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February 2, 2014

Prep roundup, Feb. 2

NW beats Eastern for 5-2 MIC finish.

Western’s girls basketball team rolled to a 106-21 victory over Maconaquah in Mid-Indiana Conference play Saturday afternoon at Richard R. Rea Gymnasium.

The Class 3A No. 7-ranked Panthers, playing their final home game of the regular season, were in complete control throughout. They led 30-5 at the end of the first quarter, 58-7 at halftime and 86-14 after the third quarter.

”The kids came out and played hard and we had a lot of kids contribute,” Western coach Chris Keisling said. “We shot the ball really well. I think we were 50 percent from the 3-point line. We only had five turnovers and we forced them into 38.”

Western had five players score in double figures — Caitlyn O’Neal (19), Carley O’Neal (16), Jessica Givens (16), Raven Black (13) and Brooklynn Campbell (11). In addition, Kiersten Durbin and Kaysie Mulkey had nine points apiece and Siera Daniel had eight.

Givens drilled four of the Panthers’ nine 3-pointers.

Western is on a scoring tear. The Panthers previously scored 87 points against Eastern on Jan. 22 and 95 against Tri-Central on Thursday. The TC game was Western’s highest total in a game since at least the 2000-01 season — and Western bettered it two days later.

The Panthers (15-2 overall) improved to 6-0 in the MIC, wrapping up at least a share of their first league title since 2006. They can take the league title outright with a win in their league finale against Cass on Monday.

The Braves (1-15 overall, 0-6 MIC) have lost 25 straight MIC games.

Northwestern 54, Eastern 45

Three days after Eastern beat Northwestern 53-44 in the consolation game of the Howard County Tournament, the Purple Tigers turned the tables for a 54-45 win in Mid-Indiana Conference play.

The Comets had a great start in the rematch, holding a 14-6 lead after the opening quarter and a 25-20 lead at halftime. But the Tigers outscored the Comets 19-13 in the third quarter to take a 39-38 lead and went on for the win.

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