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|News thru Monday, January 29|
Kouts senior Erica Martin scored 27 points in a win at Wheeler on Saturday to hit the uncanny mark of 1,642 career points. Why so uncanny? That point total tied her for the Porter County career scoring record, which just happens to be held by Martin's second cousin Becky (Gesse) Harper, an assistant coach at Kouts. According to The Times, Martin was pulled from the game after hitting her last shot with under two minutes to go, which will allow her to break the scoring record at home when her team hosts Michigan City Marquette on Thursday.
Tom May's 16-2 Crown Point Lady Bulldogs wrapped up their first-ever Duneland Conference championship with a 22-point win over Hobart on Saturday. Holding the Brickies to their lowest point total of the season in a physical 47-25 win, Crown Point put themselves in the record book by sweeping the DAC field with a 7-0 conference record. Crown Point had won numerous conference championships in the now defunct Lake Suburban Conference in the '80s, but after moving to the much more competitive DAC in the early '90s, had gone without a conference title until this season. S & L Publishing Prep Sports last week honored Crown Point's "Triple Threat" of Alex Webster, Carissa Triplett and Sarah Zondor as their Athletes of the Week. The three combined for 46 points in a Duneland Conference win over LaPorte on January 19.
Our RRR Region & State Top 12 have been posted for the week. Also, there is a good number of great matchups this week, and we've previewed 20 of them, starting with tonight's Castle at Memorial game, on our Top Games & Upcoming Events.
The ICGSA Poll will be out later today. Expect to see some movement in all classes with key losses on all four boards, especially in 1A. Also, the latest Sagarin Ratings have been updated through Saturday's game results, and the S & L Publishing rankings are out as well.
Just a reminder... the IHSAA State Tournament draw will take place one week from today at noon (EST) at the IHSAA offices in Indianapolis. Draw results are expected to be available sometime around 2:00 p.m. (EST). We will make a link to the draw available from the home page at the RRR as soon as it is available.
After sitting out the first half of the season with stress fractures in both legs, Lowell junior Rachel Wielgos is back on the floor for the Red Devils. She has given her team a boost in their past three outings, all wins for the previously 0-8 Devils. Her best performance yet was a 20-point barrage in a 64-6 win over Lake Station Friday. During Wielgos's absence and a punishing first half schedule (Crown Point, Andrean, Hobart, Merrillville, Gavit and North Newton), 6'0 freshman Lisa Schulfer has carried the brunt of the Lowell offense. She is happy to have the offensive help and leadership of Lowell's only returning varsity starter back on the floor again. Lowell's next game is against Lake Central on Friday.
Another first-time conference champion was made last week, when Clinton Central came away with a 49-34 win over Clinton Prairie for the Hoosier Heartland Conference championship. The 1A No. 8 Bulldogs and coach Linda Barnett were recently profiled in the Kokomo Tribune.
Lebanon assistant coach and former Lafayette Jeff head basketball coach Jim Hammel passed away due to a heard attack last week. Hammel's wife Tracey Hammel is the head coach at Lebanon, where she and her husband coached daughter Suzie Hammel last season to a successful season. Suzie Hammel now plays at Valparaiso University and was on the road in Utah when she learned of her father's death. To honor her father, she played that night and scored a career-high 18 points off the bench. (The Times) The Lebanon Reporter explains the grief that the Lebanon team and school are enduring due to their sudden loss of a well-respected and well-liked coach and friend. Also, the Lafayette Journal & Courier reports on Hammel's impact on the Jeff program during his tenure there. Lebanon's game with Southmont scheduled for last Friday, was cancelled. Our condolences to the Hammel family.
Huntington North seniors Cassie Kline and Jamie Grogg were recently profiled together in the Ft. Wayne Sentinel. A perfect complement to one another's strengths, the two have teamed to take North to a 14-3 record so far this season. With their sights on another semi-state appearance, assist-specialist Kline and 3-point specialist Grogg are putting in long hours of extra work with hopes of leading their team deeper into the tournament this season.
Columbus North underclassmen Tina Bolte and Katie Kuperus were recently profiled in the Columbus Republic. The two youngsters are leading the way for their team this season and are expected to make North a contender for the next few years.
Seymour head coach Donna Sullivan, an icon in Indiana girls sports, will be retiring after 31 years with the Owls after this season. Sullivan was honored Saturday evening at her team's game with Rushville. The Jackson County Banner has a recap of Sullivan's career at Seymour.
It was a wild and wooly night at Medora High School last week when six of Medora's eight players fouled out of the game, leaving just two players, one of whom was injured, to finish out the last three minutes of the game. According to the Jackson County Banner, 30 fouls were called on the Hornets and just 12 called on the visiting Eagledale Warriors. Two of those 30 fouls were technicals called in the last minutes of the game. One can only wonder why. ;-)
Many of you will remember Courtney Koester, who was one-half of the Richmond 5'3" twin attack with sister Ashley Koester last season. Both refused scholarship offers to a variety of schools in order to attend their school of choice, Northwestern University near Chicago. Courtney was not to be dissuaded from playing college basketball, however, and showed enough skill and hustle to secure a spot on the Northwestern roster as a walk-on. Northwestern can use all the help they can get with a 4-14 record so far this season. Koester (NWU profile) has played in 16 games, starting in one so far, and is averaging nearly 12 minutes a game. She shares the NWU roster with 1999 Indiana All Stars Emily Butler of Center Grove and Natalie Will of NorthWood, both starters for head coach June Olkowski. Butler currently leads the Wildcats in scoring at 12.0 points per game, while Will is fifth in scoring at 6.2 points per outing.
Indiana University's Rachael Honegger (Lafayette Jeff) is balancing the life of a college student, Big 10 basketball player and mother all at once, and is making it work. According to the Hoosier Times, Honegger gets lots of help from grandparents and friends so that she can finish school and still compete in college basketball. Honegger's 17-month-old son, Isaiah, is the team's self-appointed mascot and cheers his mom on at IU games.
