WINONA LAKE – The Lakeland Christian girls basketball team went 2-0 Thursday to advance to the title game of its own Cougar Classic. 

LCA (9-7) started the day with a 35-19 win over Granger Christian.

The Lady Cougars led 6-4 after the first quarter, but benefitted from a 14-2 second quarter to take a 14-point halftime lead.

From there, LCA rode its advantage to victory. 

Tori Calizo led the Lady Cougars with 12 points, six rebounds and three steals, while Abigail Fishel had 11 points and 11 rebounds and Anna Reimink added five points and five boards. 

LCA had a huge fourth quarter against Victory Christian to win 48-40 in its second game.

The Lady Cougars led 30-27 heading into the fourth quarter, before outscoring Victory Christian 18-3 for the eight-point victory.

Once again, Tori Calizo shined with 20 points, nine boards and two steals. 

Jessi Calizo had 11 points and seven rebounds, while Reimink recorded 10 points and pulled down eight boards. 

The Lady Cougars will face Covenant Christian today in the tournament championship at Grace College. 



Cougars Split Difference At Classic

WINONA LAKE – The Lakeland Christian boys basketball team will play for third place at its own tournament today after going 1-1 Thursday.

The Cougars (3-9) won 63-47 over Granger Christian before falling 75-40 to Victory Christian.

In the first game, Jake Harmon led the Cougars with 19 points and five assists, while Cameron Shepherd had 12 points and Landon Twombly recorded eight points, seven assists, seven rebounds and five steals. 

Harmon led LCA with 10 points in the second game. The Cougars were outscored 27-8 in the first quarter and never recovered against Victory Christian. 

They’ll play today against Trinity-at-Greenlawn in the third-place game at Grace College. 

LAKELAND CHRISTIAN 63, GRANGER CHRISTIAN 47

LCA 19 17 17 10 63

GC 12 4 15 18 47

Granger Christian – Mason White 0 0-0 0, Carter Sinclair 2 0-0 4, Matt Fairchild 2 0-0 4, Eli Smith 3 1-2 7, Nathan Emsiller 6 2-2 15, Tommy Garcia 3 1-1 7, Joey Garcia 1 0-0 3, David Rios 3 2-2 8. Totals 20 6-7 47. 

Lakeland Christian – Braxton Keller 3 1-2 8, Jake Harmon 6 3-4 19, Landon Paris 1 0-0 3, Cameron Shepherd 6 0-0 12, Landon Twombly 4 0-0 9, Layton Goldsmith 0 0-0 0, Matthew Helton 2 0-0 4, Trenton Parker 2 0-0 4, Josh Nakasone 1 0-0 2, Peter Koller 1 0-0 2. Totals 26 4-6 63. 

Three-pointers – Granger Christian 1 (Joey Garcia 1), Lakeland Christian 7 (Harmon 4, Keller 1, Paris 1, Twombly 1); Records: Granger Christian 2-6, Lakeland Christian 3-9.

VICTORY CHRISTIAN 75, LAKELAND CHRISTIAN 40

VC 8 14 5 13 40

LCA 27 20 19 9 75

Victory Christian – Grant Jakubowski 1 1-2 4, Caleb Aguilar 0 1-2 1, Will Brechner 0 1-2 1, Lincoln Thomae 7 0-0 18, Deakon Lee 4 0-0 10, Nolan Sonnenberg 1 0-0 3, Flynn Carlson 1 2-4 4, Zeke Shock 3 0-0 6, Tyler Schmidt 7 4-4 19, Alex Rodriguez 1 0-0 2, Ethan Ogorek 1 0-0 2, Luke Savage 1 2-2 6, Maverick Wade 0 0-0 0, Totals 27 11-16 75. 

Lakeland Christian – A.J. Carra 0 0-0 0, Braxton Keller 3 1-2 9, Jake Harmon 3 4-6 10, Landon Paris 1 1-2 3, Landon Twombly 2 2-4 7, Matthew Helton 1 0-0 2, Trenton Parker 0 0-0 0, Josh Nakasone 0 0-0 0, Peter Koller 0 0-0 0, Totals 13 8-14 40. 

Three-pointers – Victory Christian 10 (Thomae 4, Lee 2, Sonnenberg 1, Jakubowski 1, Savage 1, Schmitt 1), Lakeland Christian 6 (Paris 3, Keller 2, Twombly 1).