The Wabash Lady Apache basketball team traveled to Warsaw Saturday to play in their first ever semi state. Wabash got to Warsaw by winning the Manchester sectional and Lapel regional.
Ft Wayne Canterbury would end the Lady Apache run, as Wabash had a cold shooting night, connecting on just 20% from the field in a 57-39 loss to the #2 team in the state.
Wabash would get the first two points of the game from Claire Cromer before Canterbury answered with 7 straight to lead 7-2. Sydni Mullet would stop the run with a free throw before two more Canterbury buckets made it 11-3 after one.
Canterbury would extend their lead to 15-3 to start the second quarter when Claire Cromer stopped the 8-0 run with a bucket. The Cavaliers would answer by scoring 8 of the next 10 points to lead 23-7 when Sydni Mullett hit two free throws to make it 23-9. Canterbury would then hit two free throws to end the half, leading Wabash 25-9.
Sarah Puckett would get the first bucket of the second half which was a three pointer before Canterbury ripped off 5 straight to increase their lead to 30-12. Wabash would then find some offense with Madison Barden hitting twice plus another Cromer bucket to make it 33-18, but the Cavaliers would score 4 of the last 6 points in the quarter to lead 37-20 with a quarter to go.
The pace picked up in the fourth as Wabash tried to increase the speed of the game in a comeback effort. Claire Cromer would hit 9 free throws in the quarter as the Lady Apaches scored 19 points, but it wasn’t enough as Canterbury ended an amazing Wabash season 57-39.
Leading Wabash was Claire Cromer with 19 points. Sarah Puckett added 7, Madison Barden 8, Sydni Mullett 3, Kristin Cromer 2.
The Northfield 8th grade girls won the RRC basketball tournament for the second straight year Saturday, defeating Tippecanoe Valley 46-19 before topping North Miami in the championship 61-48.
In the championship game Ariel Dale led the Norse with 19 points. Kelcie Thomson added 18, Ally Keaffaber 9, Abbey Ross 8, Melanie Beery 7.
The Manchester 8th grade girls were defeated by North Miami in the semi final 31-21.
North Miami won the 7th grade championship, defeating Rochester and Tippecanoe Valley. The Southwood 7th grade was defeated by Tippecanoe Valley in the semi final.
The Southwood boys basketball team ended their regular season on a high note, defeating Bluffton 53-47 on senior night to improve to 13-9 heading to the post season.
The Knights jumped on the Tigers early, leading 19-11 after one and 31-21 at the half. Bluffton cut the margin to 7 after three, with the Knights holding on for the 53-47 final.
Brandin Frazier 16 points, 9 rebounds
Carson Blair 16 points 3 rebounds
Alex Harmon 15 points 12 rebounds 8 blocks 3 steals
Noah Kirk 4 points 4 rebounds
Nathan Hollars 2 points 2 rebounds
Robbie Cole 8 assist
The Wabash boys basketball team ended their regular season Friday with a 44-28 loss to Elwood. The Apaches have a 5-17 record heading in to next weeks sectional.
Elwood got the early jump on the Apaches, jumping out to a 9-2 lead before two Tyler Hough free throws ended the quarter with Wabash trailing 9-4.
Wabash cut the lead to three to start the second quarter on two free throws from Taylor Vigar to make it 9-6 but the Panthers would answer with an 11-1 run to open a 20-8 lead. Owen Yeadon would stop the run with a deep three and was followed by two Vigar free throws to make it 20-13. Elwood would end the quarter scoring five straight as they led Wabash 25-13 at the half.
Eryk Weber would score the first bucket of the third quarter to make it 25-15 when Elwood answered with six straight to increase the Panther lead to 29-15. Taylor Vigar would stop the run with a bucket and after a Brodie Hough free throw and a bucket from Owen Yeadon the Apaches trailed 33-20. The Panthers would end the quarter on a 7-0 run to open a 40-20 lead with a quarter to go.
