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Caston girls basketball roundup:

After winning Cass County Invite, Lady Comets beat Judson, Triton to stay unbeaten in Hoosier North


Sports Editor, RTC

LOGANSPORT — Isabel Scales recorded a triple-double to win tournament MVP honors, and Addison Zimpleman and Madi Douglass also made the all-tournament team as the Caston girls basketball team improved to 8-0 with a 57-27 win over Pioneer in the Cass County Invitational at the Berry Bowl at Logansport on Dec. 2.

Scales had 19 points, 10 rebounds and 10 steals for her triple-double, and she also had a team-high six assists. Douglass added 12 points.

Annie Harsh added three 3-pointers for nine points, and Zimpleman added eight. Macee Hinderlider had seven points and five rebounds.

Caston, ranked No. 4 in Class 1A, improved to 8-0. They also beat Pioneer 45-32 in the 2022 title game.

Caston showed a 2-3 zone, a 1-3-1 zone and a man-to-man. This marked the fifth time they have held their opponent under 30 points.

“I thought we played really well tonight,” Caston coach Josh Douglass said. “Pioneer played us extremely hard, which I knew they would being a county rival not far down the road. They came out and played extremely tough, but I was proud of our girls for stepping up and playing really hard too tonight.”

Makenna Strycker had nine points to lead Pioneer, and she joined Scales, Zimpleman and Douglass in receiving all-tournament honors.

Strycker was coming off a career-high 26-point night in Pioneer’s first-round win over Logansport on Nov. 28, and she leads the team in both scoring and assists.

Lois Layer added seven. Mia McKaig had a team-high six rebounds.

Caston opened the game on a 23-5 run and led 29-14 at halftime. They then scored the first six points of the second half on a Douglass transition layup, a Scales putback and a Zimpleman 17-footer off an Alexa Finke assist to make it 35-14.

“We wanted to come out and jump on them and kind of wanted to squish their belief of hanging with us,” Scales said. “We didn’t start off as well as we did against (Lewis) Cass (a 13-0 lead after the first quarter), but we handled it well tonight.”

Harsh hit two 3-pointers and single-handedly outscored the entire Pioneer team 6-5 in the third quarter as the lead reached 45-19.

A 12-2 run to open the fourth quarter got the margin as high as 36.

“We knew it was going to be a physical game,” Pioneer coach Adam Berry said. “Caston always plays physical, and that doesn’t mean they are dirty by any means. They’re just a physical club. It’s hard to do that in practice, to simulate it. It’s hard to simulate their speed. It’s one of those things where you just have to go out and try to match it. Overall, I thought we saw a lot of great things from our girls, the second half especially. Some shots started falling for some girls where they were getting those looks in previous games that simply weren’t going in. So, you know, hopefully, that just builds that confidence for future games.”

In the consolation game, Lewis Cass topped Logansport 51-36.

Caston 57, Pioneer 27

PIONEER (27) (1-5)

Makenna Strycker 3 1-4 9, Mia McKaig 0 0-0 0, Lois Layer 2 1-2 7, Kynzie Hathaway 0 0-0 0, Gracie Hopper 2 0-0 4, Casey Webb 1 1-2 3, Julia McGrew 2 0-0 4, Hannah Zeigler 0 0-0 0

TEAM: 10 3-8 27

CASTON (57) (8-0)

Madi Douglass 5 0-2 12, Macee Hinderlider 3 1-2 7, Addison Zimpleman 3 2-2 8, Isabel Scales 8 2-2 19, Alexa Finke 0 0-0 0, Camila Hernandez-Rios 0 0-0 0, Haley Miller 0 0-0 0, Grace Wright 0 0-0 0, Kylie Reidenbach 0 0-0 0, Olivia Thomas 1 0-0 2, Autumn Miller 0 0-0 0, Annie Harsh 3 0-0 9

TEAM: 23 5-8 57

Three-point field goals:

Pioneer 4 (Strycker 2, Layer 2),

Caston 6 (Harsh 3, Douglass 2, Scales)

Total fouls: Pioneer 9, Caston 14

Turnovers: Pioneer 20, Caston 10

Score by quarters

Pioneer 5 9 5 8 27

Caston 17 12 16 12 57

The Caston girls basketball team won their second straight Cass County Invitational title with a 57-27 win over Pioneer on Dec. 2. Isabel Scales (11) was named tournament MVP, and Addison Zimpleman (13) and Madi Douglass (standing behind Zimpleman) also made the all-tournament team.

