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Important DECEMBER Deadlines/Events:

12/6   Hoosier State Classic @ Valpo U (BSU, ISU & Butler)
12/6   Region Roundball Rumble - Andrean v. West Side
12/16   Hall of Fame Classic
 

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Saturday, December 27

       

4A No. 8 Warsaw dominated the competition this week, picking up tournament trophies in both their own tournament Tuesday and the highly regarded Hall of Fame Classic yesterday. The Tigers were led by Miss Basketball candidate Jaclyn Leininger (left), who raised her stock with outstanding performances throughout the week. The 6'0 guard/forward was named the MVP of both tournaments after averaging 31.0 points against top competitors 3A No. 14 South Bend St. Joe's (35 pts), Perry Meridian (32 pts), 4A No. 5 Jeffersonville (24 pts, 6 assts) and Mooresville (33 pts, 10 rebs). Leininger became Warsaw's all-time leading scorer six points into the opening game of the HOF Classic, surpassing former teammate Hilary O'Connell. More:
Tigers elevate state status - Indianapolis Star
'Worst' game, career high - South Bend Tribune
Warsaw wins tourney - South Bend Tribune
(Photo courtesy of strempkagallery.com.)


New Albany junior Stephanie Lynch has committed to play volleyball at Purdue, according to the Old Gold Free Press. The dominant 6'3 center for the Bulldogs chose volleyball as her "passion" sport over basketball, although she may play basketball for the Boilermakers somewhere down the line. Lynch, who will be entering Purdue's challenging pharmacy program, will focus her attention on studies before pursuing a two-sport career at Purdue. Last season as a sophomore, Lynch averaged 17.0 points, 11.0 rebounds, 4.0 blocks and 3.4 assists per game for head coach Dave Rarick. New Albany is currently 6-1 behind Lynch's outstanding play, which includes a triple double performance of 30 points, 10 rebounds and 11 blocks against Bedford North Lawrence. (Photo courtesy of New Albany Lady Bulldogs website.)


Indianapolis area statistical leaders are now available at the Indianapolis Star. Leaders through December 20 are as follows:
Scoring - Janese Banks, Ben Davis - 25.5 per game
Field goal accuracy - Ta'Shia Phillips, Brebeuf - .730
3-point accuracy - Keyuana Bradshaw, Manual - .643
Free throw accuracy - Lindsey Kluempers, Hamilton SE - .913
Rebounds - Laura Bugher, Lutheran - 10.6 per game
Assists - Kimberly Roberson, Cathedral - 8.2 per game
Steals - Kimberly Roberson, Cathedral - 6.0 per game
Blocked shots - Kara Stoneking, Danville - 2.7 per game


HSSP Internet Radio has expanded its broadcast offerings to include more games, including the big matchup between Naperville Central's Candace Parker and South Bend St. Joseph's, from the Region as follows:
  
Friday, January 16
Lake Central @ Crown Point - 7:00 p.m. CST

Friday, February 6
Crown Point @ Merrillville - 7:00 p.m. CST

Tuesday, January 27
Merrillville @ Chesterton - 7:00 p.m. CST
 
Tuesday, January 27
Naperville Central vs. South Bend St. Joe's (@ Valpo U) - 7:00 p.m. CST


Former New Albany standout and 2000 Indiana All-Star Abby Scharlow (right) has become a rock for her Wisconsin-Green Bay team. After her Phoenix teammate and leading scorer succumbed to an ACL tear four games into the season, Scharlow has been leading UWGB in points (13.7), rebounds (5.0), assists (3.9) and steals (2.7). In a recent loss at No. 9 Minnesota, Scharlow received a hardy round of applause from the home crowd when she fouled out after logging a career-high 26 points (5-6 treys), six assists and four rebounds. She was named Horizon League Co-Player of the Week for her performance. More:
Scharlow is shining - Green Bay News-Chronicle
Scharlow provides much of the offense for UWGB women - Green Bay Press-Gazette
Phoenix v. No. 9 Minnesota (video) - WFRV TV


Girls basketball notes & features:

Girls Basketball Top Ten - The Times
'The Renegade' NW Indiana High School Girls Basketball poll - USA-365
Chicago Marshall leaves EC in a lurch - The Times
Porter County basketball notes & stats - The Times
Stats 'N Stuff - South Bend Tribune
Camaraderie keeps HSE Royals loose - Indy Star
Irish change their ways to find success, city title - Indy Star
Gimpy leg can't stop Phillips - Evansville Courier & Press
Miller, Smith united in many ways - Courier-Journal
Culver brings back Elliott as interim coach - SB Tribune
Harding is finally coming into its own - News Sentinel
Elmhurst twins twice as nice - Journal-Gazette
Senior guard's play helps North Central focus on a state title goal - Indy Star
4 Chatard friends are together again - Indy Star
Hamilton Heights gets healthy, goes on a roll - Indy Star

Robyn Stone stands ready to start with a fresh slate - Indy Star


Game or Tournament Previews:
The heat is on for Hamilton County Tournament - Noblesville Ledger
South Putnam Holiday Tournament preview - Banner Graphic
Riley tourney top-notch - South Bend Tribune
Versatile Indian Creek star gets big-time challenge - Indy Star
Classic will test 2 area teams - Indy Star
Tourney teams take aim at undefeated Royals - Indy Star
Braves eager for Hall tournament - Reporter-Times
Mighty Warsaw is NLC girls favorite  - Goshen News


Articles of interest:
On and off the court, life is changing for Katie Gearlds - Southside Times
Purdue's Wright taking her last shot in senior season - Sun Herald
Amanda Davidson's toughness is a blessing for Indianapolis - Indy Star
Motivated Rhodes pushes herself, ISU team - Chronicle-Tribune
Women are learning to save their knees from painful injuries - Beacon Journal
DePaul women cruise past Valpo - Chicago Sun-Times
Roncalli grad Roberson is a workhorse - Indy Star
ISU women trek to Fort Wayne - Tribune Star
Sophomore sensation Zolman - South Bend Tribune
EMU's VanMetre named MAC West Player of the Week - Eastern Michigan


 

  

Friday, December 19

       

Not much to report, but lots of reading on line for today:

 

More on Leah Phillips' commitment to Indiana State:
ISU women get commitment from Castle junior - TH Tribune Star
Castle junior Phillips commits to Indiana State - Indianapolis Star


Girls basketball notes & features:

Meeting draws Madison-Grant Argylls together - Chronicle Tribune
Torn between two sports (vball v. bball) - Post-Tribune
Newcomers put Kouts back on track - Post-Tribune
It's a hard-knock life (Ashley Sampson, Highland) - The Times
Girls Basketball Top Ten - The Times
Shelbyville area girls buzz - Shelbyville News
Second chance at life (Alicia Tuszynski, New Prairie) - South Bend Tribune
Set for a challenge (Mackenzie Warwick, Norwell) - FW News Sentinel
A jump on the game - FW News Sentinel
Power polls - FW News Sentinel
Dragons have special bond - Indianapolis Star
Hall stars for her basketball team despite coping with hearing loss - Indy Star
Mooresville undaunted by losses - Indianapolis Star
Franklin's Raines closes in on 200 victories - Indianapolis Star


Season or Game Previews:
Two 8-1 teams face off tonight (Indps Lutheran, Southwestern Shelbyville) - Indianapolis Star.


Articles of interest:
ISU women spring defensive trap on Cincinnati Bearcats - Tribune Star
VanMetre surprised at starting basketball role - Noblesville Ledger


 

  

Wednesday, December 17

         

Castle junior Leah Phillips (left) made an early verbal commitment to Coach Jim Wiede of Indiana State on Monday evening. The 5'7 point guard, who was being recruited by Purdue, Miami, Indiana, Evansville, Butler, UNLV, Southern Miss, Valparaiso, Kent State, Bowling Green and others, picked the Sycamores for a variety of reasons. Intending to major in the sports medicine field, Phillips liked the ISU academic program, as well as the fact that Coach Wiede has recruited student athletes that last season accumulated the best GPA in the country. The ISU guard-oriented, up-tempo style of play was a plus, as well as the opportunity for Phillips to understudy who she feels is one of the best point guards in the country in sophomore Melanie Boeglin (Terre Haute South). As a sophomore, Phillips averaged 17.6 points and 4.3 assists per game while shooting 58.6% from the field. This season she is averaging 17.1 points and 4.4 assists per game while helping lead coach Wayne Allen's Castle Knights to an 8-1 record and a No. 4 ranking in the ICGSA Poll this season. (Photo by the Evansville Courier & Press) More:
Indiana State wins Castle's Phillips over by a hair - Courier & Press


Warsaw coach Will Winhorst reached a career milestone in a 68-33 win over Columbia City last night. The well-respected coach logged his 400th win. The effort was aided by Miss Basketball candidate and Miami (Ohio) recruit Jaclyn Leininger, who tallied 28 points (11 for 13 shooting) and 9 assists in an efficient 21 minutes on the floor.


