6, 2-3). Perry Kochensparger had 10 points and Corbin Snyder had eight.

Eastern hosts Wabash tonight.

TIPTON 54, HH 50

Class 2A No. 1-ranked Tipton rallied late to beat Hamilton Heights at Heights in a battle for the Hoosier Conference's East Division title.

Heights led 16-10 after the first quarter, 28-20 at halftime and 43-34 after the third quarter — but Tipton caught and passed the Huskies in the final quarter.

Tipton improved to 15-1 overall and finished division play 3-0. Heights dropped to 8-9 and 2-1.

Tipton visits Class 2A No. 9 Adams Central tonight.

WHITKO 64, PERU 59

Peru dropped to 9-8 overall and 4-2 in the TRC with the road loss.

Whitko (10-3, 4-2 TRC) led 31-27 at halftime. Peru closed to within 55-53 in the fourth quarter, but Matthew Roettger fouled out, and a technical foul was called on Peru. Whitko hit 3 of 4 free throws and hit another free throw to take a 59-53 lead.

Gavin Eldridge led Peru with 26 points. Roettger added 14 and Alex Ross had 10. Ryan Harman led Whitko with 21 points, Sam Essegian had 18 and Kyler Krull had 17.

GIRLS HOOPS

CASS 42, MAC 29

Lewis Cass is a conference champion for the first time in 22 years.

The Class 2A No. 10-ranked Kings recorded a 42-29 win at Maconaquah to win a share of the Three Rivers Conference title in their first season in the league.

Kinsey Mennen had a double-double of 12 points and 11 rebounds to lead Cass. Anna Hedrick was also in double figures with 12 points. Aftin Griffin had seven points and five steals. Heta Kosunen had three points and nine boards. Mylie Sipe added three points. Laney Davis and Kotone Fujita added two apiece.

The Kings (19-3, 8-1 TRC) have to share the title with Whitko (18-3, 8-1) after the Kings lost to Rochester earlier in the week. Cass is the last team to beat Whitko, 49-48, on Dec. 16.

Miranda Stoll scored 10 points to lead the Braves (10-9, 3-5).

Cass led 13-10 after one, 17-15 at halftime and 26-19 in the third before pulling away in the fourth.

Cass plays defending champion North Miami next Friday at the Class 2A North Miami Sectional. Maconaquah is hosting a Class 3A sectional this year and plays Mississinewa at 7 p.m. Tuesday.