Region Roundball Review

December, 1998
News Updates


News thru Thursday, December 31

No. 4 Ben Davis raised its state ranking stock on Tuesday after soundly beating No. 2 Kokomo in the Hall of Fame Classic in the first game of the day at the Chrysler Fieldhouse in New Castle. That ranking worth looked to be in jeapordy in the evening championship game, when the Giants were behind 48-37 going into the final quarter of their game with No. 9 Terre Haute South. But a 29-point fourth quarter explosion gave Ben Davis the opportunity to save the game with a final 2-second possession and a tied score. Amazingly, the Giants pulled it out on a buzzer-beater by soph Shyra Ely to win the game. That finish was impressive enough to raise the national ranking of Ben Davis from No. 21 to No. 19 just minutes later when the USA Today rankings were posted that evening. Sophomore Ashley Allen, who scored 27 points in the qualifying game, was named Tournament MVP, and Ely, Sarah Strahm (Ben Davis), Amy Zercher (Northwood), Cara Stuckey (TH South) and Dorcus Lawson (TH South) were all named to the HOF All-Tournament Team by the media.

Attendance at the Hall of Fame Classic was down this year after the format was changed to combine both the boys and girls games into a one-day weekday event. In the past, the girls played on a Friday, while the boys played the next day. By going to the one-day format and the resulting time restrictions, the evening consolation games for both girls and boys were eliminated, leaving the losing morning teams with nothing to do but watch the championship game in the evening. This displeased many fans, who drove quite a distance to see their teams play only one game. Hopefully this situation will be corrected in the future. The Indy Star is carrying an article about the disappointing HOF format on it's Indiana's Game on-line web site.
Logansport's Amy Muelhausen (left) and New Albany's Kennitra Johnson (right) will face each other in the second game of the Crown Point Shootout on January 2. (CP Star photo by Mark Smith)The Crown Point Shootout will be featuring a very competitive field on Saturday, with No. 1 New Albany, No. 10 Logansport, No. 5 Rushville (3A) and Crown Point. If the weather holds, a good crowd is expected to come out and see what should be four very good games. The action begins with Rushville (6-1) and Crown Point (6-4) at 11:00 a.m. (CST) and then New Albany (8-0) and Logansport (7-1) square off at 1:00 p.m. (CST). Last year Logansport (3-year Shootout participants) and New Albany (2-year Shootout participants) met in the championship final (picture), and New Albany walked off with the tournament hardware. This year Logansport will be looking to challenge the No. 1 team in the state to get a second chance at a Shootout championship. Stopping Miss Basketball candidate Kennitra Johnson will be the goal of the Logansport defense, and capitalizing on the play of Logansport center Kristen Lowry will be key to any chance for a win by the Berries. Rushville, whose only loss of the season so far has been to Connersville, will be looking to get a shot at the No. 1 team by getting through Crown Point in the first game of the tournament. Senior standout and Miss Basketball candidate Elizabeth English will be key to Rushville's game plan. Crown Point runs a balanced attack, but sophomore Sarah Zondor will most likely be the target of Rushville's defense. The evening action begins with the 6:30 p.m. consolation game, immediately followed by the 8:00 p.m. championship game. We will hopefully be bringing you results from the tournament throughout the day. Check our Game Results Posting Board on Saturday for the latest Shootout updates. For complete Shootout information and maps to the Crown Point High School gym, go to the CP Lady Bulldogs web site.
There have been a great number of holiday tournaments taking place over the past week or so and we've been trying to keep you updated with the latest scores as best we can. Many of the tournament games are linked to news articles wherever we can find them. We usually try to update game coverage links twice a day, so check back later in the day to get the most complete coverage on games. An especially interesting Connersville Examiner article covering the Connersville v. Center Grove game where Miss Basketball candidate April McDivitt was pitted against Center Grove's Emily Butler in the Columbia City Classic, is definitely worth a read. We urge you to pass on any information you might have regarding game results, or just post them on our Game Reporting Board.

News thru Tuesday, December 29

The updated list of state scoring leaders is now available via the IHSAA web site. You can reach it any time from our State and Region Rankings & Statistics page, or directly from here today. Frosh Shanna Zolman of 3A Wawasee is still in the lead with a 30.7 ppg average. However, Lindsay Secrest of 1A Bloomfield is closing in with 29.9 ppg. Locally, Erica Martin of 1A Kouts is now the Region-area scoring leader at 24.9 ppg (No. 11 statewide), surpassing previous Region leader Tracie Mezera of 2A River Forest, who is now averaging 24.1 ppg (No. 15 statewide).

2A Winamac is off to a strong 10-1 start and hopes to continue the trend in the second half of the season. The Warriors are ranked No. 3 in 2A and even received some first place votes in the last coaches' poll. Their only loss this season has been to 4A Logansport in a 36-22 November loss. Winamac enjoys some balanced scoring in senior Shallon Bowden (17 ppg), senior Michelle Wegner (12 ppg), sophomore Tonya Small  (13 ppg) and freshman Lauren Bechtold (10 ppg). On January 20, Winamac will be playing Region power North Judson, currently ranked No. 5 in 2A. Last year the Bluejays defeated Winamac in the sectional after Winamac defeated them in regular season play. You can read the complete comments of Winamac coach Jim Swaney in the South Bend Tribune.
The South Bend Tribune is also reporting that 1A West Central senior Stephanie Owens, a 5'8 guard, will attend Kankakee Community College in Kankakee, Illinois, next year. Owens, who holds nearly every school record for West Central High School girls basketball, is averaging 21.5 ppg and leads her 5-3 team in rebounds and steals.

