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Sizzling start leads Tech over Giants

Indianapolis Tech made its first nine shots, hit six 3-pointers in the first quarter to build a 31-14 through eight minutes and never looked back in a 97-84, North Central Conference win over Marion Saturday night in Indianapolis.

The Titans led 50-34 at halftime and 75-55 after three quarters. The final margin was as close as Marion was to Tech since early in the game.

Senior Anthony Anderson torched Marion with a game-high 39 points to lead four Tech players in double figures. Damion Wilburn added 19, Isaac Halvorson had 18 and Derrick Bell scored 11.

The Giants had a balanced offensive night and were led by Jalen Blackmon’s 24 points. Despite early foul trouble, Dre Aguilar finished with 17 points, Tyrese Cobb chipped in with 12 and Zach Randolph had 11. JK Thomas and Latrell Simpson scored nine points each for Marion.

Oak Hill 66, Eastbrook 58

No additional details of the game were reported before presstime.

Girls basketball 

Marion 65, Logansport 50

The Giants used a 19-8 second quarter scoring advantage to turn a 16-15 first quarter deficit into a 34-24 halftime lead in winning their ninth game in a row and staying squarely in the chase for the North Central Conference championship.

Jazmyn Turner led Marion with 18 points and Ellie Vermilion added 14. Ra Shaya Kyle and Del’Reann Horton each scored nine points. Leilanu Jackson finsihed with seven, Del’Rea Horton added six and Markeisha Jackson had two for the Giants.

Class 3A No. 14 Marion (16-2, 7-1 in NCC) travels to Fort Wayne Northrop on Wednesday then returns home Friday to meet 4A No. 19 Lafayette Jeff (15-1, 8-0 in NCC) at 6:30 p.m. with a chance to share the NCC title.

Frankton 84, Madison-Grant 57

No additional details were reported before presstime.

High school wrestling

Oak Hill captures Elwood Super 8

The Golden Eagles went 4-0 in pool play then defeated Anderson, 53-13 in the championship match to win the Elwood’s annual super dual wrestling tournament.

Mississinewa finished with a 2-3 record and in seventh place in the 10-team field.

Oak Hill had five class champions: Aiden Hardcastle (106), Harper Dedman (113), Bhupesh Chauhan (120), Tyler Miller (126) and Max Stefanatos (132).

Courtland Smith (138) was the only individual champion for Ole Miss.

Oak Hill beat Ole Miss (66-12), Kokomo (61-5), Frankton (41-28) and Elwood (57-16) in pool play.

The Indians beat Kokomo (42-33) in pool play and Clinton Central (42-39) in the seventh place match. Ole Miss dropped decisions to Oak Hill, Elwood (46-28) and Frankton (66-12).

Argylls third at Bearcats invite

Madison-Grant (220) finished third Saturday in the Muncie Central Invitational behind the host Bearcats (321) and Shenandoah (238) and had three individual champions. 

Dannion Barton was champion at 120 pounds, Christian Veach at 132 and Dakota Cates at 220 with 3-0 records.

Finishing 2-1 were Zeb Taylor (106), Randall Fultz (152), Cameron Doan (160) and Connor Murphy (285).

At 1-2 were Tyler Schultz (113), Zach Hasty (138), Jaren Glass (145), Justin Doan (170) and Stephen Uncapher (195). 

Men’s basketball

Taylor 76, Goshen 72 

Taylor withstood a red-hot start from Goshen on Saturday, erasing an early 12-point deficit and using a 24-5 stretch midway through the contest to help secure a 76-72 win.

Goshen (10-10, 3-5 CL) scored on six of its first seven possessions, hitting four 3-pointers, while bolting to a 16-7 lead. The Maple Leafs eventually pushed the gap to 23-11.

Taylor clawed is way back and used three-pointers from Ryan Robinson and Evan Crowe in the final minute of the first half to draw within 37-35 at the break.

The Taylor run spilled over into the second half, with Jake Heggeland powering in a pair of buckets to open the action, before assisting a hoop from Robinson for a 41-37 lead. Robinson added another basket to push the run to 14-straight points going back to the final minute of the opening half.

Crowe buried another trifecta for a 49-40 edge and a basket by Mason Degenkolb extended the Taylor’s lead to 53-42. 

The 24-5 spurt was part of a larger run from Taylor that saw the Trojans outscore Goshen by a 42-19 gap to flip the 12-point deficit into an 11-point cushion.

Goshen countered with a 19-6 run, storming back to take a 61-59 lead. But two free throws from Degenkolb sandwiched a three-ball from Crowe for seven-straight Taylor points and a 66-61 advantage with 3:24 remaining.

Taylor owned the backboards over the final 20 minutes, limiting Goshen to only two offensive rebounds in the half and ending the game with a 44-31 advantage. 

Robinson led Taylor with 19 points, making 6 of 8 from the field. He also dished out five assists.

Crowe finished with 18 points, while Heggeland added 17 points and eight boards. Degenkolb scored 10 points to go with seven rebounds and Hendricks collected a season-high nine rebounds.

Taylor (12-8, 3-5 CL) hosts No. 11 Bethel (16-3, 5-2 CL) Tuesday at 7 p.m. 

Women’s basketball

Taylor 84, Goshen 40

The 22nd-ranked Taylor women’s basketball team netted the first seven points on Saturday and led wire-to-wire in its 84-40 win at Goshen.

TU led 18-9 after the first period, thanks to a 15-2 run over the opening six minutes, and built up a 40-14 lead by halftime.

Taylor made 28 of 58 from the field and held Goshen to just 27.8 percent (15-54) shooting. Taylor posted a season-high 18 steals and a 43-27 rebounding advantage over the Maple Leafs (1-18, 0-8 CL).

Kendall Bradbury recorded her 18th-consecutive 20-point performance to lead the scoring, with 22 points on 8-of-12 (66.7 percent) shooting.

Freshman Lauren James notched a career-high 13 points while Josie Cobb added 10 points, four rebounds, three assists and three steals, Cassidy Wyse tallied nine points and seven boards, and Abby Buchs had eight points and a career-high four steals.

No. 22 Taylor (13-7, 6-2 CL) will return host Bethel (6-13, 1-6 CL) Wednesday at 7 p.m.