FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Homestead’s first ever trip to semi-state ended with a loss. Despite 22 points and 13 rebounds from sophomore center Caleb Swanigan, the Spartans saw their season come to an end, falling to Lake Central 79-57. LC’s defense was the story, holding Homestead to just 31 percent shooting (Swanigan was 8-of-20), while shooting 48 percent from the floor themselves. The Spartans finish the year with a 20-8 record.
Across the state at Huntington North, Bishop Dwenger also came up short in its bid to reach the state championship game. Playing in their first semi-state final since 1996, the Saints were upended by 3A No. 3 Bowman Academy 85-71. Dwenger fell behind 49-28 at the half after the Eagles swarming defense forced the Saints into a litany of turnovers. A huge second half surge keyed by Grady Eifert (game-high 21 points), brought Dwenger within five points, before the Eagles finished off strong to secure a berth in next week’s 3A state championship game.
In the 2A showdown earlier in the day, Westview punched its first ticket to state since 2000 with a 65-58 win over Lewis Cass. The Warriors were lead by 19 points from Chandler Aspy and 18 more from Jordyn Bontraeger. Westview meets Park Tudor in next Saturday’s 2A state final.