News thru Monday, December 28

Former Highland center standout, Jennifer Kaczka, made a crucial closing-seconds free throw and had 11 points and 11 rebounds for Wichita State in her team's 58-55 upset victory over No. 24 Southwest Missouri State yesterday. Southwest Missouri State features Jackie Stiles, who averaged an astounding 46 ppg in high school and scored over 3,000 points during her prep career. She was "held" to 24 points in yesterday's game. Area fans were fortunate to be treated yesterday with an opportunity to watch Kaczka on the Fox Sports Network. You can read a short recap of the game on the ESPN women's basketball web site.

The Ft. Wayne News Sentinel is giving a heads-up on junior Homestead workhorse Julie Johnson in it's Hardwood Harey column. The 5'6 guard plays a supporting role to Homestead standout Anna Waugh, but is expected to be the scoring focus for the Spartans after Waugh moves on to college next year. Johnson, who is averaging 16 ppg, had a breakout game against Columbia City in which she scored 26 points. However, she is presently most valued by her coaches and team as a defensive catalyst and coach on the floor.
After a rocky start to her college career at Ball State, now-Valpo U point guard and former Miss Basketball, Lisa Winter, is enjoying the game of basketball again. You can read about Winter's thoughts on her college career in the Ft. Wayne News Sentinel.
A fan out of North Newton reminds us that the Lafayette Jeff tournament, which starts on January 1, is jam-packed with 3A and 4A powerhouse competition. North Newton (No. 2 in 2A) will be put to the test early against Jackie Batteast's South Bend Washington Panthers (No. 10 in 3A) on the the first day of games. North Newton will be led by 6'0 guard Kristi Koselke, who is averaging 17 ppg, and 5'11 post Becky Schuster, who is averaging 16.5 ppg. The Spartans will enter the New Year's tournament with a record of 7-1.
One of our correspondents, NWI Guy, has a Charliss Ridley update for all of us. Ridley, a Purdue recruit and former Perry Meridian standout, moved to Illinois after her freshman year. You can read the update, which includes stats from a recent Illinois holiday tournament.

News thru Saturday, December 26

For those of you planning to venture out to the Hall of Fame Classic on Tuesday, December 29, we remind you that you can access the information for this outstanding event at the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame web site. Included at that site are directions to the Hall of Fame (which is nearly adjacent to the tournament venue, New Castle Fieldhouse--occupancy 9,325), as well as information about the girls and boys teams that will be competing in the 16th edition of the tournament. According to information we found there, the following teams will play in the morning, with subsequent games taking place ten minutes after the final buzzer of each preceding game:

Beginning at 9:30 a.m. (EST):

Girls - Ben Davis (4A) vs. Kokomo (4A)
Girls - NorthWood (3A) vs. Terre Haute South (4A)
Boys - Benton Central (3A) vs. Bloomington South(4A)
Boys - Blue River Valley (1A) vs. Terre Haute North (4A)

Evening events are as follows:

6:00 p.m. (EST) - Girls Championship
8:00 p.m. (EST) - Boys Championship

The first girls game should be a tough one for both teams and exciting for fans. Kokomo (10-0) is currently ranked No. 2 and features an outstanding senior duo in Tia Davis (5'11 G) and Heather Cusick (5'9 G/F). The Kats also have an oustanding opening lineup and a very strong bench to be the favorite in that contest. No. 4 Ben Davis (9-1) features highly-touted sophomore Shyra Ely (6'1 F/C), who is considered a top prospect nationally. Combined with 3-point specialist sophomore Ashley Allen (5'9 G) and experienced junior Sarah Strahm (5'11 G/F), the Giants will be looking to topple the Kats superior ranking. Ben Davis is ranked by USA Today as the No. 21 team nationally.

The second game features two teams that are looking to get some respect for their programs statewide. No. 7 NorthWood (5-1), who is trying to climb back to the top of the 3A poll after losing their season opener, will be welcoming back senior standout Amy Zercher (5'9 G/F) to the lineup after a broken hand injury she sustained before the first game of the season. Paired with senior partner Natalie Will (5'9 G), the Panthers will be trying to impress with a victory over favored Terre Haute South. South (9-1) features three senior standouts in Cara Stuckey (5'6 G), Dorcas Lawson (5'8 F) and Joileen Brewer (5'10 F). These three are 4-year starters and are the base of a team that has had a great deal of success so far this season. The Braves would like to get a crack at either Kokomo or Ben Davis in the evening final to improve their status statewide.

Admission to the HOF Classic is $8.00 for a all-day ticket and $5.00 for the evening events.

