Wabashcountysports.com would like to congratulate all the players who participated in the county basketball tournament. Not only was it a very competitive tournament, it was very rewarding to watch these athletes compete their hardest against each other during the game and then see them hanging together after or between games. It show the class of Wabash County.
I would also like to thank Manchester athletic director Kyle Wieland and Manchester High School for hosting a great tournament. Your hospitality was second to none.
Pictured below are your award winners for the tournament.
The Bill Rogge Sportsmanship winners for the Junior Varsity :
Northfield’s Ethan Stouffer and Wabash’s Charlie Pardo
Girls All County Team L-R
Kelsey Cromer/Wabash : Gabi Nearing/Wabash : Bill Rogge Award Winner Meika Kennedy/Manchester : MVP Kaleigh Hensley/Wabash : Kayla Flack/Manchester : Abby Harness/Southwood : Sidney Reed/Northfield
Boys All County Team L-R
Joe Frieden/Northfield : Zack Hipskind/Wabash : MVP Ryan Givens/Northfield : Bill Rogge Award Winner Justin Parker/Northfield : Scott Baker/Manchester : Alex Hentgen/Wabash : Not Pictured Mike Cook/Southwood
It was Northfield and Wabash in the championship game of the county tourney. Wabash wanted to play up tempo, going deep in to their bench as they had the night before vs Southwood and Northfield wanted to slow it down and play ball control. Both teams tried to force their will and in the end the Northfield ball control and scoring balance, plus their dominance on the boards prevailed. Northfield defeated Wabash 60-37 to capture the county title.
With the game tied at 2 Northfield would build the lead to 8-2 with buckets from Ryan Givens, Dustin Echard and free throws from Chad Glasscock. Matt Henderson and Shea Beauchamp would hit for Wabash to make it 8-6. Northfield would then go on a 9-0 run to end the quarter, leading 17-6. Echard, Justin Parker and Joe Frieden scored during the run.
The game would become very physical in the second quarter with the two teams playing very even. Wabash would out score Northfield by 2 points in the quarter 14-12. Bodies were flying all over the court as it seemed the officials had a no blood no foul mind set. With things getting out of hand a technical foul was called on the Wabash bench for an unknown reason with 47.4 seconds remaining. Northfield missed both free throws. With the score 29-16 Alex Hentgen hit two quick buckets for Wabash, one at the buzzer to make it 29-20 at the half.
The game slowed down in the third quarter with the two teams playing to an 8-8 tie. Glasscock and Hentgen would trade buckets and then Travis Shears hit for Wabash to cut the lead to 31-24. Givens hit and Echard had two free throws to build the lead back to 35-24. Zack Hipskind and Givens traded buckets before Hentgen again hit at the buzzer to make it 37-28 going to the final quarter.
With the lead at nine Wabash was going to force Northfield to hit free throws in the fourth quarter to win the game. That’s exactly what the Norse did, converting 17 free throws in the quarter. It didn’t matter who the Apaches fouled the Norse made the shots. Parker hit 4, Frieden 3, Glasscock 4 and Echard 6. Wabash, forcing shots trying to play catchup just couldn’t find the bottom of the bucket enough.
Northfield had four players score in double figures, lead by Ryan Givens with 18. Chad Glasscock had 16, Justin Parker 11, Dustin Echard 10 and Joe Frieden 5.
Wabash was lead by Alex Hentgen with 16 points. Matt Henderson had 7, Zack Hipskind and Shea Beauchamp 4, Breyton Nealis, Jack Holley and Travis Shears 2.
The Wabash Lady Apaches were out to win their fifth straight county title and Manchester was out to start a run of their own. If the first quarter was an indication of things to come it was going to the wire to decide the champion. Wabash is known for its big runs during a game and that continued to propel them to their fifth championship 70-42.
