Saturday, Feb 19th
The Wabash Lady Apaches were on a crash course for a rematch with Ft Wayne Luers in the final of the Lewis Cass regional Saturday. All they had to do was get past #14 Tipton which would be no easy task. The Lady Apaches pulled out a 50-43 win to advance to the regional final.
Wabash jumped out fast with a Gabi Nearing bucket and a three from Kaleigh Hensley to take a 5-0 lead. Kelsey Cromer would hit to make it 7-2 and it looked as though Wabash was in a groove early. Tipton came storming back to take the lead at 8-7 and 10-9 before Marin Hill hit to give Wabash a 11-10 lead after one.
Tipton scored the first bucket of the second quarter and ran the lead to 14-11. Hensley and Nearing hit two free throws each to keep Wabash within striking distance. With Tipton leading 18-16 Nearing hit two free throws again to tie the score and was followed by a Cromer bucket to put wabash back up 20-18. Tipton tied the score at 20 until freshman Lyndsie Thomas hit before the buzzer to give Wabash a 22-20 lead at the half.
To start the third quarter, Hensley hit a free throw and Nearing a bucket to take a 25-20 lead, forcing Tipton to call a time out. The Wabash defense stopped and Thomas hit again to gibe Wabash its largest lead of the game at 27-20. Nearing, hit from the free throw line connected on two again to make it 29-22. After a Tipton free throw Cromer hit two to put Wabash up 10 at 33-23. Tipton would connect on three straight three pointers to put them back in the ball game at 33-32. Again Wabash scored right before the end of the quarter, this time Hensley to make it 35-32 going in to the final quarter.
Kyleigh Hampton hit to put Wabash up 5 and the a bucket from Cromer and a free throw from Nearing made it 40-34. Wabash kept the lead at 7 to 8 points, forcing Tipton to foul to try to catch up. The Lady Apaches were up to the task at the free throw line to secure the win and the right to play for the regional title in the evening.
Leading Wabash was Gabi Nearing with 14 points. Kaleigh Hensley had 13, Kelsey Cromer 10, Lyndsie Thomas 6, Kyleigh Hampton 5 and Marin Hill 2.