The South Bend Tribune is carrying a preview of scheduled basketball events for South Bend girls teams over the holiday break, including the South Bend Holiday Tournament (field includes SB St. Joe's, New Prairie, SB Adams, SB LaSalle), SB Washington at the Lafayette Jeff tourney and NorthWood at the Hall of Fame Classic. As we posted earlier, NorthWood standout Amy Zercher is expected to back in the lineup for Tuesday's premier HOF event after an injury to her hand earlier in the season.
There are a number of holiday tournaments in which NWI teams are participating. As far as we could gather, here are some of the tournaments you might want to take in over the holiday break to see how Region-area teams fare locally and against some of the best competition from around the state:

Event Date Start
Location Field
Momence Holiday Tourney 12/26/98 & 12/28/98 12:00 Momence, IL Momence, Evergreen Park, Paxton-BL, TF North, Hanover Central, Peotone, Kankakee McNamara, South Newton
Kankakee Valley Tourney 12/28/98 & 12/29/98 N/A Kankakee Valley Bishop Noll, Calumet, Kankakee Valley, Mishawaka,  Hammond Noll
South Bend Tournament 12/28/98 & 12/29/98 6:00 pm SB LaSalle St. Josephs, LaSalle, Adams, New Prairie
Hammond Holiday Tourney 12/29/98 & 12/30/98 N/A Hammond Gavit Clark, Gavit, Hammond, Morton
South County Tourney 12/29/98 & 12/30/98 6:00 pm Boone Grove Boone Grove, Morgan Township, Kouts, Hebron
LaPorte Classic 12/29/98 & 12/30/98 10:00 am LaPorte East Chicago Central, LaPorte, North Judson, Michigan City
McCutcheon Elite Eight Shootout 12/29/98 & 12/30/98 11:00 am McCutcheon Merrillville, McCutcheon, Chesterton, Madison, Benton Central, Homestead, Lake Central, West Side
Twin Lakes Tourney 12/29/98 & 12/30/98 N/A Twin Lakes Griffith, Hobart, Portage, Twin Lakes, Western, South Bend Riley, Elkhart Central
Columbia City Classic 12/30/98 N/A Columbia City Columbia City, Center Grove, Gary Mann, Connersville
Lady Bulldog Holiday Shootout 1/2/99 11:00 am Crown Point Crown Point, New Albany, Rushville, Logansport

Complete info & map available at the CPHS Lady Bulldogs web site

Warsaw Holiday Tournament 1/2/99 10:00 am Warsaw Valparaiso, Warsaw, Perry Meridian, Mt. Vernon
Lafayette Jeff Tournament 1/1/99 & 1/2/99 N/A Lafayette Jeff Lafayette Jeff, Clinton Prairie, Frankfort, Lebanon, North Newton, Plymouth, SB Washington

In my rush to finish the news for December 24 (too many last-minute packages to wrap), I noticed that I left off the link to the article about South Bend Clay's Erin Poe. That link has been activated below in the news for that day. Worth a read, this is an interesting article about a brave young lady.

News thru Thursday, December 24

Today's late news additions are at the bottom of today's news

Details about the upcoming Crown Point Lady Bulldogs Holiday Shootout on Saturday, January 2, are now available at the Crown Point team's web site. This tournament should be one of the best of the holiday season, with No. 1 New Albany, No. 5 Rushville (3A), No. 10 Logansport and an up and coming Crown Point team. Three All-Star candidates will be playing in the tournament -- Kennitra Johnson of New Albany, Elizabeth English of Rushville and Kristen Lowry of Logansport. Johnson, who has signed with the University of Connecticut, and English, who has signed with Colorado State, are both considered top candidates for Miss Basketball honors this season. The action begins with Rushville and Crown Point at 11:00 a.m., then New Albany and Logansport at 1:00 p.m.. The consolation game will be at 6:30 p.m., followed by the championship game at 8:00 p.m. (All times listed are CST.) Info at the CP Lady Bulldogs web site includes all of the tournament details, a map to Crown Point High School and a list of restaurants and hotels in the area. Don't miss what is sure to be a great day of competition!

The Shelbyville News is reporting that the IHSAA has pulled the plug on the annual IHSAA/Farm Bureau Insurance 3-Point/Slam Dunk Shootout that accompanied the state basketball tournaments in recent years. According to IHSAA commissioner (and Shelbyville resident) Bob Gardner, "...the support from the member schools was not strong enough to continue with the shootouts." No great loss, as it always seemed like that competition was difficult for hosting schools to run and was merely an afterthought in the scheme of running a successful tournament.
Portage senior
Erin Jedlikowski (6'1 F) is expecting to be back in playing shape soon after a scare at the Merrillville game last Friday. Jedlikowski came down in an awkward position in the first half of that game, and heard a bone pop in her foot that put visions of a long recuperation in her head. However, after getting released by the family doctor Tuesday, Jedlikowski was back at practice to get ready for the Twin Lakes Holiday Tournament next week. That is when the Indians will take on Elkhart Central in a 3:00 p.m. first round game on Tuesday. You can read about Jedlikowski's injury and the comments of coach Renee Turpa in The Times.

