Wabash boys, Northfield girls capture tourney titles

By Josh Sigler

Wabash’s boys varsity basketball team claimed its first Wabash County Basketball tournament since 2005 Saturday night, outlasting Southwood 57-54 at Manchester High School.

The Apaches (7-1) led 15-12 by the end of the first quarter, and upped that lead to 31-22 by the 2:36 mark of the second quarter before taking a 38-28 lead into the half.

Southwood started the third quarter on a 9-3 run to pull to within 41-37, and soon thereafter, Carson Rich capped a 15-5 run with a 3 from the right wing to tie the score at 43-43.

Wabash edged ahead 45-43 headed into the fourth.

A Jackson Simons triple gave Southwood a 48-45 lead with 6:40 to.

The Knights led 52-51 with 3:09 to play, but a few plays later Jared Holley grabbed a steal and scored the layup to put Wabash back up for good at 55-54. A pair of free throws made the final tally.

Trenton Daughtry scored 23 points to lead Wabash, on his way to County MVP honors. Dereck Vogel added 11 in the win, and Elijah Vander Velden contributed 10.

Dallas Holmes and Gabe Lloyd both scored 12 to lead Southwood in the loss. Simons added 11, and Rich finished with 10.
Holmes and Rich made the All-Tournament team, as did Holley and Logan Vander Velden, while Daughtry was the tournament’s most valuable player.

The Northfield varsity girls squad also claimed a county title Saturday night, defeating host Manchester 61-46.

The Lady Norse (12-2) jumped out to a 12-2 lead at the 2:35 mark of the first quarter, and settled for an 18-9 lead at the end of the first stanza.

Manchester battled back to pull within four at 29-25 at the half, but Northfield stretched that lead back out to 43-35 by the end of the third quarter.

Kelcie Thomson led the Lady Norse with 23 points on her way to tournament MVP honors for the second straight year. Ariel Dale scored 12 and earned a spot on the all-tournament team. Kyra Kennedy scored 10 points and Addi Baker added eight points and earned a spot on the all-tournament team.

Kennedy Fierstos led Manchester with 17 and Eva Bazzoni, both earning spots on the all-tournament team and Kiera added six points in the loss. 

In the boys consolation, Manchester outlasted Northfield 65-56 in overtime.

The Squires held 27-19 lead at the half, but the Norse clawed to within 39-35 by the end of the third quarter and pulling even at 54-54 by the end of regulation.

Kam Lester and Weston Hamby both scored 19 to lead the Squires in the consolation win. Lester was named to the all-tournament team. Brayden Casper added 16 in the loss.

Logan Peas led Northfield with 19 points and was named to the all-tournament team. Clayton Tomlinson scored 18 points and Jared Peas added 11.

And, in the girls consolation game, Southwood defeated Wabash 39-27.

Wabash jumped out to an early 6-2 lead, but a 7-0 run from the Knights allowed them to surge ahead and never look back.
Alivia Short led Wabash with 12 points, earning her a spot on the all-tournament team.

Hope Unger added nine points for the Lady Apaches.

Morgan Farr led Southwood in the win with 12 points and earned a spot on the all-tournament team. Sierra Stout added 11 points in the win, and MaKenna Pace finished with seven.

The Bill Rogge Sportsmanship Awards were also handed out.

Southwood’s Maggie Ball was the JV girls recipient, while Zack Reed took home the honor for the JV boys.

Ariel Dale was the girls sportsmanship award winner, and Brayden Casper took home the honor for the varsity boys.

Posted on 2019 Jan 08