Region Roundball Review
December, 2000
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11/8-15 - NCAA Early Signing Period
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News thru Friday, December 15

                     

Just a quick note.  The RRR is having some trouble with our internet service today, and we're not sure if we'll be able to upload scores tomorrow morning from tonight's games.  If not, be sure to check the Report Scores board, as we get lots of great game recaps and prompt scores from our visitors all around the state.  Hopefully, our situation will improve by the beginning of next week and we'll be fully functional and up-to-date again by then.


Great big news came out of the IHSAA yesterday.  The updated IHSAA Classification Assignments for the four classes in girls (and boys) basketball was released with some REALLY interesting changes for some schools in NWI and around the state.  Most notable in NWI is the move of Highland from 4A to 3A beginning with the 2001-2002 school year, as well as Hebron and River Forest from 2A to 1A.  Highland and Hebron will be dancing in the streets, as their chances for a shot at a state title increase dramatically with these changes.  Most notable in other parts of the state is the move of Wawasee and Indianapolis Cathedral to 4A, Luers and Leo from 2A to 3A (looks like Luers will have to work a little harder next season to make it to the state finals), Rochester and Mater Dei from 3A to 2A, and Triton and Clinton Central from 1A to 2A.  Of interest also in NWI, is that Lowell and Hobart are the losers again in the reclassification, just missing out on a move to 3A by one or two spots.  Lowell enrollment for grades 9-11 logs in at 838, while Hobart logs in at 830.  Hobart just misses the 3A cut as the 95th and last team in 4A.  Oddly enough, the first team in 3A is Greenfield-Central, also with an enrollment of 830 for grades 9-11.  Go figure.  This realignment of classes will impact sectional groupings in a big way next season.  Those will probably not be released for some time, but you can bet there will be lots of lobbying going on throughout the state for favorable sectional assignments (based upon logic, of course!).  The schools making a move in all classes are as they appear below:
     

Moving from 4A to 3A

Moving from 3A to 4A

Gary Roosevelt
Hammond
Highland
Jay County
South Bend LaSalle

Columbia City
Franklin Community
Indianapolis Cathedral
Muncie Southside
Wawasee

Moving from 3A to 2A

Moving from 2A to 3A

Charlestown
Evansville Mater Dei
Mississinewa
Mitchell
Rochester
Salem
Southmont
South Vermillion

Ft. Wayne Luers
Harding
Heritage
Knox
Leo
Northwestern
Silver Creek
Tipton

Moving from 2A to 1A

Moving from 1A to 2A

Carroll (Flora)
Hebron
North Central (Farmersburg)
North White
River Forest
Southwood

Adams Central
Clinton Central
Indianapolis Ritter
Park Tudor
Perry Central
Triton


Highland senior Jenny DeMuth is featured in The Times Prep Zone this week and relays some very interesting comments and viewpoints regarding last season, the recruiting process, IU's head coach Kathi Bennett, and dealing with fans.


The Post-Tribune has a very nice article today about Gary West Side junior Alicia Booyer and the great strides she has made in her game the past year.  Unfortunately the article isn't on-line, but the gist of it is that after a dismal regular season performance by Booyer last season, the 5'9 guard was the difference in a sectional championship win over Munster, hitting two crucial three-pointers in the last minute of the game.  Since then, Booyer has been a big factor for the Cougars and is averaging 11.3 points and 4.3 rebounds per game.  West Side travels to South Bend Riley on Saturday for what will be their most serious opponent so far this season.  According to head coach Rod Fisher, "We haven't played anyone yet and Riley should give us a true indication of where we are.  At this point, we still have a lot of missing pieces to fit together."  Young and talented Riley will be looking for some redemption against the Cougars after a double-digit drubbing by Huntington North last weekend.  Should be a fun run 'n gun game for spectators, as both teams love to run the floor and light it up.


The Post-Tribune also has an article about Wheeler senior Andrea Walker, who is trying to pick up the slack on a injury-plagued team.  Averaging 20.2 points per game and busting out for 30 against Hebron, Walker is enjoying the new attitude and leadership of head coach Phil Misecko, who came to the Bearcats after several years as head girls coach with the Hobart Brickies.  So far Wheeler is on the losing side of their record, but as the team improves and gets healthy, they will be a force to contend with at tournament time and Walker will be leading the way.


The big DAC showdown between defending conference champ Valparaiso and challenger Crown Point is set to take place tomorrow afternoon at 12:30 p.m.  Although not scheduled for prime time but on a Saturday afternoon, a good crowd is expected for what should be a classic between these two respected NWI programs.  Historically, Valparaiso leads the series with Crown Point by a margin of 11 to 12, and the Vikings will be looking for their 13th DAC title with a win over the Dogs.  If Crown Point can pull out a win, they could be on their way to a first-ever DAC title in girls basketball since the Bulldogs moved from the old Lake Suburban Conference to the DAC in the early 1990's.  Both programs carry a great deal of tradition and both have had teams in state championship games within the past four years -- Crown Point in 1997 and Valparaiso in 2000.  This game will be shown on tape delay on Lake Area Cable (Channel 3) Saturday night at 10:30 p.m.  Right now, both Crown Point and Valparaiso are tied at the No. 8 spot in the ICGSA 4A poll, both have had just one loss so far this season, and both are guided by two of the most highly regarded coaches in NWI.  Can it get any more even than that?  Well, the talk ends today and the walk starts tomorrow at 12:30 p.m.


After last night's Prep Basketball X-TRA show, viewers got an extra bonus with a late-night showing of the Andrean v. Lake Central game played last night on the 59ers home court. Someone who might be taking a real close look at a rerun of that taping (which is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. today on Lake Area Cable Channel 3) is Lake Central head coach Tom Megyesi, who watched as Andrean went to the free throw line 32 times to his team's 9 in a game plagued with plenty of turnovers and miscues by both teams.  After leading Andrean by 6 points heading into the final quarter, a 22-8 run by Andrean put the Indians away for a 51-43 win.  Hurting the Indians the most were juniors Jamie Gutowski and Meagan Austgen, who went 16 for 16 from the charity stripe and who teamed up for 34 of Andrean's 51 points. Gutowski, who had a rough start on the night, rallied in the last quarter with 12 of her 21 points, including two pivotal 3-pointers early in the quarter.  As a team, Andrean won the game from the charity stripe, scoring nearly half their points from the line on 25 of 32 attempts.  For Lake Central, Kim Haviar was on fire, hitting 5 treys and scoring a total of 19 points.