Girls basketball notes & features:
Quakers rely on talented freshman - Indianapolis Star
Ben Davis juniors accept leadership roles - Indianapolis Star


 

 

  

Tuesday, December 16

       

The latest girls basketball scoring and rebounding statistics through December 16 is now available on the IHSAA website at 2003-04 Girls Basketball Scoring and Rebounding Leaders.  Leading the state in scoring again is Adrienne Squire (right) of Indian Creek at 30.7 points per game. Listed as leading NWI is Kiki Bytnar from Calumet at 15.6 points per game. The leading rebounder in the state is Tara Dice of Churubusco at 21.3 rebounds per game. Michigan City freshman Emma Tucker is listed as leading NWI players at 10.6 rebounds per game. In order to be included on the state statistical leaders lists with the IHSAA, athletic directors or coaches must submit their players statistics to Sports Information Director Jerry Baker at jbaker@ihsaa.org.


According to The Times, statistical leaders for NWI in the following categories are as follows as of December 12:
  

Scoring
26.8 - Sharon Houston, Lew Wallace
21.8 - Karissa Walter, Boone Grove
18.2 - Ashley Bush, Morgan Twp.
  
Field Goal Percentage (20+ atts)
.772 - Kelly Peller, Chesterton
.693 - Karissa Walter, Boone Grove
.692 - Sarah Martinovich, Boone Grove
  
Rebounds
18.5 - Ashley Taylor - Washington Twp.
13.3 - Sharon Houston, Lew Wallace
13.2 - Becca Papach, Whiting
  
Steals
7.0 - Dee Dee Jernigan, East Chicago
6.9 - Cassie Pruzin, Crown Point
6.2 - Karissa Walter, Boone Grove
Assists
7.2 - Karissa Walter, Boone Grove
6.0 - Kandi Rodgers, East Chicago
6.0 - Dominique Moore, Lew Wallace
Blocks
6.3 - Sharon Houston, Lew Wallace
2.6 - LaTysha Sanders, Gavit
2.3 - Amanda Diaz, Bishop Noll
     

HSSP Internet Radio will be broadcasting tonight's game between Lake Central and Chesterton.


Warsaw senior Jaclyn Leininger joined the 1000 Point Club over the weekend with 59 points in the Tigers' past two games. The 5'11 Miami (Ohio) recruit scored 28 points on 11 of 15 shooting against Huntington North and 31 points on 11 of 17 shooting against Plymouth.


At the request of the six schools involved, the site of Sectional #44 of the 2004 IHSAA Girls Basketball Tournament has been changed.  Originally granted to Milan, the IHSAA Executive Committee, at their meeting on December 11, 2003, granted the request by Lawrenceburg, Milan, North Decatur, South Ripley, Southwestern (Hanover) and Switzerland County to move the sectional to Switzerland County. It was also determined at that meeting that the Regional site host for the winners of Sectionals 41-44 will be Indian Creek.


Girls basketball notes & features:
Sister act powers Wheeler to its first LAC final - The Times
Don't look now, but Glenn Falcons are soaring - South Bend Tribune
Defense has helped New Albany girls to 6-0 start - Courier-Journal
Braves know how to rebound from loss - Indianapolis Star
Win or lose, Royals push themselves - Indianapolis Star
Ben Davis girls survive long stretch - Indianapolis Star
Tri-West senior thrives on staying busy - Indianapolis Star

Heritage Christian eager to repeat - Indianapolis Star
Triton Central Coach Pringle teaches game of life - Indianapolis Star
Simmermon's effort sets tone - Indianapolis Star
Elmhurst duo driven to succeed - Ft. Wayne News Sentinel
Adversity doesn't dampen Raiders' spirit - Lafayette Journal & Courier
Northern Indiana girls conference standings - South Bend Tribune


Season or Game Previews:
Harrison, McCutcheon girls on collision course - Lafayette Journal & Courier


