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HS girls basketball: Washington still leads the way among area squads

The streaks continue on for the Washington girls basketball team.

The Panthers continue to sit atop our area power rankings once again after extending their impressive league winning streak last week.

Washington made it 34 in a row in Northern Indiana Conference play with a strong 62-39 home win over New Prairie Thursday night. The victory saw the Panthers hand New Prairie its first loss of the season.

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Washington, now 7-2 overall and 5-0 in NIC play, has not lost in league play since a setback to Penn early in the 2020-21 season.

The Panthers, who checked in at No. 15 in the ICGSA Class 4A poll last week, won versus the Cougars without star Kira Reynolds. The star junior and Purdue recruit missed her second straight game due to an ankle injury.

Northridge, ranked No. 17 in Class 4A, holds strong at the No. 2 spot. The Raiders are 9-1 after downing Carroll 66-47 Saturday. Northridge opens Northern Lakes Conference play Tuesday night at Wawasee (8-1).

Bethany Christian and Michigan City Marquette Catholic continue to be the pair of area undefeated squads. The Class 1A No. 2 Bruins are 7-0, while the Class 1A No. 6 Blazers are 8-0.

Marquette was impressive Friday night with a 60-21 win over Mishawaka.

AREA TOP 10

  1. Washington (7-2, 5-0 NIC): Junior Monique Mitchell continues to have a breakout season for the Panthers. She had 21 points and 10 rebounds in the win over New Prairie.
  2. Northridge (9-1, 0-0 NLC): The Raiders rolled past Westview 77-21 and then beat Carroll 66-47 on Saturday. Junior Ella Mohamed had a career high 23 points for the Raiders Saturday. Morgan Cross scored 16 points and Rileyn Goodwin had 11 Saturday.
  3. Penn (6-3, 3-1 NIC): The Kingsmen beat NIC foe Adams 46-27 and then picked up a strong win over Crown Point 54-49 Saturday. Lauren Walsh scored 15 points, Jessa Troy 13 and Anna McCullough 11 in the win over Crown Point.
  4. New Prairie (9-1, 5-1 NIC): The Cougars beat league foe Marian 51-17 before losing at Washington. The stellar senior trio of Jayden Flagg, Morgan White and Jolie Johns continue to lead the Cougars.
  5. Bethany Christian (7-0, 1-0 HPC): The Bruins topped Prairie Heights 60-34.
  6. Fairfield (8-1, 3-0 NECC): Fairfield beat NECC foes Angola 50-47 and Prairie Heights 57-19. Eva Herbert led the way Saturday with 14 points versus Prairie Heights.
  7. Michigan City Marquette Catholic (8-0): The Blazers bested Oregon-Davis 66-23 and then topped Mishawaka 60-21. Freshman Marissa Pleasant scored 28 points with five treys in the win over Mishawaka. Sophomore Laniah Davis added 17 points.
  8. Mishawaka (7-2, 0-0 NLC): Mishawaka collected a close win over LaVille 41-37 before its loss at Marquette.
  9. Bremen (6-3, 4-2 NIC): The Lions lost to NIC foe Saint Joseph 66-54 and then rebounded to top league opponent Jimtown 59-54.
  10. NorthWood (5-2, 1-1 NLC): The Panthers lost to a strong Warsaw team 66-29 in league play before bouncing back to beat NLC foe Concord 38-30 and Jimtown 40-39. Warsaw is 6-3 after a loss to Westfield Saturday.