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Triton unseats No. 5 OD for Sectional 50 title

February 14, 2011

HAMLET — Three Triton starters occupied the pine with second-quarter foul trouble against four-time defending girls basketball sectional champion Oregon-Davis Saturday.
The Lady Trojans hardly missed a beat.
Even with three reserves – including a freshman seeing her first sectional time – on the floor, Triton opened up a nine-point halftime lead and maintained at least a seven-point edge the rest of the way to unseat No. 5 OD in Class A Sectional 50 title-game action at The Den.

CGA stops Zebras in OT for Rochester title

February 14, 2011

ROCHESTER — The Lady Eagles can breath a sigh of relief.
Culver Girls Academy followed up a down-to-the-wire battle with defending champion Plymouth in the Rochester Sectional opener Tuesday with an overtime victory Saturday, holding the host Lady Zebras scoreless in the extra period for a hard-fought 44-39 championship.

Plymouth’s Miller rounds out career at state finals

February 14, 2011

INDIANAPOLIS — Plymouth senior Kenzie Miller wrapped up her high school career with a pair of top five finishes at the 37th Annual IHSAA Girls State Swimming Finals at the IUPUI Natatorium Saturday.
Miller clocked a 56.02 to place third in the 100-yard backstroke in her best finish in four years of state qualifying in the event, and she swam a 2:05.02 in the 200-yard Individual Medley to finish fourth in her third state appearance in that event.

Area heavyweights impress at Merrillville Semistate

February 14, 2011

MERRILLVILLE — A fearsome threesome are Culver Community’s Jeremiah Harvey, Plymouth’s Damon Howe and Bremen’s Abraham Hall.
That trio has made Marshall County the center of heavyweight high school wrestling in Indiana this season. And it will be no surprise to see all three contend for a championship next weekend at the IHSAA individual state wrestling finals. All three will be there.
Each qualified by finishing among the top four in the 285-pound weight class at Saturday’s Merrillville Semistate.

Sanders lifts No. 6 Cavs over Winamac at North Newton

February 14, 2011

MOROCCO — With twin towers Gwen Zehner and Patrice McBee struggling to produce, Culver senior guard Whitney Sanders stepped up with 13 points, lifting the No. 6 Cavaliers over Winamac 34-25 to win the Class 2A North Newton Sectional Saturday.
The Cavs overcame a one-point, 23-22 deficit in the final frame for their first sectional crown since 2002. Culver shot just 23 percent from the field but held Winamac to only 21 percent in the defensive contest. The Cavs hit 13 free throws in 22 tries compared to a 7-of-14 finish from the stripe by the Warriors.

Trojans beat Dragons 39-32

February 12, 2011

HAMLET — Triton baited the trap, and Argos stepped right into it time after time after time.
The Trojans’ 1-3-1 halfcourt trap forced 26 turnovers and held Argos to 33 percent from the field en route to a 39-32 Class A Girls Basketball Sectional 50 semifinal win at Oregon-Davis Friday night.
The Trojans take on host and four-time defending sectional champion OD tonight at 7:30 p.m. EST.
“We make it a goal to hold teams below 35 points, and we’ve done it two games in a row,” Triton head coach Adam Heckaman said. “We tell the girls that if the other team doesn’t score we can’t be beaten.

CGA coasts through Cougars

February 12, 2011

ROCHESTER — If there’s a name for the defense Culver Girls Academy unleashed against New Prairie Friday, head coach Gary Christlieb isn’t saying.
Whatever it was, it was effective.
The Lady Eagles, showing off a defense that resembled a diamond-and-one zone with elements of man-to-man and halfcourt trap, held the Cougars to a measly 10-of-44 shooting clip from the floor while creating 16 turnovers — including a 1-for-10 third-quarter effort with six turnovers in the same span — en route to a 43-24 Sectional 19 semifinal shellacking at Rochester.

Lady Bobcats roll over Westville, 86-41

February 12, 2011

HAMLET — Oregon-Davis answered the age-old question, “Can a 17-0 run to start a basketball game look anything other than terrific?”
Why, yes, if interspersed with multiple unforced turnovers and a silent and somewhat lethargic defensive effort.
Still, 17 unanswered points is 17 unanswered points, and the fifth-ranked Lady Cats rolled to an 86-41 win over Westville in Class A Sectional 50 semifinal action at The Den Friday.
OD seeks its fifth consecutive crown tonight at 7:30 p.m. EST against Triton.

Late rally lifts No. 6 Culver past No. 5 Wolves at North Newton

February 12, 2011

MOROCCO — After three brutal offensive quarters in Friday’s Sectional 34 semifinal, the Culver girls basketball team responded when it mattered most.
Tied with Class 2A No. 5 Boone Grove with four minutes remaining, No. 6 Culver finished the game with a 12-5 spurt for a 41-34 win to reach Saturday’s title game against Winamac.
After shooting 15 percent leading up to the fourth quarter, Culver (22-1) forced its will on Boone Grove (20-2) down the stretch.

Warsaw routs Plymouth, 72-27

February 11, 2011

PLYMOUTH — Coming off an upset by Elkhart Memorial last week, Warsaw was on a mission.
With star point guard Nick Moore sitting out the first quarter for disciplinary reasons, the Class 4A No. 8 Tigers got off to a relatively slow start, but once they got rolling they were impossible to stop. Warsaw went on a 20-0 rampage spanning the first 4:43 of the second half to put the game out of reach, going on to rout host Plymouth 72-27 in a Northern Lakes Conference contest at The Rock Thursday.

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