Lakers trounce Cardinals to get off to 5-0 start
Shakamak improved its record to 5-0 Saturday night by being most unkind to host Washington Catholic.
The Lakers took a 19-point lead at the half and never looked back against the 1-4 Cardinals, defeating them 68-34.
The visitors led 12-3 after one quarter of play and outscored their hosts 21-11 in the second period. The third quarter proved to be their best as the Lakers outscored Washington Catholic 23-10. They hit cruise control for the rest of the game.
Shakamak’s next game will be at home at 7:30 p.m. Saturday as the Lakers take on Eminence.
The Union Bulldogs remain winless after a disastrous road trip to North Vermillion Saturday afternoon.
The Falcons (1-3) jumped out to a 20-7 lead in the first quarter and never looked back against the 0-9 ‘Dogs. North Vermillion led 33-18 at halftime and outscored the visitors 16-7 in the third quarter.
The ‘Dogs next play at 7:30 p.m. Saturday as they host Washington Catholic. That will be the second part of a varsity doubleheader as the Lady Bulldogs play the Cardinals at 7:30 p.m.
The Lady Lakers could not overcome cold hands Saturday afternoon as they fell 37-28 to visiting Edgewood.
Shakamak (2-9) scored only four points in each of the first two quarters, allowing Edgewood (9-3) to take a 19-8 halftime lead. The Lady Mustangs led 27-14 after three stanzas, but Shakamak played its best quarter in the fourth, outscoring the visitors 14-10.
“The second quarter is what did us in,” Shakamak Kris Landry said. “We didn’t hit any buckets whatsoever. You can’t win a game shooting 19 percent from the field.”
Alyssa Garo of Shakamak was the only player for either team to hit double figures as she scored 14.
The hosts didn’t stop battling in the last two quarters, the coach added, and he noted they made only five turnovers in the second half.
“They didn’t give up,” Landry said. “We were down 17 at one point, we got it down to nine. We seemed to click in the second half.”
Despite the loss, Landry said the Lady Lakers played excellent defense, holding a talented Edgewood team to only 37 points for the game.
“This is one of our most positive games,” he said. “I saw a lot of good things against a good Edgewood team. A lot of light bulbs have gone off in the girls’ heads. I’m kind of excited to see what the new year brings.”
Shakamak will travel to Sullivan at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Edgewood 8 11 8 10 -- 37
Shakamak 4 4 6 14 -- 28
Phillips 1 0-0 2 2F, Morris 3 3-4 9 1F, T. Acuff 3 0-1 6 5F, Shockney 3 3-6 9 1F, Bennett 0 0-0 0, Meyer 1 2-2 4 1F, Pace 0 0-0 0, P. Acuff 1 2-6 4 4F, Brantwood 1 1-1 3, TEAM 13 11-20 37 14F. Three-Point Shooting: 0.
Huddleston 1 5-8 7 2F, Garo 4 5-6 14 3F, Hinkle 1 0-1 2 2F, Messmer 2 0-0 5 3F, Kairies 0 0-0 5F, Wise 0 0-0 0 1F, Lash 0 0-1 0 1F, Pierce 0 0-0 1F, TEAM 8 10-16 28 18F. Three-Point Shooting: 2 (Garo 1, Messmer 1).
Bloomfield fell to Barr-Reeve 43-20 Saturday afternoon on the road.
The loss dropped the Lady Cardinals’ record to 4-8 for the season.
They next play at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday when they host White River Valley in Southwest Indiana Athletic Conference action.
The Lady Bulldogs split two games over the weekend
Union routed Bloomington HomeSchool 45-17 Friday night at home.
On Saturday afternoon, the Lady ‘Dogs ventured to North Vermillion (4-6) and edged their hosts 43-41 in a thriller. The victories improve the Union’s record to 4-2.
The Lady Bulldogs next play at 6:00 p.m. Thursday as they travel to Wabash Valley Home School.
WOMENS COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Shannon Pittman scored 13 points, but Earlham College lost to host Franklin College 60-56 Saturday afternoon in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) action.
The Lady Grizzlies rallied from five points down in the fourth quarter to defeat Earlham. The Quakers led 42-38 after three quarters, but were held to 14 points in the fourth quarter while the Grizzlies scored 23 points.
Pittman shot 4-6 from the floor, nailing both of her three-point attempts, and 3-4 from the line. She also grabbed two rebounds and dished out an assist in 12 minutes of play.
The entire first half was played within an eight-point window with Franklin leading by as many as five points (18-13) and the Lady Quakers by three points (21-18) after consecutive triples from senior Hannah Franklin and junior Mariah Flynn.
Trailing 27-25 at halftime, Earlham opened the second half on a 7-0 run fueled by five points from Pittman and a jumper from freshman Camryn White. Franklin would take a 38-37 lead with 3:37 to play in the third, but the Lady Quakers scored the final five points of the quarter.
Hannah Franklin led all scorers, finishing with 14 for Earlham.
Three Lady Grizzlies, Lauren DeSutter, Sarah Taylor, and Mandy Fisher, finished in double figures in scoring. Taylor and DeSutter led Franklin with a dozen points each.
Both teams hit 18 field goals in the contest. Five of the Lady Quakers’ shots came from three-point range while the Lady Grizzlies hit three triples. The hosts hit 21 free throws while the visitors nailed 15-25 free throws.
Earlham out-rebounded Franklin 45-36, but committed 29 turnovers.
The Lady Quakers return to Schuckman Court at 2 p.m. Saturday for an HCAC contest against Manchester University.