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Prep roundup for Saturday, Jan. 6

Jan. 6—Aijia Elliott set her name among Kokomo's scoring greats and set the tone Friday in leading the Wildkat girls basketball team to a 54-25 victory over Logansport in Memorial Gym.

Elliott scored the game's first five points, crossing the 1,000-milestone in the process. The senior forward got to 999 points with a hoop-and-harm post bucket with 6:28 left in the first period, then scored an identical bucket 15 seconds later to reach quadruple digits for her Kat career.

"She's worked really hard for it. She deserves it," Kokomo coach Haley Peckinpaugh said of Elliott. "No one understands how hard it is to get 1,000 points. It takes a lot of hard work and dedication through the highs and lows, and I know [Friday] she said she was very blessed to have 1,000 and she's very excited."

Elliott went on to score 13 points in the opening quarter as the Kats put Logan in a big hole, taking a 26-1 lead after the first.

"We just really wanted to get her the ball," Peckinpaugh said. "When the offense runs through her, we're really successful and the girls definitely followed the game plan to a T.

"She's definitely efficient when we get her the ball and when we have paint touches, then our shooters get open shots too. That's probably the best quarter we've played all year. We've really been focusing on everybody trying to score."

The Kats led 33-6 at halftime and 43-16 after three quarters. Elliott finished with 22 points (on 9-of-12 shooting), nine rebounds, four blocked shots and three steals. She's the 11th 1,000-point scorer in Kokomo history and now has 1,018 points. With her rebound total, she passed Tia Davis and is second in all-time boards at with 642.

Satyra Scott added nine points and Kamaria White and Ma'Kaela Drake each had five. Scott had five rebounds and Drake four assists.

Peckinpaugh liked Kokomo's defense on Logan leading scorer Lydia Goad, who scored 16 points but hit just 6 of 18 shots. Peckinpaugh said "everybody I put on the floor played really well."

Kokomo improved to 9-7 overall and 4-1 in the North Central Conference. Logan fell to 2-14, 1-5 in the NCC.

CARROLL 70, DELPHI 39

Class 2A No. 5-ranked Carroll rolled past visiting Delphi to move to 5-0 in the Hoosier Heartland Conference. The Cougars are the lone unbeaten left in the conference race.

Alli Harness and Madison Wagner led Carroll with their usual strong efforts. Harness had 22 points, four assists and three steals and Wagner stuffed the stat sheet with nine points, 14 rebounds, seven assists, three steals and three blocked shots.

Also for Carroll (15-2 overall), Jamilah Tillman had 14 points and six rebounds, Emily Justice had 10 points and seven boards and Jillian Salts had seven points.

CASS 44, NF 30

Class 2A No. 11-ranked Lewis Cass moved to 4-0 in the Three Rivers Conference with the road win.

Mylie Sipe led the Kings (14-2 overall) with 15 points on five 3-pointers. Aftin Griffin scored 13 points and Heta Kosunen had eight.

ROSSVILLE 78, TAYLOR 40

Jallainah Harris led Taylor with 20 points in the HHC game at Center Court. The Titans dropped to 1-14 overall and 0-6 in the conference.

SHERIDAN 47, TC 26

Sheridan controlled the HHC game at all four stops including 11-3 after the first quarter, 23-13 at halftime and 36-24 after the third quarter.

Tri-Central fell to 7-9 overall and 3-2 in the HHC with the loss.

CC 53, EASTERN 29

Class A No. 10-ranked Clinton Central took down Eastern in an HHC game at Greentown. The Bulldogs improved to 17-1 overall and 4-1 in the conference while the Comets dropped to 5-11 and 1-4.

EASTBROOK 69, NW 31

Class 2A No. 4-ranked Eastbrook overpowered visiting Northwestern.

The Panthers improved to 15-1 while the Tigers dropped to 5-12.