The Times has released its Top 10 NWI teams for the week.  (These were formulated before last night's Andrean win over Lake Central.)  The entire field is as follows:

   
1. Gary West Side (6-0)
2. Highland (8-0)
3. Valparaiso (6-1)
4. Crown Point (8-1)
5. Gavit (4-2)
6. North Newton (7-0)
7. Portage (3-3)
8. Lake Central (4-2)
9. Hobart (7-1)
10. Kankakee Valley (4-2)


The Post-Tribune also released their girls basketball rankings today.  Not sure why North Newton fell from No. 8 to No. 10 (they are undefeated), but here are the P-T Top 10:
 

1. West Side (1)
2. Highland (2)
3. Crown Point (3)
4. Valparaiso (4)
5. Gavit (9)
6. Andrean (6)
7. Portage (5)
8. LaPorte (NR)
9. Kankakee Valley (7)
10. North Newton (8)


The IHSAA also released its updated State Scoring Leaders and Individual Game Bests for games through December 9.  Shanna Zolman of Wawasee moves into the top spot this week at a 33.7 ppg clip, while the Region is represented by Erica Martin of Kouts (22.7 ppg), Lauren Bechtold of Hebron (22.1 ppg) and Jenny DeMuth of Highland (21.8 ppg).


Wawasee's Shanna Zolman will play the Pied Piper in January when her team debuts in the Chicagoland Ameritech Classic.  According to Wawasee News Board administrator Tim Mangas, The Mail Journal,  a local Syracuse newspaper, has sold out three busloads for a trip to the Classic that it has arranged for local Zolman fans.  They are even taking names for a fourth.  The Mail Journal also keeps tabs on Zolman's progress throughout the season with their "Z Meter", which includes Zolman's stats for each game, as well as season and career stats as they accumulate.  You can view the meter on the Wawasee News Board.


Ben Davis fell to No. 8 in the USA Today Super 25 rankings on Wednesday after their loss to Franklin Central in the Marion County Tournament.  Center Grove also fell out of the USA Today regional rankings, but Cathedral appears for the first time at No. 9 for the Midwest.


Unranked North Putnam (6-2), who just this week defeated 2A #5 Fountain Central, is featured in a column in the Crawfordsville Journal Review.


News and notes from north central  Indiana area appear in the South Bend Tribune, including notes about Triton, Fairfield, Wawasee and South Bend Washington.


South Bend Washington sophomore Margaret Batteast was named the South Bend Tribune Athlete of the Week for her performance against LaVille last week.  The 5'7 guard had 16 points, 4 rebounds and 3 steals in the win.  (Yes, Miss Margaret is the sister of SB Washington standout Jackie Batteast.)  S & L Publishing has announced its Athlete of the Week.  Jessica James of Franklin Central was chosen for her contribution to a win over previously No. 1 ranked Ben Davis in the Marion County Tournament.  James had 20 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals in the game.  Finally, senior Kristen Weddle is being featured on Nick Ray's Hoosierland Report website for "Putting the Smack Down" on the season so far.  Weddle is leading her No. 1 ranked Terre Haute South Braves in scoring as they head into a big showdown with Center Grove on Saturday.


We missed this one earlier somehow.  Mt. Vernon (Fortville) standout point guard Alissa Kirby will be playing at Evansville University next season.  The 5'4 defensive specialist and outside shooting threat, is currently leading her team in scoring this season at over 17.0 ppg.  Kirby is filling some big shoes at Mt. Vernon this season after the departure of last year's scoring leader for the Marauders, Johna Goff, who is now at Ball State.  Kirby has stepped up to the role nicely and scored 23 points earlier this week in a loss to 2A #6 Triton Central, hitting 7 of 10 shots in the fourth quarter, including three treys.


Shelbyville is on a roll, and many, including a reporter from the Shelbyville News, think that the Golden Bears are underrated.  A comparison is made between the ICGSA polls and the Sagarin ratings, which has Shelbyville ranked No.5 in the state this week regardless of class.


Can't believe we missed this one either in the Indianapolis Star, but Wawasee junior Shanna Zolman was featured in a very nice article recently in that paper.  Wawasee is currently ranked No. 2 in 3A and will lay their undefeated record on the line against NLC opponent Warsaw on Saturday.


Former Lake Central standout Kelly Kuhn was featured in The Times after Butler's game at Valparaiso University last weekend.  Kuhn is currently leading the Bulldogs in scoring (14 ppg) and rebounds (10.1).


Another former NWI finding her way in the college ranks this season is Natalie Yudt (Portage) of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.  According to The Times, Yudt is making the adjustment from being a go-to player for the Indians last season to a role player this season.  Making the jump from a high school program to a Division I program has proved difficult at times, but Yudt is making her way.  In the last two games for UWGB, Yudt has played 31 minutes against two Big Ten teams -- Michigan State and Ohio State -- and she is making valuable contributions.  Right now, Yudt is leading her team in 3-point shooting percentage at 80% (4/5).


Another former Duneland Conference player from Chesterton is making her mark at Colorado State University.  Jackie Campbell of Chesterton has scored double figures in the last two games with the Rams.  After playing the power forward position for a short stretch while filling in for an injured teammate, Campbell is back at her favorite position on the wing which allows her to contribute with her most lethal weapon -- the 3-point shot.  According to an article in the Post-Tribune, Campbell's head coach Tom Collen calls the 6'0 guard/forward "the most fundamentally sound player on the team."  Campbell will be going up against Natalie Yudt when the Rams travel to Green Bay in early January.


It was nearly an all-Indiana (former HS players) basketball game when ISU defeated Ball State 80-73 for a cross-state showdown in the first round of the Hoosier State Classic over the weekend.  Contributing to the ISU win were Kourtney Mennen (Clinton Prairie), April Kirby (Mt. Vernon), Shana Sparks (Connersville), and Kristy Thomann (North Vermillion).  For Ball State, Johna Goff (Mt. Vernon), Amy Zercher (NorthWood), Jessica Reiter (Penn), Laurie Kitts (Eastbrook), and Amy Fuller (Union).  Game details are in the Terre Haute Tribune Star.


