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March 13, 2014

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Shurn helps USF win tourney opener

SIOUX CITY, Ia. — Former Kokomo standout Skylarr Shurn led Saint Francis to a 57-37 win over Ashford of Iowa in the first round of the NAIA Division II Women’s Basketball National Championship Tournament at Tyson Event Center Wednesday.

Shurn led the Cougars with 17 points and three steals. She hit 7 of 11 shots and was 3 of 4 from the charity stripe. The senior guard also had four rebounds as the top-ranked Cougars improved to 34-0 on the season. They were the only team to enter tourney play unbeaten.

Saint Francis plays Siena Heights in the second round today at 11:15 a.m.

In another tourney game, Indiana Wesleyan won its opener 79-50 over Oklahoma Wesleyan. The game finished late and further details were not available at the Tribune’s deadline.

Purdue Calumet’s game with Oregon Tech finished too late for a report in today’s Tribune.

7 local hoopsters honored by IBCA

Three members of the Class 3A state champion Western squad as well as three Tipton players and a Kokomo player were named honorable mention Wednesday on the Indiana Basketball Coaches Associations’ girls all-state lists.

Western’s Raven Black, Caitlyn O’Neal and Carley O’Neal, Kokomo’s Jasmine Love, and Tipton’s Lela Crawford and Kacie Juday were named honorable mention on the IBCA/Subway senior all-state squad. And Tipton sophomore Macie Lively was named honorable mention to the IBCA/Subway underclass all-state squad.

Lakers’ Bryant to miss rest of season

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — Kobe Bryant won’t be back on the court for the Los Angeles Lakers this season.

Bryant expressed only mild frustration Wednesday after the official announcement of the long-expected decision to shut him down for the year. Bryant’s broken bone in his left knee still hasn’t healed enough for weight-bearing exercise.

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