Caston’s girls basketball team survived arch-rival Pioneer Tuesday at the Class A West Central Sectional.
The Comets pulled away late for a 40-26 win over Panthers.
Caston (13-6) faces Tri-County at 7:30 p.m. Friday night. No. 5-ranked West Central faces North White in the earlier semifinal.
Caston led Pioneer 26-20 after three quarters.
“I thought Pioneer did a really good job defensively of limiting our ball reversal and made it tough to go side to side and run our offense,” Caston coach Carl Davis said. “They did a good job of guarding our post players inside and making the girls hit tough shots.”
Mickayla Rans was the lone player in double figures in the contest as she had 10 points for the Comets. Anna Brown scored nine, Jaycee Denton had eight, Marli Leazenby had seven and Sarah Holt chipped in four.
Kayte Miller, Brooklyn Mehrley and Kennedy Nies had eight points each to lead the Panthers (1-16).
“I thought our four seniors did an excellent job — Kennedy Nies, Kayte Miller, Brooklyn Mehrley and Megan Smith,” Pioneer coach David McWherter said. “Kennedy Nies played her best game ever. Brooklyn Mehrley played her best game of the season. Kayte Miller had a good game but didn’t get her shots to fall. She was battling leg trouble all night. But overall our four seniors just did a great job. I told them they could have come over here and laid an egg and not play hard but they did an excellent job.”
It was the Comets’ third win over the Panthers this season, and they held them to under 27 points in all three wins.
“I thought our defense was solid tonight,” Davis said. “We recognized their shooters and were tough on their post players inside. Our scout team did a great job preparing us for the game.”
Caston, which led 20-14 at halftime, hit 17 of 26 free throws for the game including 12 of 16 in the fourth quarter.
Caston defeated Tri-County 50-34 on Jan. 30. The Comets jumped out to a 22-1 lead after one quarter in that game.
“They outplayed us a good portion that first time after we did get off to a good start,” Davis said. “We need to clean up our play and take better care of the basketball and have better shot selection. Coach Benner has been around a long time and they’ll be ready for us.”
Carroll was upset by Frontier 45-43 at the Class A Rossville Sectional.
Libby Eller had 13 points and Macy Willoughby scored 11 to lead the Cougars, who finish 12-6. Bailey Worl added eight points.
Carroll led 19-15 at halftime and 29-25 after three before being outscored 20-14 in the fourth.
Frontier (6-13) faces Faith Christian on Friday.
Myka Roth scored 19 points to lead four Oracles in double figures in a 62-46 win over Rensselaer at the Class 2A Winamac Sectional.
The Oracles (11-8) face Winamac (12-6) at 8 p.m. Friday following North Newton (3-15) vs. North Judson (7-11).
Tatum Minier had 14 points, Bailey Gasser scored 12 and Danielle Swayze added 11 for Delphi, which led 34-27 at halftime and 46-39 after three.
Megan Dobson led the Bombers (7-14) with 14 points.