News thru Monday, December 11

                     

It's "Poll Monday" and we'll start with the ICGSA Polls, which have some big changes from the previous week, especially in 4A.
  
As expected, former No. 1 Ben Davis has toppled from the top of the hill in 4A to No. 3 after a 15-point loss to Franklin Central in the Marion County Tournament championship game on Saturday.  Franklin Central picked up a few votes out of the deal, but surprisingly not more since the Flashes also defeated two good teams in Decatur Central and Perry Meridian to get a shot at the Giants.  Terre Haute South is the new No.1 and they will have their first real challenge of the season on Saturday against visiting Center Grove, who fell from No. 2 to No. 7 after two losses last week.  From the Region in 4A, Highland picked up 21 votes and one first place vote to move up to No. 4.  Gary West Side moved up to No. 5, gaining 12 votes after stinging then-winless Munster by 25.  Crown Point lost 6 votes despite trouncing 5-1 Merrillville by 28, but holds steady at No. 8.  And finally, Valparaiso picked up 2 votes to share the No. 8 spot with Crown Point after dumping 2-4 Michigan City by a double-digit margin.  Crown Point travels to Valparaiso this weekend for a DAC showdown, and the winner will most likely knock the loser out of the ranks of the 4A Top 10 next week, probably making room for Bloomington South, who hovers again just below the Top 10.   
   
In 3A, Plymouth dropped two spots after a close loss to 4A Warsaw.  Evansville Memorial continues its steady drop, losing 47 votes this week and falling two more places to No. 7, despite no losses since its No. 3 ranking just three weeks ago.  NorthWood picked up 24 votes to move to No. 5 with a solid win last week, but the Black Swish will have to face No. 4 Plymouth this weekend in a full-fledged NLC battle.  No. 2 Wawasee, another NLC contender, will face off with Warsaw, who just knocked off last week's No. 2 Plymouth over the weekend.  A win for the Tigers could make this an unusual triple-double -- two No. 2 teams in two weeks.
  
In 2A, North Knox took a 2-place tumble after a double-digit loss to No. 2 Forest Park, which picked up an additional 15 votes with the win.  Brownstown Central leap-frogged from No. 9 to No. 7 with some impressive wins last week, but Leo dropped 16 votes and one place to No. 9 despite a 16-point win over South Adams.  From the Region, North Newton continues to edge toward the Top 10, picking up 8 points and trailing the No. 10 spot by only 3 votes.
   
In 1A, NWI 1A star Kouts gained 12 votes and moved up one place to No. 3.   Kouts will have a challenge this week in unranked but difficult 2A Hebron in a likely showdown for the PCC regular season title.  Eminence lost to No. 2 White River Valley and dropped one spot to No. 4.  Interestingly, neither Eminence or WRV lost or gained any votes in that one.  (Go figure.)  Turkey Run lost 25 votes for no apparent reason, and dropped two places to No. 6.  New Washington makes an appearance in the Top 10 despite losing 6 votes from last week.  Rockville shares that No. 10 spot, also despite losing 10 votes since last week.


Sagarin Ratings

Rank/School

Rating
Points

1. TH South
2. Bloomington South
3. Ben Davis
4. Franklin County
5. Shelbyville
6. Indpls. Cathedral
7. Kokomo
8. FW Luers
9. Decatur Central
10. Mooresville
11. Perry Meridian
12. Franklin Central
13. Southport
14. Center Grove
15. Highland
16. Huntington North
17. Brownsburg
18. Lafayette Jeff
19. FW Concordia
20. Crown Point

103.29
99.35
98.67
98.65
97.75
96.67
96.16
95.77
95.32
94.94
94.32
94.11
91.89
91.78
90.72
89.95
89.78
89.72
89.40
89.29

The Sagarin ratings are out today for the week, which most likely means they will be appearing each Monday from here on out.  Foregoing any divisions according to IHSAA classifications, the Sagarin Top 20, based upon rating points, is as appears to the right.


The RRR Top 12 will be out tomorrow sometime.  Also, our Best Games & Events for the week will hopefully make an appearance tomorrow as well.  (Hey, there's a LOT of snow to shovel up here in NWI!)


And finally, S & L Publications Girls Ratings are out for the week.  Terre Haute South heads the list, while NWI is represented by No. 7 Highland, No. 8 Valparaiso, No. 10 Crown Point, and No. 12 Gary West Side.  You might also want to check S & L Pulications' home page, where you will find some photos from the Marion County Girls Tournament, as well as some photos from the Carmel v. Cathedral game. 



We didn't get to see the highlights on Region Basketball X-TRA from Crown Point at Highland, but here's a sampling of the action from the game.  Crown Point's Alex Webster is fouled by Highland sophomore Mary Sutliff as she attempts to go baseline.  (Photo courtesy of Bob Strempka)

Well, for those of you in NWI who missed the highlights from the Crown Point v. Highland game on the most recent broadcasts of Lake Area Cable's Region Basketball X-TRA, don't feel too bad.  We missed them, too.  There have been some mix-ups on broadcast times and we apologize if we sent you to the TV at the wrong time or to a blank screen.  Not sure what happened with Lake Area's schedule, but the late Thursday night and Sunday afternoon showings never made it on.  However, I have been informed by host Jaime Perko that for the time being, and until a regular early Thursday evening slot is secured, X-TRA will appear weekly on Thursday nights at 11:05 p.m. and then be repeated the following Friday at 4:00 p.m. -- unless, of course, the show gets pre-empted by a pay-per-view, which may have been the case this past week.  


The Ft. Wayne Sentinel takes a look at the change in scheduling this season for boys and girls basketball.  Major conferences in the area have agreed to move more girls games to the weekends and, so far, the results have been good.   For all of you teams out there trying to get your schools or conferences to change some of your girls games to the weekend, you might want to print this one out and pass it along to your athletic director.


The Ft. Wayne Sentinel has a feature article about East Noble senior Ashley Powell and her quest for a conference, sectional or tourney championship.  So far this season, the 5'7 guard is averaging 16.0 points and 5.5 assists per game.


