It’s that time of year again for the Wabash County basketball tournament and as usual the players let it all hang out on day one in search of claiming bragging rights for the next year.
The day started with four junior varsity games as the Northfield and Southwood girls got things going. The Lady Norse controlled most of the game until the Knights caught fire in the fourth. Northfield led 23-11 after three quarters before the Lady Knights exploded for 17 fourth quarter points, falling two short as the Norse held on for a 30-28 win.
Leading Northfield was Madison Snyder and Ashlie Koch with 7 points each. Jordan Keaffaber and Kandra Stout added 6 points each, Indi Shear 2, Alexis Taylor 1, Ellie Schuler 1.
For Southwood Ashley Parson led with 9 points. Lorynn Hunt and Ellie White added 4 points each, Taylor Heath 3, Makenna Dawes 3, Makayla Proffit 2, Josey Brubaker 2, Olivia Adams 1.
Game two was the Manchester and Wabash boys taking battle. The Apaches jumped out to a quick lead with the Squires regrouping for a 46-27 win.
Leading Manchester was Levi Hicks with 11 points. Kane Gable added 9 points, Braxtin Wilson added 8, Bailey Ness 6, Adam Byers 5, Jake Schannep 2, Nathan Self 2, Heath Dierks 2, Hayes Sturtsman 1.
For Wabash Caleb Kelsheimer led with 7 points. Eryk Weber and Luke Mattern added 6 points each, Travis Easthom 4, Justin Beauchamp 2, Matt Jones 2.
The Manchester and Wabash girls junior varsity teams were up next with the Lady Apaches taking control right from the tip to move to the championship game against Northfield with a 46-20 win over the Squires.
Leading Wabash was Sabrina Wagner with 17 points. Bailey Yoakum added 9, Breanne Sewell 8, Jaycee Parrett 7, Katie McCauley 5.
For Manchester Rachel Cave had 7 points, Sydney Day 6, Erika Kendall 4, Bethany Collett 4.
The Southwood and Northfield boys would cap off the junior varsity version of the tourney, playing a rematch of their opening season game that went three overtimes with the Knights prevailing. The Norse would even the season series, going just one overtime in a 60-53 thriller.
Leading Northfield was Austin Trump and Caleb Coe with 16 points each. Kyle Reed added 13, John Schuler 8, Jacob Watkins 5, Ryan Driscoll 2.
Leading Southwood was Blake Martz with 21 points. Peyton Trexler and Christian Deeter added 10 points each, Jeffery Finicle 6, Paul Farlow 4, Andrew Finicle 2.
Northfield and Wabash will meet for the girls championship, with Manchester and Northfield meeting for the boys. Play gets underway at 9:00.
The Southwood and Wabash girls would tangle to start off the varsity action for the day. The Lady Apaches jumped out to a 7-0 lead before the Lady Knights started to chip away. Southwood would score 7 of the next 9 points to cut the Wabash lead to 9-7 before a Claire Cromer bucket ended the quarter with Wabash leading 11-7.
Kristin Cromer would start the scoring in the second with a free throw before two Taylor Heath free throws and a bucket from Brook Elliott made it 12-11. Wabash would then score 5 straight to grab a 17-11 lead, but once more the Knights bounced back and cut it to 17-15. Two Sarah Puckett free throws ended the scoring in the half as Wabash led 19-15.
The four point margin would remain the same after three. The Lady Knights did take their first lead of the game at 24-23 on an Abby Houlihan bucket, but the Lady Apaches fed Sarah Puckett who had 9 points in the quarter as Wabash led 32-28 with a quarter to go.
Wabash would start the fourth quarter on a 6-0 run with buckets from the Cromer sisters and Sarah Puckett to open a 10 point lead at 38-28. Southwood cut the lead to 39-32 on a Haley Heath bucket, but free throw shooting down the stretch by the Lady Apaches sealed the 44-32 win.
Leading Wabash was Sarah Puckett with 18 points. Claire Cromer added 12, Kristin Cromer 8, Shelby Stone 3, Madison Barden 3.
For Southwood Brooke Elliott led with 14 points. Taylor Heath, Haley Heath, Kassidy Atwood and Katie Stouffer added 4 points each. Abby Houlihan had 2 points.
