Wabash Girls/Northfield Boys Win County Titles

The Wabash girls were looking to win their sixth straight county title, while Manchester was trying to get over the Wabash hurdle. Wabash and Manchester were playing for the county title for the fifth time in six years, with Wabash winning the previous four times.

Wabash would set the tone right from the start, scoring the first 12 points of the game and holding the Squires without a bucket in the quarter to lead 14-1 after one. The Lady Apaches had four players score in the quarter, led by Kelsey Cromer with 6 points. Manchester’s lone point came on a Kaylee Watson free throw.

The Apache pace would slow a little and the Squires pick up a little as each team scored 8 points in the second quarter. Wabash would build the lead to 17-2 before the Squires Meika Kennedy hit their first bucket of the game with 3:10 to play. Wabash led 22-9 at the half.

Manchester has been in a shooting slump the last few games and that continued in the third quarter. The Squires could only garner 5 points while allowing 11 and Wabash was in control 33-14 after three. Kelsey Cromer led Wabash with 7 points. Manchester got buckets from Kayla Flack and Hannah Little.

Claire Cromer would lead the Wabash attack in the fourth quarter, scoring 7 of the Apaches 11 points. Manchester put up 7 points, led by Flack with 4.

Wabash would win their sixth straight title, 44-21.

Leading Wabash was Kelsey Cromer with 19 points, while sister Claire had 10. Marin Hill, Kyleigh Hampton and Kalie Obenour added 5 points each.

Kayla Flack led Manchester with 9 points. Meika Kennedy and Kaylee Watson had 4 points each. Hannah Little had 3 and Hannah Schmidt 1.

 

The boys game was another game of revenge. Wabash came back from a 14 point fourth quarter deficit to defeat Northfield 57-54 on December 16th. Wabash was in the championship game for the third straight year and Northfield was the defending champion.

With Wabash up 4-2 the Norse would go on a 10-0 run in what would become a very fast paced and physical game. The Apaches fought back to make it 14-9 before the next Norse run was 6-0 to make it 20-9. With the score at 20-11 Wabash would be called for a technical foul, which gave the Norse free throws and the ball and the lead 24-11 after the dust settled. Northfield led 24-13 after one. Northfield had five players score in the quarter with Ryan Givens and Chad Glasscock leading with 6 points each.

The high scoring affair would continue in the second quarter. Wabash was using full court pressure and long range bombs, while Northfield tried to work the ball inside. The Norse would win the quarter 19-17 and led 43-30 at the half. Tyler King led Wabash with 11 points, while Dustin Echard led the Norse with 7.

With the shooting ability of Wabash the Apaches are never out of the game and had cut the lead to 49-42 with 3:05 to play in the lowest scoring quarter of the game. Northfield with stood the run, building the lead back to 56-43 with a quarter to go, which was close to the same margin of their earlier matchup with a quarter to go.

This time the Norse were able to with stand the Apache four quarter pressure, controlling the ball and hitting free throws down the stretch, out scoring Wabash 22-18 in the quarter and winning their second straight county title 78-61.

Northfield put all five starters in double figures. Leading the Norse was Collin Dawes with 18 points. Chad Glasscock had 17, Dustin Echard 16, Ryan Givens 14 and Ryan Keaffaber 13.

Wabash had three players in double figures. Tyler King led the Apaches with 17 points. Shea Beauchamp had 14, Tyler Brewer 12, Nate Price 7, Andrew Adamson 5, Landon Cole 4 and Breyton Nealis 2.

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