Articles of interest:
Coach Couture excited about Butler's start in basketball - Indianapolis Star
Steals help lead 11-3 Goshen Lady Leafs - Elkhart Truth
Zolman stars in OT - Goshen News
Rose-Hulman women rally to defeat Robert Morris-Springfield - TH Tribune Star
Sarah Zondor named SCAC Player of the Week - DePauw
Paving the way for women - Muncie Star Press
Nord named C-USA Player of the Week - Evening News
Liz Honegger Named MAC Player Of The Week - Bowling Green
Red Hawks soar over Sycamore press - Tribune Star
Boilers' last shot edges out Bruins - Indianapolis Star
ND women surge to Dayton demolition - South Bend Tribune


 

 

     

 

Friday, December 12

       

Two of Indiana's finest point guards, both from the Class of 2005, will go head-to-head this weekend. Crown Point 5'7 guard Cassie Pruzin and Boone Grove 5'5 guard Karissa Walter will face off in non-conference competition on Saturday at Crown Point. Boone Grove will come into the game defending a perfect 7-0 record, while the Bulldogs have had losses to 4A ranked Warsaw and DAC foe Chesterton. This will be the first big test for the Wolves, who have been beating up on lesser opponents, although they knocked off 1A #16 Washington Township with a 27-point win last night. Walter is leading Porter County in scoring at 18.7 points per game, and also is near the top in steals, assists and shooting percentage for NWI. Pruzin has a very tough and active all-around game and is averaging 16.0 points per game, and is also near the top in steals in NWI. While Crown Point's offense revolves around Pruzin, Boone Grove's offense runs through Walter. Opponents have not been able to focus in on Walter, as other players have stepped up to thwart trick defenses against the sparkplug point guard. Starter Becky Keller scored 25 points against Kankakee Valley when the Kougars tried to keep Walter in check, and Cortney Flanigan came off the bench to score a career-high 24 points when Washington Township held Walter under her average last night. Boone Grove has two other players, Keller (11.8 ppg) and Rachel Jenkins (10.7 ppg), averaging double figures, while Crown Point is still looking for a double-digit scorer besides Pruzin on its roster. But the Bulldogs are known for a smothering defense that could put the Wolves back on their heels early. Much could be at stake in this head-to-head meeting with both players vying for Junior All-Star honors, along with post standout Cassie Kerns of Valparaiso. It is unlikely that three Region players would be asked to participate on the summer squad that will select its members from a very talented statewide class. (Photo courtesy of strempkagallery.com.)


Ball State head coach Tracy Roller (left) made the most of her trip to the Region last weekend when the Cardinals participated in the Hoosier State Classic at Valparaiso University. After losing to Indiana State earlier in the day, Roller ventured over to Highland to watch Valparaiso defeat the Trojans in a 54-28 win. Roller's interest in the game lies in junior center/forward Cassie Kerns, who is also being recruited by a number of high-level Division I programs. Kerns did not disappoint, scoring 17 points for the 7-1 Vikings. (Photo courtesy of strempkagallery.com.)


4A #4 East Chicago will be hosting a wide field of participants in its Classic Tournament next weekend. Teams from Illinois, Wisconsin, Missouri and Ohio will find their way to the Region to participate in an event that has a very competitive field. Sophomore sensation Dee Dee Jernigan is leading the Cardinals so far this season, and showed her dominance in a recent win over previously undefeated Lew Wallace on Tuesday.  The 5'11 guard had 19 points, 15 rebounds, 11 blocks, 6 assists and 6 steals in the 63-42 win.  HSSP Internet Radio is making a change to its girls' broadcast schedule to cover the event. HSSP will cover all six games  according to the following schedule:

Friday 12/19
Eau Clarie ( WI) vs. Gateway Tech ( MO) 5:30 PM CST
Penn vs. Chicago Marshall (IL) 7:00 PM CST
East Chicago vs. Villa Angela ( OH) 8:30 PM CST

Saturday 12/20
Penn vs. Gateway Tech ( MO) 5:30 PM CST
Eau Claire (WI) vs. Villa Angela ( OH) 7:00 PM CST
East Chicago vs Oak Park Fenwick ( IL) 8:30 PM CST


Although East Chicago came away with the win against Lew Wallace on Tuesday, Hornets sophomore Sharon Houston was up to the challenge of facing NWI's highest ranked team. The 6'2 center, who is averaging 25.8 points and 16.0 rebounds per game, scored 15 points, pulled down 20 rebounds and swatted an amazing 14 shots in the game. The Post-Tribune profiles Houston in its coverage today. More:
East Chicago Central 63, Lew Wallace 42 - The Times


According to the Indianapolis Star, Lawrence North guard Robyn Stone has been reinstated to play and will be eligible to compete once she has participated in ten practices. LN head coach Jodie Whitaker will look forward to the Junior All Star's return as the Wildcats have lost five of their first seven outings.


