CASS 104, KOKOMO 79
The Wildkats picked up victories in four events. Hannah Reecer was tops in diving (190.75), Jessica Estep won the 100 freestyle (1:01.66), Brook Dill paced the field in the 100 backstroke (1:12.48), and Autumn Carroll took top honors in the 100 breast stroke (1:23.88).
“The ladies dropped 146 seconds [off their cumulative time Tuesday], and it’s been a while since we’ve seen races with the snow,” Kokomo coach Donita Walters said. “As we move toward the conference [meet], we swam our conference lineup and saw time drops. I think if we see a little more, that will move us up in the conference. We’re struggling with a little bit of depth right now. You don’t ever like getting beat, but I’m pleased with what we’re seeing out of the ladies, granted we haven’t gotten a lot of pool time.”
Kokomo 54, Lafayette Jeff 53
Gabrielle Smith went the length of the floor and hit a mid-range jumper with :05 left to lift the Lady Kats to the 54-53 victory over the visiting Bronchos.
“It was a great win,” Kokomo coach Jason Snyder. “We showed a lot of heart at the end of the game, staying with it and different people stepping up. I’m really proud of the way the bench played.”
Kokomo jumped to an 11-2 lead, but Jeff closed to within 14-11 by the end of the opening quarter. The Kats led 29-27 at halftime. The Bronchos led 45-43 after three quarters.
Jasmine Love led the Kats (8-4) with a nice all-around line of 19 points, nine rebounds, four assists and two steals. She was 5 of 12 from 3-land.
“She had another nice shooting night,” Snyder said.
Smith added seven points and seven boards for the Kats, who have won four in a row. Cierra Tinder and Schnetavia Williams led the bench effort. Tinder hit a 3-pointer to bring Kokomo within one with 2:00 left. She finished with seven points. Williams offered four points and six rebounds, with five of her boards coming on the offensive end.