Kelsey Cromer started things off with a Wabash bucket, quickly answered by Hannah Little. Cromer hit a free throw that was answered again by Little giving Manchester a 4-3 lead. Kaleigh Hensley and Kyleigh Hampton connected to give Wabash a 7-4 lead before a Kayla Flack bucket. Kaylee Watson hit for Manchester to tie the score at 8. Marin Hill hit for Wabash followed by two Cromer free throws and one by Lindsie Thomas to put Wabash up 13-8. Flack drained two free throws for Manchester to end the quarter at 13-10.
The second quarter is when things would change. Cromer hit a three to start a 21-0 run for Wabash and the Lady Apaches out scored Manchester 25-4 in the quarter. Cromer and Hensley would catch fire with Cromer scoring 10 points with two three pointers and Hensley scoring 13 points with a three. Brittany Stone gave some quality minutes for Wabash connecting on a jumper. Hannah Little scored all four Manchester points.
Manchester would regroup at half time and would not give in, which is a trade mark of all Mark Underwood teams. Wabash was still shooting good behind Cromer as the Apaches out scored the Lady Squires 19-12. Cromer would hit her third three pointer of the game and score 9 points in the quarter. Hensley had 6. Kayla Flack went to work for Manchester, scoring 8 points in the quarter. Autumn Brewer added 4. Wabash lead 57-26 after three quarters.
Manchester would out score Wabash in the fourth quarter 16-13. Four different players would score for the Lady Squires, lead by Kaylee watson with 7 points including a three pointer. Meika Kennedy also hit a three. Wabash would have five players score in the quarter. Hill and Hensley had 4 points each. Cromer stayed hot from behind the arch, draining her fourth three pointer of the game.
Wabash was lead in scoring by Kelsey Cromer with 27 points. Kaleigh Hensley had 26, Marin Hill 6, Gabi Nearing and Kyleigh Hampton 4, Brittany Stone and Katelyn Vogel 2 and Lindsie Thomas 1.
Manchester was lead by Kayla Flack with 16 points. Kaylee Watson had 9, Hannah Little 8, Autumn Brewer 4, Meika Kennedy 3 and Kalene Freshour 2.
Southwood took on Manchester in the boys varsity consolation game Thursday. The Knights defeated Manchester 52-38.
Southwood took off to a fast 5-0 lead two Levi Winget buckets and a Devin Dale free throw and then Manchester took their turn with a 7-0 run. Austin Flack started the run with a bucket, followed by a Scott Baker free throw then another Flack bucket and one from Caleb Thomas to go up 7-5 with two minutes to go. Collin Huston would hit a three pointer to give the Knights the lead back before Baker and Jim Sainsbury connected to give Manchester an 11-8 lead at the end of the quarter.
Manchester started the second quarter hot, building their lead to 19-13 with a little over thre minutes to play. That’s when the Southwood offense and defense got hot. The Knights would go on a 12-0 run to end the half, taking a 25-19 lead. Connor Hobbs started the run with a three, followed by a Mike Cook free throw to cut the lead to two. After a time out Huston hit another three followed by a Cook Bucket and one from Winget at the buzzer.
Southwood would out score Manchester 15-10 in the third quarter. The Knights had a balanced scoring attack with four players scoring. Hobbs had five, including a three pointer. Flack lead Manchester with three points on a three pointer. Southwood lead 40-29.
Both teams had four players score in the fourth quarter. Southwood out scored Manchester 12-9. The Knights were lead by Codie Shafer with 6 and Manchester was lead by Flack with 4.
Levi Winget lead Southwood with 11 points. Connor Hobbs and Codie Shafer had 10 each. Collin Huston had 9, Mike Cook 7, Shane Smith 2 and Devin Dale 1.
Manchester was lead by Austin Flack and Scott Baker with 11 points each. Aric Howard had 6, Caleb Thomas and Jim Sainsbury 4 and Derek Self 2.
The Southwood Lady Knights had their hands full in repeating their performance against Northfield earlier in the season. The youthful Norse are gaining confidence and gave Southwood a scare in the consolation game of the county tourney. The game was much closer than the 34-26 final score.
