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January 9th, 2012
CHURUBUSCO â It usually is a good thing when a basketball team outscores their opponent from the free throw line. However, it is an unfortunate thing if that is where half your points come from. That was the case for the Churubusco Lady Eagles Saturday night in their contest with Northeast Corner Conference foe, the Hamilton Lady Marines.
The Lady Eagles managed only four field goals through the first three periods and fell to the visitors by a 45-32 score. âBusco started well, jumping out to a 5-0 lead on two free throws by Haleigh Gross and a three pointer by Chandler Blake.
SOUTH WHITLEY â The Whitko girls hoops team has been unable to defeat Rochester since the current batch of seniors were in eighth grade.
In fact, aside from a two-point loss in 2005, the Lady Wildcats havenât managed to keep the Lady Zebraâs margin of victory within single digits since the millennium began.
That changed Saturday night, as Whitko hosted â and defeated â Rochester, 51-48, in a close game that was within one point with under a minute left in the contest.
COLUMBIA CITY â Bell-montâs boys basketball team took nearly the same approach Saturday at Columbia City as the girls used Friday against the Lady Eagles â a low-possession, low-scoring ball game. Unfortunately for the Braves, they lost 47-38 like the girls did Friday in Decatur.
Columbia City pulled out to a 5-0 lead one minute into the game with a bucket by Daniel Woll in the first possession and a 3-point play by senior Austin Paul.
By JOE SPAULDING
for The Post and Mail
DECATUR â One observer at the press table Friday night at the Bellmont gym wryly noted, âthe first team to 30 will win.â
That prediction came true as Columbia City held on to win a 35-29 girls varsity decision over Bellmont in Northeast Hoosier Conference action by shutting down the Bellmont inside game with what Eagle coach Amy Shearer called âgood pressure and a good defensive effort.â
FREMONT â Churubusco girls basketball got down early Friday and was never able to recover, losing to Fremont Lady Eagles 49-31.
The âBusco Lady Eagles kept it close in the first quarter, scoring nine points to Fremontâs 12.
âWe played well in the first quarter,â Churubusco Head Coach Jamie Perlich said. âThen we started struggling defensively.
âWhen we play well on defense the rest falls together. We started getting tired and started standing up instead of moving our feet on defense and our shots stopped falling.â
John Davis and teammate Audrey Gruettert dove Thursday night at Homestead in the conference meet. The meet will conclude Saturday with the swim events, starting at 11 a.m.
COLUMBIA CITY â Columbia City wrestling alumni â on hand for Alumni Night Wednesday â didnât quite get the show they were hoping for.
The Eagles lost to East Noble, 60-10.
âI was very proud of our guys,â said Eagle Head Coach Blane Culp. âFor the most part our guys really went after them. Itâs a tough team. (Head Coach) Keith Koffarâs got them going.â
After five matches, East Noble led 21-4.
Despite the loss, the Eagles only surrendered four pins in 12 matches, something Culp said the coaches have stressed to the team this year.
COLUMBIA CITY â Eagle junior varsity wrestling got a taste of victory Wednesday, winning three of its four matches and defeating East Nobleâs JV squad 15-6.
Brice Bauer opened the meet at 145 pounds with a 9-3 win over his Knight opponent. Bauer was down 3-0 heading into the final period.
Head Coach Blane Culp said the team preaches that it is a six-minute match and Bauer showed that by continuing to work.
At 152 and having to mount several counters, Columbia Cityâs Hunter LaRue got a pinfall victory with time expiring in the first period.
WOODBURN â Churubuscoâs boys basketball team traveled to Woodlan Wednesday night to post a 71-49 win and improve the Eagles to a winning record (4-3).
âBuscoâs Josh LeFever scored 10 of the Eaglesâ 16 first-quarter points, while the defense held the Warriors to nine.
âHe (LeFever) got off on a real good roll in the first quarter,â Churubusco Head Coach Mike McBride said. âIn the first quarter we did a nice job defensively, they have some kids that shoot it pretty well and we stopped them.â
See the Wednesday, Jan. 4 edition of The Post and Mail for more awards photos.