Late addition: While you are getting ready for the last hours of the holiday rush, you might want to take time to read the article about South Bend Clay forward Erin Poe and her courageous efforts in the face of her mother's death just three weeks ago. Poe is using athletics to cope with her grief and is dedicating her basketball efforts in memory of her mom. Erin's mom, Pam, was involved in the Region-area gymnastics community before moving to the South Bend area.
Late addition: The Indianapolis Star is carrying a feature piece about Hoosier Basketball Magazine and some of the changes editor Gary Donna has had to institute with the change to class basketball during the past two years. According to Donna, the interest in both girls and boys prep basketball has been waning in recent years, which he attributes somewhat to the new class system. If you would like to read the entire article, you can get there from here.

Late addition: It was brought to my attention that we had indicated on our home page that our picks for Red Letter Region Performances had been newly posted, but that they hadn't changed since the previous posting. We'll be fixing that after the Christmas holiday and apologize for goofing that one up!

News thru Wednesday, December 23

Munster missed the services of junior starting point guard Kiley Wallace last night in its first-round battle against Andrean in the Highland Holiday Tournament. It seems that Wallace is yet another Region victim of a season-hampering knee injury, the nature of which, at this point, has not yet been disclosed. Filling in for the injured Wallace was freshman sub Stephanie Schrage, who did a respectable job with 9 points and 4 assists in the losing effort. It is unclear at this time when or if Wallace will return to the Munster lineup.

The IHSAA has released State Scoring Leaders and Individual Bests as of those reported through December 19. Shanna Zolman of Wawasee still leads in state scoring, hovering in at the 30.7 ppg mark. (If you've never seen the frosh phenom, you can get a look in the Goshen News On-Line, where her picture is featured on the front page of the sports section.) Again locally, junior Tracie Mazera of River Forest is the highest ranking Region area scorer at 24.1 ppg in the 14th state scoring leaders spot.
The national rankings for girls basketball in USA Today are out, and Ben Davis (7-1) still hangs in there at the No. 21 spot nationally, and the No. 7 spot in the Midwest. Much of Ben Davis's national reputation is based upon the play of super sophomore
Shyra Ely, who is averaging 21.8 ppg so far this season.
The IHSAA has made note of several milestones reached by certain players around the state as follows:

"Tricia Armour, a junior guard at Jimtown, broke the school record for three-pointers in a game as she hit five in a 61-47 loss to South Bend Riley on Dec. 19. The Jimmies also broke the team record for treys in a game with six overall."

"Sommer Hadley, a senior forward at Danville, became the school's career scoring leader in girls basketball Dec. 15 when she scored 13 points to lead the Warriors past Speedway 67-25. Hadley left the game with 879 points, passing Christy Buckley, who tallied 876 points from 1985-88."

"Kami Vaal, a senior forward at Northeast Dubois, became the school's career scoring leader in girls basketball Dec. 15 when she moved her career total to 877 points with a 25-point effort as the Jeeps fell to South Knox 67-66. Vaal surpassed Jill Schroering, who had scored 860 points."

The IHSAA is thinking about summer already with some guidelines for the newly sanctioned school-sponsored summer team camps. The IHSAA provides the following guidelines (and please note that they use the word "guidelines" and not "rules" here):

South Bend Washington has gotten off to a sterling 10-0 start behind the efforts of sophomore standout Jackie Batteast. Batteast, considered the top player in the Northern Indiana Conference, is averaging 16 points and 13 rebounds per game. She is receiving plenty of help from teammates, however, including junior guard Kenisha Gunn (14 ppg) and senior guard Nicole Burnett (10.2 ppg). The Panthers also get help defensively from 6'2 junior Sarah Wright, who is averaging 5 blocks per game. Washington moved in at No. 10 in the 3A Coaches' Poll on Monday, and could be a huge factor in the Northern Semi-State in March.
Northwood senior Amy Zercher, who broke her hand in practice earlier in November, is expected to officially return to the Panther lineup for the Hall of Fame Classic when her 3A Panthers play 4A Terre Haute South next Tuesday. Zercher has been actively participating in team practices with her hand padded. Northwood is 6-1 on the season, their only loss coming from their season opener with Penn. Coach Steve Neff believes that Zercher's absence has made his team stronger and deeper, as several different players have stepped up to shoulder scoring responsibilities until she returns.
Franklin senior Anna Waugh (5'6 PG) has announced her intentions to attend Indiana University next year. Waugh is currently averaging 23 points and 7.3 steals a game for 3A Franklin (6-1). She boasts an outstanding percentage game with 58% from the floor, 46% from the behind the three-point line and 85% on free throws. Perhaps Waugh's presence at Indiana can boost attendance for the Hoosiers next year, who are showing sagging ticket sales so far this season. Over the course of three games this past weekend, attendance logged in at a low of 1,926 (total) while Indiana took on Vanderbilt and Tennessee Tech.
St. Joe 5'11 junior forward Angie Hupfer (Pendleton Heights) is making an incredible impact for the Pumas with a 30.6 ppg scoring average. This outstanding accomplishment has put her at the front of the scoring leaders for both NCAA Divisions I and II so far this season. Along with the average are some pretty impressive percentages: 55% from the field, 46% from beyond the arc, and 76% from the free throw line. She is also pulling down 12.4 rebounds per game for the 8-1 Pumas. In an article in the Madison County Herald Bulletin, Hupfer credits the play of junior point guard Dawn Harvey (Rockford, IL) for her success. Harvey is averaging 7.7 assists per game and is responsible for getting the ball to Hupfer for the open shot. You can read more about Hupfer and her teammates at the St. Joe's Womens Basketball Web Site.

