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FORT WAYNE — Tuesday was a daunting task for the Columbia City (1-1) girls’ basketball team as the road part of their schedule started.
Only days after opening the regular season with a win over Whitko, the Lady Eagles hit the road to Snider (3-0) where the Lady Panthers averaged 79 in their first two games of the season.
A defensive battle kept Columbia City close trailing 23-22 at halftime. However, Snider’s post players of Liza Clemons and Akilah Sims helped Snider score 49 points in the second half win over the Lady Eagles 72-46.
The night was a strong one for senior forwards as well as for the Lady Eagles. Corinna Raypole tied Snider’s Sims for a game-high 17 points and nine rebounds.
Raypole scored 13 of those points in the first half while Snider took a slim 11-6 after one quarter.
The second period was one of Columbia City’s best of the night with Raypole being one of five Lady Eagles to post point in a 16-12 scoring advantage before the half.
Trailing by one at halftime, 23-22, Columbia City couldn’t slow down Snider’s post players. Elmhurst transfer Liza Clemons along with Sims both scored 11 points in the second half with Snider’s lead growing to 48-30.
Senior forward Sierria Burlage had a good night in the paint with six rebounds, six assists and six points.
Churubusco 43, Lakeland Christian 35
CHURUBUSCO — After an 0-2 start to the girls’ basketball season, Churubusco has its first win under its belt.
Behind a game-high 19 points from guard Haleigh Gross the Lady Eagles beat Lakeland Christian at home 43-35.
’Busco out scored LC in three of four quarters leading 24-16 at halftime.
Gross went 6-for-9 from the field hitting two three-pointers and grabbing four of Churubusco’s 23 steals in the game.
Despite shooting 30 percent from the field and being out rebounded 36-19, the Lady Eagles forced 37 turnovers against Lakeland Christian.