The Kokomo Lady Wildkats tamed the Richmond Red Devils 64-39 in a North Central Conference matchup Saturday afternoon at Memorial Gym.

Kayla Drake followed her outstanding effort of 26 points against Peru on Dec. 17 with 26 more.

Kokomo led 36-28 at the intermission. Drake hit a trey at the 6:00 mark of the third quarter to cap an 8-1 run that pushed the lead to 44-29 and the Wildkats cruised from there.

Kokomo stormed to a 7-0 advantage to start the game.

“I loved our energy and enthusiasm, we were very aggressive and I think our full-court pressure had a lot to do with getting easy baskets and the quick start,” said coach Jason Snyder.

But, the Wildkats were unable to shake the pesky Red Devils as the Wildkats held a five point advantage, 19-14, after the first period of play.

Kim Demmings was the bright spot for Richmond in the first half, tallying 10 points. But, the Kats had a game plan in the second half.

“We did a good job of taking them out of their offense. Shakeeta Cotton did a great job of guarding Demmings and limiting her to just two points in the second half. I was happy with our shot selection also in the second half,” Snyder said.

Demmings fouled out with 2:44 left in the third quarter.

Richmond coach Troy Derengowski said, “We are going through some tough times playing with a lot of freshmen. We only have one girl with varsity experience and that is Kelly Pardieck. We also had three girls quit before the season.”

Snyder was very pleased with Drake’s effort but was even more happy of the balanced scoring effort.

Cotton backed Drake with 15 points, Aellon Woodard had 10 and Abby Hemmeger had eight. Richmond was led by Demmings 12, and Abby Murphy with eight.

Kokomo (8-4, 3-2 NCC) is back in action on Tuesday when it hosts Lafayette Jeff.

Maconaquah 71, Hamilton Heights 64

Indiana State recruit Deja Mattox scored a game-high 33 points and grabbed six rebounds to lead the Braves to a hard-fought win in Mid-Indiana Conference action. Mattox drilled five 3-pointers to fuel her offensive explosion.

The Braves led 20-19 after the first quarter, 35-24 at halftime and 56-52 following three quarters. They knocked down their free throw attempts to protect their lead. They finished 18 of 20 at the charity stripe.

The Braves backed Mattox with good balance. Kenzie Kampf scored 13 points, Chelsie Carmichael recorded 10 points and six rebounds, Kayla George had eight points and five assists and Jenna Wittenberg had four points and seven rebounds.

Jordan Gerbsch led Heights with 19 points and nine rebounds.

Maconaquah (10-2, 3-1 MIC) hosts Carroll Monday.

Cass 62, Peru 48

The Kings took control in the opening quarter of the MIC game. They built a 17-6 lead by the close of the quarter and went on to lead 32-18 at halftime and 48-33 after three quarters.

“We really went inside in the first quarter,” Cass coach Steve Ford said. “We drove the ball in the paint, which was kind of our game plan. We wanted the person with the ball to have a foot in the paint. We weren’t going to live on the 3-point line. I thought our kids, especially in the first half, really went after it that way.

“Bailey Ramsey, our 6-foot post player, went for eight points in the first half. She came off the bench when Jennifer Berlet got in foul trouble and really gave us a lift on the offensive end. Meanwhile, Ashley Snider was active in driving the ball inside and Taylor DeHaven got to the free throw line eight times in the first half.”

Snider finished with 17 points to lead the winners. DeHaven followed with 14 and Emily Watkins had a dozen. Molly Naphew took a game-high eight rebounds.

Allison Greene scored a game-high 22 points for the Bengal Tigers, who dropped to 2-11 overall and 0-5 in the MIC.

Cass (9-4, 2-3 MIC) visits North Miami on Wednesday.

Tipton 63, Delphi 40

The Blue Devils put together a dominant performance to claim the Hoosier Conference win. They led 17-3 after the first quarter and 36-8 at halftime.

“The first half was the best half we’ve played all season. I think we forced them into 23 turnovers in the first half,” Tipton coach Evan Beauchamp said. “We led 36-8 at halftime — there weren’t too many things I could complain about.”

Courtney Comer scored 14 points to lead the Blue Devils, who improved to 4-9 overall and 2-2 in league play. Kayla Friend and Abby Neff followed with 11 points apiece.

Elwood 61, Tri-Central 58

Tri-Central let a five-point advantage slip away in the fourth quarter. Elwood (6-7) hit two 3-pointers to take a one-point lead and then pushed the lead to four. TC’s Sarah Adams was fouled with a second left. Adams hit the first free throw to cut the lead to three points, but she missed the next two to end the game.

TC trailed through most of the game. Elwood led 15-12 at the end of the first quarter and 23-22 at halftime. The Trojans led 39-37 after three stanzas, but the Panthers answered the challenge.

Amber Suiters led TC (8-6) with 19 points and eight rebounds.

No. 7 Winamac 59, Carroll 38

Class 2A No. 7-ranked Winamac used a 10-0 run in the first quarter to take control of the game and it went on to lead 15-4 at the end of the first quarter, 26-15 at halftime and 42-31 at the end of the third quarter. From there, the Warriors (11-2) pulled away for the 21-point win.

Quinci Eller led Carroll (6-6) with 11 points. Jaime McCarter added nine points.

Carroll visits Maconaquah Monday.

Howard County JV Tourney

Northwestern beat Western 39-34 in the JV tournament final at Eastern. The Panthers led 10-9 after the opening quarter, but the Purple Tigers took a 15-14 lead into halftime and went on for a 24-22 lead after three quarters. The Panthers briefly regained the lead in the final stanza, but the Tigers quickly answered the challenge.