Webmaster Earl Mishler was profiled recently in the Lafayette Journal & Courier for his efforts in promoting the high school game on his website, E.T. Pearl's Basketball Corner. Mishler, who also is a sportswriter for the LaPorte Herald-Argus and The Elkhart Truth, has compiled a history of high school basketball dating back to the early 1900's. He also updates his site daily with scores for both girls and boys basketball, and is a constant and accurate resource for the RRR scores page.
|News thru Friday, January 26|
is bound to be some movement on Monday after a number of ranked teams met defeat
as we get closer to the home stretch of the regular season. 4A No. 4 Crown
Point suffered a loss at the hands of 3A No. 6 Plymouth in a
lackluster performance against a well-prepared Plymouth team. They are not
alone, as No. 6 Huntington North dropped another game to 2A No. 1 Luers
and No. 9 Connersville was completely overwhelmed by unranked Martinsville
62-38. No. 10 FW Snider escaped in a 41-38 win over unranked DeKalb.
In 3A, NorthWood dropped a 10-point decision to unranked Angola, so far the only loss recorded by a ranked team in 3A. No. 7 Shelbyville will play at 4A No. 9 Connersville on Saturday, which will bring another loss to one of these ranked teams. But the big game is No. 10 Evansville Memorial at Castle on Saturday. Castle is in position to move back into the 4A top ten if they can pull off a win over the Tigers in this hotly contested regional rivalry. (Sorry, our mistake. The Castle-Memorial game is on Monday.)
In 2A, Triton Central met defeat for the first time this season at the hands of 3A No. 7 Shelbyville. No. 9 South Spencer dropped a close one to North Posey.
In 1A, No. 1 Triton fell to 2A Manchester 57-55 and lost again to 3A No. 8 Rochester last night for a rough week. No. 2 White River Valley lost to 3A Owen Valley by 25 points. Previously undefeated Washington Catholic lost to North Knox and also played 2A No. 2 Forest Park, a game for which we have no results, but which will certainly produce another loss for one of these ranked teams.
Should be another interesting week for ICGSA voters.
in case you missed this one on the ICGSA Poll, we'll bring it to your attention
If you are a coach and want to nominate a senior player(s) for Hoosier Basketball Magazine's 2000-2001 Top 100 Senior Girls List, you can do so by calling (317) 925-8200, Monday-Friday (9 a.m.-5 p.m.), by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by writing Hoosier Basketball Magazine, 3750 North Guion Road, Suite 315, Indianapolis, Indiana 46222.
If a player is named to the Top 100 Senior List she will be considered for an invitation to Hoosier Basketball's Girls Top 40 Workout Sunday, March 4, 2001, at Marian College in Indianapolis. Any questions, call (317) 925-8200.
Times and Post-Tribune
released their Top 10 for the week, and the picks are as
2. Crown Point
4. West Side
6. Kankakee Valley
10. North Newton
2. Crown Point
3. West Side
9. North Newton
10. Kankakee Valley
Highland senior Jenny DeMuth and coach Chris Huppenthal will be featured in a 15-minute interview segment on AT&T Lake Area Cable (Channel 3) at 5:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 9:30 p.m.and 10:35 p.m. on Monday. The interview can also be seen at 6:30 p.m.on WYIN-TV Channel 56.
Wawasee junior Shanna Zolman reached the 2,000 point career mark this past week in a win over Tippecanoe Valley. According to the Warsaw Union-Times, Zolman is the first girls basketball player in Indiana to reach that milestone as a junior. Zolman is on track to exceed the career total of Seeger's Stephanie White, who had 1,983 points through her junior season. White's career total of 2,869 stands as the current state record.
News and notes from SB Tribune on LaSalle, Marian, Glenn and SB Washington's Jackie Batteast, who became her school’s career scoring leader January 19 against South Bend Riley. She scored 24 points in the game to bring her career total to 1,429. The previous mark was 1,408 by Charmonique Stallworth. Batteast, who has signed a basketball letter of intent with Notre Dame, also is the school’s career rebounding leader with 966. She is averaging 24.6 points and 16.1 rebounds this season.
Gary Mann senior Karen Gibson, 4th in the state in scoring at 24.9 points per game, was profiled in The Times (no link available) late last week. The 5'8 center likes to bang underneath with the trees and is pretty effective in there. Gibson is getting some looks from college programs ranging from DI to JC.
According to the Women's Basketball Journal, Connersville junior Missy Taylor is currently favoring Stanford, Purdue and Indiana on a short list that also includes Notre Dame, Ohio State and Iowa State.
Mt. Vernon (Fortville) senior Alissa Kirby is closing in on the 1,000-point career mark. According to the Indianapolis Star, Kirby needs just 16 points to reach the career milestone, which could happen this weekend when the Marauders play Hamilton Southeastern. Kirby has committed to play at the University of Evansville next season.
Brownsburg senior Amanda Davidson was recently named The Flyer Group Athlete of the Week for her performances in two games in January against McCutcheon and Ritter.
Leo all-purpose player Lindy Carey is featured in the Ft. Wayne News Sentinel (sorry, expired link) this week. The 5'10 junior plays a variety of positions for the Lions, from point guard through power forward, and she's become a key to Leo's success this season. Averaging 13.0 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game, Carey is just what the doctor ordered to complement the skills of fellow senior teammates Kelly Springer and Jenny Steele.
Brownstown Central senior Leah Wischmeier was recently profiled in the Louisville Courier-Journal. The senior averages 18.9 points and 13.0 rebounds while carrying a 4.0 GPA.
The state of the New Albany Bulldogs was examined recently in the Louisville Courier-Journal. New Albany is trying to find its stride after losing tough and mighty Regina Marshall to an ACL injury.
Madison senior Kathy Hay was recently profiled in the Louisville Courier-Journal. Hay, a 6'3 center, has the potential to secure a spot on the Indiana All Stars this spring, scoring 14.3 points and pulling in 7.5 rebounds per game. Hay has signed with Indiana-Purdue Ft. Wayne, where she will study business management.
Senior Kim McConaha became the first female athlete from Centerville to reach the 1000 point career total. Kim scored 20 points on Monday to help her Lady Bulldog team defeat the Union Lady Rockets 53-26 and go to 10-6 on the year. She now has 1004 total career points.