BOYS HOOPS

TIPTON 91, MAC 74

The Class 2A No. 2-ranked Blue Devils bolted to a 31-19 lead by the close of the first quarter and kept the lead the rest of the way. Tipton led 45-31 at halftime and 63-53 after the third quarter.

Nolan Swan fueled Tipton's offensive explosion with eight 3-pointers and scored 34 points. The senior guard bookended the win by scoring 14 points in the first quarter and 17 points in the fourth quarter.

Also for the Blue Devils (11-0), Grady Carpenter had 21 points, nine rebounds and nine assists, Landon Spidel had 16 points, Ryan Tracy had 10 points and Sam Quigley had eight points. Tipton played without third-leading scorer Jackson Money, who was with his family for his brother's wedding.

Maconaquah standout Josiah Ball, the state's second-leading scorer, had 30 points — right at his season average.

Also for the Braves (7-3), Fuddy Kile had 18 points, A.J. Kelly had 15 and Oakley Reeser had eight.

Tipton hosts Bethesda Christian tonight. Maconaquah's next game is Friday against Peru.

OAK HILL 67, PERU 59

Freshman guard Jace Tonagel scored 30 points to lead the Golden Eagles past the Bengal Tigers in a clash of Sectional 23 teams at Tig-Arena.

Peru held a 51-48 lead after the third quarter, but could not hold off Oak Hill's charge. Gavin Eldridge led Peru with 24 points.

Oak Hill (4-6) has won three of its last four games. Oak Hill visits Eastern tonight.

Peru (7-4) hosts Fort Wayne Snider tonight.

CARROLL 60, DELPHI 57

Carroll guard Chris Huerta reached 1,000 career points to highlight the Cougars' victory over the rival Oracles in an HHC game at Flora.

Carroll (7-3 overall) moved to 2-0 in the HHC. Carroll, Clinton Prairie and Taylor are tied for the league lead.

SHERIDAN 64, TC 57

Tri-Central saw its unbeaten start in the HHC come to an end with the home loss. The Trojans dropped to 2-1 in the conference and 7-4 overall.

Cass dropped to 3-7 and 0-4 in the TRC with a loss at Northfield (4-7, 1-2).

NF 46, CASS 32

Lewis Cass fell on the road to Northfield in a TRC game.

The Kings led 12-11 after one before the Norsemen outscored them 15-1 in the second to take a 26-13 lead at halftime. The Norse led 35-22 after three.

L.J. Hillis, who sat out most of the first half with foul trouble, scored eight of his 10 points in the second half to lead the Kings.

Also for Cass (3-7, 0-4 TRC), Brennan Deeter had seven points. Carter Rodgers led the Norsemen (4-7, 1-2) with 14 points.

GIRLS WRESTLING

SEMISTATE

Three local girls advanced to the Girls Wrestling State Finals after finishing in the top four of their weight classes Friday at the Rochester Semistate.

Westerns Chloe Linn (11-7) was the top local finisher, taking second at 190 pounds. Teammate Shaylee Walker (14-9) will join her at state after taking third at 120. Additionally, Eastern's Eva Smith (8-9) qualified for state after taking fourth at 100.

Linn beat Lakeland's Naomi Arroyo by pin in 4:56 in the quarterfinals, and pinned Daleville's Raegan Jackson in 5:12 in the semifinals before falling to Columbia City's Michela Clifford in the final. Walker pinned Muncie Central's Courtney Thrash in the first round in 1:48, pinned Lakeland's Makayla Mains in 1:27 of the quarterfinal, fell to NorthWood's Naima Ghaffar in the semifinal, and won the third-place match 11-5 over East Noble's Emma Raatz.

Smith beat Central Noble's Marisaa DeWitt by pin in 3:34 of the quarterfinal round to reach the semis and qualify for state. She dropped her semifinal and third-place matches.

The three local wrestlers will get to stay close to home for the state finals. The state meet is next Friday at Kokomo.