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COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ The 7-4 record may not show it, but Columbia City‚Äôs girls basketball team could easily be undefeated this season.
Three of the Lady Eagles‚Äô losses have been by five points or less, and the fourth loss was in overtime by seven points.
Glass-half-empty critics may view the losses as a weakness of the team, not able to come out on top of close games, but statistics shine a different light on the team‚Äôs effort.
Kendallville ¬≠‚ÄĒ The Columbia City Boys‚Äô Basketball team traveled to Kendallville to open the Northeast Hoosier Conference season by taking on the East Noble Knights.
The Eagles put on a first half shooting clinic hitting 75 percent of their field goal attempts including eight shots from behind the three-point arc building a 17 point lead on their way to a 61-50 win.
The game started out as a battle behind the arc with Columbia City‚Äôs Mason Coverstone matched up against East Noble‚Äôs Brandon Nichols and Michael Sharp.
LAGRANGE ‚ÄĒ Churubusco‚Äôs boys basketball team dropped a 65-55 contest to Prairie Heights Friday night.
The Eagles had a 31-24 advantage at halftime, but Prairie Heights outscored ‚ÄôBusco 41-24 to steal the win from the Eagles.
Churubusco was led in scoring by Brent Simmons with 22 points, followed by T.J. Campbell with 15.
Campbell hit 5-of-9 3-pointers for the Eagles in his 15 points.
Simmons was Churubusco‚Äôs leading rebounder with nine, followed by Corey Sarrazin with five and Garrett Simmons with three.
SOUTH WHITLEY ‚ÄĒ In what has been the start to a struggling season, Whitko‚Äôs boys basketball team suffered another loss Friday night, falling in a Three Rivers Conference matchup with Tippecanoe Valley, 59-40.
Despite the 19-point loss, the Wildcats didn‚Äôt go down without a fight.
After trailing most of the game, down 10-6 after the first quarter, 24-10 at halftime and 40-27 going into the fourth quarter, Whitko battled back to come within eight points with seven minutes on the clock.
SOUTH WHITLEY ‚ÄĒ When two athletic and quick teams meet, one might expect a clean, fast ballgame. Thursday night‚Äôs Whitko girls basketball game with the visiting West Noble Lady Chargers showed that something very different is also a possibility.
The Chargers‚Äô and Wildcats‚Äô pressure defense forced a combined 59 turnovers and went to the free-throw line for 77 attempts on the game.
With less than a second left, the Lady Wildcats got a rebound basket at the buzzer to pull out a stirring 64-62 home win giving them their best start to a season since the early nineties.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ More than 10 years in the making, Columbia City‚Äôs girls basketball team finally beat its rival to the west ‚ÄĒ Warsaw, Tuesday night, 38-24.
Records that date back to the 2000-01 season show that the Lady Eagles haven‚Äôt defeated the Lady Tigers in at least 13 years.
‚ÄúI know it has been quite some time since we‚Äôve beaten them,‚ÄĚ Columbia City Head Coach Amy Shearer said. ‚ÄúWarsaw has a great program. It was a good win for us.‚ÄĚ
Not only did the Lady Eagles beat Warsaw, they did it with several underclassmen playing substantial minutes.
LIGONIER ‚ÄĒ An early deficit was too much for Churubusco‚Äôs girls basketball team to overcome.
West Noble got off to a hot start in its 65-51 win over the Lady Eagles Friday. The Lady Chargers roared out to an 11-0 start in the first quarter.
From that moment on, ‚ÄôBusco only scored three fewer points than the host-Lady Chargers. However, the early gap would prove insurmountable.
West Noble‚Äôs 11-0 run to open the game turned into a 19-5 advantage at the end of the first quarter.
The Lady Chargers had the score out as far as 31-12 at halftime.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ After close games, many coaches don‚Äôt speak very highly of the opposing team.
It was quite the opposite for Norwell‚Äôs Head Coach Eric Thornton, when he spoke of Friday night‚Äôs game against Columbia City‚Äôs girls basketball team.
‚ÄúColumbia City‚Äôs not going to give up,‚ÄĚ Thornton said.
If effort heart could win the game, the Lady Eagles could‚Äôve walked out of the gym with a second conference win Friday night.
Unfortunately, though, Norwell (5-1) held on through a roller coaster fourth quarter to win, 50-46, and pick up its first Northeast Hoosier Conference win.
FORT WAYNE ‚ÄĒ Difficulty getting inside, along with their opponents‚Äô athleticism, made for a difficult Friday for the Columbia City Eagles boys basketball team.
One season after defeating Fort Wayne Northrop, the Eagles fell to the Bruins by a final of 44-24.
There were times when the game was close. Northrop had just a 9-8 lead after one quarter, and Columbia City cut the margin to 20-18 in the third quarter. But overall, it was not enough.
FORT WAYNE ‚ÄĒ A third-quarter charge was not enough for Whitko‚Äôs girls basketball team against Fort Wayne Northrop Wednesday.
The Lady Wildcats lost to the Lady Bruins by a final score of 60-49.
It was the second defeat in a row for Whitko (3-3), but the third consecutive contest against a Class 4A school. It was the first win of the year for 1-5 Northrop.
Whitko Girls Basketball Head Coach Brandon Bradley said Northrop challenges his squad in a unique fashion.