- North Putnam girls advance to semistate
Putnam County athletes enjoyed an exceptional weekend as the North Putnam girls' basketball team advanced to semistate competition with a second consecutive regional championship on Saturday night. At about the same time, Greencastle's Charlie Pingleton was taking home a second place medal in the wrestling finals at Conseco fieldhouse.
The Class 2A No. 2 Cougars traveled an arduous road to get to the semistate since they had to open regional competition on Saturday morning with a battle versus top-ranked Heritage Christian to make the regional championship game.
The Cougars fell behind 14-8 at the beginning of the second quarter but remained in their deliberate offense and eventually tied Heritage Christian on a pair of 3-pointers from senior Krystal Parker.
In the second half the Cougars put together a 13-2 run that gave them a 21-16 lead nearly halfway through the third period. The lead proved to be too much for the Eagles to recover from.
North Putnam was able to hold the Eagles' leading scorer, Cassie Freeman, to just four points in the game as the Cougars won 37-34.
In the title game, Cassie Hunt led the Cougars over Batesville 55-46 with a 21 point night on eight-of-12 shooting. Toni Burney added 15 and Parker had 14 as North Putnam (24-0) advanced to play Southwestern (Hanover) (20-7) in the second game of the Southridge Semistate.
The first game will be a Class A Semistate game between South Central (Elizabeth) (22-6) and top-ranked North Vermillion (25-0) at 1 p.m.
At Conseco Fieldhouse, Pingleton opened state competition on Friday evening with a pin of Prairie Heights Paul Gordon (38-9) at the 4:40 mark of the third period to move on to the championship round on Saturday.
Meanwhile Turkey Run's Ryan Pribble took out Michael Burnison (39-7) on Friday with a 16-1 technical fall. The win moved the senior into Saturday's action versus Dillon Whitacre.
Pingleton got a close quarterfinal win over Lake Central senior Luke Triveline (41-4) by a 9-7 score in overtime. Pribble would move on with a comfortable 5-1 win over North Wood's Whitacre.
In the semifinals, Pribble and Pingleton were one win away from an anticipated No. 1 vs. No. 2 matchup and both evidently wanted to get that chance as the pair got past their opponents in easy fashion.
Pribble defeated Darren Elkins of Portage (46-1) by a 10-3 decision and Pingleton moved on with a 15-7 decision over Daniel Busch (44-10).
In the championship match, Pribble (48-0) was able to maintain his undefeated senior season mark with a 7-4 decision over Pingleton who lost for just the second time this season (51-2).