Girls HCT final moved to Monday night
The Howard County Girls Basketball Tournament is scheduled to conclude on Monday after the final day of the tourney was postponed Thursday due to difficult winter weather.
The schedule of play remains the same with the consolation to tip off at 6 p.m. at Taylor, and the championship to follow at approximately 7:45. The junior varsity championship is at 6 p.m. in the middle school gym.
The consolation game features Eastern vs. Northwestern. Taylor and Western will clash in the final.
League games top boys hoops schedule
If Mother Nature allows, there is a heavy slate of conference games tonight on the KT-area boys basketball schedule.
In the Mid-Indiana Conference, league leaders Hamilton Heights and Peru are both on the road tonight. Heights (6-3, 2-0 MIC) visits Eastern (1-7, 0-2), while Peru (5-6, 2-0) visits Taylor (3-6, 0-2).
Also in the MIC tonight, Howard County Tournament champion Western (6-3, 2-1) hosts Maconaquah (3-5, 0-2), and Northwestern (4-4, 2-1) hosts Cass (6-2, 1-1).
In the Hoosier Conference tonight, six-time defending league champion Tipton (6-2, 2-0) hosts Benton Central (3-7, 1-3). Tipton and West Lafayette share the Hoosier lead.
And in the Hoosier Heartland Conference tonight, Tri-Central (4-5, 1-1) hosts Carroll (5-5, 1-1), and Clinton Central (2-8, 0-2) hosts HHC leader Rossville (7-3, 3-0).
Saturday’s big game has Tipton visiting Kokomo (6-6). Also Saturday: Western hosts Tri-Central; Northwestern hosts Mississinewa; Taylor entertains Clinton Central; Eastern visits Northfield; Cass visits Delphi; and Carroll visits Pioneer.
Kokomo girls hoops falls to McCutcheon
LAFAYETTE — Kokomo couldn’t hold off McCutcheon as the Mavericks defeated the Wildkats 53-47 at McCutcheon High School Thursday in girls basketball action.
The Wildkats (9-6) were up 35-33 at the end of the third quarter, but a 20-12 run in the fourth by the Mavericks (9-8) changed the outcome of the game.
McCutcheon hit 15 of 17 free throws in the second half, compared to Kokomo’s 4 of 10 from the line.
“The game changer was the free-throw line,” Kokomo coach Snyder said.
“Where they made 20 free throws, and we made only five, that was the difference in the game. We also had fewer turnovers with 12 to McCutcehon’s 15, and we outscored them on their bench seven to three on the bench. Those are the other two big stats that we look at. Overall, I was pleased with the way the girls battled back, and outplayed McCutcheon for three quarters.”
McCutcheon jumped out to a 16-9 lead at the end of the first quarter. Kokomo cut McCutcheon’s lead to 23-19 at halftime, and the Wildkats took over in the third quarter, out scoring McCutcheon 16-10. Kokomo led 35-33 at end of the third quarter.
Alanis Jones led Kokomo with 17 points and Jasmine Love added 13. McCutcheon was led by Kerstyn Lowery with 15 points.
Kokomo Babe Ruth signups Saturday
Kokomo Babe Ruth League will conduct signups from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and again Feb. 8 at the Central Middle School Gymnasium. All current players as well as those who wish to try out this spring need to sign up. Parents will need to bring a copy of the player’s birth certificate.
Questions may be directed to Ken at 765-271-4949.