Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

November 16, 2013

Sports briefs, Nov. 16

Kokomo Tribune

---- — 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.

IUPUI is 6-0.

Point Park beats IUK in volley tourney

MIDWAY, Ky. — No. 5 seed Point Park beat No. 4 seed IU Kokomo 25-17, 25-23, 25-12 in the quarterfinal round of the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference’s volleyball tournament on Friday night.

Micayla Speidel had nine kills for IUK. Cortney Hanson had 20 assists. Defensively, Kaley Harness and Rachel Allen combined for 14 digs.

IUK closes what can only be described as a breakout season with a 28-11 overall record. IUK enjoyed a strong debut season in the KIAC, tying for third in the regular season.

Dolphins’ Martin meets with NFL

NEW YORK (AP) — Jonathan Martin spent nearly seven hours going into “great detail” with the NFL counsel investigating his claims of his harassment in the Miami Dolphins’ locker room. What came up in their talks, he isn’t saying for now.

He would say this: He still wants to play in the NFL.

Martin — in town because the league is trying to gather information about the bullying he says he was subjected to by teammate Richie Incognito — arrived at the Manhattan office building of special investigator Ted Wells on Friday morning, and didn’t emerge until shortly after sunset. Mobbed by media, he stood in the camera lights and read a statement.

After that, he and attorney David Cornwell went back into the building, later leaving via a side exit.