News thru Tuesday, December 22

The Coaches' Poll is out for the week, and there are very few changes for this holiday break. In all classes, the No. 1 teams remain the same with New Albany in 4A, Evansville Memorial in 3A, Triton Central in 2A and North Vermillion in 1A.

In 4A, all teams remain intact, except that Hobart falls out of the No. 10 spot to the 11th position after losing to Chesterton on Saturday, and Logansport moves on up to No. 10. Chesterton also receives some respect with 1 vote in the 4A poll to log into the 15th position.

In 3A, very minor changes are all that is seen with some change in positioning, although South Bend Adams steals the No. 10 spot from Corydon by 1 vote.

In 2A, Ft. Wayne Luers moves up two spots to No. 7, while Forest Park overpowers Frankton with a margin of 16 votes to take the No. 10 spot.

Finally in 1A, Bloomfield falls from No. 5 to No. 9 and Rising Sun takes the No. 2 spot from New Washington despite receiving no first place votes.

As always, you can reach the Coaches' Poll at any time from our State & Area Rankings page.

The Ft. Wayne Journal Gazette and the Ft. Wayne News-Sentinel are showing their top teams in the Ft. Wayne area for the week. You can get to the Journal Gazette Top 5 and the News-Sentinal Girls Power Poll at the links provided here in the news today, or from our State & Area Rankings page at any time.
Houston's WNBA star Sheryl Swoopes will address the audience just prior to the IU-Ohio State women's basketball game from 6-7 p.m. on January 15 at Indiana University in Assembly Hall. You can read about Swoopes' intended address, which is in conjunction with IU activities honoring Martin Luther King, Jr., in the Hoosier Times.

News thru Friday, December 18

The local papers are providing us with a lot of on-line material today. The Times out of Munster has listed its girls Top 10 in the Region for the week. You can view their picks on the Times Top 10 Rankings page. They also are featuring some interesting behind-the-scenes stories and comments about players and teams in area girls basketball. You can view those in The Times Prep Zone 2-Minute Drill.

The Post-Tribune is offering up info and coaches' comments about some of the more promising underclassmen in the Region today. Featured in the article are Highland soph Jenny DeMuth (5'9 G/F), Crown Point soph Sarah Zondor (5'7 G), Crown Point frosh Alex Webster (5'8 G), Gary West Side soph Kim Smith (5'10 F), Wheeler soph Andrea Walker (5'5 G), Kouts soph Erica Martin (5'7 G) and Chesterton soph Christy Poparad (5'9 G). Also mentioned are Andrean frosh Jamie Gutowski (5'6 G), Hammond Gavit soph Joann Smith (5'5 G), Gary West Side frosh Michelle Jones (5'7 G) and Gary West Side soph Arianne Robinson (5'4 G).
This is Sarah Zondor media day, as the 5'7 Crown Point sophomore guard is also featured in an article in The Times today. Zondor is the leading scorer for the Bulldogs and is second in NWI free-throw percentage at .889. She has quietly and consistently contributed in a big way to her team. She leads a strong sophomore class that will be key to anticipated success for the Bulldog program in the future. Two other sophomores, Amanda Bernard (5'7 G) and Nikki Borys (6'0 C) are contributing valuable minutes on varsity at present. The remaining 9 sophomores are the reason why the Lady Bulldogs JV team is currently 6-1. Their only loss so far was to a very fine Plymouth JV team.
Another underclassman who is making a contribution to her team is a big way is Hanover Central's Julie Moniak. Moniak, a 5'11 freshman guard/forward, scored 17 points for the Wildcats in her team's resounding 81-63 win over sectional foe River Forest yesterday evening. She will play a big part in Hanover Central's bid to upset 2A No. 5 North Judson to get out of the Boone Grove sectional in February. Moniak is versatile, with post height and guard skills. She has the potential to be one of the best ever to come out of the Hanover Central girls basketball program.
The Courier-Journal out of Louisville, Kentucky, is carrying team previews on a number of southern Indiana girls basketball teams, including No. 1 4A New Albany. There's even a neat video clip ("The Big Game") of highlights from the New Albany v. Scottsburg game from December 10, including some moves by Miss Basketball candidate Kennitra Johnson. The clip is a little rough, but it's a fun to watch regardless. You need the RealPlayer to view the video clips, but it is available for downloading right at the Courier-Journal site.