Next up was the Northfield and Wabash boys taking the floor, which was a rematch from a week ago that Wabash won. The pace was fast with ten different players scoring in the first quarter as Northfield led 16-15 when the dust settled. The Northfield depth would take over in the second quarter as they blazed the net with seven players scoring, out scoring Wabash 20-8 to grab a 36-23 halftime lead.
Wabash regrouped to score 18 points in the third quarter, but the Apaches couldn’t stop the red hot Norse offense that won the quarter and stretched their lead to 56-41 with a quarter to go. With the outcome of the game pretty much determined halfway through the fourth quarter, each team went to their bench with Northfield moving on with a 70-57 win.
Northfield put five players in double figures. Austin Burns led with 13 points. Noah Shear added 12, Tanner Wilcox 10, Adam Roser 10, Jarred Short 10, Heath Miller 8, Cody Holmes 5, Austin Trump 2.
Leading Wabash was Cody King with 22 points. Taylor Vigar added 18, Juwan Carter 4, Chase Dirig 3, Tyler Hough 2.
The third game of the varsity tournament pitted the Northfield girls taking on Manchester. In a low scoring affair Northfield led at all four stops for a 47-23 victory.
The first quarter had Northfield leading just 5-3. Payton Thomson drained a three with Jacklyn Peas adding a bucket. Ellie Milam had the lone Manchester bucket. Northfield would open things up in the second, out scoring Manchester 24-8 for a 29-11 halftime lead. Thomson would connect on two bombs for 9 points in the quarter with Cherish Leming adding 8 points.
The two teams would play to a 10-10 tie in the third as the Norse maintained their lead and led 39-21 with a quarter to go. Payton Thomson would hit her 5th and 6th three pointer of the game in the fourth quarter with Cherish Leming adding a bucket as the defending county champs earned a shot at a three peat with a 47-23 win.
Leading Northfield was Payton Thomson with 22 points. Cherish Leming added 13, Jacklyn Peas 8, Arie Kennedy 4.
Cierra Carter led Manchester with 11 points. Rae Bedke added 3, Drew Thompson 2, Ellie Milam 2, Brooklyn Howard 2, Bailey Sewell 2, Celina Carter 1.
The final game of the night was another rematch as the Manchester and Southwood boys played for the second time in a week with the Knights winning game one. After the opening quarter the Squires controlled the pace as they got even with Southwood 49-36 for the rights to play Northfield for the county title.
Southwood controlled the first quarter, getting scoring from four different players to grab a 14-8 lead after one. Alex Harmon led the way with 4 points, while Mathew Nose and Robbie Cole each had a three. Koehl Fluke scored 5 points for Manchester. The Squires defense would tighten in the second, holding Southwood to just 4 points as the Manchester scored 11 to take a 19-18 halftime lead. Chainey Zolman and Braydon Sewell did the damage for Manchester in the quarter with Zolman scoring 6 and Sewell 4.
David McAtee started the third with a three pointer that put the Squires up 4. Up 22-20 McAtee hit his second three and was followed by a Zolamn three to open a 28-20 lead, but a three point play from Carson Blair cut the Squires lead to 28-23. Zolman would then hit back to back bombs as Manchester jumped out to a 34-23 lead. Southwood would get a bucket from Brandin Frazier and a second three point play from Blair to end the quarter as Manchester led 34-27 with a quarter to go.
Manchester scored the first 5 points to start the fourth quarter and led 39-29, holding on the the 10 point lead by way of the free throw line before two Zolman buckets made the final score 49-36.
Leading Manchester was Chainey Zolman with 22 points. David McAtee and Koehl Fluke added 9 points each. Braydon Sewell had 7, Keelan Norwood 2.
Leading Southwood was Carson Blair with 12 points. Mathew Nose added 8, Alex Harmon 7, Robbie Cole 5, Noah Kirk 2, Brandin Frazier 2.
Day two gets underway at 10:00 Tuesday. The junior varsity girls are first with Northfield and Wabash playing for the championship, while Southwood and Manchester to battle for third. At 11:30 it’s the boys junior varsity with Northfield and Manchester playing for the title, while Wabash and Southwood play for third. The championship games are in the high school gym, while the consolation games are at the junior high.
At 3:00 the girls varsity consolation game begins with Manchester and Southwood doing battle. At 4:45 the Southwood and Wabash boys will play. The girls championship between Wabash and Northfield will kick off at 6:30 with the Northfield and Manchester boys following. All varsity games are at the high school.