Lady Arabians split games on opening week


PENDLETON — The Pendleton Heights girls basketball team opened up the season with two games last week, and split both.

Last Tuesday, they opened up the season with a blowout win on the road at Marion by a score of 60-13, and on Saturday, fell 51–35 at home to Westfield.

In the win over Marion, the Arabians defense limited the Giants to fewer than five points in each quarter. In the first, second, and third quarters Marion managed to score four points, and in the final quarter, they were limited to just one free throw.

In the opening quarter, Pendleton Heights to jump out to a quick 18-4 lead, and by halftime, they pushed the lead to 27-8.

The Arabians offense put up 19 third-quarter points to push the lead to 46-12 entering the fourth and outscored the Giants 14-1 during the final eight minutes.

Junior guard Kaycie Warfel was 10-of-21 shooting on the night for a game-high 24 points. She added nine rebounds, three assists and a game-high seven steals.

Freshman Adah Hupfer recorded a double-double in her first high school game by scoring 14 points and pulling down a team-high 11 rebounds. Six of her 11 boards came on the offensive glass. Defensively she added two steals and a block.

Sophomore Olivia Jones was the other Arabians player to score in double figures. She added 12 points and four rebounds, and was second on the team in steals with three.

Makayla Morrison tallied six points and eight rebounds, and Mamie Trout rounded out the scoring with four points.

Against Westfield, who received votes in the most recent Indiana Basketball Coaches Association Top 20 poll, the Arabians had a tougher time getting things going offensively.

As a team Pendleton Heights was 12 of 47 from the floor, for a team shooting percentage of 26%.

Warfel led the team once again but was just seven of 24 from the floor for 18 points. She added six rebounds, three steals, three blocks and two assists.

Hupfer recorded another double-double, scoring 11 points and grabbing 10 rebounds.

Jones added five points and six rebounds, and Skylar Baldwin tallied one point.

Pendleton Heights opened up the conference schedule after press time on Tuesday against New Castle.

The Arabians’ next game is at 7:30 p.m. Monday at home against Heritage Christian.

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