Last week Tabitha Pratt led Tippecanoe Valley to a victory over Southwood and broke school career 3-point scoring and attempts records. Pratt hit 4 treys to bring her season total to 40, which gives her a career total of 84 treys a new school record. She also surpassed the career attempts record and is now at 215. Her career totals are 84 of 215 for 39% from the arc. The previous records were held by Rhonda Doud a Lady Viking from 1996-99. Doud is now playing at Huntington College.
Hoop Planet recently had some coverage on the Ameritech Classic, including an All-Shootout Team. Wawasee's Shanna Zolman was named the Outstanding Player in the Shootout, while Shyra Ely of Ben Davis, Jill Corbett of Cathedral, Hillary Beck of Kokomo and Jenny DeMuth of Highland were named to the All-Shootout Team.
Jennings County coach Joe Granecki was recovering from heart surgery while his team sealed a conference championship this week. The Columbus Republic has the details.
The South Bend Tribune recently named its athletes of the week. Included in those honors were junior Heather Weaver of Mishawaka and senior Chasity Zellers of Glenn.
The Shelbyville News recently had some girls basketball notes about teams in the Shelbyville area, including Waldron, Southwestern, Morristown, Triton Central and Shelbyville.
The Johnson County Journal recently featured an article about the difficulties some programs are encountering in their area in scheduling equity. Indian Creek has only three Friday night games this season, two of which took place before the boys competitive season. The other is the front part of a double-header with the boys team. Some interesting reading, and another reason to appreciate your situation if weekend night games are the standard for your girls program.
In case you didn't know (we didn't until this week), the Porter County Conference has a website of its own covering all sports in the PCC, including girls basketball. You can find that link in the future on our three links pages.
We were recently made aware of a great girls basketball resource website on our Report Scores board. If you are looking for records or conference standings, Indiana High School Basketball is the place to find it. This site seems to be pretty current with results and the conference standings are a huge plus. Check it out!
State freshman Abby Scharlow (New
Albany) had a career high 20 points in a win over Loyola last week.
According to her hometown newspaper:
The starting five of the 1996 Center Grove State Championship team were recently featured in the Johnson County Daily Journal. Emily Butler (Northwestern), Jenny Martin (Miami), Venus Harmeyer (Cleveland State), Liz Stansberry (Murray State) and Lisa Eckart (Evansville) are all making a huge impact as starters for the respective college teams. Former Franklin standout Anna Waugh (Indiana) is also profiled. Butler, who was the 1996 IHSAA Tournament MVP as a freshman, is featured in a separate Daily Journal article.
If you're not at a high school game Saturday afternoon, you may want to tune into the Fox Sports Channel, which will be carrying the Ohio State at Indiana game starting at noon.
|News thru Thursday, January 18|
2001 IHSAA State Tournament draw is scheduled to take place starting at noon on
Monday, February 5, at the IHSAA offices. The draw will be posted on the IHSAA
website soon after the draw is completed. Sectional play begins
about one week later on February 13. Sites for this year's sectionals can
be found on our Teams
by Class & Sectional page. Winners of the odd-numbered
sectionals will host the ensuing regional on their home court on either Tuesday,
February 20, or Wednesday, February 21. Only eight regional groupings have
elected to hold their regional on Tuesday. Locally, only the winners of
the Highland and Merrillville sectionals will play one another on
Tuesday. Semi-state games will be played on Saturday, February 17, at the
sites listed below, and the championship finals for all four classes will be at
Conseco Fieldhouse on Saturday, March 3. (For complete tournament format,
go to the IHSAA
Executive Committee Minutes of October 11, 2000.)
2001 Semi-State Locations
broadcast opportunities for NWI girls fans are on tap over the next week.
Friday's Valpo at Portage game will be broadcast on WEFM 95.9 FM
radio for those of you who can't make it out to this DAC showdown, and Jaime
Perko of AT&T Lake Area Cable recently released the following television
broadcast schedule for games in NWI:
Friday, January 19
Highland at Lake Central
Airs: 1/19 @ Midnight
Repeat Broadcast: 1/20 @ Noon
Saturday, January 20
PCC Tournament Championship
Airs: 1/20 @ 10:35pm
Repeat Broadcast: 1/21 @ 3pm
Tuesday, January 23
Plymouth at Crown Point
Airs: 1/24 @ 11:05pm
Repeat Broadcast: 1/25 @ 3pm
This game won't air the same evening due to a pay-per-view.
The IHSAA recently released its Scoring Leaders for the season so far, and junior Shanna Zolman of Wawasee continues to lead the pack at a 33.2 points per game clip. Zolman (1,913) passed up Crown Point's Anne Equihua (1,910) in career points last week, to crack into the Top 25 career scorers in IHSAA girls basketball history. With her 34 points Tuesday night in a win over Whitko, Zolman unofficially is now in the No. 17 spot with 1,947 career points. According to the Goshen News, Zolman is on course to reach the 2,000 point mark on January 23 when her team hosts Tippecanoe Valley. The complete list of Indiana Career Scoring Leaders can be found in yesterday's IHSAA Press Release. The IHSAA also released its latest list of Single-Game Individual Bests.
IHSAA also released recognition of milestones for the following individuals:
Lauren Bechtold, a junior at Hebron, passed the 1,000-point mark for her career Jan. 8 in a 66-41 victory over Boone Grove. She contributed a game-high 22 points and 11 assists in the victory.
Kelly Troxell, a senior at Shenandoah, reached the 1,000-point mark for her career Jan. 13 in a 70-44 victory over Knightstown. She scored 24 points in the game.
Chasity Zellers, a senior at Glenn, reached the 1,000-point mark Jan. 15 in a 52-49 victory over Oregon-Davis in the Bi-County Tourney. Zellers scored eight points to move her career total to 1,005.
The South Bend Tribune has some girls basketball news and notes for the past week. Schools and players mentioned include Penn, Wawasee junior Shanna Zolman, and Chasity Zellers of Glenn.
The Connersville News-Examiner reports that the Franklin County girls are bringing in the fans this season with a 16-0 record so far. The Wildcats, ranked No. 3 in 3A, have a great crowd following that tags along with the team on road games. The balanced Wildcat offense is led by 6'0 senior Miranda Eckerle.
