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Prep Report: Triton Central improves to 9-1 with win over Southwestern

Class 2A, No. 4 Triton Central used a 23-point second quarter to roll past Southwestern, 66-28.

The Tigers (9-1) led 15-8 at the end of the first quarter Saturday night then hit four three-pointers over the second eight minutes to pull away from the Spartans (4-6).

Lizzie Graham scored nine of her game-high 16 points in that second quarter. Maddy Brown made a pair of 3s in the quarter on the way to 15 points. Olivia Faust added 14.

Lilly Rooks topped Southwestern with 12 points. Lily Kerber and Faith Kelley each had six.

Triton Central won the junior varsity game, 56-7.

Hailey Harris finished with a game-high 17 points for the Tigers. Jocelyn Firebaugh had 12 and Lauren Grant had 10.

Amber Benson scored all seven points for Southwestern.

Triton Central hosts Indianapolis Ritter (5-7, 3-2 Indiana Crossroads Conference) Tuesday. The Tigers lead the ICC standings with a 3-0 mark.

Southwestern (2-1 Mid-Hoosier Conference) hosts Morristown (5-6, 1-1 MHC) Tuesday.

In other prep events Saturday:

Girls basketball

Jac-Cen-Del 58, Morristown 28

At Morristown, Class A, No. 4 Jac-Cen-Del improved to 9-1 with a strong second-half performance at the Bee Hive.

The Eagles led 21-11 at halftime then outscored the Yellow Jackets (5-6) 37-17 over the final two quarters.

Desiree Sparks led Jac-Cen-Del with 12 points and 11 rebounds. Olivia Neal and Jalee Rider each had nine and Annabelle Williams finished with eight points, seven rebounds, seven steals and four assists.



Danika Rutledge and Raegan Kleine each scored seven points to lead a Morristown squad missing three varsity players. Rutledge also had five rebounds. Kleine had three assists and three steals.

Alexia Rogers finished with six points.

Morristown has lost three straight games against opponents ranked in the top five in their respective classes.

The Yellow Jackets are at Southwestern Tuesday.

Boys basketball

Whiteland 85, Shelbyville 65

At Whiteland, the host Warriors jumped out to a 23-10 lead after one quarter and never trailed again.

Max Sullivan and Drew Higdon combined for 19 first-quarter points to propel Whiteland (4-1) to the lead.

Sullivan scored 13 more in the third quarter on the way to a team-high 24 points. Higdon finished with 23 and Wiatt McLaughlin added 18.

The Warriors led 38-25 at halftime and scored 29 points in the third quarter to build a 29-point lead.



Ollie Sandman hit four second-half 3s to lead Shelbyville (1-4) with 24 points.

Jakob Heaton and Aidan Asher each had 14.

The Golden Bears have lost four straight and are allowing 68.2 points per game this season.

Shelbyville hosts Greenwood (3-2) Tuesday at Garrett Gymnasium.


Plainfield Invitational

Triton Central finished sixth in the 8-team field.

Hamilton Southeastern, ranked No. 20 in the state poll, won the team title with 257.5 points. Terre Haute South was runner-up (220). Plainfield (188), Martinsville (182), South Dearborn (130), Triton Central (113), Danville (94) and Brebeuf (52) rounded out the field.



Triton Central’s Ethan Booth defeated Danville’s Everett Wallace in the third-place match at 113 pounds, 15-9. Booth went 3-1 in the invitational.

At 126, Triton Central’s Landen Gaddy pinned Hamilton Southeastern’s Nick Burris in 47 seconds in the third-place match. Gaddy finished with a 3-1 record.

Caden Alfrey (120), Lucas Lee (132) and Zach Stewart (138) each finished 2-2 and in fourth place in their respective brackets.

Ethan McGivern also finished 2-2 at 285 to take fifth place.

Triton Central is at Greenwood Tuesday for a dual match.