Scales, Zimpleman score 16 each in Caston win over North Judson


Sports Editor, RTC

FULTON — Isabel Scales and Addison Zimpleman scored 16 points each, and the Caston girls basketball team held visiting North Judson to one point in the fourth quarter in recording a 43-25 win on Dec. 7.

Scales and Zimpleman combined for 26 first-half points as Caston took a 30-17 halftime lead. The lead stayed in double digits the entire second half.

Caston improved to 9-0 overall and 2-0 in the Hoosier North. North Judson fell to 6-4, 0-1.

Freshman Cailyn Tunis scored 10 points, all in the first half, to lead the Lady Jays.

Raegan Hensley hit a 3-pointer on North Judson’s first possession of the second half, but the Lady Comet defense held the Lady Jays to one field goal for the remainder of the game.

“Our defensive game plan was to pressure wherever we could and force them into turnovers, which I think we forced over 20-some-plus,” Caston coach Josh Douglass said. “But we didn't capitalize on those turnovers like we normally do. But the Tunis girl is a freshman that’s really good, and the (Kyleigh) Lehiy girl is really good too, so we wanted to make sure we didn’t let them have anything easy by any means, but again, we weren’t all the way mentally locked in tonight, and that happens. … We’ve got to figure out a way when you’re not having your best game how to keep fighting. I commend the girls. They found a way to win tonight.”

Scales also had six rebounds and five assists. Zimpleman had three assists and five steals. Freshman point guard Madi Douglass contributed seven points, five rebounds and seven steals. Annie Harsh had five rebounds.

Macee Hinderlider had both of her baskets in the second half for four points, and she said she has worked on her post moves, her passing and reducing her turnovers since last season.

But she said she has also had to make adjustments on defense.

“Throughout my junior year, I started as a top of the 2-3 (zone) and a guard, and I’ve kind of transferred into the bottom of the 2-3 and really helped the wings,” Hinderlider said.

Caston beat North Judson for the third straight year – or more accurately stated, they are 3-0 against North Judson since current Indiana Wesleyan star and 2,000-point Lady Jay scorer Lilliann Frasure graduated in 2021.

North Judson played man-to-man defense for much of the game.

“I thought we were slow,” coach Douglass said. “We knew they were going to man us. Actually, they fooled us playing more zone than I thought they would. And they kept mixing it up between the man and the zone. But honestly, we’ve just got to execute. We had a lot of turnovers that we don’t normally have. … I thought we looked really fatigued tonight.”

Caston was a physical opponent, according to first-year North Judson coach Whitney Combs.

“They’re out there just trying to rip the ball before you even start your offense,” Combs said. “So they’re really tough and strong on defense. … We were missing some girls today, so we weren’t as deep as we normally are, and we did play a lot of girls a lot of minutes. They looked tired, but I don’t think it was too big of a factor. We’re just not really used to playing that tough of a team. They’re really aggressive.”

