Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana


January 15, 2014

Prep roundup, Jan. 15

Western sweeps Heights; Northwestern sweeps Eastern


Tri-Central 63, Clinton Central 24

Tri-Central improved to 7-5 overall and 2-1 in the Hoosier Heartland Conference with the road victory over Clinton Central.

The Trojans bolted to a 20-5 lead by the close of the opening quarter and had control the rest of the way.

“We jumped out on them early,” TC coach Kyle Stage said. “After a long layoff, our effort and attitude were outstanding.”

Kinsey Leininger and Kelli Kingseed led TC with 12 points apiece. Shelby Ramsey added 10.


The Titans led by small margins at every quarter break except the last one. Brie Boehler scored 13 points and Savannah Delgado added 10, but the Titans fell to 2-12.

“It’s a game again we could have won, we lost in the last minute,” Taylor coach Dennis Bentzler said. “It’s not really about Xs and Os right now, it’s a mindset and we’re really struggling. “We’ve just got to keep trying to get better, fundamentally. If you hit most of your free throws and layups in girls basketball, you’re going to win most of your games, and we struggled with both of them.”


Frankfort 45, Western 33

Jacob Allen (145-pound weight class), Dustin Hinkle (152), Corey Hinkle (182) and Russell McDorman (195) recorded pins to lead Western in its match at Frankfort. Also for the Panthers, Dante Graham (220) won by decision and Caleb Maddox (120) won by forfeit.

Western coach Chad Shepherd noted his squad looked a little sluggish as it returned to action following an extended break.

“Our older guys, you could tell after the break, they responded pretty well. I think the younger guys are still maybe on Christmas break. But they’re coming along, we just have to get more aggressive,” he said, noting the Panthers are not at full strength.

Peru goes 3-0

Peru hosted a four-team gathering and posted a perfect record. The Bengal Tigers beat Blackford (78-3), Northwestern (72-6) and Oak Hill (35-27).

The Bengal Tigers had seven grapplers go undefeated — Shane Garretson (106-pound weight class), Connor Quin (120), Kegan Kern (132), Peyton Sturgill (138), Evan Loe (145), Nick Cress (195) and Erik Hobbs (220).

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