Carroll (Allen) point guard Abby Noll is only 5'1, but according to the Ft. Wayne News Sentinel (link now expired), she gets the job done. The sophomore is averaging 18.7 points per game and dropping in a fiery 59.2 percent from behind the arch.
Lapel senior Misti Carpenter is profiled in the Anderson Herald Bulletin. Carpenter, a 5'10 forward, is averaging 14.1 points, 8.0 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game for the 8-4 Bulldogs.
Evansville Memorial won the SIAC tournament last weekend with a 60-57 championship win over Evansville Reitz. Senior Kate Endress led the Tiger attack with 31 points in the win and had 100 points over the 3 game tourney. In the earlier round games, she had 40 points and 14 rebounds against Harrison and 29 points and 9 rebounds against Castle.
The Ameritech Shootout was a big success for Indiana teams invited to play. We went to the Friday night games, which featured 4A No. 2 Kokomo, 3A No. 1 Cathedral and 4A No. 3 Ben Davis against three teams from Illinois. The Kokomo and Cathedral games were blowouts, with both Indiana teams displaying fine team and individual skills throughout the night. The best game of the night was the main event, which drew the largest crowd, featuring Ben Davis against Fenwick, the then No. 1 team in the country, according to USA Today. After a very close first quarter, the Giants pulled away and staved off a number of Fenwick comeback attempts to eventually widen the gap for the final 16-point margin of victory. Seniors Shyra Ely and Ashley Allen led the Giants, Ely from the inside with some spectacular moves and Allen from the outside with her signature downtown treys. Ely played under the watchful eye of University of Tennessee head coach Pat Summit, who was signing autographs throughout the night. Summit wasn't disappointed as her No. 1 senior recruit simply decimated that Fenwick post defense with a variety of moves that wowed the crowd throughout the game. We took a few snapshots, and thought we'd share them with you in our Ameritech Shootout Photo Gallery. Also, thanks to Jeff Carroll of The Times, who provided his stats from the Saturday games. They can be found at the bottom of the photo gallery page.
Because of their big win over the Fenwick Friars, Ben Davis moved up two spots to No. 7 in the latest USA Today Super 25 rankings. (Fenwick fell from No. 1 to No. 8.) Also in the USA Today Regional Rankings, for some reason Terre Haute South fell out of the No. 9 spot and was replaced with Pike. We're not sure, but Pike's listing may be an error as they show their record at 12-1, but the Red Devils are 8-6 on the season in the Sagarin Ratings.
Speaking of the Sagarin Ratings, the latest numbers show that 2A Luers continues to be the team to beat in Indiana with a No. 1 rating. Luers is followed by Ben Davis, TH South, Kokomo, Wawasee, Mooresville, Highland, Ft. Wayne Snider, Franklin County and Center Grove to round on Sagarin's top-rated teams.
Coaches and interested fans, you might want to mark this one on your calendar. The Hoosier Basketball Magazine sponsored Top 40 Workout will again be held on the day after the state finals at Marian College in Indianapolis. In the past, HBM publisher Garry Donna has taken player nominations from coaches and others for this event. Donna can be reached at the HBM offices by mail at 3750 N. Guion Road, Suite 315, Indianapolis, IN 46222, or by phone at (317) 925-8200.
dates of interest, especially to coaches, include the following Indiana
Coaches of Girls Sports Association deadlines:
Junior All-Star Nominations - 2/22/01
All-State Ballots - 3/5/01
District Coach of the Year Ballots - 3/5/01
Forms for these can be found at the ICGSA website on the basketball page.
For those of you who might be interested, the Hoosier Girls Basketball Report Spring Showcase is now scheduled for Sunday, March 18, at the University of Indianapolis from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. If you would like more information regarding this exposure event, contact event organizer Bryan Alexander at email@example.com.
How about the Notre Dame Irish? They knocked off the No. 1 team in the country, Connecticut, in convincing fashion with a 16-point win. One fan's sign at the game stated, "You want the Ruth? You can't handle the Ruth!" Boy, were they right. ND senior Ruth Riley (North Miami) was amazing, having probably the best game of her career with 29 points (including a solid 13 for 13 from the line), 12 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 blocks. Another Indiana native, Kennitra Johnson (New Albany) chipped in 11 points for UConn. Complete game details and box score stats can be found at the Notre Dame women's website.
The Ball State women's team benefited from a recent double-header with the men's team. Although the team is the rising star in the Mid-American Conference, they are still not receiving much support from the home crowd. According to the Muncie Star Press, head coach Brenda Oldfield welcomes her program's exposure to the community. Oldfield has been responsible for turning around the women's program at Ball State to one of the most respected programs in Indiana.
Louisville freshman Sara Nord was recently singled out in an article about some of the best college freshman players in the country on About.com. Nord is second among freshmen in assists with 7.3 per game.
Bethel's Jyll Dingman (Michigan City) was a key factor in her team's upset of top-ranked St. Francis last weekend. The Michigan City News Dispatch has all the details.
Finally, a special thank you to those of you who have been writing us lately about how much you enjoy the RRR. I wish we had more time and more manpower to cover even more girls basketball than we do, but we are enjoying every minute of working on the RRR despite some of our difficulties in staying current with all the latest news and game results. As we are closing in on the end of the season, we will try to do our best to keep everyone informed with whatever girls basketball information we can find. Best of luck and good health to all the players as they close out regular season play, and special good wishes to all you seniors for a strong and memorable finish to your high school careers!
|News thru Friday, January 12|
Just when the 4A voters thought they were getting a handle on the rankings, three more ranked teams have fallen so far in 4A, with two more days of games still left in the week. On Tuesday, No. 6 Snider took a big hit in a 24-point loss to 2A No. 1 Luers, losing to the Knights for the second time this season. On Wednesday, McCutcheon, who just made it into the Top 10 for the first time, fell to sectional foe Brownsburg by 14 points. Brownsburg was receiving votes in 4A just several weeks ago, but did not receive a single vote in this week's 4A poll. Then last night, No. 8 Castle took a 6-point tumble to 3A Evansville Memorial in the SIAC Tournament semi-finals for the Knights' first loss of the season. Even No. 3 Ben Davis flirted with another loss in a 49-47 win over Decatur Central on Wednesday, this before they head into a game with the No. 1 team in the country, Fenwick, at the Chicagoland Ameritech Classic tonight. Not exactly a confidence builder before this big matchup. What does all of this parity mean? It means that fans are going to be in for what could be one of the most exciting 4A state tournaments in years, with so many wild card teams, it will be hard to make a single positive prediction in just about any sectional around the state. We can hardly wait for the pairings to come out next month!
