By TRIBUNE SPORTS STAFF
---- — 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.
Sydney Zeck led the Tigers with 13 points and three assists. Whitney Zeck had 12 points and four steals and Brooke Treadway had a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds.
Jessie Sprinkles had a big game for the Comets, finishing with 22 points and seven rebounds.
Northwestern (8-9 overall) finished MIC play with a 5-2 record. Eastern dropped to 5-12 overall and 1-5 in the MIC.
Peru roared to the team title and had six individual champs — Shane Garretson (106), Connor Quin (120), Peyton Sturgill (138), Evan Loe (145), Danny Fisher (170) and Erik Hobbs (220).
Northwestern had a pair of champs — Owen O’Dell (152) and undefeated Luke Akers (160).
Maconaquah, which was the team runner-up, was led by 126-pound champ Chase Wilson.
Northwestern senior Amber Miller fared well in the Tigers’ season debut. She placed first on vault (9.225) and floor (8.45) and third on bars (7.3). She finished third in the all-around (31.575).
Northwestern coach Ashley Miller was pleased with her team’s performance.
”I thought they did really well for their first meet,” she said, noting the Tigers’ first two meets were cancelled, putting them behind other teams. “It didn’t look like [the Tigers] were missing out on their events or anything. There’s definitely room for improvement, which is great, but I was really happy with the way they performed.”