From Staff Reports

The Caston boys basketball team cruised out to a 21-point lead after three quarters then held off a late charge by Northfield for a 59-45 victory on Wednesday.

“We came out and defensively and did a nice job,” said Caston coach Ryan Bales. “They are a very patient team but I thought we did a good job of taking some things away from them.”

With the win, the Comets improve to 9-8 on the year. They will face Lewis Cass on Saturday.

Caston held a 17-8 lead after the first quarter then extended it to 29-18 at halftime. The Comets charged out of intermission to a 43-22 advantage, but the Norsemen (6-9) outscored Caston 23-16 in the final quarter to close the gap.

Kyle Sommers led Caston three triples and a 7-of-10 effort from the free throw line to finish with 16 points. Also for the Comets, Dustin Swartzel had 14 points, including a three pointer, Silas Zartman added eight and Luke Powlen followed with seven.

Defensively Scott Rimpler led Caston on the boards with eight. While Caston was out-rebounded 28-25 for the game, they had enough early rebounds to help them get the lead.

“We were able to get some defensive rebounds early on and did a nice job in the first half of controlling the boards. That really helped us set the tone for the way we wanted to play and that got us off to the good start.”

Caston also had just four turnovers for the game.

The Comets also pulled out a close win in the JV game 34-32.

Lewis Cass 43, Pioneer 33 (9th)

Though the Panthers held a 13-12 lead at halftime, they couldn’t hold off the Kings in Monday’s contest.

Pioneer was led by Bailey Allen with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Also for the Panthers, Jimmy Roller had eight points, Mitchell Petrie added five and Tony Williams and Josh Layer both had two.

Pioneer is now 7-9 on the season.


Lewis Cass 34, Carroll 31 (8th)

Taylor Miller poured in 16 points to lead the Lady Kings to the victory.

Also for Cass, Tiffany Skarda had eight points while Sarah Robertson added seven.

With the win, Cass improved to 2-1 on the year.

Carroll 33, Lewis Cass 14 (7th)

The Lady Kings fell to 1-2 on the year with the loss.

Leading the way for Cass was Brooke Hill and Abby Ropes each with four points. Also Sydney DeHaven, Rachel Aldridge and Mallory Cummings each added two points.

Pioneer 33, West Central 7 (8th)

Kelsey Williams scored 12 points in Pioneer’s victory on Tuesday.

The win improved the Lady Panthers’ record to 3-1.

Also for Pioneer, Anna Ayers had 11 points while Brittany Ruff added four.

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