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Upset bid falls short for Wabash

Staff reports

The Wabash girls’ basketball team nearly started off its Three Rivers Conference campaign with a bang on Saturday night.

Squared up against Class 3A No. 4 Tippecanoe Valley, the Apaches took the visiting Vikings to overtime before falling 59-53.

Wabash fell behind early, trailing 16-6 after the first period. However, the hosts turned it around by closing the gap to 24-23 by halftime.

The two sides were deadlocked at 35-35 heading into the final stanza and were knotted at 48-48 heading into the extra period.

Wabash took the lead at 50-48 to start the frame, but Tippecanoe Valley finished the game with an 11-3 run to earn the win.

Carmen Higdon led Wabash with 14 points while Bailey Yoakum added 13. Hope Unger and Alivia Short had nine apiece while Tabatha Wagner added eight.

Yoakum added seven rebounds, six steals and four assists on the night as well.

The Vikings’ Sophie Bussard led all scorers with 25 points while Emily Peterson added 16.

Wabash falls to 4-4 overall and 0-1 in the conference. The Apaches will return to the court tomorrow when they travel to Norwell with tip-off scheduled for 7:45 p.m.

Southwood’s girls’ basketball team fell on the road on Saturday to Rochester, 61-30.

The Knights lost every quarter on the night, trailing 14-8 after one and 31-16 at halftime before being out-scored 30-14 in the second half.

MaKenna Pace led the visitors with 11 points while Morgan Farr added eight and Erin Lehner four.

The loss drops Southwood to 2-5 on the year and 0-1 in the Three Rivers Conference. The Knights will return to action on Wednesday at home against Mississinewa with tip-off set for 7:45 p.m.