Maconaquah and Wabash battled back and forth for four quarters before the visiting Braves emerged with a 56-53 win in a boys basketball contest Friday night at Wabash.
“Good, aggressive, all-around game,” Mac coach Andy Steele said. “I think we needed a close game. Hopefully that it will catapult us into [upcoming games].”
K.J. Walton led the Braves with 20 points. Wyatt Hughes followed with 10, Trevor Hagan had eight and Kyle Dinn and Adam Harts chipped in six apiece.
The Braves (2-1) led 13-9 after the first quarter, 21-19 at halftime and 41-39 at the end of the third quarter. The Apaches (2-2) briefly took a lead in the final quarter, but the Braves quickly answered.
“Toward the end of the game, we were up one and Wyatt Hughes, our freshman, got fouled. He stepped up almost like a senior would and knocked down two very critical free throws,” Steele said. “They threw up a Hail Mary at the end and luckily, it didn’t go in.”
Steele tipped his hat to new Wabash coach Paul Wright for the Apaches’ improvement from last season.
“It almost looked like a completely different team compared to last year’s team,” he said. “All the credit to coach Wright and what he’s doing so far.”
Maconaquah's game against Oak Hill on Saturday was postponed. The Braves are back in action Friday at Northwestern.
• Also Friday night, Plymouth beat Peru 57-44.
MACONAQUAH 61, NORTHFIELD 16
Seth Parason (120), Chase Wilson (132), Daniel Stephenson (145), Wesley Willson (152), Jimmy Sunday (160), Taylor McKinney (170), Caleb Hunt (182) and Dylan Ashkar (220) all won by pin for the Braves (9-3) in Thursday's meet.
Jarrod Sphon (138) won by major decision, and Evan Alter (106) and Marcus Thompson (195) both won by forfeit.
NORTHWESTERN 100, MACONAQUAH 86
The Braves won a pair of relays in Thursday's meet. Lauren Ravesloot, Gabby Ladd, Kaitlin Rowlett and Kasey Daniels won the 200-yard medley in 2:00.44. Daniels, Rowlett, Ravesloot and Ladd won the 400 freestyle in 4:00.92.
Individually, Ladd won the 50 free in :26.10.
NORTHWESTERN 113, MACONAQUAH 68
Silas Green led Maconaquah in Thursday's meet.
Individually, Green won the 50 freestyle in :24.30 and the 100 free in :53.50. He also swam the anchor leg on the winning 200 free relay team. Marco Mantica, Michael Miller, Isaac Geringer and Green turned ikn a time of 1:36.94.
Also for the Braves, Landon Miller won the 1-meter diving program with a score of 177.85.
Maconaquah to host holiday tournamentBUNKER HILL -- Maconaquah High School will host the Beef O'Brady's/Papa John's Holiday basketball tournaments on Dec. 27-28. Pre-sale tickets are available at Maconaquah, Peru and North Miami and also Beef O'Brady's. Tickets are priced at $15 and are good for all four sessions. The Dec. 27 lineup shows Maconaquah-Peru girls at 1 p.m. and Whitko-North Miami girls at 3 p.m. in session one, and Whitko-Maconaquah boys at 6 p.m. and Peru-North Miami boys at 8 p.m in session two. Single-session tickets will be sold at the door the day of the games for $5.