Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

February 7, 2014

Northwestern, Taylor girls score big wins

Purple Tigers close season on a 3-game roll; Western falls at Cathedral

BY TRIBUNE SPORTS STAFF
Kokomo Tribune

---- — Northwestern’s girls basketball team pulled away from North Miami in the fourth quarter, outscoring the Warriors 15-5 in that frame to post a 49-33 victory. Northwestern led by just two points at halftime and six going into the final frame.

Sydney Zeck led all scorers, scoring 14 for the Purple Tigers, and Brooke Treadway had a big night with 11 points and 16 rebounds. Olivia McClure added eight points and Sophia Beachy six.

“[It was a] great win for our seniors, Olivia, Kelsey [Richards] and Arika [Richey],” Northwestern coach Kathie Layden said. “They did a great job and played very well.

“Brooke Treadway had another dominating night on the boards. Sydney Zeck had a good all-around game as well.”

Northwestern closed the regular season with three straight wins to improve its record to 9-9.

TAYLOR 53, CLINTON C. 26

The Taylor Titans (5-14) celebrated senior night with a comfortable win over Clinton Central (3-16).

Taylor started out with a 14-5 lead at the end of the first quarter, and it increased to 34-13 at halftime, and 47-17 at the end of the third quarter.

“We have been working hard on reversing the ball better,” Taylor coach Dennis Bentzler said. “I thought the kids did a great job of finding the open man, and that was a good feeling to see it happen. All 14 players got to play, and they played very well. It was a good night for everyone.”

Lydia Owens led Taylor with 11 points. Kaitlynn Good added 10 points, and Brie Boehler came up with eight points.

INDIANAPOLIS CATHEDRAL 49, WESTERN 39

With the loss of Wednesday’s game at Tipton to cancelation, The Class 3A No. 4-ranked Panthers (16-3) picked up a game with Cathedral in Indianapolis to help fill out the schedule.

The Irish (11-8) exacted revenge for a 38-26 loss Western handed them in the Twin Lakes Holiday Tournament on Dec. 27.

Raven Black led Western with 15 points, while Jessica Givens added 11. The loss snapped a seven-game win streak for the Panthers.

TRI-CENTRAL 60, EASTERN 51

Tri-Central held a slim 36-35 lead after three quarters then pulled away to take a win at Greentown.

Cecelia Rayl led the Trojans with 16 points, and Kinsey Leininger added 11 points as the Trojans evened their record at 9-9.

“They got a little lead on us [in the fourth] and hit some free throws at the end,” Eastern coach Justin Coomer said. “We just struggled all night long. We were a step slow defensively and gave up too many offensive rebounds. Second-chance baskets kind of hurt us quite a bit.”

Taylor Holliday scored 16 points, Ally Oyler 14 and Jessie Sprinkles 13 for Eastern (5-14).

WESTFIELD 48, KOKOMO 27

Playing without the services of senior point guard Jasmine Love for the third straight game, the Wildkats kept pace with the host Shamrocks in the first half before fading in the second half.

Westfield (15-3), ranked No. 17 in the IBCA single-class poll, scored 25 points off of Kokomo’s 17 turnovers, outscored the Wildkats 10-0 in second-chance points, and hit 11 3-pointers to overrun the visitors.

The Shamrocks took a 21-23 lead into the half, and used a 13-3 run in the middle stages of the second half to pull away.

“That’s a [top-20] team playing in their place on senior night,” Kokomo coach Jason Snyder said. “I’m proud of the way our girls fought. We shot it well in the first half and played pretty well and were still within striking distance. In the second half our legs got to us a little bit, with Tuesday’s game being canceled and not being able to practice Wednesday. Our turnovers were manageable, but the 25 points they scored on them added to the 10 second-chance points they scored – that’s 35 points we can’t give up. We’ll score better in the future, but 27 points is clearly not enough points to win games.”

Alanis Jones led Kokomo (11-8) with 12 points. Gabrielle Smith added seven points and eight rebounds, and Kaila Stiner finished with six points.