It's that time of the season again.  I don't know why it happens every year, but for some reason, about 3-4 weeks in, we start hearing about torn ACLs.  This year is no different and several injuries have taken place in the past 1-2 weeks, including Logansport junior Molly Klotz, who tore an ACL in the exact same game she tore an ACL just one year ago.  We know that this injury can be fickle and strike at any time for absolutely no obvious reason at all.  But help your odds out a little.  Please, girls, remind yourself and your teammates to take a few extra minutes to stretch before every game.  It could be that "season fatigue" is starting to sink in and everyone is getting a bit lazy about property stretching and/or preparing physically for every game.  But don't skimp on that preparation time!  For Molly and all the others who are working their way back from injuries this season, we send our wishes for courage, perseverance and lasting recovery.  We'll be thinking about you!


According to the most recent issue of the Women's Basketball Journal, Ben Davis senior Sultra Harding, who is not playing with the Giants this season due to expiration of her high school eligibility by IHSAA By-Laws, has committed to Wabash Valley Junior College.  Harding, cousin of Ben Davis standout Shyra Ely, is ranked as the No. 89 senior in the nation by All Star Girls Report. 


Butler's Dorcas Lawson (Terre Haute South) is a vocal leader for the Bulldogs this season.  In a recent win over Valparaiso, Lawson was featured in the Terre Haute Tribune Star.


Notre Dame and Coach Muffet McGraw are given lots of props on the ESPN website by columnist Nancy Lieberman-Cline.  According to the column, Notre Dame is one of the hottest teams in the country.  This is some nice reading and includes lots of notes about college programs around the country.  


News thru Friday, December 8

                     

The Michigan City News-Dispatch is reporting that LaPorte guard Brooke Reed has signed to play at Marian College next season.  The 5'9 guard is currently averaging 14.7 points per game as the Slicers leading scorer.  


The Times has released its Top 10 NWI teams for the week.  Crown Point drops from the top spot to No. 4 after a 7-point loss to Highland.  Crown Point's drop from the top moves former No. 2 Gary West Side to the head of the pack.  The Cougars are now 6-0 with a win this week over Gavit.  The entire field is as follows:
   
1. Gary West Side (6-0)
2. Highland
(7-0)
3. Valparaiso
(5-1)
4. Crown Point
(6-1)
5. Portage
(3-2)
6. Kankakee Valley
(4-1)
7. Andrean
(4-1)
8. Gavit
(2-2)
9. North Newton
(5-0)
10. Hobart
(6-1)
   
These rankings were compiled before a 66-44 beating by Lake Central over KV last night.  Some other changes may come about next week depending on the outcome of Andrean's game with Gavit on Saturday, and when Hobart tangles with KV on Tuesday.  North Newton will also be putting their undefeated record on the line when they meet Rensselaer tomorrow.  The Bombers delivered a stinging 15-point loss to Hebron last night.


The Times had its first compilation of statistics for the season.  Leaders for NWI in the following categories are as follows:
   

Scoring

Rebounds

Assists

K. Gibson (Mann) - 30.3
E. Martin (Kouts) - 22.2
J. DeMuth (Highland) - 22.1

J. Barnes (Wirt) - 16.3
K. Gibson (Mann) - 14.0
H. Herrold (S. Central) - 12.5

L. Watson (Roosevelt) -9.7
T. Kitchell (S. Central) - 6.5
J. DeMuth (Highland) - 6.1

FT Percentage

Steals

Blocks

K. Drabyn (LaPorte) - 1.000 (9/9)
N. Borys (Crown Point) - .923 (12/13)
J. Gutowski (Andrean) - .892 (25/28)

T. Kitchell (S. Central ) - 9.0
J. Smith (Gavit) - 8.5
J. DeMuth (Highland ) - 6.1

N. Hluska (Noll) - 4.2
J. Barnes (Wirt) - 4.0
J. Kikkert (KV) - 2.8


Most of the discussion about Portage this season has been about the imposing post presence of seniors Lauren Hansen and Amanda Autrey.  Although these two are anchoring Portage's campaign so far this season, another player is quietly making an impact for the Indians as well.  Junior Nicole Tesseneer has averaged nearly 10 points per game and is shooting over 63% from the three-point line to become Portage's most consistent outside threat so far this season.  Tesseneer currently comes off the bench for Coach Renee' Turpa as her team's secret weapon.  (Well, I guess she's not a secret anymore!)


The Post-Tribune also released their girls basketball rankings today as follows:
   
1. West Side
2. Highland
3. Crown Point
4. Valparaiso
5. Portage
6. Andrean
7. Kankakee Valley
8. North Newton
9. Gavit
10. Hebron


The LaPorte Herald-Argus has an interesting article about freshman Kristin Drabyn and the expectations surrounding her rookie year of basketball due to the reputation of her older brother at LaPorte.


Lots of discussion about the new Sagarin Ratings for Indiana High School Girls Basketball this week.  This highly regarded rating service has evaluated the boys high school game and college game for years, but this is the first year for high school girls basketball.  Compiled and evaluated through the use of statistical information, Sagarin rates teams based upon who they have beaten, as well as strength of schedule, which reflects back into the ratings as well.  Sagarin also gives instructions on how to predict winners for upcoming games.  The ratings cover all 379 girls basketball teams in Indiana, and for brevity's sake, we list here just the Top 20 teams, as well as the Top 10 NWI teams, as determined by rank.  However, you can view the entire ratings at Jeff Sagarin's website, as well as a small biography about Sagarin himself.
    

