Columbia City hangs on to beat Churubusco

Churubusco’s Delany Peters, left, and Callie Lemper, right, defend Columbia City’s Olivia Shearer. PHOTOS BY NICOLE MINIER

Skye Roberts and Delany Peters wait to battle it out for a free throw.

Myah Bear sets a screen for point guard Brein Gross.

Alayna Fulkerson goes up for a shot between the defense of Columbia City’s Olivia Shearer and Skye Roberts.

Columbia City’s Grace Cotter pushes through a pair of Churubusco defenders.

Churubusco’s Myah Bear leaps over Columbia City’s Olivia Shearer when chasing down a loose ball.

Churubusco’s Mackenzi Tonkel makes a pass to a teammate.

Myah Bear, left, and Mariah Hosted, right, both leap toward a rebound.

Columbia City’s Gabby Fry takes a shot over Churubusco’s Isabelle Hille.

A Columbia City rebounder is swarmed by Churubusco defenders.

Grace Cotter goes up for a lay-up.

By Nicole Minier

CHURUBUSCO — Despite facing some difficult deficits, Churubusco’s girls basketball team wouldn’t let up in the battle of the Whitley County Lady Eagles last week.

Columbia City came away with the win in the low-scoring game, 35-25.

Both teams shot below 20 percent from the field in the first half.

By the end of the first quarter, the score was only 4-4. Churubusco started out with a four-point lead after a field goal from Mackenzi Tonkel and a pair of free throws from Myah Bear.

Olivia Shearer put Columbia City on the scoreboard at the 1:38 mark, and teammate Carly Mabie scored again with 37 seconds left in the quarter to tie the score at 4.

Churubusco’s Alayna Fulkerson scored to start the second quarter, and Columbia City’s Grace Schrader responded with a bucket off an offensive rebound to tie the score again. The team went back and forth during the quarter, with Churubusco once again taking the lead after a basket by Katelyn Johnson.

Columbia City led by two at halftime after the Lady Eagles went on a 5-0 run — a 3-pointer by Shearer and a pair of free throws from Mabie, to make the score 13-11.

Columbia City came out of the locker room on fire to start the third quarter, scoring seven unanswered points, starting with another 3-pointer by Shearer.

Churubusco’s Callie Lemper stopped the run with a bucket of her own, but only for a moment, as Columbia City rattled off four more points.

Myah Bear fought to keep ’Busco alive, completing a traditional three-point play, but the hosts trailed 27-16 going into the fourth quarter.

Churubusco’s Mariah Hosted wasn’t ready to give up yet, scoring six points in the fourth, along with a 3-pointer from Lemper, which cut Columbia City’s lead to six, but it wasn’t enough for Churubusco, which lost 35-25.

Churubusco was led in scoring by Hosted with six points.

Columbia City was led by Shearer with 15 points and Schrader with seven.

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