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November 16, 2013

Sports briefs, Nov. 16

Taylor girls net win in season opener

Taylor’s girls basketball team topped North Miami 44-34 Friday night at Center Court in season-opening action.

North Miami held an 8-6 advantage at the close of the opening quarter, but Taylor had a 15-12 lead at halftime and a 27-22 lead at the close of three quarters.

“We forced 35 turnovers and we had only 18. But, we just played sloppy,” Taylor coach Dennis Bentzler said. “We got out-rebounded by 10, we missed 16 free throws, we didn’t handle the ball very well at times. We just didn’t shoot it well, either.

“We did some good things as well, but we just played within the flow of the game that they wanted to play. We couldn’t get the game sped up to our tempo.”

Brie Boehler led the Titans with 18 points and seven rebounds. Cami Hansen had eight points and Lydia Owens had six points and five boards.

Cass-Winamac is varsity only

WALTON — The Lewis-Cass-Winamac girls basketball game tonight at Cass will be varsity only, and will start at 7 p.m.

Cass’ game Tuesday at Tri-Central also will be varsity only, also starting at 7 p.m.

IUPUI’s Laird earns Summit accolades

INDIANAPOLIS — Kokomo High School product Alexus Laird is playing a big role in the IUPUI women’s swimming and diving team’s early success.

Laird was the Summit League’s women’s swimmer of the week after IUPUI went 3-0 last week with victories over Butler, Valparaiso and Wright State. The Jaguar junior posted six victories in seven events, including three individual wins.

Against Valparaiso and Butler, Laird won the 100 free in :53.78 and was second in the 100 free (:24.41). The following day vs. Wright State, she swept the backstroke events, winning the 100 in :57.53 and the 200 in 2:07.27. She also was a part of the 200 medley relay and 400 medley relay that won both days.

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