 The statistical leaders for NWI are out this morning and the top 3 leaders in each category are being shown in the Post-Tribune as follows:

T. Mezera (River Forest)
E. Martin (Kouts)
J. Gray (Valparaiso)
24.1 ppg
23.7 ppg
21.4 ppg
C. Bilinski (Hanover Central)
N. Yudt (Portage)
J. Felton (Valparaiso)
Free Throw
M. Cooper (N. Judson)
K. Wallace (Munster)
T. Smith (West Side)
S. Glass (N. Judson)
S. Zondor (Crown Point)
J. Campbell (Chesterton)
E. Sampsel (Valpo)
J. Campbell (Chesterton)
T. Sweezer (West Side)
7.6 apg
6.4 apg
5.3 apg
K. Law (Morton)
L. Mitchell (Calumet)
I. Kirksey (Wirt)
12.8 rpg
12.7 rpg
11.2 rpg
T. Humphrey (Hammond)
C. Koby (Hanover Central)
J. Smith (Gavit)
6.8 spg
5.9 spg
5.8 spg
M. Yancey (West Side)
E. Jedlikowski (Portage)
M. Brumbaugh (Hanover Central)

3.0 bpg
2.6 bpg
2.3 bpg

News thru Thursday, December 17

The latest update of the IHSAA Scoring Leaders as of December 12 includes three Region-area players that are averaging over 20 points a game. Tracie Mezera of 2A River Forest is averaging 24.1 ppg (13th place), Erica Martin of 1A Kouts is averaging 23.6 ppg (15th place), and Jackie Campbell of 4A Chesterton is averaging 21.1 ppg (30th place). The scoring leader for the state is still Shanna Zolman of 3A Wawasee, who is now averaging 31.0 ppg. To see a complete listing of state scoring leaders, go to the IHSAA Scoring Leaders page.

Tonight host Hanover Central will be trying to put the skids on the scoring of River Forest's Tracie Mezera (24.1 ppg) in a matchup between the two 2A Lake County powers. This game could be a preview to a possible sectional battle, as both teams will be trying to get out of the tough Boone Grove Sectional that also includes North Newton and Wheeler. Hanover Central is coming into the game after a convincing and punishing 63-27 win over 4A Hammond Morton, holding Morton standouts Cathy Herring to 8 points and Kim Law to 2 points. River Forest just recently took a beating by sectional foe 2A North Newton in a 73-54 loss, where Mezera was held to 14 points. Hanover Central will be looking to it's anchor duo of junior Christy Koby and senior Melanie Brumbaugh to carry most of the offense for the Wildcats. However, they sport well-rounded offensive help from junior Christy Haduch and freshman Julie Moniak.
2A Fountain Central's freshman Candace Dark is making an impact in and around the Lafayette area. So much so that she rated a feature piece in the Lafayette Journal and Courier. Dark is currently averaging 18.7 points, 4.0 assist, and 5.4 rebounds per game. She is also the Lafayette area steal leader, averaging 6.1 steals per game.

The web site for 4A No. 3 Valparaiso has received an update and is now reporting scores and selected stats from the Vikings' latest games. You will also find some pictures and profiles of the varsity that is now 9-0. You can get to the Valpo web page from our High School Links page, or for today, you can get there from here.
We have added a new Indiana basketball link to our Best Basketball Links page. The Madison County Madness web site is a comprehensive effort that covers both girls and boys high school basketball for schools in Madison County, including Alexandria, Anderson, Daleville, Elwood, Frankton, Anderson Highland, Lapel, Madison Grant, Pendleton Heights and Shenandoah. You will find some interesting feature articles there, as well as game reports and team profiles. This site is maintained by the Herald Bulletin in Madison County.

News thru Wednesday, December 16

Today's late additions are at the bottom of today's news

The Indiana State Coaches' Poll is out for the week of December 15. There have been few changes in 4A, but the other three classes have seen some major realignments.

The top 8 teams in 4A retain their rankings, although Kokomo has taken 2 of New Albany's 11 first place votes from last week's poll. Perry Meridian breaks into the Top 10 after giving Ben Davis all it could handle over the weekend in a 4-OT marathon in the Marion County Tournament. Logansport dropped out of the Top 10, while Hobart retains its No. 10 spot. Locally, Gary West Side and Portage tied with Homested to hold the 12th position, each with 8 votes.

In 3A, the top 3 remain the same with Evansville Memorial at No. 1, while Cathedral climbed 4 steps to the No. 4 spot with an 8-0 record. Franklin took the biggest drop in that poll giving up 4 spots to drop to No. 8. Locally, S. Bend Washington brought in 11 votes for the 13th position and Andrean mustered 3 votes to tie for the 16th position after its loss to Merrillville on Friday.

In 2A, North Knox dropped from the No. 1 position to No. 3 after a one-point loss to Forest Park over the weekend. That puts North Judson now at the No. 2 spot. The remaining teams in 2A all played musical chairs and switched positions, except for Eastern Howard, which stayed put at No. 7.

In 1A, North Vermillion retains the top spot, although it lost 2 first place votes to New Washington, now in the No. 2 spot. Lakeview Christian moved up two notches to No. 7. Locally, Morgan Twp. received 3 votes and MC Marquette received 1 vote to hold the 12 and 13th positions, respectively.

