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.