From Staff Reports

Trailing by 10 points heading into the fourth quarter, the Pioneer boys basketball team rallied its offense to earn a 57-53 victory over South Newton on Wednesday. The game was originally scheduled for Friday, Dec. 9, but had to be moved because of weather.

The Panthers (2-6, 1-0 Midwest Conference) trailed the Rebels 42-32 with eight minutes to play. But Taylor Farrer poured in 13 of his team-high 18 points in the fourth quarter to lead his team in the win. Farrer had four three-pointers in the game, including three in the final stanza.

“That was huge for us,” said Pioneer coach Dave McWherter of the win. “This game was rescheduled from two weeks ago and a lot of it was about timing. This was the perfect situation for us to get this rescheduled when we did and take this momentum going into the break.”

Also for the Panthers, Matt Gates scored 14 points, Brandon Gerlach followed with nine and Adam Berry added seven.

Five of Berry’s points were on a 5-of-6 effort from the free throw line in the fourth quarter. Pioneer was 10-of-15 from the line in that final stanza to seal the win.

Pioneer lost the JV game 34-32.

Twin Lakes 58, Peru 52

Jay Snyder scored 17 points and J.D. McClintic added 13 to lead the Indians in the win.

The win improved Twin Lakes’ record to 2-4 while Peru fell to 3-4.

Leading the way for the Tigers was Cameron Wooten with 22 points while Patrick Comerford added 10. Wooten also had 10 rebounds as Peru out-rebounded Twin Lakes 37-20.

Tyler Elizalde led the Indians on the boards with five.

Warsaw 70, Rochester 63, OT

The Class 2A, No. 8 Zebras lost only their second game of the season in overtime to the Apaches.

The loss put Rochester at 5-2 while Warsaw improved to 4-4.

Luke Smith scored a game-high 29 points, including three three-pointers, to lead Rochester. Also for the Zebras, Josh Stoops added 10 while Kory Barnett followed with nine.

Rochester rallied from a 30-24 halftime deficit to tie the game at 57-57 at the end of regulation. But 11 of Wabash’s 13 overtime points came from the free throw line to give the Apaches the final advantage.

Caston 47, Frontier 44

Kyle Sommers scored 17 points to lift the Comets to victory Saturday.

The win improved Caston’s record to 2-4 overall and 1-1 in the Midwest Conference.

“It was a really even game throughout,” said Caston coach Ryan Bales. “Kyle Sommers hit the big lay-up for us with 30 seconds to go.

“Frontier was very athletic and I think we did a good job of stopping their dribble penetration.”

Also for the Comets, Dustin Swartzel had nine points, four rebounds and eight assists. Lucas Powlen led Caston’s rebounding effort with nine boards while Silas Zartman also pulled in four.

Caston won the JV game 46-43. Mitch Tam and Ethan Zartman each had 12 points to lead the way for the Comets.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Hamilton Heights 48, Lewis Cass 42, OT

The Lady Kings rallied early in the third quarter to take a 29-21 lead but couldn’t hold on.

The loss puts Cass at 5-7 overall and 1-3 in the Mid-Indiana Conference.

Cass coach Steve Ford pointed to a stagnant second-half offense as a reason for the loss.

“In the third quarter, we came out and jumped on them really quick and went up 29-21,” he said. “...Then our offense went really stagnant. Possession after possession was missed shots and the same thing held true for Hamilton Heights. Instead of improving our lead, we maintained it. ... Then in the fourth quarter we only made one basket and the rest of our offense was free throws and even then we were 7-of-14 from the free throw line.

“So it think it was a combination of lack of offense in the third where we could have extended the lead then in the fourth when we were just trying to hang on, we couldn’t hit our free throws.”

Offensively the Kings were led by Kayla Allison with 15 points. Also, Ashley Snider added nine and McCall Kitchel followed with eight. Kitchel also had eight rebounds though the Kings were out-rebounded 29-28.

Ford applauded Allison’s offensive performance as well as the defensive effort of Kelcy Schlegelmilch.

The Kings won the JV game 35-32 to improve to 11-1. They were led by Jennifer Berlet with 12 points.

North Judson 62, Tippy Valley 54

In Tuesday’s game, Tippy Valley battled back from a 46-25 third-quarter deficit and the Lady Bluejays’ lead down to eight points, but the rally fell short.

The loss dropped the Lady Vikings to 5-6 on the season.

Chelsey Rhoades scored a game-high 28 points, including five three-pointers, to lead Tippy Valley. Also Hannah Krueger added 14 points and six rebounds.

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