Girls basketball notes & features:

Houston looks like future star - Post-Tribune
Lurking in the shadows (Michelle Hamblin, Suzanne Cunningham) - The Times
Girls Basketball Top Ten - The Times
Rising Star (MC Marquette) - News-Dispatch
Early losses don't faze Huntington, Warsaw - Huntington Press
All in the Family (Lanae Stoval, Lafayette Jeff) - Journal & Courier
Hustle, love of game drive Dark to follow sister's footsteps - Journal & Courier
Senior Cartina Ford plays with intensity to key Eels' turnaround - Indianapolis Star
Simpson’s 100th victory eases pressure on Bluejackets - Times-Mail
Team wants to prove its defensive skills - Indianapolis Star
A tip of the hat to Tippy Valley - South Bend Tribune
Tough loss helps pinpoint where Heritage Christian need work - Indianapolis Star
Brebeuf Jesuit-North Central 1st-round matchup will be key - Indianapolis Star
Portage's Turpa, Chesterton's Campbell reach basketball milestones - The Times
With their top player fouled out, Giants roll (Indy notes) - Indianapolis Star
Former Perry Meridian backup starts to get attention - Indianapolis Star
Park Tudor siblings similar in size, talent - Indianapolis Star
Tribune Athlete of the Week - South Bend Tribune
Some girls' teams are better this year - Jeffersonville Evening News


Articles of interest:
Cardinals face Cardinals - Ball State Daily News
Chappell shackled but Earlham still earns win - Pal-Item
Dixon's three helps Vincennes U go 2-0 in SODEXHO - Sun-Commercial
The learning curve (Jeanette Gray) - The Times
Sycamores get their revenge - The Times
Crusaders get hot at right time - The Times
BSU ends winning streak with loss to Indiana State - BSU Daily News
BSU women lose to Louisville - Star Press
UE women take aim at 'Circle City Sweep' - Courier-Press
Peterink trying to get Dayton flying again - Journal Gazette
Big Ten women's event to stay in Indy in '05 - Indianapolis Star
Merrill scores 34 in Tribune Classic games - Noblesville Ledger
VanMetre named to All-Tournament Team - Noblesville Ledger


 

  

Saturday, December 6

       

Charges filed against Lawrence North senior Robyn Stone have been dropped after her accuser backed off of the details from his original complaint and then failed to appear at a legal proceeding yesterday, according to the Indianapolis Star. Stone, who was accused with a felony in October, was suspended from school and her team pending the outcome of the charges against her. Her attorney is hoping that she will be reinstated at school and playing basketball as early as next week. Lawrence North school officials will determine the Indiana Junior All-Star's status after an administrative team meeting.


After some weeks of waiting, the Sagarin Ratings are now tracking results for girls basketball. At the top of the ratings as of results from last night, Castle leads the way, followed closely by Jeffersonville. East Chicago Central ranks as the highest Region team at No. 10, while Merrillville logs in at No. 15. North Harrison ranks as the highest rated 3A team at No. 11, while Shenandoah is the top-rated 2A team at No. 16. The highest rated 1A team is Southwestern (Hanover) at No. 70. The team with the highest ranked schedule is No. 40 Franklin Central.


Region fans, don't forget about today's D-I doubleheader at Valparaiso University today. Indiana State will face off with Ball State at 1:00 p.m., followed by Valparaiso and Butler at 3:30 p.m. More:
Four-team event today on Valpo’s home court - Post-Tribune
Cards to face ISU at Valparaiso Saturday - Ball State Daily News


More information on the status of Alexandria junior Jodi Howell:

Howell to have surgery January 7 - Anderson Herald Bulletin.

