Playing in their final game before the Christmas break, the Mississinewa Indians ended 2019 on a high note, defeating Grant County rival Madison-Grant by score of 54-34 on Saturday afternoon.
Mississinewa took a 15-6 lead after the first quarter, forcing seven turnovers in the opening eight minutes. Madison-Grant’s Daya Greene scored six points in the first 4:08 of the second frame to cut Mississinewa’s lead to 21-15, but the Indians held the Argylls scoreless over the rest of the first half, building a 25-15 advantage in the process.
The Argylls kept battling throughout the second half, as Greene hit a third quarter buzzer beater to pull Madison-Grant with 32-25, but the Indians outscored the Argylls 22-9 in the final eight minutes, securing their eighth victory of the season.
“Our girls played pretty good defense throughout the game,” Mississinewa Head Coach Laura Friday said. “But I think we played our best defense in the fourth quarter.”
Riley McKee played her best game as an Indian, finishing with a career-high 24 points to go along with six steals and two rebounds.
“Riley had a career night,” Friday said. “She really led us on the court the whole time, whether it was calling plays or calling defenses. She really was our rock as well as our scorer tonight. It was a great team win, but I really think Riley took us there.
“She knows that we are lacking a little scoring right now, so she is going to do whatever she can to help the team.”
Carly Bolser also put forth a solid performance, collecting 10 points and five rebounds.
“Carly played one of her best games all season,” Friday said. “Offensviely, she was super patient in the post, she caught it on the elbow, [and] she made sure she went through all of her options. She was patient. She knew when to drive. She knew when to make a post move or when to get it up. I was impressed with how she played offensively.”
For the Argylls, Greene led the way with 12 points, while Chelsea Bowland finished with 11.