The Yorktown girls basketball team might not have had the ideal start, but they had what it took to finish.
The Tigers had only four points after the first quarter Saturday and trialed by nine, but they rallied in the second half to take a 52-49 Hoosier Heritage Conference overtime win against Pendleton Heights. Yorktown (14-4 overall, 3-3 HHC) won the second half 22-14 and outscored the Arabians (12-7, 3-3) 9-6 in overtime.
“We’re a slow-starting team,” Yorktown coach Joy Dixon said, noting her team usually has to get past the initial energy of the game and the opponent. “(Then) we settle in and we’re make plays, just kind of get used to what they’re doing offensively and defensively and just their personnel.”
Mikaela Whitinger led the Tigers with 11 points and connected on two 3-pointers. Five Yorktown players had at least eight points, and Kendra Saunders led the team with eight rebounds.
The win gives the Tigers an eight-game winning streak, the program’s longest since at least the 2000-01 season.
“It means a lot for our program,” Dixon said. “We’re building and it’s just a huge confidence booster.”
* Wapahani 65, Blue River 33: Wapahani held Blue River to 13 points in the first half on the way to a victory. Hanna Rose led the Raiders with 17 points, and Lindi Thomas added 11.
* Huntington North 57, New Castle 50: The Trojans led at halftime, following a second-quarter rally, but could not hold on in a loss to the Vikings. Shelby Alderson had 19 points in the loss.