Emmons led the Wildkats (12-2) with a double-double of 13 points and 19 rebounds. She had seven offensive rebounds. Deckard had 13 points and five rebounds, Murphy added nine points and six rebounds and Brittany Barnard had six points and five rebounds.
“It’s a fun group,” Pettigrew said, noting the contributions of other players as well. “They’re going to be fun to watch in the future.”
Vas led the Tigers with 18 points and five rebounds. Kora Loer had 13 points and 16 rebounds (nine offensive), Mercer had seven points and Weeks had four points.
Northwestern coach Todd Miller tipped his hat to the Wildkats.
“It was a great battle,” he said. “It was a one-point ballgame when we played them during the season. We came ready to play and I think they did also. It was a great game.”
The Tigers closed with a 20-2 record.
“I think they overachieved,” Miller said. “They just come to battle every night. I told them we have to be the more physical team and I told them, ‘Don’t leave anything on the court’ and that’s exactly how they played. I feel like going into two overtimes, they gave it their all. No regrets. I congratulate Kokomo and I’m proud of my girls.”
Northwestern’s seventh-grade team beat Kokomo Blue 51-24 to cap a 22-0 season. The Tigers led 12-6 at the end of the first quarter, 23-8 at halftime and 37-15 after three quarters. The Tigers’ active defense forced the Wildkats into 27 turnovers.
Taylor Boruff — whose mother is Kokomo legend Tiffany Longworth — led the Tigers with 19 points, five rebounds, four blocked shots and three assists. Boruff scored a dozen points in the third quarter to break the game wide open.
Also for Northwestern, Katie Neher had 10 points, Allison Miller had six points and 10 boards and Kaylee Watson had six points.