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From 397 to 128 to 64 - who will be left standing?
Region Roundball Review

02/14/09 06:26 pm by RRR | Back



FW South assistant coach Gregg Taylor celebrates with IPFW recruit Sydney Weinert after a thrilling 2-point win.More than half of all girls basketball players in the state are done for the season as of last night, and just 64 of the remaining 128 teams will still be going to practice with a purpose on Monday. There have been some surprising upsets this week, but for the most part, the expected finalists will be battling it out tonight.


So far, three highly-ranked 4A teams have fallen to the wayside. No. 3 Terre Haute South lost to No. 7 Mooresville in first-round action on Tuesday, while No. 4 Hamilton Southeastern lost to No. 8 Fishers in a thrilling 61-55 overtime battle last night in the state's most competitive sectional with three state-ranked teams in the field. Fishers will face No. 7 Carmel tonight for the right to advance. Undefeated No. 6 Jay County lost to unranked Fort Wayne South (left) on a buzzer beater by junior Ashley Stalling after losing to the Patriots by 19 points in the season opener. A stunning turnaround victory will have South facing Marion tonight.


In 3A, only one top ten team failed to make it to tonight's finals. No. 5 Wawasee lost a close one to unranked NorthWood in a long-standing battle of Northern Lakes Conference rivals. After losing to the Warriors by almost 20 points in January, the Panthers stole one away from a Wawasee senior group that had been to the state finals two years ago and to the semi-state last year. Taylor Goshert, Brennan McAdams, Ashlee Ort and Kylee Ort will be greatly missed by the Wawasee program next season.


Speedway was the lone top ten 2A team to fail to advance to tonight's sectional final action, which will be played on their home floor. Unranked Covenant Christian was trailing by two points after three quarters, but came up huge in the fourth with 26 points to Speedway's 13 for a 56-45 win. Sophomore guard Micah Pollard lead the Warriors with 20 points and nabbed six steals in the upset. Speedway senior Kara Tierney scored 19 points in her final high school game.


No. 8 Argos could not overcome the powerful one-two punch of No. 2 Oregon-Davis sisters Aubrey and Gabby Minix in a 46-38 loss. However, they gave the Bobcats all they could handle after losing to O-D by 35 points just one week ago in the regular season. No. 9 New Washington lost to unranked South Central Elizabeth (10-11), who defeated the Mustangs by two at the end of January, giving New Washington it's only 1A loss during the season. Photo from the Journal Gazette.




One of the state's best-kept-secret-seniors Sancheon White (right) of Hammond recorded a rare triple-double -- and toyed with a quadruple double -- in last night's 70-31 win over Gary Lew Wallace. A RRR Super Senior Seven, White logged 15 points, 15 rebounds, 11 assists and 7 steals in limited action. White and the Wildcats will face Gary Roosevelt and fellow RRR SS7 honoree Tatianna Washington in what should be one of the best sectional finals in the Region tonight. Hammond is looking to capture it's fifth sectional championship in as many years on Roosevelt's home floor. Photo from the Post-Tribune.




Yesterday the Women's Basketball Coaches Association named its Top 20 High School Seniors for the 2009 WBCA All-America Game taking place during the Final Four weekend in St. Louis in April. The lone Indiana senior named to the team is South Bend Washington's Skylar Diggins.  Diggins will join 19 other top players from around the country to compete in the showcase game on April 4. Purdue recruit Sam Ostarello of South Dakota is the only other player in the event with Indiana ties. Texas landed five players in the Top 20, including top-rated 6'3  Kelsey Bone, who has yet to declare a college choice (Illinois, Texas, Texas A&M, South Carolina).



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