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Written By Ink Free News / Sports on Sunday, February 7, 2021

Grace’s Kamryn Hostetler works against Indiana Wesleyan Saturday afternoon at the MOCC. Photo provided

Warsaw Boys 69, Chesterton 54

Warsaw earned a quality non-conference win Saturday afternoon at the Tiger Den with a win over the Trojans.

The Tigers (12-7) extended its win streak to five straight behind a sharpshooting display from Jaxon Gould, who was 11-14 from the floor to frontline 27 points. Gould also had eight rebounds, four blocks and three steals. Judah Simfukwe added 20 points and five rebounds. Bishop Walters would drop four three-pointers and conclude with 14 points and four assists.

The Tigers pulled away with a 29-point fourth quarter.

Travis Grayson paced the Trojans (14-3) with 20 points.

Warsaw also conquered the JV matchup with a 54-40 result over the Trojans. Kyle Dawson again led the hosts with 14 points and seven rebounds.

Triton Boys 56, Caston 37

The Trojans kept the wheels moving in the Hoosier North Athletic Conference with a Saturday afternoon win over the Comets.

Ashton Oviedo and Tyson Yates both had the shooting touch for the Trojans combining to go 17-28 from the floor and hang 41 points on the Comets. The two also had nine of Triton’s 17 steals as the Comets gave away the ball 25 times in the contest.

Jake Paschen had 11 points and four rebounds to lead the Comets (6-10, 2-3 HNAC).

Triton (11-3, 5-0 HNAC) are in the driver’s seat in the conference championship race, but still have games left with the two teams immediately looking up at them in Knox and LaVille.

Triton was able to rally from a 19-12 deficit to to win the JV contest 38-33. Leading the way for the Trojans was Chandler Westafer’s 13 points and 12 points, seven rebounds, five steals and three assists from Cameron Shively.

Manchester Boys 58, Wawasee 44

A big third quarter pushed the Squires to a win Saturday afternoon in Wabash County.

A 19-5 Manchester advantage in the third quarter had the Squires flood a 13-0 run to take a six-point lead to 20 after three quarters.

Weston Hamby led the Squires (8-5) with 22 points, seven rebounds, five steals and four assists. Max Carter had 14 points and Maddox Zolman 12 points.

Collin Roberson led Wawasee (7-8) with 14 points and six rebounds and Keaton Dukes added 13 points.

The Squires had full control of the JV contest, 62-32. Garrett Sites led the hosts with 15 points while Carson Smith had 13 for the Warriors.

Maconaquah Boys 77, Tippecanoe Valley 63

The Braves put on quite a shooting display in earning a Saturday afternoon win in the Three Rivers Conference.

Maconaquah hit 50 percent of its field goals (24-48), but 17 of those makes were from three-point range. Despite the torrid shooting, the Braves led just 55-53 at the end of three. The visitors would hit 12-13 free throws in the game.

Hayden Maiben led the Braves (8-6, 3-1 TRC) with 27 points, hitting seven threes. Bauer Maple added 19 points and 10 rebounds.

Paul Leasure broke out with 25 points to lead the Vikings (4-12, 1-7 TRC). Nolan Cumberland pitched in 15 points and five rebounds.

Maconaquah won the JV game, 48-44, in overtime. Riley Shepherd led the Vikings with 12 points and Dylan Neese added 10.

IWU Men 108, Grace 81

Grace’s men’s basketball team could not complete the season sweep of No. 1 Indiana Wesleyan, losing 108-81 on Saturday.

The Wildcats (26-1, 13-1 Crossroads League) avenged their only loss of the season, which Grace handed to them on Jan. 6.

The Lancers (13-9, 6-7 CL) were within single digits with eight minutes remaining in the contest. But the Wildcats went on a massive run over the closing minutes, and Grace did not have an answer.

And to no one’s surprise, the reigning Crossroads League Player of the Year, Kyle Mangas, was in the middle of it. The senior sniper was on again, hitting 15-22 shots for 38 points. He also had four assists, three steals and three rebounds, likely en route to a ninth CL Player of the Week honor after yet another monster performance.

Seth Maxwell was equally to task for the Wildcats, hitting 11-14 shot attempts for 25 points, and added three assists and two blocks.

Grace started the game by scoring six straight points, thanks to buckets from Jake Wadding, Elijah Malone and Haden Deaton.

The Lancers maintained a small lead for much of the first half. The Wildcats did not lead until there were six minutes to go before halftime.