“It was a really hard-fought game all the way through,” Northwestern coach Jim Wagner said. “We had a good effort from Vanetta Poppas, our point guard. She had six points in the final quarter to help us pull it out. And Casey Zeck had seven points in the final quarter.

“We also had good help from Krysta Rhea, who came off the bench for us, and Abby Cline, who did a good job playing defense and rebounding.”

Poppas and Rhea each scored eight points to lead a balanced attack for Northwestern. Zeck followed with seven points and Kayla Priday had six points. Cline and Rachel Lowden took seven rebounds apiece.

Sable Staller led Western with 11 points. Allison Everetts backed her with eight points and Kristen Tiedeman had five points and a game-high nine rebounds.


Peru Super 8 Duals

The home squad won the eight-team invitational with a 5-0 record. Peru topped Eastern 66-9, Cass 53-18, Hamilton Heights 31-30, Oak Hill 66-10 and Marion 68-12.

Aaron Garretson (119 pounds), Zac Leffel (125), George Markou (145), Sam Mitchel (152) and Brett Worden (189) each won championships for the Bengal Tigers with 5-0 records. Leffel crossed the 100-win mark on the day and now stands at 101 wins. He’s 25-2 on the season.

Joe Beck (130), Dalton Sparks (135), Dustin Kern (140) and Elliot Corner (160) each posted 4-1 records. Shannon Garretson (103), Owen Jamison (171) and Matt Sturch (215) were each 3-2. Peru is now 18-1 as a team.

Kokomo went 3-2 on the day. The Wildkats beat Angola 45-36, Cass 43-36 and edged Eastern 30-28. Oak Hill beat Kokomo 53-24 and Marion beat the Kats 63-17.

Unbeaten Wildkat senior Rico Duke led the way, going 5-0 at 171 pounds. Joey Surack (119), Tucker Metcalf (140), Dylan Green (189) and Andy McLeod (285) each went 4-1 for the Kats while Chris Sheridan (130) was 3-2.

“Considering that we have quite a few holes, I was extremely proud of how they competed,” Kokomo coach Rob Leavitt said. “We came back and beat Eastern. About a month ago they beat us pretty bad. As individuals, we’ve improved a great deal.”

Kokomo wasn’t able to fill four weight classes, leaving Leavitt impressed with his squad’s effort.

“We pretty much have to wrestle perfect as far as our ability level,” he said. “The fact we won three matches — I was ecstatic.”

Kokomo hosts Tri-Central Wednesday.

The Comets went 2-3 on the day. Peru beat Eastern 66-9, and Hamilton Heights beat Eastern 56-9 before the Comets topped Cass 40-36 and Angola 42-36. Eastern, which didn’t fill three weight classes, closed the day with a narrow loss to Kokomo.

Heavyweight Kyle Land went 5-0 to lead the Comet crew while 135-pounder Chad Barrett and 112-pounder Blake Pence were each 4-1.

“I thought we wrestled fairly well. The score doesn’t indicate it but against Peru and Heights, I was OK with how we wrestled,” Eastern coach Craig Standish said. “Peru and Heights are in a league of their own right now as far as the areas is concerned. That makes it the toughest invitational we’ve wrestled at this time.

“We bounced back well against Lewis Cass and Angola, and we didn’t finish the day with the same intensity against Kokomo. [The Kats] did a nice job of winning the matches they needed to win to clinch the dual-meet victory.”

Eastern (14-12) competes in the Goshen Invitational Saturday.

Tipton Invitational

Tipton won with 220 points, followed by Pendleton Heights (204.5), North Montgomery (179.5), Clinton Central (169.5), Northwestern (133.5), Mississinewa (130.5), Taylor (70.5) and Sheridan (45).

Northwestern scored three champs as 103-pounder Matt Miller, 145-pounder C.J. Hansen and 285-pounder Quintin Burkett each went 3-0. Burkett scored three pins and Hansen had two pins and a tech fall. In addition, Nicholas Buesking (135) and John Stahl (145) each went 2-1 to take third. Stahl was wrestling for the first time this season after recovering from an injury from the football season.

“It was nice to have a good tournament here as we get ready for the MIC,” NW coach Scott Miller said. “We got some good experience. There were at least two, or multiple good wrestlers in every weight class. We’re getting better and we want to keep heading that way as we head towards MIC and sectional.”

Northwestern wrestles at Pioneer Wednesday.

Zach Davis (112 pounds) and Brok Westfall (130) went 2-1 and finished second in their respective weight classes to lead Taylor. Also for the Center crew, Kris Workman (125), Steven Johnston (152) and Will Hawkins (215) had 2-1 records and fifth-place finishes and Christian Harvey (171) went 1-2 and finished fourth.

“Any time you go into an invitational with just eight guys, it’s hard to finish in the top five [as a team]. But the kids wrestled well,” Taylor coach Justin Palmer said. “When you are coming off this much down time, it’s hard. Once we resume school on Monday, I think the guys will get back in their normal routine. We have two more meets until conference. I expect to see two or three of those guys placing in conference.”

New Haven Invitational

Western took seventh in the eight-team invite. Elkhart Central topped the field.

Drew Boruff led the Panthers with a 2-1 record and second-place finish at 152. Austin Shepherd (112) and Marq Reser (215) each finished third at 3-1.

“We’ve got a team with a lot of potential and myself and my coaching staff, we haven’t been able to tap it yet,” Western coach Chad Shepherd said. “We haven’t found the right screws to turn to tap it. If we can bring the potential out of the kids, I think we’re going to be an all right team. Until then, we’re just going to be an average team.”

Brett Haynes, Pedro Velazco, Bryan Gaskins and Kenny Hetzler contributed to this roundup.

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