High school roundup: Jeff, Harrison gymnasts earn regional berths

High school roundup: Jeff, Harrison gymnasts earn regional berths

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High school roundup: Jeff, Harrison gymnasts earn regional berths

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Lafayette Jeff and Harrison’s gymnastics teams earned regional berths on Saturday after finishing in the top three at the Lafayette Jeff Sectional.

Logansport captured the team championship with 106.375 points, thanks to freshmen Kelley Platt and Emily Pomasi. Platt won the all-around championship with 36.975 points in addition to placing first on the bars, beam and vault. Pomasi won the floor exercise.

Lafayette Jeff took second place behind the strong performances of senior Hannah Lezak and sophomores Zoee Anderson and Megan Puckett. Lezak was third in the all-round with 34.225 points, followed by Anderson at 33.475 and Puckett at 33.300.

Puckett and Anderson earned the Bronchos’ highest finish, tying for second on the balance beam.

Harrison placed third with 95.325 points, aided by top five finishes in the floor exercise from Georgia Lawlor (third, 8.975) and Abigail Hancock (8.725). Crawfordsville’s Aly Anderson advanced to regional with her sixth place finish in the floor exercise, and Southmont’s Madison Mills moved on with her fifth-place effort in vault.

Logansport, Lafayette Jeff, Harrison will compete again in the Lafayette Regional on Friday at 6:30 p.m. along with qualifiers from the New Palestine Sectional.

Boys basketball

Rockville 51

Covington 31

CAYUGA – Class A No. 1 Rockville claimed its third boys basketball sectional in a row behind 20 points from senior Lane Mahurin.

The Rox (25-0) led from start to finish, distancing themselves from the Trojans 13-8 in the first quarter and leading by double digits most of the rest of the game.

Covington (14-8) missed its first four shots and didn’t get a field goal for the first 5:50 of the game. Meanwhile, Rockville fed the ball to Mahurin, who scored eight in the first quarter off post-ups, spins to the basket and baseline jumpers.

“He’s as dominant a player for his team as anyone I’ve ever coached against,” Covington coach Kent Chezem said. “He makes everyone else on his team better.”

Covington hung within two possessions of the Rox until back-to-back 3-pointers by Rockville’s Jordan McFall and Nick Waltz extended the margin to 12 points.

The Trojans spread the scoring around among Chandler Spring (9), James Foley (8), Alex Frechette (7) and Jordan Ahrens (6).

Rockville moves on to the Frankfort Regional to play No. 6 Central Catholic.

Pioneer 65

West Central 30

FRANCESVILLE – Class A No. 4 Pioneer won its fourth consecutive sectional championship, halting the host Trojans behind 18 points from Brandon Scruggs and 17 from Carter Skaggs.

Scruggs hit a trio of 3-pointers during an 11-point first quarter that propeled the Panthers (20-3) to a 21-5 lead.

Michael Hamilton had 12 points for West Central, which finishes 7-16.

Pioneer takes on the Kouts Sectional champion on Saturday at the Triton Regional.

Girls basketball

Bedford N. Lawrence 54

Fort Wayne South 51

TERRE HAUTE – Alexa Bailey and Dominique McBryde each scored 19 points to lead Bedford North Lawrence to the Class 4A state championship.

Ariana Simmons had 21 points and 11 rebounds, and Brittni Clopton and Lakyn Gulley each had nine for the Archers (24-4), in the finals for the first time.

McBryde tied the game at 43 with a 3-point play with 6:00 left. Bailey followed with a steal, layup and free throw to give the Stars (28-0) the lead for good at 46-43.

With just over a minute to play, Sammy Dillman hit a 3-pointer to put the Stars up 51-48.

Mt. Vernon 61

Hamilton Heights 47

TERRE HAUTE – Mt. Vernon’s Sydney Shelton took control and ran away with the Class 3A girls basketball state final, scoring a game-high 29 points and hauling in six rebounds.

Erica Moore had 14 points and 15 rebounds, and Rachel Houck scored nine points to help Mt. Vernon (23-4) to victory in the team’s second straight trip to the state finals.

Kiley Walters scored 13 points and Dakota Weatherford had 12 to lead Hamilton Heights (23-3), who made their first state finals appearance.

Evansville Mater Dei 62

Eastern (Greentown) 42

TERRE HAUTE – Evansville Mater Dei never trailed thanks to 18 points and a Class 2A state finals record 17 rebounds from Tori Schickel.

Brittany Neeley, who was named the Patricia L. Roy Mental Attitude Award winner, had 16 points and Allison Oyler had 12 — all from 3-point range — for Eastern, which made its first state finals appearance. Eastern coach Jeremy Dexter is a McCutcheon and Purdue graduate.

The Wildcats outscored the Comets 22-9 in the second quarter to pull away. Eastern shot just 5 of 23 from the field in the first half and didn’t score a field goal in the final 6:09 of the first half.

Fort Wayne Canterbury 42

Vincennes Rivet 35

TERRE HAUTE – The Cavaliers (25-3) won their fifth Class A state championship in six seasons by closing the game on a 6-0 run.

Canterbury forward Kindell Fincher had 17 points and 19 rebounds. Guard Darby Maggard had 11 points for the champions.

Kelsey Ivers had 17 points and six rebounds for Rivet, which trailed 32-16 in the third quarter. Guard Katie Donovan ignited a 19-4 run that overlapped the third and fourth quarters and brought Vincennes within a single point with just over three minutes remaining in the game.

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