Regional Saturday in Indiana took center stage on the prep schedule, with regional champions being crowned.
Outside the Huddle has the details on every game with local implications
4A AT MARION
NORTHWESTERN 67, FISHERS 40
The top-ranked team in the state made easy work of a one-loss Fishers team, with Northwestern advancing into the regional final in a rout.
Kendall Bostic finished with a double-double of 21 points and 12 rebounds to lead Northwestern (27-0). She also shot a perfect 9-of-9 from the field.
Madison Layden added 21 points and nine assists.
HOMESTEAD 51, CARROLL 24
The Spartans (26-1) went 8-of-23 from three-point range, a big boost in beating Carroll for the second time this season.
Homestead held just a six-point lead at halftime, but turned up the defense to allow just 11 points after the break.
Rylie Parker led Homestead with 11 points, with Alison Stephens coming off the bench to add 10 points. Sophomore Ayanna Patterson finished with nine points and six rebounds.
Carroll was paced by Malia Williams and Saniya Jackson, who scored seven apiece.
The Chargers were held to 10-of-51 (19 percent) shooting for the game.
CHAMPIONSHIP: NORTHWESTERN 72, HOMESTEAD 35
A 29-point third quarter buried the Spartans as Northwestern rolled to a lopsided victory.
The Tigers (28-0) led by 11 at halftime, but quickly expanded that lead in the third. Northwestern shot 63 percent from the field in the second half and 56 percent overall.
Madison Layden led all scorers with 29 points for the Tigers. Kendall Bostic (18 pts.) and McKenna Layden (10 pts.) also finished in double digits.
Senior Sydney Graber’s 16 points led Homestead (26-2), with Rylie Parker adding nine points and Ayanna Patterson contributing six points.
3A AT BELLMONT
NORWELL 66, WINCHESTER 43
The Knights led by 18 points at halftime and cruised to a regional semifinal victory.
Maiah Shelton and Breann Barger each had 19 points to lead Norwell (22-4).
Winchester was held 28 points under their average for points in a game while shooting 29 percent from the field, including 1-of-15 from three. Madeline Lawrence had 14 points in the loss.
Norwell’s pressure defense forced 21 turnovers, with Kaylee Fuelling lead the Knights with six steals. This helped overcome a 5-of-24 shooting effort from range.
BENTON CENTRAL 55, GARRETT 37
The youthful Railroaders struggled to find consistency on offense and saw their season come to an end.
Morgan Ostrowski led Garrett with 15 points and nine rebounds and Bailey Kelham added 10 points.
Garrett finishes the season 16-9, an impressive mark considering the starting lineup includes four sophomores and a freshman.
CHAMPIONSHIP: BENTON CENTRAL 49, NORWELL 43
The Knights fed off their high impact morning game well early, but were eventually out dueled by the Bison’s style. Norwell won the first quarter 15-9 but it was the only frame they ended up winning.
Maiah Shelton had 16 points, six rebounds and three steals for Norwell in the loss.
2A AT WINAMAC
BREMEN 46, ANDREAN 39
Bremen improved to 19-7 with a victory over Andrean in the regional semifinal.
Andrean (15-13) led by three with just over three minutes in regulation, but the Lions scored 14 of the final 18 points of the game to advance.
SOUTH CENTRAL 46, ADAMS CENTRAL 41
The Flying Jets were unable to hold a five-point lead heading into the fourth quarter and saw their season end.
Adams Central finishes the season 19-8 and advanced to regionals for the first time since 2001.
CHAMPIONSHIP: SOUTH CENTRAL 47, BREMEN 36
1A AT CASTON
MORGAN TOWNSHIP 49, BLACKHAWK CHRISTIAN 29
The Braves saw their season come to an end with a loss on Saturday morning at Caston.
It was a tie game at eight after the first quarter, but Morgan Township (23-3) asserted its control, leading by nine at halftime and 16 after three.
Hailee Kline led the Braves with 11 points, while Aubree Vander Dussen added eight points.
The 18 wins this season for Blackhawk Christian is a program record.
PIONEER 68, OREGON-DAVIS 66
Hailey Cripe buried a three-pointer with just over three seconds left to break a 65-all tie and propel Pioneer into the regional final.
Oregon-Davis held a four-point advantage after three quarters but was unable to protect the lead.