Undefeated Edwardsburg girls roll past Niles, boys rally to top Vikings

Published 12:26 pm Saturday, January 22, 2022

EDWARDSBURG — The high-flying No. 6-ranked Edwardsburg girls basketball team put to rest any ideas visiting Niles might have had about pulling an upset to bed early Friday night.

The undefeated Eddies poured in 52 first-half points en route to an 89-19 victory over the Vikings in a Wolverine Conference South Division contest.

Leading 19-7 after one, Edwardsburg (11-0, 4-0 Wolverine South) erupted for 33 points in the second quarter to open up a 52-15 halftime advantage. Things only got worse for the Vikings (2-7, 0-2 Wolverine South) in the second half as they were held to four points, including being shut out in the third quarter.

The Eddies had four players in double figures, led by Ella Castelucci’s 19 points. Macey Laubach added 18 points, while Katie Schaible finished with 16 and Lindsey Dalenberg 12.

Niles was led by Kamryn Patterson’s six points.

Edwardsburg is back in action Tuesday as it travels to Sturgis for another Wolverine Conference South Division contest. Niles will head to Three Rivers for a South Division game.


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Niles allowed a game it was leading at halftime get away from it for the second straight game.

The Vikings came to Edwardsburg on the heels of a 42-40 loss to rival Buchanan Tuesday night, a game it led in the fourth quarter.

Friday night against the Eddies, Niles led 19-14 at halftime, but Edwardsburg outscored the Vikings 33-12 in the second half.

The win moved the Eddies (7-3, 2-1) into first place in the Wolverine Conference South Division, a half-game ahead of Sturgis, which is 1-1 in division contests. The loss drops the Vikings to 2-5 overall and 0-1 in the South Division.

Jacob Pegura led Edwardsburg and all scorers with 13 points, while Luke Stowasser added 11 points.

Niles was led by Dimetrius Butler’s 11 points. Mike Phillips added seven.

Edwardsburg and Sturgis will battle for first place Tuesday night as the Eddies host the Trojans. Niles will host Three Rivers in South Division matchup.