Despite being at 7-1 and dropping to No. 4 in the 4A Indiana State Coaches Poll, the Ben Davis Giants find themselves raising a notch from No. 22 to No. 21 in the latest USA Today Super 25 Girls Basketball national rankings. Ben Davis lifted its record to 7-1 last night with a second win over Perry Meridian. The first matchup between these two was just 4 days ago in the qualifying round of the Marion County Tournament when the game went to 4 OT periods before the winner was decided with Ben Davis coming out on top 76-72. The No. 1 team in the country is still Butler in Huntsville, Ala. with a 12-0 record. So far they are averaging an incredible 100.3 ppg as a team, while holding their opponents to an average 38.9 ppg.
Former Boone Grove standout Jenn Sliwa will be finishing up her career at Villanova State after this year. You can read about her experience in a feature article in The Times on-line.
Former Andrean player and Crown Point resident Keaton Brumm (5'7" G) is making a name for herself at 3A West Lafayette. While overshadowed by teammate Lello Gebisa (6'4" C), who is averaging 19.1 ppg and 9.4 rpg, Brumm has been quietly contributing with 14.4 ppg, 4.4 apg, 5.0 spg and 3.7 rpg. You can read about Brumm's efforts in the Lafayette Journal and Courier.
The IHSAA continues to update it's 1998-99 Individual Bests listings in scoring, rebounding, three-pointers based upon submissions that are being made to the IHSAA on a continuing basis. We have added links for the IHSAA Individual Bests and State Scoring Leaders on our State & Region Rankings page. We suggest that you check these often, as they change continually.

Late addition: Purdue's Stephanie White-McCarty (Seeger) will be featured in the pages of Sports Illustrated in the magazine's edition due out this week. You can read about Stephanie's thoughts on being featured in SI in Monday's Boiler Hoops Journal.
Late addition: The Ft. Wayne News-Sentinel has an incredibly outstanding Prepstats page for girls basketball on its web site. It covers all of the statistics for Ft. Wayne area teams and players and is extremely thorough. This is a great resource for coaches who are looking to scout Ft. Wayne area teams or fans who like to follow certain players and teams. Anyone interested can access the Prepstats link at its permanent location on our State and Region Rankings & Stats page.
Late addition: Wawasee's frosh phenom Shanna Zolman is picking up a ton of press (South Bend Tribune and Warsaw Times-Union) in the northern part of the state, and rightfully so. The 5'9" guard is currently the state's scoring leader, averaging 31 points, 8.6 rebounds, 6 steals and 4 assists per game. She just recently broke her early career best with a 41-point effort against Garrett in Wawasee's 64-53 championship win in their own holiday tournament on Saturday. Zolman's Wawasee Warriors lost to No. 7-ranked 3A Northwood last night by a punishing score of 79-42. You can read a recap of that game in the Warsaw Times-Union. Northwood is currently without senior standout Amy Zercher, who broke her hand at practice last month, but the Panthers are still managing to impress to stay in the 3A Top 10. These two teams will most likely meet again in the Wawasee sectional in February.

News thru Tuesday, December 15

About the scariest thing that can happen to any female basketball player these days is the dreaded knee injury. As soon as a player goes down in a game with a leg injury of any kind, the first thought on everyone's mind is a tear to the ACL, or anterior cruciate ligament. NWI has seen its share of ACL injuries already this season. Highland's Corrie Kaczmarek went down in her team's game against Griffith. Griffith's Sam Quintero suffered the same fate just last week and now word out of Lowell may have guard Katie Porento on the injured list as well. Players around the state are suffering similar season-ending injuries that are taking months out of the competitive season. The Ft. Wayne News Sentinal is featuring an excellent article about ACL injuries. "Knee-deep in injuries" is an in-depth look at the ACL injury and theories behind its high occurrence for girls. Interesting reading for coaches and all of us with daughters, sisters or friends in basketball.

The Indiana Coach's poll was due out yesterday, although I have been unable to find it on-line or in any of the local publications. As soon as it becomes available, we'll pass it on to you.
Some of you may be wondering why we haven't posted our updates for Red Letter Region Performances, Top 12 and Upcoming Games. We've had to make a few choices around the Webster household this week, and holiday cookie baking and Christmas tree search/decorating won out. Time should be freeing up this week, since today is the last day for finals for me at PUC, and my better half will be on vacation soon. This is probably more than all of you wanted to know about the Websters, but suffice it to say, we'll be back on track soon. Hope all of you are enjoying the holidays so far!

News thru Saturday, December 12

Late addition: For all of you who love the girls game as of late, there is a great article in the Bloomington Hoosier Times about how women's college basketball has toughened up over the past decade. There are some insights there from premier college coaches Jim Izard (IU), Jennifer Jacoby (IU), Cheryl Reeve (ISU) and Carolyn Peck (Purdue). According to these coaches, hustle and toughness are things that college coaches are looking for in high school players today, and they are not impressed with the stationary play of some high-scoring prep stars who put up the numbers, but do not do the other things that would identify them as being able to compete at the collegiate level. This article contains some interesting insights for you players out there who are trying to attract the attention of college coaches. Definitely worth a read.

