Jaclyn Heath and Delanie Alcorn each scored 14 points Friday night to help Times No. 4 LaPorte edge Crown Point in Duneland Athletic Conference girls basketball play.
Nicole Konieczny added 13 for the Slicers.
Hannah Albrecht led Crown Point with 14 points, while Abby Kvachkoff added 10.
Portage 55, Michigan City 32: Alexis Johnson and Kaitlin Doud each had double-doubles as the Indians (3-1, 1-0) defeated the Wolves (1-2, 0-1) in DAC play. Johnson had 22 points and 10 rebounds, while Doud added 12 points and 12 rebounds.
Michal Miller led Michigan City with 20 points.
Class 5A: Ohio State-bound Terry McLaurin scored three touchdowns, totaled 196 all-purpose yards and turned in a stalwart effort on defense in helping Indianapolis Cathedral to its first Class 5A state football championship, a 42-18 victory over Westfield.
McLaurin, a 6-foot, 190-pound senior, caught six passes for 91 yards, rushed three times for 79 yards and had 26 return yards.
Fifth-ranked Cathedral was the three-time defending Class 4A champion. But the Indiana High School Athletic Association's new postseason success rule moved the Irish up to the next class.
Cathedral, 10-5 as an independent, plays a season that is a mixture of upper-class state teams as well as Cincinnati powerhouses Moeller and St. Xavier and Louisville (Ky) Trinity.
Class A: The Tri-Central Trojans have apparently learned a few things since their last meeting with Eastern Hancock.
Eastern Hancock defeated Tri-Central 47-35 in the season opener for both teams on Aug. 23, but Tri-Central controlled the rematch from the start. Cody Howell threw a touchdown pass and ran for a score to help Tri-Central defeat the Royals 20-10 in the Class A state football final at Lucas Oil Stadium.
Howell threw two early interceptions, but he made several critical plays to make up for them. He finished with 167 yards passing for Tri-Central (14-1), which won in its first finals appearance.
"We feel very humbled with the opportunity to be able to call ourselves state champions," Tri-Central coach George Gilbert said.
Garrett Kelley added 78 yards and a touchdown for the Trojans.
Spencer Gilbert carried 28 times for 145 yards and a touchdown for Eastern (14-1). Gilbert entered the game averaging 198 yards per game and had scored 38 touchdowns, but the Trojans mostly held him in check.
"We just were going to take gaps away, we were going to take away his cutback," coach Gilbert said. "We wanted to do that. We knew he was going to get some yards. We wanted to slow him down. We knew we couldn't stop him, he's too good of an athlete, and we wanted everyone else to beat us. And in that process, our kids came out and thumped them."
Eastern Hancock wasn't expecting its star running back to be bottled up.
"It was just good, team defense," said Eastern Hancock coach Pat Echeverria. "A lot of teams have tried to do things to try to slow him down and it hasn't worked. They're one of the first teams who have been able to just line up and kind of do what they do and contain our offense."
Eastern averaged 56 points per game this season and hadn't scored fewer than 29 points in a game all season. Eastern had scored at least 60 points in seven consecutive games during one stretch.
Tri-Central's defense improved throughout the season. The Trojans entered Friday's game having allowed just 34 points in five state tournament games.
After Eastern Hancock turned the ball over on downs to start the game, Tri-Central responded with a scoring drive. Kelley's 1-yard touchdown run gave the Trojans a 6-0 lead. They missed the extra point.
Eastern Hancock reached midfield late in the first half, but Logan Splater's pass was incomplete. It was the third incomplete pass by the Royals on fourth down in the first half for a team that threw just 12 passes per game heading into the final.