For over 100 years basketball has been a distraction to the changing winter weather in Northern Indiana. Before the roads could turn to ice, it was “Raining 3’s” at Jimtown High School. In the girls and boys varsity double header, the Cavemen played tenacious defense, pounded the ball down low and let the outside shots open things up.
In the girls game, Mishawaka found themselves playing great team basketball in hopes of stopping a 5-game losing streak. The Maroons put up an astounding 32 points in the first quarter to take a 32-10 lead. Delaney Basker, Nikki Mitchell, Gretta Meixel and Alivia Jachimiak worked their magic from the start while Kara Knip came off the bench to add a nice needed spark.
The Highlight of the Night was Ary Shelton coming up with a career high 33 points. The Junior had 25 at halftime and was not only a spark. The girl was on fire!
Shelton credits her teammates for getting her the ball, especially out on the break, but it was the deep ball that had Baugo buzzin’. Ary made all 5 of her 3 pointers in the first half and then came out in the 3rd quarter to make another to finish 6-6 from beyond the arc.
Mishawaka led 58-25 after 3 quarters and had the opportunity to play the reserves in the 4th. 70-38 was the final. Mishawaka improves to 7-11 on the season. Up next are back to back home games. LaPorte at the Cave Tuesday night and Senior night scheduled against Clay on January 18th.
In the boys game, Mishawaka started slow and cautious but still had a 6-4 lead at the end of the first quarter. Dylan Hall and John Binion were 2 of the 3 players in double figures scoring 15 and 10 points. The Cavemen led 23-16 at halftime and used the entire roster to keep putting pressure on the Jimmies.
With a little Deja-Vu, the boys saw their biggest outside threat become a sniper with deep thoughts. Payton Johnson had 1 on his jersey but 3 on his mind. Twing and Twine from 19-9 was a theme and he didn’t want the fun to stop.
Johnson was on a roll and actually matched Shelton’s night going 6-6 from 3-point land. Payton helped the Cavemen outscore Jimtown 19-4 in the 3rd quarter to take a 42-20 lead heading into the 4th. Johnson did have one miss, but was all smiles after going 6-7 from deep and finishing with 18 points.
Mishawaka held the Jims to only one point in the 4th quarter and 5 points in the 2nd half. The effort gave the Cavemen a 59-21 victory to up the record to 7-5.
We have Clay at the Cave on January 19th. There will be a Teddy Bear Toss at halftime. Bring a bear and help put a smile on the face of a child.