By Chris Reed
ANGOLA — Churubusco’s boys and girls basketball teams lost in the opening round of the Northeast Corner Conference Tournament last week.
The Hornets’ girls (15-3) defeated ’Busco 47-17 while the boys team grabbed a 67-39 victory over the Eagles.
Angola girls 47,
Angola put together one of its most dominant defensive efforts of the season against the struggling Eagles, allowing the fewest points to an opposing team so far this year.
“We were aggressive and we played hard,” said Angola head coach Brandon Appleton.
The Hornets recorded eight steals in the game, with Sarah Duvendack and Ally Lorntz both snagging three apiece.
Angola’s Brea Worman led all scorers in the game with nine points. Lorntz added seven while Ali Cranston netted six and Hanna Knoll and Reace Peppler each scored five for the Hornets.
Brein Gross led Churubusco with seven points, followed by Callie Lemper (4), Maria Hosted (3), Myah Bear (2) and Alayna Fulkerson (1).
The Eagles started fast, gaining an early 5-2 edge, all five points coming courtesy of Gross, but ’Busco’s lead lasted just a short while, giving way to an 18-0 Angola run which led to a 20-5 lead.
Angola led 30-7 at the half — the Eagle’s lone basket in the second quarter coming from Bear — and 36-7 after three en route to the win.
Angola boys 67, Churubusco 39
The Hornets came into the tournament boasting the No. 2-ranked defense in the state of Indiana, and the team did not disapoint against the Eagles.
Churubusco was held to just 14 points in the first two quarters of play, as the Hornets’ agressive, pressing defense confused a young bunch of Eagles early on.
The feat becomes more impressive when you realize that Churubusco had been scoring 70 or more points in three of its last four wins.
“We played very well,” Hornets head coach Ed Bentley said. “They had been playing very well, so to hold a team that had been scoring 70 to just 39, that’s pretty darn good.”
Angola opened the game on an 8-0 run, leading 15-6 after the first stanza and 29-14 at the half.
’Busco’s offense came alive in the second half. Jackson Paul scored nine of his team-high 11 points in the half, as the Eagles netted 22 points in the final two quarters.
The Eagles had several players contribute to scoring: Zane Burke (7), Gage Kelly (6), Brayton Bonar (6), Luke McClure (3) and Garrett Horn (2).
Jake Fulk and Jackson Paul led the team in rebounding with three apiece.
Tom Richards led in steals with four and Dalston Duff tallied three assists.
After the loss, Churubusco turned around to beat the Garrett Railroaders two days later, 63-37.
The Eagles came out to a dominating, 20-5 lead at the end of the first quarter, which was extended to 34-15 at halftime.
Churubusco continued to pull ahead in the third quarter, scoring 21 points to Garrett’s 10, to make the score 45-25 going into the fourth quarter.
The Eagles were led by Brayton Bonar with 21 points, Luke McClure with 14 points and Jackson Paul with 10.
Bonar and Dalston Duff each racked up 10 rebounds. McClure led the team in steals with three and Paul led the Eagles in assists with 10.