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Crusaders win tourney
Cannelton — It took two overtimes, but the Columbus Christian boys basketball team was able to pull away from Medora (3-4) to win the Cannelton Invitational 87-79.
Leading the Crusaders with an impressive 31-point performance was Delane Shaull, who also connected on two 3-point shots on the night. Josh Miracle scored 24 points for Columbus Christian, while Austin Straub connected on three 3-pointers, scoring 23 points.
Earlier in the tournament, the Crusaders (16-1) defeated Cannelton (1-6) 80-68 behind Straub’s 15 points. Shaull and Miracle scored 13 apiece.
Lancers defeat Golden Knights
The Edinburgh boys basketball team put up a dominating performance against Indianapolis Arlington Saturday night, winning 51-21.
Leading the way for the Lancers was Collin Hoskins, who scored 22 points, 12 from behind the 3-point arc. Dakota Sneed, Elliott Parmer and Elijah Parmer each scored six points against the Golden Knights, who fall to 1-3.
The Lancers improved to 3-1 on the season.
Eagles take fifth, Jets eighth
BLOOMFIELD — After splitting the first two games Friday night, the Brown County girls basketball team was able to bounce back from its pool loss to win its final two games Saturday to claim fifth place in the Toby Yoho Tournament at Eastern Greene High School.
The Eagles (8-3) outscored Forest Park 25-16 in the second half en route to a 50-36 win in the fifth-place game. Whitney Williamson was the leading scorer with 27 points, while Tanner Chapman scored 11 points.
The offensive rhythm of the Eagles got started earlier in the day with a 50-29 blasting of South Knox (6-7). Williamson and Chapman scored 14 points apiece, with Sarah Southerland hit three 3-point shots.
“We played two of the best games we played all season today,” Eagles coach Shane Billingsley said. “If we played like this Friday, it would’ve been a different tournament in the end.”
The Hauser girls basketball team wasn’t able to pull through in both games Saturday at the Toby Yoho tournament, falling to Forest Park 45-31 in the first game and losing 51-39 to South Knox to claim eighth place.
Leading the Jets (6-7) was Ellie Trotter who scored 14 points against South Knox and nine against Forest Park (7-4), while Erynn Shaw scored 11 points against the Rangers.
Hauser trailed by single digits in both games going into the fourth quarter, but the missing starters (the Jets were without three ill starters) for the Jets ultimately hurt them in the end.
Hamilton said the team’s health needs to improve going into the new year.
“We have to get healthy,” Hamilton said. “We have to regroup and get rested and ready to start back up in January.”
Jones finishes 2nd for North
CONNERSVILLE — The Columbus North wrestling squad continued action on the mat Saturday with its six remaining wrestlers at the Connersville Spartan Classic.
Out of those six, Andrew Jones was the lone finalist, finishing second place with a 4-1 record. The Bull Dogs finished 13th in the 32-team tournament.
Jones posted a 4-1 record for the tournament, losing in the finals to Conner James from Roncalli by way of fall in 3:08 at 152 pounds.
East’s Noblitt runner-up
MISHAWAKA — Columbus East wrestler Dalton Noblitt put up a strong showing for much of the Al Smith Tournament at Mishawaka High School going into the final.
To get the title, he had to face the returning state champion Deondre Wilson of Warren Central.
Noblitt lost a tough major decision to Wilson in the 132-pound final Saturday by a score of 11-3 to be the lone placer for the Olympians in the tournament.
Noblitt closed the day out with a 4-1 record, three going by way of fall in under a minute, and is currently 13-2 and ranked third in the state at 132.
Castetter wins Holiday Classic
MOORESVILLE — Colton Castetter was the lone victor for the Jennings County wrestling team at the Mooresville Holiday Classic, while five other wrestlers won in the placement round for the Panthers to secure third place as a team.
Colton Castetter won the championship, securing a fall against Daryn Milton of Westfield in 3:55 at 220 pounds.
Panthers coach Howard Jones said the strong placement matches helped boost the team’s confidence.
“To do as well as we did today was just fantastic,” Jones said. “The final round was huge for us to get team points and to have five guys pull through was excellent.”
After a close first period with Castetter down 2-1, he took control from the top position, getting a cross face cradle locked up with just five seconds to spare in the second period for the fall.
Finishing third for the Panthers were Andrew Herrin (145), Gabe Wilson (160) and Peyton Shepherd (182). John Flynn took fifth at 152 pounds and J.T. Gilliam took fifth at 170.
— Staff Reports
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