Girls basketball season begins

Wabash County’s girls basketball teams tipped off the 2019-20 season last week, going 2-2 for the week.

Southwood 52, Blackford 40

The Southwood Knights kicked off its season with a 52-40 win over Blackford Wednesday, Nov. 6.

The Knights took control of the game early outscoring Blackford 17-2 in the first quarter.

Blackford cut the lead to 29-21 at halftime never got closer in the second half.

MaKenna Pace led the Knights with 17 points, seven rebounds, five assists and three steals, while Erin Lehner had 17 points, 12 rebounds, two assists and two steals, and Sydney Heflin had eight points, four rebounds, four steals and three assists.

Aleia Sweet had four points and four rebounds, followed by Ella Haupert with three points and three rebounds, Bailey Wyatt with three points, and Maggie Ball with six rebounds.

The JV team also pulled away early from Blackford and cruised to a 32-15 win.

Bailey Wyatt led with 10 points and three steals, followed by Alaina Winer with nine points, six rebounds and two assists, Mya Denney with six points and six rebounds, Aleia Sweet with four points, three rebounds, three steals and two assists, Rylee Barney with two points and two rebounds, and Meredeth Norman with one point, five rebounds and three steals.

Wabash 75, Elwood 32

The Wabash Apaches started its season with a dominating 75-32 win over Elwood Saturday, Nov. 9.

Mariah Wyatt led Wabash with 19 points and 11 rebounds, followed by Alivia Short with 17 points and 10 rebounds, and Isabelle Davis with eight points.

Libby Mattern had six points and two assists, Rylee Yoakum and Linda Cordes each had six points and six rebounds, Brooke Westendorf had four points and two rebounds, Maya Benush had three points and three assists, Nici Gunderman had two points and seven rebounds, and Jordan Stumbo had two points and three steals.

The JV team defeated Elwood 44-13.

Brooke Westendord led Wabash with 11 points and Kasey Long had seven points.

Mississinewa 57, Northfield 33

Northfield started strong but was outscored over the last three quarters to drop its season opener to Mississienwa 57-33 Thursday, Nov. 7.

The Norse raced to a 15-6 first quarter lead but Mississinewa took a 26-19 lead after a 20-4 second quarter advantage.

The Indians slowly put the game away in the second half outscoring Northfield 14-10 in the third quarter and 11-4 in the the fourth.

Emma Hoover led Northfield with 15 points, three rebounds and five steals while Kearston Stout had eight points and nine rebounds.

Things weren't much easier for the JV team that dropped a 42-16 decision to Mississinewa.

After trailing 12-8 at halftime, the Norse were outscored 30-8 in the second half.

Crysta Kowalzuck led Northfield with eight points.

Triton 31, Manchester 26

In a tight season opener throughout, the Manchester Squire girls basketball team fell short to visiting Triton 31-26 Friday, Nov. 8.

After a 6-6 first quarter, Triton took a 15-12 halftime advantage.

The Trojan lead stayed at three points after three quarters by a 25-22 score.

With the game going down to the wire, Triton outscored Manchester 6-4 in the final stanza to pull out the five-point win.

“I’m super proud of the defensive effort tonight,” Manchester coach Josh Troyer said in his first game as head coach.

“Everyone that came in executed extremely well in their defensive roles. I’m proud of how we handled adjusting to new roles on the offensive end … and I am proud of their investment in growing into champions.”

Morgan Parrett led the Squires with nine points, four rebounds and four steals, followed by Ranissa Shambarger with five points, and Makenzy Meyer with four points, three rebounds and one steal.

Bailey Mooney had three points and two rebounds, Emma Garriott had two points and four rebounds, Kiera Hatfield had two points and two rebounds, and Keilan Creager added one point.

The JV team lost to Triton 41-24.

The Squires led 19-17 at halftime but were outscored 24-5 in the second half.

Ainsley West led Manchester with 11 points and five steals, Creager had five points and two assists, Olivia Auler had three points and three rebounds, Madison Parson had three points and two rebounds, and Oliva Dale and Alexis Gearhart had one point each.

Posted on 2019 Nov 12