Northfield came out of the gate being very scrappy, hitting the floor on every loose ball and build a quick 8-1 lead. Southwood, behind Sarah White chipped their way back in and trailed by only two 8-6 after the first quarter.
Northfield would again build the lead back up. Buckets from Michelle Hendricks and Katie Stephan to start the quarter put them back up 12-6. Again Southwood would fight their way back. Abby Harness went to work hitting a couple buckets to cut the lead to 12-11. Stephan hit two free throws for the Lady Norse before a Harness free throw and a White bucket tied the score at 14. Hendricks hit a Norse free throw to make it 15-14. Northfield would foul Jessica Pegg on a missed three point shot at the buzzer. Pegg missed her free throws and the Knights trailed at the half.
The third quarter was the turning point of the game. Southwood held Northfield scoreless in the quarter, scoring eight points of their own to build a seven point lead going to the final quarter. Harness had 4 points, White and Ana Marie Farlow 2 each.
The Northfield pressure picked back up to start the fourth quarter. Buckets from Morgan Peas and Reed cut the lead to three. After three points from Harness made it 25-19 the Norse made a push again. Buckets from Sydney Eltzroth and Stephan made it 25-23. Again it was Harness with a free throw to stop the run. Eltzroth hit a free throw and a bucket from Reed forced a Southwood time out with the score tied at 26. White and Harness took over the last two minutes, scoring the next six points to seal the Southwood win.
Abby Harness lead Southwood with 15 points. Sarah White had 13, Ana Marie Farlow 3, Mollie Harnish 2 and Amy Bowman 1. Katie Stephan lead Northfield with 8 points. Sydney Eltzroth had 7, Sidney Reed 6, Michelle Hendricks 3 and Morgan Peas 2.
The Southwood boys basketball team won the JV title, defeating Wabash 52-23.
The Knights dominated the game from the very start, out scoring Wabash 15-10 in the first quarter. Corey Phillipy had 7 points.
Southwood out scored Wabash 19-5 in the second quarter to take a 34-15 half time lead. Grant Keaffaber scored 7 points in the quarter.
In the third quarter it was 12-6 Southwood. Keaffaber and Ross Phillipy scored 4 points each. southwood lead 46-21 after three.
The final quarter was very low scoring with Southwood winning the quarter 6-2 for the 52-23 final.
The Knights had four players score in double figures. Ross Phillipy had 13 points, Grant Keaffaber and Corey Phillipy 11, Shane Smith 10, Kyle Weaver, Jackson Blair and Cole Wyatt with 2 each and Levi Sutton with 1.
Wabash was lead by Tyler King, Cody Beeks and Mike Jones with 5 points each. Grant Sailors, Devin Bitzel, Andrew Adamson and Taylor Walker all had 2 points each.
The boys JV consolation game was won by Northfield. The Norse defeated Manchester 41-17. No stats were available.
The Wabash Lady Apache JV basketball team had a battle on their hands with Southwood, but squeaked out a third straight Wabash County basketball championship, defeating the Lady Knights 26-22.
The game was close the entire time with Southwood leading 10-6 after the first quarter. Wabash battled their way back to take the lead midway through the second quarter, but Southwood was up for the fight, playing even with Wabash to a 14-14 tie at the half.
The two teams battled back and fourth in the third quarter with the lead changing four times. Wabash scored the last three points of the quarter to go up 20-18 heading in to the final stanza. Southwood would tie the score midway through the quarter, but Wabash held off the Lady Knights for a 26-22 win.
Audra Watkins lead Wabash with 10 points. Charlie Pardo had 5, Katelyn Vogel 4, Haley Shrider, Jaclyn Lewis and Katie Smith with 2 each.
Emily Murphy lead Southwood with 10 points. Lexi Brickner had 4. Jenny Bentley had 3 and Hannah Fadil 2.