For the first seven plus minutes of the fourth quarter Wabash had out scored Elwood 5-0 on a Brodie Hough bucket and a three from Owen Yeadon to make it 40-25. Elwood would put their first points of the quarter on the board with 51.8 remaining on two free throws, then hit a bucket before Luke Mattern ended the game with a three for the 44-28 final.
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The Wabash junior varsity fell to Elwood 40-30
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As we approach the Girls Basketball Semi State at Warsaw Community High School, the WCHS Athletic Office would like to pass on a few reminders regarding tickets and procedures.
Tickets will be available for sale at two ticket locations beginning at 3pm on game day. Due to the demand for tickets and the successful pre-sale operations at participating schools, the number of tickets on sale will be quite limited. Fans wishing to secure a ticket should be in line early in the event there is a significant crowd in line to purchase tickets. Tickets will be sold at two of the three entrances. Tickets will be sold at the Performing Arts Center entrance on the southwest side of the school (near C lot), and at the south Tiger Den Foyer entrance on near the south silo. Fans with tickets may enter at the North Tiger Den Foyer near the north silo, however there will be no tickets available for sale at this entrance.
In the event that all tickets get sold, all entrances will be locked. Fans wishing to watch the second game (Tippecanoe Valley and Rochester) can still have a chance to purchase tickets for this game. At the conclusion of the first contest (between Wabash and Fort Wayne Canterbury), ticket representatives will be at each exit counting the number of spectators leaving the school facility. Once the warmup period for the second game begins, WCHS Athletic representatives will take a count of departing spectators, and an equal number of tickets will go on sale at both ticket entrances (PAC and South Foyer). Counters will continue counting exiting fans and additional tickets will continue to be sold, however the number of total capacity in the facility will not exceed 4,704.
Due to the excitement generated by the teams and communities participating at the Warsaw Community High School site, we understand there will be some fans disappointed with being unable to secure tickets to see these games. However, we are very confident that fans wishing to watch the second game, stand a very good chance as we anticipate several hundred tickets becoming available for sale.
Fans travelling to WCHS Saturday are highly encouraged to car pool to reduce the number of cars arriving on campus. Parking is available at a variety of lots around campus. Overflow parking may be available at Edgewood Middle School, Washington Elementary, and the WCS corporation office, all located to the north of WCHS.
The Southwood and Northfield junior high girls basketball teams split a pair of games in the opening round of the RRC tourney with Southwood winning the 7th grade game 28-21. Northfield won the 8th grade game 46-11.
Leading Southwood in the 7th grade game
Mays had 10 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists and steals, 3 blocked shots
Helfin had 8 points, 10 rebounds, 2 steals
Pace had 4 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 4 steals, 1 blocked shots
Lehner had 4 points, 3 rebounds, 1 steal
Finney had 2 points
Burnsworth had 5 rebounds
Benner and Adams played valuable minutes and contributed great defense to the game.
Maddie Clark led Northfield with 18 points. Madison Shrider added 2, Fayth Leming 1.
Leading Northfield in the 8th grade game was Kelcie Thomson with 14 points. Ally Keaffaber added 10, Melanie Beery 9, Hope Unger 6, Payton Salmon 4, Abbey Ross 2, Ariel Dale 1.
Keagan Simpson had 2 points, 2 rebounds; Makayla Bechtold had 2 rebounds; Noell Gottschalk had 2 points; Kassity Simpson had 5 points, 2 rebounds; Alissa Pershing had 7 rebounds, 1 steal; Morgan Farr had 3 points, 6 rebounds, 1 steal.
The Southwood 7th grade and the Northfield 8th grade move on to the semi finals Saturday at Northfield. Games start at 9:00
The 7th ad 8th grades both fell to North Miami in the RRC Tournament Thursday night to end their seasons at 7-10 and 5-12, respectively. The 7th grade fell 58-9 and the 8th grade 54-20
Wabash 5/6 Grade Basketball took on Peru on Wednesday, Feb. 25. Wabash 6th grade lost a close game 24-27. Alivia Short led in scoring with 20 points. Nicole Gunderman and Isabelle Davis both scored 2 points. The 5th grade lost to Peru 6-30. Linda Cordes had 4 points and Ashely Province scored 2 points.