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Prep roundup for Wednesday, Jan. 31

Jan. 31—Maconaquah's girls basketball team beat Mississinewa 50-49 in overtime in the Class 3A Maconaquah Sectional's opening round on Tuesday.

The Braves controlled the game early as they led 22-10 at halftime and 34-21 after the third quarter. From there, the Indians "caught fire," Maconaquah coach Ray Davis said.

"They scored 22 points in the fourth quarter. They had a girl, [Brooklynn] Nash, who hit three 3-pointers, all in a row," he said.

The Indians' surge carried them to a 43-41 lead with :11 left. The Braves grabbed a defensive rebound off a missed free throw and dribbled to halfcourt where they called a timeout with :05 remaining.

"We ran our play that we like to on the sidelines where we flash Miranda [Stoll] the ball and then she plants and she goes backdoors and Bailey Carson threw a perfect pass to her on the block. She caught it and scored as the horn went off," Davis said, noting that was the first time Carson had thrown that pass — in a game or in a practice.

"We put the game in those two girls' hands and they connected on the play to send us into overtime," he added.

The Braves made 7 of 8 free throws in the OT session and 23 of 28 in the game. Carson was 4 of 4 in OT.

"Those were her only points of the game," Davis said. "She played a terrific game on the floor, defensively and handled things."

Stoll led the Braves with 24 points. Sydney Barnes had seven points and Ireland Kile and Hallie Maiben had five apiece.

"We've been averaging about eight or nine 3-pointers a game. We hit one and it was Hallie Maiben who hit it. That was her second 3-pointer of the season," Davis said.

"I give our kids a lot of credit, they stuck with the game plan. We were able to take advantage of Miranda inside and Ireland Kile played really well inside," Davis said, noting the work of his perimeter players as well. "It was a great team win."

With the win, the Braves advance in sectional play for just the second time in the past 21 seasons. The 2019 team won two games before falling in a sectional final.

Maconaquah (11-10) faces No. 2-ranked Norwell (18-4) in the opening semifinal at 6 p.m. Friday.

BOYS HOOPS

CARROLL 71, TC 60

Carroll broke away from a halftime tie to beat Tri-Central in a Hoosier Heartland Conference game at TC.

The Cougars outscored the Trojans 20-16 in the third quarter to build a 49-45 lead. Carroll guard Chris Huerta, who was held scoreless in the first half, scored 13 points in the quarter.

Carroll (11-5, 3-1 HHC) kept its offense firing in the fourth quarter to secure the win. Eli Falkenberg hit two 3-pointers and scored eight points in the quarter.

Falkenberg finished with a game-high 19 points and Huerta had 17 points. Also for the Cougars, Aiden Duff and Luke Tanner had 11 points apiece and Trent Metzger hit three 3-pointers, all in the second quarter, for nine points.

Drake Ramseyer led the Trojans (10-7, 3-3) with 18 points. He was 4 of 8 from 3-land. Trenton Patz and Landon Grant had 12 points apiece and Stetson Newcom had seven points and five assists.

BOYS SWIM

EASTERN 98, PIONEER 65

Triple winners Obadiah Greene and Grant Kerns led the way as the Comets beat the visiting Panthers.

Individually, Obadiah Greene won the 200-yard freestyle and 100 butterfly and Kerns won the 50 free. Also for the Comets, Amos Greene won the diving program.

Eastern won the 200 free and 400 free relays. Philip Beedham, Collin Louks, Reagan Long and Kerns teamed to win the 200 and Obadiah Greene, Evan Lapp, Zander Forman and Kerns won the 400.

"The guys swam a great meet," Eastern coach Erin Stiner said. "One of the biggest struggles for a boys-only meet is that the guys have no rest between events, but the guys pushed through the exhaustion to pull out a win."

WESTERN 117, OAK HILL 69

Led by quadruple winner Avery Berryman, the Panthers won nine of the 12 events in beating the visiting Golden Eagles.

Individually, Berryman sprinted to wins in the 50 freestyle (:23.20) and 100 free (:51.94). The Panthers also had individual wins from: Charlie Brewer (200 IM, 2:08.78); Kole Shock (100 butterfly, :58.31); Ethan Moore (500 free, 5:21.80); and Noah Broyles (100 backstroke, 1:01.34).

Western swept the relays. Broyles, Brewer, Shock and Ashton Tso won the 200 medley (1:43.93). Wyatt Edwards, Tso, Shock and Berryman won the 200 free (1:34.30). And Berryman, Broyles, Edwards and Brewer won the 400 free (3:41.22).

"I've been talking all season about our depth and how it helps us," Western coach Brad Bennett said. "We had three guys out sick [Tuesday] so I was concerned. I knew Oak Hill was a hot team, but once I got the lineup together, I felt more comfortable about what we were going to be able to do, and our guys just dominated."

As examples, Bennett pointed to the Panthers' sweep of the relays, 1-2 finishes in the 200 free relay and 400 free relay, and a 2-3-4 finish in the 200 free.

Western improved to 11-1 in dual meets.

"I'm liking what our guys are doing," Bennett said. "We're trying to get things polished up and ready for sectional in two weeks and see what we can do. As long as I've been coaching at Western, this is a boys team that I'd put up against any of my past boys teams. I'm really excited about what the sectional is going to bring for these guys."

FROM MONDAY

GYMNASTICS

NW WINS 4-WAY

Northwestern posted a score of 102.85 to beat Logansport (95.85), Lafayette Jeff (94.15) and Western (92.4) in a meet at Logan.

The Tigers' Taylor Schmitt won the all-around competition. She was first on bars, first on floor, second on vault and second on beam.

Also for the Tigers in the all-around, Karsyn Schoolman was third and Emma Baker was sixth. Schoolman was third on vault, four on bars and second on floor and Baker was fourth on vault, third on bars and sixth on floor.