The girls JV consolation game was won by Manchester. The Lady Squires defeated Northfield 20-17. No stats were available.
Northfield and Manchester would tip off the boys varsity tourney, followed by Wabash and Southwood. Northfield topped Manchester 57-32 and Wabash defeated Southwood 73-68.
In game one the Squires came out with some emotion to take a quick 4-0 lead and had it at 8-4 before the Northfield offense and defense came to life. At 8-4 the Norse would go on a 11-0 run to end the quarter leading 15-8. Ryan Givens hit to tie the score at 8 and then Justin Parker scored the last 7 points.
Parker kept his scoring string going, scoring the first bucket of the second quarter before Manchester’s Scott Baker stopped that run. Givens would hit a couple buckets to give Northfield a 23-12 lead before he would go to the bench with two fouls. The Norse out scored Manchester 6-4 the rest of the quarter to lead 29-16 at the half.
The third quarter was very low scoring, with Northfield winning the quarter 8-5. The highlight of the quarter was Austin Flack banking in a three pointer as time expired to draw Manchester to within 37-21.
The pace picked back up in the fourth quarter with Northfield scoring 20 points and Manchester 11. Northfield had five players score in the quarter with Joe Frieden and Givens scoring 5 points each. Scott Baker scored 9 of his 21 points in the last quarter for Manchester.
Northfield was lead by Ryan Givens with 14 points. Justin Parker had 13, Chad Glasscock 10, Joe Frieden and Ryan Keaffaber 7 and Dustin Echard 6. Manchester was lead by Scott Baker with 21 points. Austin Flack had 5, Aric Howard 4 and Caleb Thomas with 2.
Game two was a classic Wabash County tourney game. Wabash and Southwood played a very up tempo, very physical contest. Both teams had multiple players score in an up and down the floor game.
In the first quarter Southwood went up 7-4 on a Collin Huston three point play and would not give up the lead the rest of the quarter. Wabash hung close with four different players scoring and trailed Southwood 19-14 after one. The Knights had six players in the scoring column.
Wabash started the second quarter with a Zack Hipskind bucket to make it 19-16 and eventually tied the score at 21 on a Breyton Nealis bucket and went ahead on another Hipskind bucket. Southwood would tie the score two more times before Nealis converted a three point play to put the Apaches up 29-27. Down 32-27 Southwood’s Devin Dale hit and Mike Cook connected on one free throw and Wabash lead 32-30 at the half.
The third quarter was up and down the floor with Wabash out scoring Southwood 18-14 to take a 50-44 lead after three. The Apaches had six players score in the quarter lead by Travis Shears 6 points. Southwood was lead by Connor Hobbs with 5 points. Hobbs and Dale both hit three’s for Southwood.
The two teams battle in the fourth with Wabash clinging to a four point lead when Southwood’s Codie Shafer fouled out with 2:26 to go. With the Knights height on the bench Wabash went to work and built the lead to 67-57. Southwood cut the lead to 67-61 on two Devin Dale free throws before Mike Cook fouled out with 1:17 to go. Hipskind would hit two free throws to build the lead back to 69-61. Hobbs hit two free throws and it was 69-63. Southwood was fouling to get back in the game, but the Apaches were up to the test hitting free throws. Hentgen hit one and then rebounded his second and put it back in for a 72-63 lead. Southwood’s third player, Connor Hobbs fouled out with 48.5 left. Wabash would hit one more free throw for the 73-68 final.
Zack Hipskind lead Wabash with 22 points. Travis Shears had 18. Alex Hentgen and Breyton Nealis had 8, Tyler Brewer had 6, Shea Beauchamp 5, Matt Henderson, Nate Price and Jack Holley had 2 each.
Southwood was lead by Mike Cook with 17 points. Connor Hobbs and Levi Winget had 14, Devin Dale 12, Collin Huston and Codie Shafer 5 and Jackson Blair 1.