Sagarin Ratings through 12/6/00

Sagarin Top 20 Teams

Sagarin Top 10 Region Teams
(as determined by ratings)

    
1. Terre Haute South (107.55)
2. Ben Davis (102.57)
3. Bloomington South (100.16)
4. Perry Meridian (97.51)
5. Franklin County (97.13)
6. Decatur Central (96.54)
7. Shelbyville (95.73)
8. Mooresville (95.27)
9. Highland (94.57)
10. FW Luers (94.56)
11. Brownsburg (93.93)
12. Southport (93.60)
13. Center Grove (93.53)
14. Kokomo (92.53)
15. FW Concordia (91.29)
16. Crown Point (91.06)
17. Plymouth (90.83)
18. Lawrence North (90.83)
19. Gary West (90.21)
20. Valparaiso (89.94)

     
1. Highland (94.57)
2. Crown Point (91.06)
3. Gary West Side (90.21)
4. Valparaiso (89.94)
5. Portage (83.96)
6. North Judson (77.94)
7. North Newton (77.80)
8. Kankakee Valley (77.51)
9. Hobart (76.20)
10. Merrillville (74.47)

 


Sagarin may be onto something here, since his ratings predicted the loss of Center Grove to Bloomington South.  The No. 2 Trojans met with disappointment this week in a loss to Brownsburg on Tuesday and another to Bloomington South on Thursday.  Watch for South to zoom up in the rankings after making statements against CG, Southport, Perry Meridian and Pike for their cause.  South is ranked by Sagarin as having the second toughest schedule in the state.  So far they are proving themselves to be the upstart team of the season.


The South Bend Tribune has a few tidbits in its girls basketball notes for the week.  The SB Tribune also named their Athletes of the Week, which included Suntana Granderson of South Bend Riley, Jackie Batteast of South Bend Washington, Tara Kensinger of Oregon-Davis and Andrea Gramm of Bremen.


The Columbus Republic is featuring an article regarding a three-player committee running the point for Columbus East this season.  Juniors Mesha Carter and Sarah Castetter and freshman Caitlin Watts are sharing the floor general duties and making it work.


The Goshen News has an article about the competitive level of the Northern Lakes Conference this season, with three conference teams all ranked in the 3A Top Ten in the state -- No. 2 Plymouth, No. 3 Wawasee and No. 6 NorthWood.


The Peru Tribune has a review of the start of the season for Miami County teams, including Maconaquah, North Miami and Peru.


In case you missed it on our home page, we now have a new fan poll.  (Finally!)  Check it out, cast your vote and make your voice heard!


According to the Boiler Station, Mary Jo Noon is surprisingly expected to play in Purdue's game at Notre Dame Saturday.  Noon experienced a huge scare during the game at Valparaiso Wednesday evening when she went for a loose ball, was kneed in the back by another player diving in at the same time, and experienced no feeling in her legs for a few minutes due to the severity of the impact.  Noon was on the Crusaders' floor nearly 15 minutes before she was removed by stretcher to Porter Memorial Hospital in Valpo.  The good news so far is that Noon simply experienced a bad bruise to her back and is making a quick recovery.  The Boiler Station also has an article about Kelly Komara and her expectations before she headed home to NWI for the Valpo game.


According to the Terre Haute Tribune Star, ISU has named assistant coach Jim Wiedie as the interim coach after the departure of head coach Cheryl Reeve, who resigned last week.  A permanent head coach will be named at the end of the current basketball season.  Also according tot he Tribune Star, Wiedie will have a shot at that head coaching position when the decision is to be made.


And just a note, since our credibility has been questioned recently.  It has been the practice of the RRR since we've been on the web to bring to you the different viewpoints, stories and news about high school girls basketball from on-line sources around the state.  Passing on this information to you does not necessarily mean that we agree with or endorse it.  Polls, rankings, editorials and the like are always presented as belonging to the author(s) who created them.  We do not judge or criticize, and any editorial remarks we might feel are necessary are presented with the linked or passed-on information at the time we make it available to you.  Just so everyone understands...


News thru Wednesday, December 6

                     

The big news today is the defeat of 4A No. 2 Center Grove by Brownsburg last night.  The Bulldogs, led by seniors Julie Shields (19 points) and Amanda Davidson (17 points), set the tone in the second quarter outscoring Center Grove 28-13, and wrapped up the win in the fourth shooting 14 for 20 from the free throw line.  There is an excellent write up on the game on our Report Scores board, as well as a short recap of the game in the Indianapolis Star.  Leading scorer for the Trojans was senior point guard Katie Boone with 19.  Center Grove will be facing another challenge tomorrow when they host Bloomington South.  South (4-1) only lost to 4A No. 3 Terre Haute South by 7 points early on, and defeated a tough Southport team just last weekend. The Panthers, led in scoring by junior Cyndi Valentin, might be smelling blood and another upset in the air.  Center Grove will be looking to get back on track by defeating a quality opponent.


LaPorte junior center Katie Beckman underwent arthroscopic knee surgery on November 24 to correct an chronic knee condition that hampered her throughout the soccer season and followed her into basketball.  Beckman could be back as early as this week, just in time for her team's Duneland Conference game with Portage on Friday.  The Slicers, who were expected to do some big things in the Duneland this season, are off to a frustrating 2-3 start so far, including a loss to DAC title contender Hobart.  The Slicers were without center Beckman at the time, leaving a big hole in the paint, and lost 54-46.  Portage will not be fooled into thinking that this Friday's game with LaPorte will be an easy win.  Once LaPorte gets clicking, they will be a hard team to beat.  It's just a matter of when, not if, they will kick into gear.


Lake Area Cable's Prep Basketball X-TRA is still looking for a permanent time slot on Channel 3, but for now broadcast times are on a week-to-week basis.  This week the show will air at 11:05 p.m. Thursday night (tomorrow) and 4:30 p.m. Friday afternoon.  This week's show will feature extended highlights from the Highland/Crown Point game from last Saturday.  The entire game was supposed to be taped and broadcast earlier in the week, but due to some camera staff technical difficulties, the game was not taped.  (Highlights on X-TRA will be from Crown Point's game film.)


The Marion County girls tournament got underway last night, and four teams survived in the battle for the championship.  Ben Davis, Brebeuf, Decatur Central, Franklin Central, Lawrence North, Perry Meridian, Pike and Southport will all move on to the quarter-final round tomorrow night.  The Indianapolis Star previewed the tournament yesterday, including some discussion about Lawrence North and a possible rematch with Ben Davis.  Lawrence North gave the Giants all they could handle less than a week ago in a very close 41-38 loss.  According to the Star article, LN head coach Jodie Whitaker said they would love to have another shot at the Giants during the tournament. 


Rumors have been circulating that the Indianapolis Star might be pulling out its sponsorship of the Indiana-Kentucky All Stars series in the near future.  However, according to All Stars Director Pat Aikman in the Louisville Courier-Journal, those rumors are unfounded and the Star will be sponsoring the All Stars series for 2001.  No mention was made as to sponsorship for future series.


