Boys basketball openers are on tap tonight
The boys basketball season swings into action tonight for the bulk of the KT-area teams.
Topping the area schedule is the annual pre-Thanksgiving clash between Western at Kokomo. The Wildkats have won the last eight meetings between the teams, beating the Panthers twice in each of the last two seasons. Tonight’s game will mark the only meeting between the rivals this season.
Northwestern and Eastern both play at home tonight with the Tigers taking on Madison-Grant, and the Comets taking on Frankton.
The following is a rundown of tonight’s games. JV games start at 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted.
Western at Kokomo
Madison-Grant at Northwestern
Frankton at Eastern
Cass at North Miami
Seeger at Carroll
Clinton Central at Delphi
6:30 p.m. — Peru at Logansport
• The Tribune will go to press early tonight ahead of Thanksgiving Day. The early deadlines will keep basketball coverage from our Thursday print edition, but we will have full coverage available online at www.kokomotribune.com.
Northwestern, TC set new boys hoops date
With Tri-Central’s boys basketball season delayed by the Trojan football team’s state tournament run, Northwestern has announced another new date for its home game against TC.
The Tigers now will host the Trojans on Tuesday, Jan. 7.
The game originally was scheduled as part of a girls-boys doubleheader on Saturday before being moved to Dec. 7 and now to Jan. 7. The girls game is still set for Saturday, with a 6 p.m. JV start followed by the varsity game.
Arnett playing big role for unbeaten squad
Former Kokomo Wildkat standout Alan Arnett is leading the way for Georgia Southwestern State’s basketball team, which is off to a 6-0 start.
Arnett is scoring a team-high 16.3 points per game for the NCAA Division II squad. The 6-foot-5 senior guard also is averaging 7.5 rebounds and 2 assists per game.
Arnett scored a game-high 23 points and grabbed eight rebounds in the Hurricanes’ last game, a 64-61 victory over Clark Atlanta University on Saturday. He poured in 19 points in the second half to lead the Hurricanes back after they trailed 29-21 at halftime.
Purdue women fall to No. 6 Stanford
PUERTO VALLARTA, Mexico (AP) — Chiney Ogwumike scored 17 of her 22 points in the second half to lead No. 6 Stanford to an 86-69 win over 16th-ranked Purdue and earn Cardinal coach Tara VanDerveer her 899th career victory.
With her next win, the Hall of Famer will become the fifth women’s basketball coach to reach the 900-win milestone, joining Pat Summitt, Sylvia Hatchell, C. Vivian Stringer and Jody Conradt.
VanDerveer will get her first opportunity today when the Cardinal (5-1) face Florida Gulf Coast.
Ogwumike got in early foul trouble, playing only nine minutes in the first half. Stanford led just 40-35 at the break before the senior All-American got going. She made nine of her 11 shots from the field as the Cardinal shot 62 percent for the game.
KK Houser scored 20 points while Courtney Moses added 12 to lead Purdue (4-1).
Notre Dame women beat DePaul by 16
SOUTH BEND (AP) — Natalie Achonwa scored 17 points and Kayla McBride had 16 to help No. 5 Notre Dame beat No. 25 DePaul 92-76 on Tuesday night for its second victory over a ranked opponent this season.
Taya Reimer had 15 points and 14 rebounds off the bench for the Fighting Irish (5-0), who won their 28th consecutive regular-season game and 15th straight at home.
DePaul (3-1) was led by 18 points from reserve Megan Rogowski in the Blue Demons’ first game in eight days.