by Gary Andrews
With Kyleigh Hampton out with illness and Abby Stein out with an injury the Wabash Lady Apache basketball team needed someone to step up Wednesday against Lewis Cass. Leading scorer Claire Cromer did just that with a 28 point performance with several other players making key shots down the stretch as Wabash used a fourth quarter comeback to top Cass 56-49.
Claire Cromer and Sarah Pucket both hit buckets in the first minute but the Lady Apaches trailed 6-4 because of two, three pointers from Savanna Thompson of Cass. Pucket would again hit to knot the score at 6, but the Lady Kings were finding the bucket and led 10-7 when Puckett and Cromer hit two free throws each to put the Apaches up 11-10. Back came the Kings with four straight to go up 14-11 when Cromer hit before the buzzer to make it 14-13.
Cass would come out swinging to start the second with two free throws and a three pointer to increase their lead to 20-13. Cromer would stop the run with a bucket and Shelby Stone would connect and the Apaches were down 24-17. Cromer would then close the gap with two straight bombs from behind the arch to make the score 24-23 in favor of the Kings. After a Cass bucket made it 26-23 Sarah Puckett would hit two free throws and was followed by a Lyndsie Thomas bucket to give Wabash a 28-26 lead. With 0.2 on the clock, Cass would foul Cromer who calmly drained both free throws and the Apaches led 30-26 at the half.
Again Cass would start the quarter hot, hitting a three and a two to take the lead back at 31-30. Down 34-32 Thomas would knot the game again with a bucket, but Cass responded with four straight to lead 38-34. Claire Cromer would trade free throws with Cass and with the score 40-36, Jaclyn Lewis would get an offensive rebound bucket at the buzzer and Wabash trailed 40-38 with a quarter to go.
Wabash would get the good start to start the fourth quarter. Cromer and Puckett each hit one free throw to tie the score at 40, then Jaclyn Lewis gave the Apaches a 42-40 lead. Cass tied the score and Claire Cromer answered with a three to put Wabash up 45-42. Cass answered Cromer's answer with an old fashion three and this baby was going to the wire. With 3:44 on the clock, Kristyn Ford would hit a huge three to give Wabash a 48-45 lead and the Apaches called time out. After the time out the Apache defense held and Sarah Ritter connected to go up 50-45. With 2:31 remaining Cass would make it 50-47 on two free throws, but Jaclyn Lewis answered with a bucket. Again the King offense stalled, then fouled Cromer. Claire Cromer hit her 10th & 11th free throws of the game to make it 54-47 with 1:12 on the clock. The Kings would score with 17.1 remaining to make it 54-49, then fouled Cromer again. Cromer would drain both and the Lady Apaches would escape with a 56-49 win.
Leading Wabash was Claire Cromer with 28 points, 1 rebound, 2 steals, 4 assists. Sarah Puckett added 10 points, 4 rebounds, 2 steals. Jaclyn Lewis had 6 points, 4 rebounds, 3 steals, 2 assists. Lyndsie Thomas had 5 points, 3 rebounds. Kristyn Ford had 3 points, 1 assist. Shelby Stone had 2 points, 1 rebound. Sarah Ritter had 2 points, 1 rebound. Heather Miller and Katie McCauley had 1 rebound each.
The Wabash junior varsity topped Cass 30-21.
Leading Wabash was Katie McCauley with 11 points, 5 rebounds. Starr Hullinger added 7 points, 6 rebounds, 2 steals, 1 assist. Madison Barden had 5 points, 4 rebounds. Jaycee Parrett had 4 points. Sydney Mullett had 2 points, 9 rebounds. Cailey Beauchamp had 1 point, 1 rebound, 1 steal, 2 assist. Carli Henderson had 1 rebound, 1 assist. Sabrina Wagner had 1 rebound. Taylor Cain had 1 rebound.