Times and Post-Tribune
have released their Top 10 for the week, and their picks are as
2. Crown Point
4. West Side
7. North Newton
8. Kankakee Valley
2. Crown Point
3. West Side
9. North Newton
10. Kankakee Valley
It's Hebron Basketball Media Day in NWI, with senior Erin Biggs and junior Lauren Bechtold profiled in two different publications today. According to The Times, Biggs is becoming a key to the Hawks' success this season and the second go-to option for one of the most underrated 2A teams in the state. Her senior leadership has gone a long way for the Hawks this season. Bechtold, daughter of Hebron coach Jerry Bechtold, is featured in the Post-Tribune and is turning heads at the Division I level with her quickness, scoring and defense despite being only 5'4. Bechtold has heard from Butler, Louisville, Western Michigan and Valparaiso.
The IHSAA Scoring Leaders are out for the first time since around the holidays. Still leading the pack is junior Shanna Zolman of 3A Wawasee at 32.3 points per game. Leading scorer from the Region is Karen Gibson from 3A Mann at 24.9 points per game. 1A Kouts senior Erica Martin (22.9) is next, followed by senior Jenny DeMuth of 4A Highland (22.6), 2A Hebron junior Lauren Bechtold (22.0), and then 2A Wheeler senior Andrea Walker (21.8). Martin, Walker and Bechtold are all from the Porter County Conference. Also, the Single Game Individual Bests have been updated. Of note was the new leader in 3-pointers, Brandi Hollingsworth of Carmel, who swished in 10 on the way to school record 40 points in a win over Frankton on January 6.
Kouts senior guard Erica Martin reached a career milestone this past week, scoring her 1,500th career point in a 59-28 win over LaCrosse. Martin scored 26 points in the victory to lead all scorers.
The Michigan City News Dispatch named Michigan City senior Loretta McGee as its Prep Athlete of the Week after an 18-point performance in an upset win over South Bend St. Joseph's.
Rachel King has got to be the all-time Queen of Stats in Ft. Wayne and in Luers history. The 5'7 senior guard had 12 points in a win over Ft. Wayne Wayne in the December SAC Tourney, propelling her over the Luers 1281-point career scoring record of Angie Harris. Since breaking the record, King has amassed a total of 1343 points. King is also the Luers career leader in steals and assists, and she needs 36 more rebounds for the rebound record. Known as a defensive demon to all her opponents, King is averaging 18.3 points, 5.9 rebounds, 5.3 assists and 4.1 steals per game, while shooting 53% from the field. King also has the most wins in Luers history with 86 games (and counting) during her career with the Knights. You can follow Rachel's game-by-game stats for the season in the FW Sentinel.
The South Bend Tribune recently named sophomore Critnesha Witherspoon (SB Washington), senior Jill Bair (Rochester), junior Sarah Schools (Mishawaka) and senior Sheila May (Adams) as their most recent Athletes of the Week.
As many of you know and may have read here, heralded Martinsville head coach Jan Conner is retiring at the end of this season. Any player who has ever played for Martinsville or Benton Central under Coach Conner, or anyone who knows her well, please e-mail assistant coach Nick Ray (firstname.lastname@example.org) or, preferably, contact assistant coach Jim Thomas (email@example.com) at 765-342-3402 or 765-342-1050 for some important information. Coach Conner's final regular season home game is Tuesday, February 6, against Lafayette Jeff.
The Kokomo Tribune recently interviewed Kokomo head coach Charlie Hall about his No. 2 team in the state in 4A. The Kats coach points to outstanding team chemistry, a deep bench and the senior leadership of Jennie Martin and Hillary Beck as the reasons for the Kats' success so far this season. Kokomo will be playing in the Chicagoland Ameritech Classic tonight and tomorrow.
The Kokomo Tribune also profiles the 2A No. 6 Northwestern Lady Tigers in a recent issue. Northwestern is currently 13-0 and could be the biggest surprise team in 2A this season. They have knocked off two 3A ranked teams by double-digit margins, and continue to roll along through their schedule, taking one game at a time.
The Connersville News-Examiner has a few girls basketball notes about the Sagarin ratings, Richmond, Connersville and Spartan junior Missy Taylor. Taylor is also profiled on Nick Ray's Hoosierland Report for "Putting the Smack Down."
The Castle frontcourt is profiled in the Evansville Courier Press. The Knights, currently ranked No. 8 in 4A, enjoy a triple threat in the post with juniors Laura Ellerbusch (6'1), Hattie Schnacke (6'0) and frosh Kaleigh Gossman (6'0). Castle has a 12-1 record so far this season, and this trio is a big reason why.
The Frankfort Hot Dogs were profiled in the Lafayette Journal & Courier recently. Frankfort is currently ranked No. 7 in 3A and the Hot Dogs have suffered only one loss this season, which came in their own holiday tournament against undefeated 2A Northwestern. Frankfort was the surprise team coming out of the Frankfort Sectional last season (beating powers Twin Lakes, Benton Central and West Lafayette) and then upended Rochester in the regional to advance to the 3A Semi-State at Peru before falling to eventual state runner-up Columbia City in the early game. The Hot Dogs are determined to step it up this season and have set their sights on an appearance at Conseco Fieldhouse in March.
East Central Indiana girls basketball has been enjoying a boost in quality and fan support lately. The subject is discussed in the Muncie Star Press, with quotes from the coaches of Alexandria and Delta.
According to the Johnson County Journal, dwindling attendance at games for both boys and girls is taking a bite out of the athletic budget at a number of schools in the Johnson County area.