Caston 43, North Judson 25

NORTH JUDSON (25) (6-4, 0-1)

Cailyn Tunis 3 4-6 10, Raegan Hensley 1 1-2 4, Kyliehg Lehiy 2 2-2 7, Avaree Johnston 0 1-2 1, McKinley Dusek 1 0-0 2, Anna Garbison 0 0-0 0, Kallie Sutter 0 0-0 0, Grace Craig 0 0-0 0, Mariah Lowe 0 0-0 0, Kaia Burkett 0 0-0 0, Gracie Minix 0 1-2 1

TEAM: 7 9-14 25

CASTON (43) (9-0, 2-0)

Macee Hinderlider 2 0-0 4, Madi Douglass 3 1-2 7, Addison Zimpleman 8 0-1 16, Isabel Scales 5 4-6 16, Alexa Finke 0 0-0 0, Olivia Thomas 0 0-0 0, Kaitlyn Hutsell 0 0-0 0, Annie Harsh 0 0-0 0, Kylie Reidenbach 0 0-0 0, Grace Wright 0 0-0 0

TEAM: 18 5-9 43

Three-point field goals:

North Judson 2 (Lehiy, Hensley),

Caston 2 (Scales 2)

Total fouls: North Judson 12, Caston 12

Turnovers: North Judson 15, Caston 16

Score by quarters

North Judson 10 7 7 1 25

Caston 15 15 6 7 43

Left: Caston’s Addison Zimpleman (13) and North Judson’s Kyleigh Lehiy chase a loose ball during Caston’s 43-25 win on Dec. 7. (photo courtesy of Dee Brown)

Right: Caston senior forward Alexa Finke looks to make an inbounds pass against North Judson on Dec. 7. Caston won 43-25 to improve to 9-0 overall and 2-0 in the Hoosier North. Caston defeated North Judson for the third straight year. (photo courtesy of Dee Brown)

Scales, Zimpleman score 12 each as Caston beats Triton for 4th straight year


Sports Editor, RTC

Isabel Scales and Addison Zimpleman scored 12 points each, and the Class 1A, No. 4 Caston girls basketball team held host Triton to 15 percent shooting from the field in earning a 50-20 win at the Trojan Trench Saturday.

Caston improved to 10-0 overall and 3-0 in the Hoosier North. Triton dropped to 3-9, 1-2.

Jocelynn Faulkner led Triton with eight points. Post player Addyson Viers was held to five.

Triton also committed 14 turnovers and made just seven of 18 free throws.

Freshman point guard Madi Douglass added nine points for the Lady Comets, and Annie Harsh hit a pair of 3-pointers and scored eight off the bench. Five different Caston players made a 3-pointer.

Caston led 30-9 at halftime and extended the lead to 39-12 after three quarters.

Caston defeated Triton for the fourth straight year.

CASTON (50) (10-0, 3-0)

Addison Zimpleman 5 1-2 12, Madi Douglass 2 4-5 9, Macee Hinderlider 3 0-0 6, Isabel Scales 4 2-2 12, Alexa Finke 0 0-0 0, Natalie Warner 0 0-0 0, Kylee Logan 0 0-0 0, Grace Wright 0 0-0 0, Kylie Reidenbach 0 0-0 0, Olivia Thomas 1 0-0 3, Kaitie Hutsell 0 0-0 0, Annie Harsh 3 0-0 8

TEAM: 18 7-9 50

TRITON (20) (3-9, 1-2)

Hawley 0 2-2 2, Faulkner 3 2-4 8, Bules 0 1-4 1, King 1 0-0 3, Addyson Viers 2 1-4 5, Groves 0 0-0 0, Stetler 0 1-2 1, Avery Viers 0 0-2 0

TEAM: 6 7-18 20

Three-point field goals:

Caston 7 (Scales 2, Harsh 2, Thomas, Zimpleman, Douglass),

Triton 1 (King)

Total fouls: Caston 17, Triton 13

Turnovers: Caston 16, Triton 14

Score by quarters

Caston 17 13 9 11 50

Triton 5 4 3 8 20

Caston freshman guard Madi Douglass tries to score around Triton’s Jenna Bules (20) while teammate Jocelynn Faulkner (12) watches in the background. Douglass had nine points in Caston’s 50-20 win. Caston improved to 10-0 overall and 3-0 in the Hoosier North. They moved up from No. 4 to No. 2 in this week’s Class 1A coaches poll. (photo courtesy of Dee Brown)

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