The O’Neal sisters led the way as Class 3A No. 5-ranked Western blasted Northwestern 55-28 in a Mid-Indiana Conference girls basketball game Tuesday night at Richard R. Rea Gymnasium.
Caitlyn O’Neal finished with 16 points, six rebounds, four assists and three steals. Twin sister Carley had 16 points, three steals and two assists.
They led the way as Western bolted to a 30-10 halftime lead.
“Carley had 13 points in the first half and Caitlyn had 10. They had five [3-pointers] between them including some deep ones. They were just on fire,” Western coach Chris Keisling said.
“Our defense created turnovers that led to some points early,” he added. “We had the 20-point lead at halftime. In the second half, we did some experimenting with some kids coming off the bench and we worked on some parts of our game.”
Western improved to 4-0 overall and 2-0 in the MIC.
Also for the Panthers, Jessica Givens had seven points and six rebounds and Brooklyn Campbell had six points.
“Jessica Givens had a nice floor game,” Keisling said, noting Givens avoided the foul trouble that had slowed her in the Panthers’ first three games. “Kaysie Mukley did a nice job defensively inside and rebounding.”
Brooke Treadway led Northwestern (0-5, 0-1) with nine points and 11 rebounds. Sydney Zeck also had nine points.
KOKOMO 54, HARRISON 42
The Lady Kats took control in the first quarter and led the rest of the way in a matchup of Class 4A Sectional 7 rivals — and future North Central Conference rivals. Kokomo (2-1) led 17-10 at the close of the opening quarter, 25-17 at halftime and 38-27 after three quarters.
“I’m very proud of the way the girls came out at the beginning of the game with great intensity,” Kokomo coach Jason Snyder said, noting the squad was coming off a loss to Class 4A No. 6 Logansport on Saturday and had little time to prepare for Harrison.