Washington University underclassmen Susan Hay (Munster) and Megan Sullivan (Andrean) are in line to be a part of NCAA history as their three-time defending D-III champion Bears close in on the all-time NCAA win streak of 88 games. According to The Times, Washington needs just 8 more victories to reach the coveted benchmark, which is now held by UCLA for their run from 1971 to 1974. WU blew by the 61-win D-III mark last season, and has been knocking off opponents one by one ever since. Hay, who is majoring in biomedical engineering, is playing solid freshman minutes for WU so far this season. Junior Sullivan, who is a pre-med major, is averaging 6.9 points per contest. February 9 is the target date for the Bears. If they are still undefeated by then, a win over Case Western would give them the victory they need to exceed the 88-win mark.
2000 Miss Basketball Sara Nord (Jeffersonville) has made an immediate impact for the University of Louisville this season, and she's loving every minute. According to the Jeffersonville Evening News, Nord leads the Cardinals in points (14.8 pg), assists (100), steals and minutes played -- all as a freshman. She even recorded UL's first ever triple double with 11 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists at the end of December.
|News thru Tuesday, January 9|
Poll was out yesterday, and the 4A voters are just as confused as we
are! The Top 10 seem pretty solid, especially Nos. 1 through 7, but from
No. 8 on down through the vote-getters, the field is pretty wide open. To
support this is the fact that there are now 20 teams receiving votes for the top
10 4A teams in the state. This has been a roller-coaster season in 4A so
far, and it will surely be an interesting state tournament in February, with
lots opportunities for spoilers to knock out the favorites. Biggest winner
in 4A was Castle, picking up 18 votes, and the biggest loser was Gary
West Side sliding down to No. 9 with a loss of 43 votes.
In 3A, NorthWood fell a couple of notches to No. 6 after losing for the second time to No. 2 Wawasee, but is still only one vote behind No. 5 Jasper. Biggest loser in 3A was Plymouth with a drop of 16 votes, even though the Pilgrims didn't lose a game the previous week, and the biggest winner in 3A was Franklin County, picking up 26 votes to move up to No. 5 after a big-margin win over Greensburg.
In 2A, there was practically no movement, except for the 9th and 10th spots. Leo moved back into the Top 10 at No. 9, picking up 8 votes, and South Spencer also popped up at No. 10, even though losing one vote from last week.
In 1A, Turkey Run jumped from No. 5 to No. 3 with 18 more votes, but the biggest winner was Washington Catholic, picking up 26 votes to move into the 6th spot. Biggest loser was Clinton Prairie, sporting a 6-5 record. The Gophers lost 38 votes from last week. The most confusing ranking in 1A is North Vermillion, who dropped out of the Top 10 after staying out of the losing column all week, including a big WIN over previous 2A No. 9 Fountain Central by 13 points. Go figure!
The Sagarin Ratings are out again, this time updated through games played by January 6. Luers tops this latest update, followed closely by Ben Davis. Luers plays a big one tonight against upset-minded Snider, ranked No. 9 by Sagarin. Should be a great game. From the Region, Highland is No. 8, Crown Point is No. 11, Valparaiso is No. 23, and West Side is No. 27.
Our very own RRR Region & State Top 12 are now available. Agree or disagree, this is the way we see it. At least this week, that is.
Also, S & L Publishing has released its latest Top 25. Terre Haute South is the S & L leader, followed by Ben Davis, Kokomo, Highland and Luers. Other Region teams ranked are No. 6 Crown Point, No. 19 Valparaiso, and No. 21 Gary West Side.
Shootout is this weekend, and begins on Friday. A number of Indiana
schools will be there, and the schedule that includes those teams is as follows.
Friday, January 12
5:30 Kokomo vs. Washington
7:00 Cathedral vs. Maria
8:30 Ben Davis vs. Fenwick
Saturday, January 13
11:00 Loyola Academy vs. Kokomo
12:30 New Trier vs. Cathedral
2:00 Stevenson vs. Ben Davis
3:30 Wawasee vs. Barrington
8:00 Highland vs. Andrew
Monday, January 15
(Martin Luther King Day)
2:30 SB Washington vs. Fenwick
An article appears in the Chicago Sun-Times about the head-to-head matchup between Wawasee's Shanna Zolman, ranked the No. 1 junior in the nation by some rating services, and Lindsay Richards of Barrington, ranked the No. 6 junior in the country. Zolman will take her high-powered game to the Ameritech Classic against Barrington on Saturday. In her last outing against state-ranked NorthWood, Zolman exploded for 36 points, 10 rebounds, and 7 assists.
Hebron v. Hanover Central game, a big PCC showdown, will be
televised by AT&T Lake Area Cable (Channel 3). We're not sure
of the broadcast time, but if we get the time before Wednesday evening, we'll
post it on the message board. There is also a chance that the Highland
win over Andrean will be broadcast just before the PCC game. We are
certainly fortunate in NWI to have such great media coverage for the girls game!
Just got word on the broadcast time for this game. It will be at 11:05 Wednesday night on Channel 3. Also, Region Basketball X-tra will resume this week with the following schedule:
Lake Area (Ch. 3) - Thurs @ 11:05 p.m.; Fri @ 4:00 p.m.
Valpo (Ch. 43) - Thurs @ 11:00 p.m.
Hammond (Ch. 16) - Thurs @ 10:00 p.m.
Portage (Ch. 4) - Sat @ 12:00 noon
Speaking of 2A Hebron, junior standout guard Lauren Bechtold scored her 1,000th career point last night in a victory over PCC rival Boone Grove. Bechtold poured in 22 points on her way to the benchmark, as well as logging 11 assists and 8 steals in the game.
Another player reached the 1,000 plateau over the weekend. Rochester senior Jill Bair had 21 points on her way to the 1,000 Point Club in a 30-point victory over Whitko. Rochester is currently ranked No. 10 in 3A with an 11-1 record.
Ya gotta love this one. Waldron head coach Jennifer Robinson isn't a yeller, but she gets her message across to her players just the same. In a game last week against Morristown, the coach was unhappy with her team's efforts in blocking out for rebounds. After several discussions with her team about getting the job done, she took a different tactic when the poor performance continued. She called a time out and made all her players do push-ups for the entire break, without a word from their coach. After the embarrassing exercise, her team improved the effort and ended up winning the game. You can read about this one and other notes about Triton Central in the Shelbyville News.