The IHSAA has released its first list of state scoring leaders, and for the first time in nearly two years, Wawasee's Shanna Zolman is not the state's top scorer.  Senior Karen Gibson of Gary Mann topped Zolman by averaging 34.6 points per game, while Zolman was a close second at 33.2 points per game.  No other players from NWI were on the top scorers list.  Coaches are asked to submit their leading scorers to the IHSAA by 4:00 p.m. each Monday for inclusion in that week's update.  Also, Individual Performance Bests in points (35+), rebounds (20+), and three-pointers (6+) must be received by the IHSAA by that 4:00 p.m. deadline each Monday as well.  Information can be sent to IHSAA's Jim Russell via FAX at 317-575-4244 or by e-mail to jrussell@ihsaa.org.
    
 The IHSAA also announced the following milestones for the beginning of the season:
   
Brianna Howard, a junior at Southwestern (Hanover), became the second girl in school history to score 1,000 career points. She reached the plateau Nov. 30 with 18 points in a 77-65 loss at South Ripley.
   
Laura Little, a senior at Salem, reached the 1,000 point mark for her career Nov. 18 with 17 points in a 70-57 triumph over visiting Madison.
   
Jenny Pfeiffer, a junior at Jennings County, broke the school record with seven three-pointers on the way to a 30-point effort as the Panthers defeated South Dearborn 67-43 on Dec. 2. In the same game, teammate Gretchen Rayburn set a school record with eight steals.
   

Jessica Ramey, a junior guard at West Noble, reached the 1,000-point for her career Dec. 2 as the Chargers defeated Eastside 76-48. Ramey scored 25 points in the game and is 57 points from becoming the school’s career scoring leader.
    

Mindy Schoenlein, a senior at Winchester Community, became the school’s career scoring leader Nov. 22 with 27 points in a 64-21 victory at Hagerstown. She left the game with 1,171 points.
    
Nina Stone, a senior at Pike, reached the 1,000-point mark for her career Dec. 2 as the Red Devils defeated Lawrence Central 66-55. Stone scored 25 points in the game.
    

Andrea Walker, a senior at Wheeler, reached the 1,000-point mark for her career Nov. 28 with 21 points in a 51-33 victory at Lake Station Edison. Walker already was the school’s career scoring leader.
     

Kristen Weddle, a senior at Terre Haute South, broke the school’s single-game scoring record Nov. 11 with 40 points against Hammond Morton


It's official now.  The Indiana girls basketball state championship games for all four classes will be at the Conseco Fieldhouse this season on March 3.  There was some speculation earlier in the year when no facility was officially named on the IHSAA website as the location of the finals, but the finals are now shown to be at the home of the Pacers and Fever.


Highland senior Jenny DeMuth is the 3rd S & L Publishing Girls Basketball Athlete of the Week.  DeMuth was honored for an outstanding week of basketball during which she scored 52 points, 13 rebounds, 11 steals and 5 assists in two games.


Two more college signings have come our way in the past week.  Frontier senior Kinsey Lehe has signed with Division II Central Missouri State.  The 5'8 guard averaged an outstanding 23.7 points, 6.5 rebounds, 4.8 steals and 5.4 assists per game last season.  The other signing was by Stacey Childs of Eastern (Howard) with Division II Lincoln Memorial University.  Childs averaged 12.7 points and 7.4 rebounds per game last season.  Childs intends to major in business and will join older sister Jennifer Childs, already on the Lady Railsplitter roster at Lincoln Memorial. 


Senior Ashlie Woods of Greenwood was featured in the Franklin County Journal last week.  The 5'6 point guard recently broke her school's record for assists in a single game with 12 against Indian Creek.


Central Indiana Sports has released its rankings for the week as follows:
    

1 SCHOOL WIN/LOSS Schedule Last
Week
1 BEN DAVIS 3-0 Marion County Tourney D5-9 1
2 CENTER GROVE 5-0 @ D5 Brownsburg, D7 Bloomington South 2
3 TERRE HAUTE SOUTH 5-0 @ D5 Owen Valley, D7 Paris (IL), @ D8 Arsenal Tech 3
4 FORT WAYNE SNIDER 4-0 D8 Fort Wayne Northside 4
5 CATHEDRAL 3-0 D4 Indianapolis Broad Ripple, D7 Carmel 5
6 HUNTINGTON NORTH 3-1 D8 South Bend Riley 6
7 FORT WAYNE BISHOP LUERS 6-0 D6 Norwell, @ D8 Fort Wayne Southside 7
8 HIGHLAND 7-0 @ D8 Hammond 7
9 VALPARAISO 5-1 @ D8 Michigan City 9
10 NEW ALBANY 4-0 @ D7 Scottsburg, D9 Jennings County 11
11 KOKOMO 6-0 @ D5 Western-Howard, @ D8 Marion 12
12 CROWN POINT 6-1 D8 Merrillville 10
13 PLYMOUTH 5-0 @ D9 Warsaw 13
14 WAWASEE 5-0 D8 GOSHEN 15
15 SOUTH BEND RILEY 6-1 D5 LaPorte, @ D8 Huntington North 16
16 GARY WESTSIDE 5-0 D6 Munster 18
17 BLOOMINGTON SOUTH 4-1 @ D7 Center Grove 19
18 ROCHESTER 6-0 D8 Oak Hill, D9 West Central 20
19 BROWNSBURG 5-2 D5 Center Grove, D9 Harrison-West Lafayette 21
20 JASPER 4-0 D7 Vincennes Lincoln, @ D9 Evansville Harrison 22
21 SOUTH BEND WASHINGTON 4-1 @ D4 LaVille 25
22 ALEXANDRIA 5-1 @ D5 Eastern Howard,@ D6 Muncie Southside, @ D9 Blackford 25
23 COLUMBUS NORTH 4-2 D7 Whiteland 14
24 EVANSVILLE MEMORIAL 5-1 D5 Princeton, @ D7 Evansville Bosse --
25 CASTLE 6-0 @ D5 Henderson County,Kentucky,@ D7 Evansville Central --
25 PORTAGE 3-2 @ D8 LaPorte 25

Others:

BENTON CENTRAL, CONNERSVILLE, JEFFERSONVILLE, TRITON, GREENSBURG, DeKALB, COLUMBIA CITY, LAWRENCE NORTH, PLAINFIELD, PERRY MERIDIAN, SOUTHPORT, DECATUR CENTRAL, MOORESVILLE, SHENANDOAH, VINCENNES LINCOLN, NORTH KNOX, WHITE RIVER VALLEY, HOBART, NorthWood, McCUTCHEON, SULLIVAN, FRANKFORT, MADISON, FOREST PARK, NORTH JUDSON, BEECH GROVE, SALEM, F.W. NORTHROP, RICHMOND, NEW CASTLE, MT. VERNON-FORTVILLE, FRANKLIN COUNTY, TURKEY RUN, FOUNTAIN CENTRAL, LEO, WINCHESTER, ROCKVILLE, CLINTON PRAIRIE, CLINTON CENTRAL, EMINENCE, HEBRON, BREBEUF JESUIT, CASS, GLENN, TIPPECANOE VALLEY, SOUTH SPENCER, WEST LAFAYETTE, GIBSON SOUTHERN, EVANSVILLE BOSSE, SHELBYVILLE, TRITON CENTRAL, FREMONT, FRONTIER, BROWNSTOWN CENTRAL, NORTH POSEY, NORTH NEWTON, WASHINGTON CATHOLIC


    


The Louisville Courier & Journal has an article about the Brownstown girls and their outstanding 6-0 start on the season.


Region area fans will get another treat courtesy of the Valparaiso University women's basketball program.  The nationally-ranked Purdue Lady Boilermakers will be at the Valpo University ARC tonight to take on the Crusaders on their home floor for the first time in 25 years.  The game begins at 7:35 and will pit two former NWI standouts in Purdue's Kelly Komara (Lake Central) and Valpo U's Jeanette Gray (Valparaiso).  The Crusaders are currently 1-4, with losses to some pretty big heavy hitters, including Notre Dame and Ohio State.  They will have their hands full again with the deep and talented Lady Boilermakers.  This would be a great chance for Region fans and players to get a glimpse of the much-vaunted Purdue freshman class, that includes three nationally-recognized standouts.  However, one of the freshmen you won't see is Cherrise Graham, who announced last week that she was leaving Purdue for parts unknown.  Tonight's game is previewed in The Times, and the Post-Tribune has a feature article on Komara and her role with Purdue this season.


Several articles are appearing on line regarding former Indiana high school players:
   
Jill Chapman  - Jill is new thrill at Indiana - ESPN website.  
April McDivitt - McDivitt totals 19 in last two games - News Examiner

Courtney Risinger - Risinger ready to take on Indiana State - TH Tribune Star


As we announced on our home page over the weekend, head coach Cheryl Reeves resigned post at Indiana State.  Complete details are in the TH Tribune Star and on the ISU women's website.  No announcement has been made yet regarding her replacement.


News thru Thursday, November 30

                 

The Lake Area Cable Region Basketball X-tra one-hour weekly, hosted by Jaime Perko and Mark Smith, debuted last Thursday on Thanksgiving evening, and it was great to see a full 60 minutes of discussion, interviews and video clips about NWI girls basketball.  Besides the two Crown Point players that were mentioned earlier, interviews were also broadcast with Highland's Jenny DeMuth, Hebron's Lauren Bechtold, and Andrean's Jamie Gutowski.  All of their coaches also had a few comments to make about their respective teams as well.  This weekly will have a new edition tonight, although it won't be a full hour of girls basketball.  Since the boys' season has gotten fully underway, 30 minutes will be devoted to the boys, and 30 will be about the girls.  Tonight's broadcast will appear as follows over the next few days:
      

Channel

Broadcast Times

Lake Area Channel 3 

Thursday at 8:30 and 11:05 p.m.
Friday at 4:00 p.m.

Valparaiso Channel 43

Thursday at 11:00 p.m.

Portage Channel 4

Saturday at 12:00 noon

   



Crown Point will have to contain the athletic scoring of Highland's Jenny DeMuth to have a chance at beating the No. 5 team in the state.  (RRR Photo)

The biggest game in the state this weekend might be the 4A Top Ten matchup between No. 5 Highland and No. 8 Crown Point on Saturday.  We believe this is the first 4A head-to-head between two Top 10 teams in the state so far this season.  Always a battle no matter the rankings, these two teams are always ready to duke it out.  Last season, this was a 3-point game that went down to the wire with Highland surviving for a 53-50 win on Crown Point's court.  Highland brings Miss Basketball candidate Jenny DeMuth (20.6 ppg), seasoned senior point Corrie Kaczmarek and a young & talented supporting cast to the table.  Crown Point counters with senior scoring ace and All Star candidate Sarah Zondor (21.0 ppg), athletic junior Alex Webster and a number of seasoned and capable veterans in senior Nikki Borys, Amanda Bernard and junior Carissa Triplett.  Although state rankings and bragging rights are at stake, both teams will be using this game as a benchmark for the work that needs to be done before the February tournament season.  It is possible that these two teams could meet in the NWI 4A Regional, although No. 7 Gary West Side might have a thing or two to say about that.  There should be a good crowd on hand in Highland for this NWI showdown, although the highly publicized Times Region Roundball Rumble (no connection to the RRR) is scheduled for the same night, featuring some of the best boys teams from around the state.  We're not sure about the number of crossover fans who will have a problem deciding which event to attend, but we've been told by several media people that they would prefer to be at Highland on Saturday night -- if only they had the choice!  One media outlet that will be in attendance is Lake Area Cable, which will be broadcasting the game on tape-delay.  Since there is a cable pay-per-view event scheduled for late Saturday evening, this game will most likely be shown Sunday morning, with a possible re-broadcast early next week.  When we get those broadcast times, we'll pass them along on our message board.


A number of hot conference matchups take place around the Region this weekend as well, with all eight Duneland Conference teams tangling up Friday night for the first DAC games of the season.  Merrillville hosts Michigan City, LaPorte is at Hobart, Chesterton is at Valpo and Portage hosts Crown Point.  In the Porter County Conference, 1A No. 5 Kouts will have to deal with 2A Hanover Central.  Both teams have lost one game so far this season, but will be looking to establish a foothold in the PCC to challenge favorite Hebron for season conference honors.