Grace shot better than IWU in the first half from the floor (49 percent to 46 percent) and from the 3-point line (27 percent to 20 percent).

But the Wildcats claimed a 40-38 lead at halftime, in large part thanks to committing just four turnovers.

Wadding tied for scoring honors in the first half with 10 points, and Deaton added eight points.

The Wildcats maintained a slight advantage in the first five minutes of the second half. Grace trailed by three, but IWU pulled ahead 73-58 with 10 minutes to go.

Wadding and Matt Jennings combined to score six straight points, slicing IWU’s lead down to 73-64 with 8:30 on the clock.

But IWU took over down the stretch. The Wildcats unleashed a 31-9 run over the next seven minutes, cruising to a victory.

Grace struggled with ball control mightily after halftime. The Lancers turned the ball over 12 times in the second half, directly leading to 24 points for IWU.

For the game, Grace shot 45 percent from the floor but just 23 percent (5 of 22) from beyond the arc. IWU made 62 percent of its field goals, including an incredible 77 percent (27 of 25) performance in the second half.

Grace had five players score in double figures. Deaton tallied 16 points and three rebounds, and Wadding finished with 16 points, 7 boards and 2 assists.

Cade Gibbs scored 12 points in his first game back from injury, and Elijah Malone finished with 12 points and 7 boards.

Jennings tallied 10 points, 6 boards and 2 assists, and Jakob Gibbs finished with seven points.

The Lancers return home on Wednesday for a showdown with No. 18 Marian at 7 p.m.

IWU Women 79, Grace 59

Grace’s women’s basketball team could not complete a fourth-quarter comeback, falling 79-59 to No. 19 Indiana Wesleyan on Saturday.

The Lady Lancers (11-14, 2-13 Crossroads League) were within range until the last quarter, but a cold start to the fourth period doomed Grace’s chances.

Kyannah Stull was brilliant offensively despite the loss, scoring 20 points with three assists and no turnovers.

The Wildcats count not miss to start the game. IWU made five 3-pointers in the opening five minutes, jumping ahead for a commanding 19-5 lead.

Grace was undaunted and kept pace with the Wildcats. IWU still owned a 31-20 lead at the end of the period after making seven 3s in the first quarter. The Lady Lancers, on the other hand, made just three field goals.

Grace did battle its way to the free throw line, making 14 of 15 from the charity stripe in the quarter.

Grace’s shot began to find its mark in the second quarter. Kamryn Hostetler, Stull and Kaylie Warble each hit a triple in the period.

A pair of late free throws from Kenzie McMahon brought Grace to within eight; the Lady Lancers went into halftime in striking distance, trailing 47-37.

Grace shot 43 percent from the floor compared to 53 percent for IWU. The Wildcats made 50 percent of their treys (11 of 22) and assisted on 16 of their 17 made shots. Stull’s eight points were a team-high at the break.

The Lady Lancers did their best to rally in the third quarter, but IWU refused to surrender its lead. Stull converted a tough, driving and-1 late in the third quarter which bridged the gap to 58-49.

A minute into the fourth quarter, Hostetler sank two foul shots to bring Grace within eight at 61-53.

Unfortunately for Grace, the team found an untimely moment to have a scoring drought. The Lady Lancers did not score again for the next 5:03. Overall, Grace missed its first 10 field goals of the fourth quarter.

Stull scored in the paint with 3:49 remaining for Grace’s first field goal of the fourth quarter, but by that time Grace already trailed by 18. The Wildcats pulled away for the final margin of victory.

Stull was the only player for Grace to score in double figures. Warble and Kaylee Patton each finished with nine points and six rebounds, and McMahon had six points to go along with a game-high nine rebounds.

Hostetler tallied nine points and two assists, and Maddie Ryman scored six.

IWU was led by Tippecanoe Valley grad Anne Secrest’s 21 points, eight rebounds and three assists. Another former Viking, Meredith Brouyette, got into the game and hit a pair of threes for six points, and Warsaw graduate Dayton Groninger returned home to total 11 points, five rebounds and three assists.

For the game Grace shot 31 percent from the field and 19 percent from 3. IWU made 51 percent of its shots and 44 percent from beyond the arc.

Grace impressed from the charity stripe, hitting 25 of 26 (96 percent) of its free throws.

Saturday’s contest was also Senior Day to honor the graduating class of Stull, Hostetler, Warble and Melissa Goss.

The Lady Lancers’ next scheduled game is Feb. 17 at home against Spring Arbor.

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