For all of you offensive-minded players out there that don't think defense is important, take a few notes from Pat Summitt of Tennessee. According to the GoLadyVols website, the perfectionist coach has inserted sophomore April McDivitt (Connersville) into the starting lineup instead of shooting star Kara Lawson, because Lawson has become too big of a liability on defense.
According to Gold & Black, Purdue freshman Shalicia Hurns (Broad Ripple) was named the co-Big Ten Player of the Week after a stunning week where she averaged 14.5 points and 6.5 rebounds against Iowa and Indiana. Hurns spent lots of time on the floor after post teammate Mary Jo Noon (Jeffersonville) succumbed to a season-ending injury last Thursday. Our grapevine tells us the injury is knee-related, but take that for what it's worth. The grapevine is not always on target. In any event, with Noon out for the rest of the season, Hurns will definitely be playing a bigger role for the Boilermakers the rest of the way.
Colorado State sophomores Jackie Campbell (Chesterton) and Elizabeth English (Rushville) are mentioned with their other sophomore teammates on the Women's Basketball Journal website. Campbell and English, together with the other sophs, are making a huge impact for the Rams. Campbell is averaging almost 17 minutes a game for the 11-2 Rams and averaging 5.3 points per game. English has started all 13 games for the Rams, averaging 26.9 minutes per game (second most minutes on the team), while logging 9.9 points, 3.2 rebounds and 3.8 assists per contest.
For those of you who like to watch the women's college game, a great lineup up four games are slated for Saturday on the FOX Sports Network. Starting at 11:00 a.m. (all times Eastern), SW Missouri State takes on the Evansville Aces. At 1:00 p.m. California takes on Oregon, 2:00 p.m. Nebraska is at Iowa State and at 4:00 p.m., Kansas State is at Kansas. Not sure about the short broadcast time between the second and third games, but you can get the entire TV listings on the Women's Basketball Journal website.
This one is for all you parents out there who cannot convince your daughter that sleep is just as important as conditioning and eating right. Sports Illustrated for Women has an excellent article on the subject. So print it out and put it on your daughter's pillow for some bedtime reading. Also in SIW, but not on-line, is an excellent article about ACL injuries and theories of how to prevent them. You might want to pick up this issue if this is a constant worry for you or your daughter.
|News thru Friday, January 5|
As you've probably figured out, we've really fallen behind in our news coverage the past few weeks. We've enjoyed the holidays, as we hope you did also, and spent time with our oldest daughter home from college. (Yes, we do have a life away from the RRR and girls basketball!). Rather than waiting to get December's news all squared away, we're going to jump right into January to keep things current. We, hopefully, will have December's late news ready for viewing (and there's lots and lots and lots of it) within the next week or so.
Much discussion has taken place during the past week on our message boards and in the media about the chances for Highland's Jenny DeMuth in the Miss Basketball voting this spring. DeMuth had a showcase performance at the high-profile Hall of Fame Classic last weekend, including 50 points and 19 rebounds against two of the top teams in the state, including previously unbeaten 3A No. 1 Cathedral. It will be interesting to see how the Miss Basketball race plays out as the season progresses. This season's voting could be a real test and evaluation as to what counts to the voters in this long-analyzed and somewhat mysterious voting process. Do voters base their choices upon a career of high school basketball and national recognition, or should they simply take into account a player's senior year in high school basketball? Ben Davis forward Shyra Ely has been considered the hands-down favorite for the 2001 Miss Basketball award for the past year-and-a-half, with national accolades for the athletic 6'2 senior just about everywhere you look. But if Ely's Giants don't live up to expectations this season and Ben Davis gets ousted before the semi-state (which is unlikely but not impossible -- just ask Franklin Central), will she be slighted in the voting as a result? What if Highland, with DeMuth, and Terre Haute South, with equally capable Kristen Weddle, meet one another in the state final? If either one of these girls gives the performance of her career, puts her teammates on her shoulders and carries them to a state title, would it be enough to garner enough votes for the coveted award? We thought we'd give everyone a chance to put their two cents in on this one with this topic on our message board. Let us know what your think about the Miss Basketball race this season and what the criteria for selection should be.
In case you didn't see the note on our ticker earlier this week, the Sectional Fan Polls have been cleared from the first half of the season and are now ready for voting for the second half. Remember the one-person-one-vote rule; that is, unless you want to tempt the gods of fate and fall in the first round of sectional play! We also posted the RRR Top 12 earlier in the week in case that one might have slipped by you, too.
Also, in case you missed it on our front page earlier in the week as well, we compiled a Holiday Tournament Photo Gallery from some of the games we witnessed over the holiday tournament season. Games covered include Rochester v. South Bend Riley, Mooresville v. Portage, Benton Central v. Gary West Side, and Noblesville v. Gary Wallace.
Times and Post-Tribune
have released their Top 10 for the first time in a couple of weeks, and their picks are as
2. Gary West Side
3. Crown Point
6. North Newton
9. Kankakee Valley
2. Gary West Side
3. Crown Point
8. North Newton
9. Kankakee Valley
ICGSA Poll also came out earlier this
week, and there was a tremendous amount of movement as a number of Top 10
teams met defeat during the holiday season, some for the first time.
First-time defeat found Cathedral, Gary West Side, Ft. Wayne
Snider, Jasper, White River Valley, NorthWood, Rochester,
Winchester, Frankfort, North Newton and New Washington.
Cathedral held on to its No. 1 spot in 3A despite a 7-point loss to Highland
in the Hall of Fame Classic, but the remainder of those first-time losers took
a tumble in their respective polls. The biggest winner of the holiday
season had to be disrespected 2A Northwestern, who trounced on
previously undefeated and 3A-ranked Frankfort and Winchester in the Frankfort
Invitational. The Tigers jumped 55 votes in the 2A poll to take the No.
6 spot after languishing in the vote-getters basement for awhile. Other
big leapers included Crown Point in 4A (+20 votes), and Shelbyville
(+45) and Franklin County (+32) in 3A. Not sure of the story
behind 1A voting, but there were no vote changes for any team in that group except for
No. 1 and No. 2.