Alexandria standout to miss rest of season - Muncie Star Press


Girls basketball notes & features:

Gary West's Rod Fisher under the radar - Post-Tribune
Upholding a Chesterton family tradition - Post-Tribune
Indiana girls basketball top 10 - The Times
Haehl's work ethic helps build program's success - Shelbyville News

Whitton breaks 1,000 point plateau - Chronicle-Tribune.

Athlete of the Week Teisha Newsome of SB Washington - SB Tribune
Girls Basketball Standings & Stats - Elkhart Truth
Speedway appreciates its 'vacation' - Indy Star
Franklin Central finds its own style - Indianapolis Star
Artesians' victory over Mooresville is confidence-lifter - Indianapolis Star
Marion, Easbrook have strong starts - Chronicle-Tribune
GIRLS’ BASKETBALL BUZZ - Shelbyville News
Musing along after one month of hoops - Jeffersonville News-Tribune
Moulton sets tone for Tigers - Indianapolis Star
Sheridan's Kayla Brazzell sitting out, but is still a part of the team - Indianapolis Star
Lady Stars seek winning formula - Times-Mail


Season or Game Previews:
Duo hopes West Side can do it - The Times
Jeff has payback on its mind - Evening News


Other Articles of interest:
Freshmen grab the attention (Purdue v. Valpo) - The Times
Purdue prevails over Valpo - The Times
Purdue rewarded for board work - BoilerStation

Indiana women end skid - Bedford Times-Mail

Whiteland grad Liffick back with Aces  - JC Daily Journal
Artesians alum Hall, Guy still wrinkling net - Reporter Times
Wisconsin seniors bring more than size to court - Badger Herald
Some WNBA Players Working on Second Career - FW News Sentinel
Seright Adjusts to College Ball - Central Michigan website
Notre Dame sophomore sensations - SB Tribune
BSU Starting strong - Ball State Daily News
Earlham women come up short in comeback bid - Pal-Item
Hanover women advance to Moyer tourney title game - Madison Courier

IHSAA celebrates its first century - Courier & Press


 

  

Thursday, December 4

        

Alexandria 2005 Miss Basketball candidate Jodi Howell has incurred an ACL injury for the second time in her basketball career. According to Alexandria coach Jon Howell, "Less than one minute into the second quarter in a game at Lapel, Jodi cut along the baseline, got bumped in the lane, corrected herself and curled around a screen. As she turned, she crumpled to the floor in agony. As I approached her on the floor, I heard her say 'I did it again! An obvious reference to her ACL injury in her left knee she suffered at the end of her 8th grade year. This time it was her right knee."
 
Alexandria led by a score of 20-8 at the beginning of the second quarter, with Howell the focus of the Lapel defense. The 5'11 Purdue recuirt had already scored 11 points, grabbed three rebounds and dished out three assists to that point.

"Referee's continually tell me that I have to get use to the 'chucks' when she goes through the lane," Coach Howell said. "Why? I've witnessed my daughter accepting cheap shots from lesser skilled players throughout her life on the court. Why should I (and she) simply have to get used to the cheap shots?"

Howell is scheduled to see Dr. K. Donald Shelbourne, a pioneer in the field of orthopedic surgery at Methodist Sports Medicine Center in Indianapolis. Dr. Shelbourne performed Howell's initial surgery. (Photo from the Anderson Herald Bulletin) More:
Howell goes down in Alex win over Lapel - Anderson Herald Bulletin


 

  

Wednesday, December 3

        

The upsets continue as parity around the state becomes evident, especially in 4A this season. Coaches voting in the ICGSA Poll will be scratching their heads all season long as they try to pin down rankings of the best teams in the state. But when it all comes down to it, votes in the polls won't get you points on the scoreboard during tournament season. Last night the upset trend continued when the 6-1 unranked Martinsville Artesians, whose only loss was to No. 11 Castle, toppled 4A No. 8 Mooresville by a whopping 14 points. Martinsville's strong start has been mostly due to the outstanding play of guard Ashley Cazee (left), who has been burning up the nets in a bid for a spot on the All-Star team and is making a statement for consideration as a Miss Basketball candidate in this year's wide open field. So far this season, Cazee is scoring along at a 25.7 point-per-game clip, including 30 against Mooresville last night. More:
 Senior guard sets the pace for Artesians - Indianapolis Star


The IHSAA Statistical Leaders listings are showing Indian Creek senior Adrienne Squire in the scoring lead with 28.2 points per game through December 2. Boone Grove junior Karissa Walter continues to lead the Region in scoring at 21.8 points per game. Culver's Vanessa Jackson maintains her lead in the rebounding category statewide with an astounding 15.0 rebounds per game through seven games so far this season.


