GARY — Most basketball players want to get on the court and get buckets, but not even the most ambitious custodian wants to get an actual bucket to put on the court during a game.
Alas, the latter happened Friday night as rain leaked through the roof onto the court while West Side and host Lighthouse played their junior varsity girls basketball game at Lighthouse’s Clark Road campus, forcing the postponement of the much-anticipated varsity tilt to 5 p.m. today.
The junior varsity game started taking on water on the near sideline during the second quarter, but the contest concluded with the Lions prevailing 37-19 amid a bucket and constant attention to water approaching the court, but officials and administrators opted to take a day for roofers to look at the facility and postponed the varsity game.
“We’ve been waiting on this one,” Lighthouse coach Thomas Smith said. “West Side has gotten us three years in a row, and this is our chance. Our girls are really excited about this game.”
Lighthouse is 0-4 all-time against the city’s powerhouse program, West Side, including losses the last three seasons, the last one being a 67-60 West Side win in overtime. The last three West Side wins came with the help of McDonald’s All-America selection Dana Evans, now at Louisville.
In addition to vying for city bragging rights, the Lions (2-1) and Cougars (1-1) will both be in Class 3A Sectional 17 this season. Lighthouse has won the sectional three years in a row, while West Side has 18 sectional titles, all either in 4A or from the single-class era. — Paul Trembacki
Marquette Catholic 77, Oregon-Davis 60: Sophia Nolan had a team-high 34 points to lead the Times No. 2 Blazers (3-1), eclipsing 1,000 career points with Marquette Catholic. The junior scored nine points in the first quarter and had 18 by halftime.
Emma Nolan added 21 points and Mackenzie Marovich had 12.
Portage 65, Wheeler 13: Serena Flanagan had a game-high 12 points to lead the Indians over the Bearcats.
Alexis Switzer added 10 points for Portage.
LaPorte's Seaburg earns academic honor: LaPorte's Grant Seaburg has been selected as one of 25 players from throughout the state to be named to the Indiana High School Academic All-Stars Team, which is sponsored by the Colts.
He will be recognized Nov. 26 prior to the Colts-Titans game at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.