A couple of 4A ranked teams flirted with Upset City last night. No. 7 Snider trailed Warsaw by 10 points at the half before charging back full strength to beat the Tigers 78-56 behind 22 points (including 6 treys) from Panther junior Amy Hayden. And No. 6 Gary West Side saw an inspired East Chicago Central (5-8) team take the lead in the third quarter before just holding on for a 7-point win on a bad shooting night against this potential sectional opponent. We're sure the Cardinals will be looking forward to that possible matchup after last night.
Probably one of the most deceptive records in the 4A Poll is Center Grove. Although the Trojans have had their ups and downs so far this season, they have played competitive ball against a couple of top teams, including a 6-point loss to No. 1 Terre Haute South, and a 1-point loss to No. 3 Highland. No one will want to play this team at tournament time, but consistency will need to be their focus for the second half of the season. Of note is that senior point guard, Katie Boone, is currently off the Center Grove playing list after suffering a slight concussion in the Highland game at the Hall of Fame Classic. She is expected to return to action in a couple of weeks.
The most underrated team in this week's polls? Probably 4A Mooresville, which sports an 11-1 record over some very good teams, including Brownsburg, Franklin Central and Portage. Their only loss so far this season has been to Decatur Central by 1 point. Of note is that Mooresville appears at No. 8 in the most recent Sagarin Ratings, right in front of Decatur Central.
Speaking of the Sagarin Ratings, they are being updated it seems almost twice weekly for the most up-to-date ratings around. Ben Davis heads up the most recent ratings (1/1/01) despite a single loss to Franklin Central, who by the way, has lost three straight games since their big win over the Giants. Sagarin has a pretty interesting take on some of the teams around the state, and we especially like the strength of schedule feature. As we like to say, "It all comes down to who you play."
S & L Publishing has also released its ratings for the current week. Locally, Highland logs in at No. 4, Crown Point at No. 6, Gary West Side at No. 15 and Valparaiso No. 22. Kokomo's Hillary Beck was also the last S & L Athlete of the Week.
We won't wait for the December updates to mention this one, although the news came our way last month. Valparaiso senior Courtney Rosenbaum verbally committed to St. Joseph's College last month, where she will join former Valpo teammate and "partner in crime" (at least to us losers in the DAC last season ;-) Erin Sampsel. Rosenbaum and Sampsel were RRR co-MVP's last season for the very fact that they are better players when they are on the court together. They will get the opportunity to recreate the magic that took them to the state finals last season when Rosenbaum heads to St. Joe's next season. Rosenbaum, the 1999-2000 Duneland MVP, is currently carrying the Vikes in scoring again this season. She has expanded her game to include some deadly outside shooting, which makes her a more dangerous offensive threat than ever before. You can read about Rosenbaum's commitment to the Pumas in The Times.
North Newton junior Brianne Harwood is featured in the Post-Tribune Time Out! section today. The 5'6 combo player is leading the Spartans this season with 13.6 points and 5.5 rebounds per game. North Newton was not expected to have a good season in 2000-01 with the departure of "the class", but they are silencing critics with a 10-2 record so far. The Spartans dropped their second game of the season last night 60-55 to Tri-County. North Newton only managed 9 of 13 freebies in the loss, while watching the host Cavaliers go 31 for 43 from the charity stripe.
Coach Tom May of Crown Point recently reached a noteworthy milestone, logging his 350th win at Crown Point with a 70-42 win over Merrillville in December. May has flag-shipped the Lady Bulldogs program for 21 years since the 1980-81 season, and has led the 'Dogs to two state titles, four semi-state titles and numerous regional and sectional titles during his tenure. May is currently enjoying an 11-1 start to the 2000-01 season, the best start for CP since his 1983-84 team's undefeated run to a state title.
In case you hadn't noticed in Lake Central's box scores lately, there has been no mention of junior Kim Cowser in the scoring column. The 5'9 wing left the team just shortly before the holiday break. At the last check, Cowser was averaging 7.2 points per game coming off of the bench for the Indians. She was LC's top returning scorer from last season and the second leading scorer this season until her departure.
The South Bend Tribune recently had some news and notes about girls basketball in the South Bend area. Mentioned are South Bend St. Joseph's, Rochester frosh Courtney Felke, the Northern Indiana Conference standings, and statistics for players in the area, including the stats of 24.4 points and 15.9 rebounds per game by South Bend Washington standout Jackie Batteast.
The Madison County Herald Bulletin has a mid-season report on teams in its area, including Alexandria, Lapel, Elwood, Pendleton Heights and Frankton.
Ben Davis guards Amber Johnson and Megan Jones are profiled in the Plainfield Flyer. Although not often heralded along with their more high-profile teammates, both are making huge contributions on one of the best teams in the state.
In the most recent USA Today Super 25 Rankings, Ben Davis dropped two spots from No. 7 to No. 9, while Terre Haute South makes an appearance at No. 9 in the USA Today Midwest Rankings.
The Logansport Berries and Alexandria Tigers have new team websites. These can be found on our High School Links page in the future.
Former Butler Bulldog Sarah Hurrle (Roncalli), who is now playing for Western Michigan, was recently profiled in the Indianapolis Star before her team played the Bulldogs on Tuesday. Hurrle is the leading scorer for WMU at 15.5 ppg. Butler ending up losing the game to WMU by 4 (68-64) and Hurrle scored 22 points in the win for her team. The game recap can be viewed at the Butler women's basketball website.
According to the Evansville Courier & Press, U of E Ace Lisa Eckart is stepping up play after a teammate had a season-ending injury early in the going. Eckart averaged 18.5 points and 10.0 rebounds over the past two outings by the Purple Aces. Lisa is not the only member of the family stepping up play. Sister Sarah Eckart of Center Grove was named to the Hall of Fame Classic All-Tournament Team after scoring 21 points in her team's championship game loss to Highland.
For those of us involved with high school AAU teams, this may seem a bit premature, but not for the younger age groups. Indiana AAU now has all forms and information for the upcoming season available for downloading at the Indiana AAU website. Of note is that the 16U, 17U and 18U regionals will all be held together at the Indy Indoor Sports Park the weekend of June 1-3, and is in a pool-play format this season, which virtually guarantees each team at least 3 games. Also, there will be a new combined AAU developmental tournament for the 17U and 18U age groups on May 11-13 at New Castle. Mark your calendars now!
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