Region fans can get a close-up look at the AP No. 7 team in the country when the Purdue Boilermakers come to play the Valparaiso Crusaders tonight at the ARC. If you're not able to attend, you can listen to the game online. Broadcast time begins at 7:05 CT (8:05 ET). More:

Now's the time for Crusaders - The Times
Curry provides rebounding incentive - Lafayette J & C


Tennessee schooled Notre Dame 83-59 on Sunday. The game featured two of Indiana's best from the Class of 2000, Tennessee's Shyra Ely (Ben Davis) and Notre Dame's Jackie Batteast (South Bend Washington). The two are good friends and share the reputation of being go-to players for their respective teams. The Knoxville News profiled both players and the weight they carry as leaders for their teams. More:
Notre Dame Outmatched By No. 3 Tennessee, 83-59 - ND website
SHYRA ELY LEADS TENNESSEE OVER NOTRE DAME, 83-59 - Tennessee website


Ft. Wayne Canterbury will be hosting international style basketball as both the HSE Koalas (girls) and HSE Kangaroos (boys) visit from Sydney, Australia, next week. The Koalas will meet the Canterbury Girls’ Varsity Basketball team Monday, December 8, at 6:00 p.m. at the Canterbury High School gym. This will be the only opportunity to see the Australian teams in northern Indiana as the Koalas and Kangaroos spend the next several weeks touring various schools in Indiana and Kentucky. Cub Scout Pack 3900 will sponsor a community service project in conjunction with the games at Canterbury. In place of the standard $4 admission, fans will be asked to make donations to benefit the Fort Wayne Women’s Shelter on Monday and the Associated Churches Food Bank on Tuesday. Both organizations are in great need of food donations, and the Women’s Shelter also would appreciate winter clothing items and children’s toys. Financial contributions will be accepted and will be used to purchase holiday turkeys for distribution throughout the Fort Wayne area. Cub Scouts will be on hand to collect all donated items. For additional information, please contact Canterbury School Athletics Director Ken Harkenrider at 260.432.2226 or kharkenrider@canterburyschool.org.


The December 4 game between Boonville and Castle will be playing their game in the name of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. The Hoops for the Cure varsity matchup will be played at Castle High School at 7:30 p.m. and both schools are hoping to raise donations for local breast cancer initiatives.


Girls basketball notes & features:

SHS coach exceeding expectations - Shelbyville News
Repaired knee enables Brownsburg's Stephanie Mason to play with passion - Indianapolis Star
NWI Top Ten - The Times
Jeffersonville's Jasmine Baines is proof that goals can exceed baskets - Courier-Journal
Starting over (SB Washington's Jerri Taylor) - SB Tribune
On and off court, they're like twins (North Central's Jackson, Quattrocchi) - Indy Star
Morgan's Bush, Wheeler's Bruszewski move into top five on their schools' basketball scoring lists - The Times
Great expectations (Andrean) - The Times
Balance boosts Zionsville Eagles' strong start (HS notes) - Indy Star
Senior's best efforts include leadership (Jessica Grove, Danville) - Indy Star
Jodi Howell is a reluctant star for Alexandria - Herald Bulletin
Shelbyville Golden Bears take broadcast global on Web - Shelbyville News
Tell City, McClintic serve notice to PAC - Courier & Press

Third's a charm: IHSAA adds officials - SB Tribune

Fieldhouse helps meet the demand for courts - Indianapolis Star.


Season or Game Previews:
Powers prepare to meet again (Heritage Christian, Brebeuf) - Indy Star


Articles of interest:
Richmond notes (Deunna Hendrix) - Times-Dispatch

Cindi Merrill Mid-American East POY - Miami website
Unrelenting ISU pressure on offense, defense - TH Tribune Star
BSU Cards win fourth straight - Muncie Star Press
For Kennitra Johnson, all roads lead to the hardwood - News-Tribune
Hittle scores 19 points in collegiate debut - Noblesville Ledger
VanMetre nets 13 points, 8 rebounds in EMU win - Noblesville Ledger


 

   



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