Logansport Holiday Shootout scheduled

Logansport will host a boys basketball holiday shootout on Saturday, Dec. 28 at the Berry Bowl.

Logan will face Twin Lakes in the first game of the day at 9 a.m. LaPorte faces South Bend St. Joseph at 10:45. Twin Lakes plays South Bend St. Joe at 2 p.m. Logan faces LaPorte at 3:45.

Ticket prices will be $10 per session or $15 for the entire day.

Lewis Cass girls fall to Twin Lakes

WALTON — Twin Lakes defeated Lewis Cass 45-18 Thursday in a girls basketball game.

The score was nearly identical to the Kings’ 43-18 loss to Eastern earlier in the week. The Kings (0-2) trailed in this one 8-6 after one quarter, 24-11 at halftime and 30-17 after three.

Paxtyn Hicks had seven points and seven rebounds for Cass. Kyla Mennen had five points and eight boards. Kyndal Silcox added four points, three assists and three steals.

Addi Ward had 18 points and seven boards to lead the Indians (1-0).

Caston falls at Argos in girls hoops

ARGOS — The Caston girls basketball team was defeated by Argos 53-35 on Thursday night.

Freshman Kinzie Mollenkopf led the Comets (0-1) with 11 points. Jordan Clingler added six and Abby Williamson chipped in four.

Valparaiso powers past Winamac

WINAMAC — Valparaiso pulled away for a 39-22 win over Winamac in a girls basketball game Thursday night.

Winamac led 6-5 after one quarter before Valpo took a 19-10 lead at halftime and 31-16 lead after three.

Kiana Oelling led the Vikings (1-0) with 19 points.

Maggie Smith had six points and 10 rebounds to lead the Warriors (0-1). Alyssa Villaneuva, Hailey Sanders and Taylor Jennings added four points apiece.

Pacers rally for win over Pistons

INDIANAPOLIS — A next-man-up mentality is keeping the Indiana Pacers competitive despite a rash of injuries.

T.J. McConnell was the key for the Pacers on Friday night in a 112-106 win over the Pistons that moved Indiana above .500 for the first time this season.

Playing all but two minutes of the fourth quarter, McConnell, the backup point guard, finished with 17 points, nine assists and five rebounds on a night the Pacers played without four members of their rotation.

“We’ve got to hold down the fort until those guys get back,” McConnell said. “I’ve been a guy the last five years who hasn’t tried to go outside the box. I had the lane, and I took it.”

All-Star Victor Oladipo, starting center Myles Turner and his backup, Goga Bitadze, and sixth man Jeremy Lamb were out due to injury. Detroit had already beaten the Pacers twice this season. And then the Pacers fell behind by 15 points in the first quarter.

None of that fazed Indiana, which ranks in the top half of the league on defense.

“Defense is how we win games,” said reserve Justin Holiday, who chipped in 16 points and six rebounds. “That’s our identity. We’ve been playing defense.”

That has helped the Pacers go 5-1 since starting the season 0-3.

“Our chemistry is growing,” said Domantas Sabonis, who finished with 17 points, 14 rebounds and six assists. “Coach (Nate McMillan) runs a great system that is easy to run, no matter who is on the court.”

Luke Kennard had 29 points, six rebounds and five assists, and Andre Drummond finished with 15 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists for Detroit.

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