The Michigan City News-Dispatch has an interesting article about the rebirth of several Michigan City athletic programs, including girls basketball, since the consolidation of the two high schools there in 1995.  Due to the efforts of three new young coaches at the Duneland Athletic Conference school, three programs are starting to turn the corner.  Michigan City is already well-known statewide for its outstanding volleyball and girls track teams, both with a number of phenomenal athletes.  But since consolidation, the girls basketball team has suffered greatly, usually ending up in the DAC cellar year after year.  New head coach Monica Claridge, just out of college herself where she played on the St. Joe's women's basketball team, laid down the law early with her charges, but has also infused her youth and energy into the program.  The benefits are already beginning to be felt there.  Many in NWI believe that Michigan City could be a sleeping giant in girls basketball.  The athletes and the talent are both there.  It's just a matter of bringing it all together and creating a sense of pride for the program.  Claridge is determined to make her program a success and plans to stay at MC for as long as it takes.


It's old news, but the ICGSA poll came out on Monday.  One of the interesting things to evaluate about the four polls are the number of votes each team is dropping or picking up every week.  Most of us just look at the rankings, but if you take a look at the points, there are some changes in that category for teams that remain in the same spot from week to week.  To better follow the ICGSA vote changes, we will be adding a new column to each ICGSA poll starting on Monday, which shows how many points +/- a team has moved from the previous week.  Looking at the polls from this week, the teams with the biggest vote gains were:
  
4A No. 8 Crown Point (+27)
3A No. 2 Plymouth (+12)
2A No. 8 Triton Central (+26)
  
The teams with the biggest vote losses were:
  
4A No. 9 Valparaiso (-69)
3A No. 4 Frankfort (-15)
2A No. 7 Leo (-13)
  
We were unable to determine the change in votes for 1A, as no votes were itemized in the previous week's 1A poll.  


If you haven't seen this one yet, you need to take a look.  Ed Robinson of Southern Indiana's High School Basketball has put together an OUTSTANDING piece on Miss Basketball candidates Ashley Allen (Ben Davis), Jackie Batteast (SB Washington), Jenny DeMuth (Highland), Shyra Ely (Ben Davis), Kate Endress (Evansville Memorial), Kathy Hay (Madison), and Kristen Weddle (TH South).  His coverage includes photos, stats, audio and video.  A fantastic job and a tremendous resource for all of those voting in the Miss Basketball election in the spring.  We will keep this one linked to our Rankings & Statistics page for easy reference. 


Senior Laura Hartman of Evansville Memorial is the 2nd S & L Publishing Girls Basketball Athlete of the Week.  Hartman was honored for her outstanding game against Vincennes Lincoln when she scored 24 points on 9 of 15 shooting from the field and 4 of 7 free throws.  The 5'10 guard also logged 5 rebounds, 5 steals, and 2 assists in a 78-71 win.  If you would like to nominate an athlete for the next S & L Publishing award, please email Steve Stremming at chiefs@ori.net.  You might also want to check out the front page of Hoosierland Report for webmaster Nick Ray's "Putting the Smack Down" recognitions.  So far HR has picked Wawasee's Shanna Zolman, Columbus North's Tina Bolte and Castle's Angie Rodgers for this award.


The Benton Central Lady Bison are on a tear this season, especially when you consider their recent upset of highly-regarded Lafayette Jeff last week.  But besides tearing it up on the court, this team has had time to make a difference in their community as well.  According to head coach Sandy Herre, the Bison recently raised $6,026.52 for use by their community for those in need.  The funds were raised through a bake sale, various contests and a Basketball-A-Thon, where 36 Lady Bison basketball players from grades 7-12 collected pledges for each shot made of 100 free throws by each player. An astounding $2,260.43 was collected from this fundraiser alone.  Our hats go off to the Lady Bison program and Coach Herre for taking time out of their busy and hectic schedules to give back to their community in a BIG way! 


In case you didn't see it on our message board today, we've added a new weekly "feature" there, that basically is just a message thread that will give everyone the opportunity to give details about outstanding individual or team performances during the week.  In the past, we've tried to honor outstanding weekly performers, but we found that this monster of a website just wouldn't allow us to do a very good job of it on a weekly basis.  (We can barely keep up with the features we have now!)  So, we've decided to turn it over to our visitors as a chance to give out props to those players or teams they feel have put in an overall outstanding performance sometime during the week.  Performances don't have to be linked to statistical production or leading scorer in the game.  How about recognizing those "sixth woman" players who come off the bench to make a difference, or defensive players who shut down the opposing team's top scorer?  To those of you who have a few HTML skills, feel free to link news articles, photos or whatever else you want to your posts on those threads.  We'll be looking forward to your posts each week!


The Terre Haute Tribune Star has some notes about Wabash Valley area basketball players, including freshmen that are contributing in a big way to their teams so far this season and Toledo's Courtney Risinger (TH South), who scored 36 points recently in a win over Radford.


For those of you who are interested in following this type of information, ESPN Sports recently rated the top girls basketball recruits at center, power forward, small forward, shooting guard and point guard positions for the Class of 2001.  Several Indiana players are among those listed.


Unfortunate news has come our way about former Hanover Central standout and 2000 PCC MVP Melanie Brumbaugh.  According to Mark Smith of the Crown Point Star, the Taylor University frosh sustained an ACL tear after five games into her rookie season and she will be red-shirted for the remainder of her freshman year.  Brumbaugh, however, will retain an additional four years of eligibility, since she had very few games into the current season..  


Miami sophomore Heather Cusick (Kokomo) was recently named the Mid-American Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Week for her accomplishments on the court and in the classroom. She had a great outing last weekend in the First Tennessee Classic Tournament at Vanderbilt and was named to the All-Tournament Team.  You can get complete details at the Miami women's website.


Another former Hoosier high school player was named as the Big Ten Player of the Week.  According to the Indiana Daily Student, Indiana's Jill Chapman (Blackford) was given the honor after averaging 14 points and 10 rebounds in four games last week.  


Cornell frosh Karen Force (Columbus East) has started all four games and leads her team in points, assists, and minutes played so far this season.



 

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