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Prep roundup for Wednesday, Jan. 24

Jan. 24—Western swept Northwestern in a girls-boys swimming and diving meet on Tuesday at Northwestern. The Panther girls capped their regular season with a win while the Panther boys backed up their Hoosier Conference championship on Saturday with another strong performance.

In the girls meet, Western beat Northwestern 110-66.

Quadruple winners Annalise Dixon and Gracie Burns and triple winner Autumn Harsh led the Panthers' charge. Individually, Dixon won the 200-yard freestyle (2:23.22) and 500 free (6:27.85), Burns sprinted to wins in the 50 free (:26.74) and 100 free (:59.88) and Harsh won the 200 individual medley (2:38.45) and 100 breaststroke (1:23.97).

The Panthers swept the relays. Emily Scott, Harsh, Julia Watson and Ellie Kretz won the 200 medley (2:09.61). Kretz, Burns, Dixon and Maddy Shoaff won the 200 free (1:58.73). And Watson, Dixon, Burns and Scott won the 400 free (4:19.23).

"We're always happy to [beat the Tigers]. That's a pretty good rivalry. The kids all know each other and it's always an exciting meet. It was nice to come out on top as big as we did," Western coach Brad Bennett said.

Bennett liked how Burns, Dixon and Harsh won their individual events.

"I'm happy with the way they have been swimming," he said. "The whole team, we had a great meet two weeks ago at conference, and I'm excited to see the girls are already chipping away at their new season-best times from conference. It's a great way to end the [regular] season for the girls."

For Northwestern, Morgan Binnion won the 100 butterfly (1:08.41) and 100 backstroke (1:10.05) and Taylor Schmitt won the diving program (190.1).

"We swam Morgan in the 100 fly, that was a neat race to see. We haven't done that all season. I was looking ahead to the sectional, trying to figure what's best for her," Northwestern coach Donita Walters said. "Our divers were solid. I was really pleased with Addi Bumgardner, she got really close to her 500 time from conference. I was very happy across the board with what the kids did [Tuesday] because we have been in and out of the water a lot."

In the boys meet, Western beat Northwestern 128-58.

Led by quadruple winners Charlie Brewer and Avery Berryman and triple winner Noah Broyles, the Panthers won 11 of the 12 events.

Individually, Brewer won the 200 IM (2:08.73) and 100 butterfly (:56.17), Berryman won the 50 free (:23.31) and 100 free (:52.14) and Broyles won the 100 backstroke (:58.70).

The Panthers also had individual wins from: Evan Butcher (diving, 301.15); Ethan Moore (500 free, 5:27.14); and Ashton Tso (100 breaststroke, 1:06.37).

The Panthers dominated the relays. Broyles, Brewer, Kole Shock and Gavin Bourff teamed to win the 200 medley (1:44.70). Coley Bevington, Bourff, Tso and Berryman won the 200 free (1:36.28). And Shock, Berryman, Brewer and Broyles won the 400 free (3:30.89).

"It was a really good night," Bennett said. "I was excited to see our depth kind of flex a little bit tonight. I'm really happy with the way the guys are swimming.

"Kole Shock is really turning it on right now," he added. "He had a great meet at conference and another great meet [Tuesday]. He was in the fly and the backstroke. The fly is his normal event, but the back isn't — we needed him to help us fill that and he came through on that and had a couple really good relay splits as well."

Bennett noted several other highlights including Milan Bennett's second-place finish in diving.

"Milan Bennett broke 200 for the first time. He went 204.10. That's a big milestone for divers," Brad Bennett said.

Likewise, Northwestern's Walters was pleased with Tiger diver Brady Correll's score of 198. He finished third.

Sam Martin had the Tigers' lone win. He took the 200 free in 1:55.24.

"That was spectacular," Walters said. "He was not in the lead at the last turn and pulled that race off about 12 1/2 yards from the end of the pool."

Another Tiger highlight came from Jonah Jones, who swam in the meet's final four races.

"He was the one who got his name drawn for the Ironman this season. That's swimming the 200 free, the 100 back, the 100 breast and the 400 free relay. He did a great job, but he said he never wants to do it again," Walters said.

GIRLS HOOPS

WESTERN 67, TC 37

Class 3A No. 11-ranked Western beat Tri-Central 67-37 for a happy home finale.

Playing their final home games, Western seniors Mackenzie York, McKenna Smith and Chloe Hunt led the Panthers' offensive charge. York and Smith scored 18 points apiece and Hunt scored 16. The Panthers' senior class also includes Lauren Bradley and Kayleigh Turner.

"It was bittersweet watching these seniors take the court, one final time at Western. This group has meant a lot to this program. They have been great role models for us," Western coach Misty Oliver said.

The Panthers improved to 16-4.

"We play one more regular season game on Thursday [at McCutcheon] then our second season starts. We look forward to competing in one of the toughest sectionals in the state," Oliver added.

Layla Keith and Angela Dempsey led Tri-Central (8-12) with nine points apiece.

KOKOMO 70, MUNCIE 31

Up 16-11 after the first quarter, Kokomo outscored Muncie Central 40-10 over the middle two quarters to build a commanding lead in the North Central Conference game at Memorial Gym.

Kokomo (13-9 overall) closed league play 6-2, good for third place.

Aijia Elliott and Kamaria White led the Kats with their typically strong games. Elliott had 19 points, six rebounds and two assists and White had 10 points, four assists and four steals. They combined to make 12 of 16 shots from the field.

Also for the Kats, Ma'Kaela Drake scored eight points and Satya Scott had six points.

The Kats buried the Bearcats with a 41-5 edge in points off turnovers. Indiria Faison matched White with four steals and Drake and Regan McClain had three apiece.

Taj Isom led the Bearcats (1-19, 0-8 NCC) with 10 points.

Kokomo hosts Tipton on Thursday to close the regular season.

OAK HILL 39, EASTERN 23

Marly Coan led Eastern in the road loss with eight points and Jenna Odle followed with seven.

BOYS HOOPS

PERU 56, CA 54

Peru edged visiting Culver Academy in the Bengal Tigers' latest tense game.

It was 14-14 after the first quarter and the Eagles held leads of 28-26 at halftime and 43-41 after the third quarter. Alex Ross scored six points in the final quarter to help the Tigers emerge with the win.

It was Peru's third straight game decided by two points or less. Peru beat Lafayette Central Catholic 41-40 on Friday, then Northwestern beat Peru 66-65 in overtime on Saturday.

Matthew Roettger led Peru (9-7) in Tuesday's win with 16 points. Ross had 14 points, Gavin Eldridge had 13, Ian Potts had eight and Xavier Turner had five.

Luka Paic led the Eagles (5-7) with 22 points.