---- — Western girls move to 3-0 in league play
RUSSIAVILLE — Class 3A No. 4-ranked Western crushed Taylor with a dominant first half en route to a 52-21 win in a Mid-Indiana Conference girls basketball game Monday night at Richard R. Rea Gymnasium.
The Panthers pitched a 21-0 shutout in the first quarter. They went on to lead 35-5 at halftime. Senior guard Carley O’Neal led the offensive onslaught, pouring in 16 of her game-high 18 points in the first half.
“Carley had just one heck of a half,” Western coach Chris Keisling said. “She was 4 of 5 from 3-point land and was 6 of 7 overall in the half. That was the story of the half.”
As a team, Western was 8 of 10 from the field in the first quarter — including 5 of 7 from 3-land.
“We were shooting the ball really well and then defensively, we were just completely shutting them down,” Keisling said.
Caitlyn O’Neal added seven points for the Panthers (5-0 overall, 3-0 MIC) and Kiersten Durbin and Jessica Givens scored six points apiece. Givens had seven rebounds and Carley O’Neal and Durbin had five boards each.
Cami Hansen and Brie Boehler led Taylor (2-3, 1-1 MIC) with five points apiece.
Taylor hosts Class 2A No. 4 Tipton on Wednesday. Western entertains North Miami on Thursday.
Kokomo girls top Peru with big second half
PERU — Kokomo’s girls basketball team broke away from a slim halftime lead to beat Peru 44-30 Monday night at Tig-Arena.
The Lady Kats (4-1) scored just 16 points in the opening half and was up by one at the break. They broke loose for 16 points in the third quarter to take a 32-24 lead.
“We got off to a slow start,” Kokomo coach Jason Snyder said. “In the first half, we did not shoot it as well as we have been. In the second half, we did a better job of going to the basket and not settling for outside shots quite as much. That really helped us in the third and fourth quarters.”
Jasmine Love led Kokomo with 10 points. Gabrielle Smith followed with eight points and Cierra Tinder, Schnetavia Williams and Allie Lowe added six points apiece. Lowe also had a game-high 14 rebounds and Smith recorded five rebounds and nine steals.
Josie Murphy led Peru (0-5) with 21 points and nine rebounds.
Kokomo is idle the remainder of the week. The Lady Kats’ next game is against Class 3A No. 4 Western on Dec. 10.
Trojans’ Gilbert wins Colts Coach of Week
The Indianapolis Colts on Monday announced Tri-Central’s George Gilbert was its Colts/NFL Coach of the Week.
Tri-Central beat Eastern Hancock 20-10 in the Class A state championship game on Friday at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. It was the Trojans’ first state championship, which followed their first regional and semistate championships.
Gilbert has built the Trojans from the ground up. He is 33-24 in five seasons at the school including 24-3 over the last two seasons. He is 194-160 overall in his 33-year career.
Gilbert will receive a certificate and a $1,000 donation from the NFL Foundation. In addition, presenting sponsor Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield will contribute $1,000 for the school’s athletic fund.