Lady Eagles struggle in last home games

Brein Gross fights for a loose ball against Angola Friday night.

Stacia Fester, center, escorts her parents Jodi and Corey Fester onto the court for Senior Night.

Senior Paige Stauffer hugs Churubusco head coach Dusty Beucler after the Lady Eagles’ last home game of the season.

Cassidy Yant embraces junior varsity coach Dave Ruckman during Senior Night.

By Nicole Minier

CHURUBUSCO — Churubusco’s girls basketball team scored two field goals in the first quarter — then didn’t score another until the fourth quarter.

The Lady Eagles’ lack of offense and Angola’s persistent scoring led the Lady Hornets to a 52-28 win at Churubusco Friday night.

Churubusco hung close in the first quarter, only trailing Angola by four at 11-7, but pulled away to a 21-12 lead at halftime.

Angola powered ahead in the third quarter, outscoring ’Busco 17-0 to lead 38-12 going into the last eight minutes.

Churubusco got back on the board in the fourth, with Stacia Fester and Mackenzie Pittenger each recording 3-pointers, and the team shooting 8-for-10 from the free-throw line — to help ’Busco outscore Angola 16-14 in the last quarter to make the final score 52-28.

Angola’s Sydney Boyd tallied four 3-pointers in her 12-point game for the Hornets.

Angola 52,

Churubusco 28

Angola: B. Worman 0, 0, 0-0 0 A. Cranston 3, 0, 3-4, 9 A. Lorntz 1, 1, 0-0, 5 A. Fuller 1, 0, 2-2, 4 S. Suvendack 0, 0, 0-0, 0 G. McHugh 0, 0, 0-0, 0 A. Stoy 0, 0, 0-0, 0 Rea. Peppler 2, 0, 0-0, 4 S. Brandt 0, 1, 0-0, 2 S. Boyd 0, 4, 0-0, 12 Reg. Peppler (32) 1, 0, 1-2, 3 K Fenstermaker 4, 0, 0-0, 8 J. Davis 0, 0, 0-0 0 J. Fee 1, 1, 0-0, 5

Churubusco: S. Fester 0, 1, 4-7, 7 M. Bear 0, 0, 0-0, 0 B. Gross 0, 0, 2-4, 2 D. Peters 0, 0, 0-0, 0 A. Erwin 1, 0, 4-4, 6 C. Lemper 0, 0, 2-2, 2 K. Johnson 1, 0, 0-0, 2 P. Stauffer 0, 0, 2-2, 2 C. Yant 1, 0, 0-0, 2 H. Morgan 0, 0, 2-2, 2 M. Pittenger 0, 1, 0-0, 3 A. Fulkerson 0, 0, 0-0, 0

Angola 11 10 17 14 — 52

Churubusco 7 5 0 16 — 28

Seniors honored at last home game

Churubusco’s three girls basketball seniors were recognized after Friday night’s game against Angola.

The three senior players are Stacia Fester, Cassidy Yant and Paige Stauffer.

Fester is the daughter of Mark and Heather Pepple and Jim Stauffer. While at Churubusco, she has participated in volleyball for two years, basketball for four years, softball for four years, golf for two years, student council, Key Club and NHS.

Her future plans are to attend Purdue University in the fall to study animal science and focus on veterinary medicine.

Fester is the daughter of Corey and Jodi Fester. She participates in National Honor Society, student council, SADD, Spanish Club, volleyball, cross country and track. Her future plans are to attend Indiana Wesleyan University to major in biology.

Yant is the daughter of Rex and Julie Yant. While at Churbusco, she has participated in basketball, golf, track, student council, Key Club and Spanish Club. She plans to attend college to study exercise science.

The group of seniors are the first to play all four years under head coach Dusty Beucler.

“Thank you for all the hard work and leadership throughout the years,” Beucler said.

“I have no doubt that you will be successful in whatever you choose to do next — and please, remember that this is your home and you will always have a place here.”

The seniors have had 36 wins in their four years at CHS — more than any other class in school history.

Sectional draw

Churubusco’s girls will host the sectional tournament this year.

The Lady Eagles (5-15) will open with South Adams (11-9).

Other pairings include Bluffton (11-10) vs. Eastside (12-8), and Adams Central (2-18) vs. Woodlan (10-11). Blackford drew the bye.

Sectionals will begin Jan. 31 and run through Feb. 4. Central Noble will be hosting sectionals as well, including Class 2A No. 1 Whitko.

Lakers beat ’Busco

Lakeland dominated Churubusco in Tuesday’s girls basketball game, defeating the Eagles 52-29.

The Lakers (4-15, 1-9) have caught fire of late, and are now 4-2 after a tough 1-13 stretch through the end of 2016.

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