Late addition: It was with great sadness that we read this morning on the Indy Star forum that McCutcheon boys basketball center Jeremy Doyle was killed in an auto accident last night after his basketball game. According the forum post, the team had gone to a pizza place after their win last night over North Montgomery. On Jeremy's way home, a truck pulled out and broadsided his car. Our many condolences are with the Doyle family, his teammates and classmates. Our thoughts and prayers are also with the McCutcheon community today.
One of the local papers is confirming a report that Griffith junior guard
Sam Quintero (5'6") suffered an ACL injury that will most likely remove her from the Panther lineup for some time to come. Griffith was optimistic coming into the season after their huge upset over Andrean in the 3A sectional last February. Quintero plays a critical role in the Griffith offense and her absence could be hard for the Panthers to overcome. Coach Tim Powers will be looking to other team members to step up their play to make up for the loss of points in the lineup.
Tennessee head coach
Pat Summit had a few words to say about Indiana girls high school basketball after her visit to Connersville to watch Tennessee signee, April McDivitt, in her team's win over New Castle. Her words appear in an article in the Connersville News-Examiner.
While inputting the data for the statistical leaders yesterday (below), it occurred to me that some of the figures there did not ring true. I should have waited for the other morning paper to come, because their figures were probably a truer representation in several categories. Therefore, the stats below have been changed to reflect what we feel was the more accurate accounting.
The Times Girls Top 10 has been published. You can view their rankings at the link provided.

News thru Friday, December 11

The statistical leaders for NWI are out this morning and the top 3 leaders in each category are being shown as follows:

T. Mezera (River Forest)
E. Martin (Kouts)
J. Campbell (Chesterton)
25.3 ppg (203/8)
23.3 ppg (117/5)
22.4 ppg (123/6)
C. Bilinski (Hanover Central)
K. Cheairs (West Side)
M. Brumbaugh (Hanover Central)
.714 (15/21)
.619 (26/42)
.616 (37/60)
Free Throw
K. Wallace (Munster)
J. Campbell (Chesterton)
M. Smith (Chesterton)
M. Gonzales (Kouts)
.462 (6/13)
.444 (8/18)
.400 (4/10)
.400 (4/10)
S. Zondor (Crown Point)
J. Campbell (Chesterton)
S. Hay (Munster)
.920 (23/25)
.857 (30/35)
.813 (13/16)
E. Sampsel (Valpo)
J. Campbell (Chesterton)
D. McNeil (Hammond)
7.0 apg (42)
6.8 apg (34)
5.3 apg (32)
Mitchell (Calumet)
K. Law (Morton)
L. Taylor (Wirt)
14.5 rpg (58)
12.8 rpg (51)
10.5 rpg (21)
T. Humphrey (Hammond)
C. Koby (Hanover Central)
J. Smith (Gavit)
6.6 spg (46)
5.9 spg (41)
5.8 spg (29)
M. Yancey (West Side)
M. Brumbaugh (Hanover Central)
R. Merkell (Munster)

3.3 bpg (13)
2.3 bpg (16)
2.0 bpg (10)

The Times in the Region is featuring articles about two underclassmen who are making a great impact on their teams so far this season. Sophomore Erica Martin (5'7" G) of Kouts is averaging 23.4 ppg. Andrean freshman Jamie Gutowski (5'6" G) has helped her Andrean team in their first two games with some steady play and has only turned the ball over two times in two games. She is expected to help Andrean make a bid at the 3A state title this season. The Martin article is available on-line, however we were unable to find the Gutwoski article. If we find it later today, we will link it.)
We've added a new link to our AAU links page. The Springville AAU Girls Basketball 10U, 11U, 12U and 13U teams are featured on their new web site.

News thru Thursday, December 10

Northwestern received some bad news this week when it was decided that former Lake Central standout Kristina Divjak will undergo surgery on her left knee in December and, as a result, will be sidelined for the remainder of the season. It was not stated if Divyak will be red-shirted for another season of eligibility, although Wildcats coach Don Perrelli stated that their goal at this point is to "make sure that she is able to come back and play the type of basketball that we're used to seeing from her." A preseason All-Big Ten selection, Divjak averaged 22.1 ppg last season.

News thru Wednesday, December 9

The scoring leaders for the state have been released by the IHSAA and 3A Wawasee standout freshman, Shanna Zolman, tops the list averaging 30.3 ppg. (This has got to make her dad, Wawasee head coach Kem Zolman, pretty darn happy!) The top 5 also includes another freshman from 2A Southwestern, Brianna Howard, who is pouring in 25.5 ppg. Also, freshman Candace Dark of 2A Fountain Central made the list in the No. 31 spot with 20.0 ppg. Looks like this freshman class is making their mark early. Region area players who are on the list include junior Tracie Mezera of River Forest (No. 7 with 25.3 ppg), senior Erin Miller of South Bend Riley (No. 23 with 21.0 ppg), and senior Jeanette Gray of Valparaiso (No. 29 with 20.9 ppg). To see a complete listing of the girls scoring leaders, you can link to the IHSAA report showing the same.

The IHSAA is also reporting several milestones as follows:

"Brianna Howard, a freshman at Southwestern (Hanover), broke the school's single-game scoring record Nov. 28 when she tallied 38 points against Madison Shawe."

"Lori McCracken, a senior forward at Washington, broke the school's single-game scoring record in girls basketball Dec. 5 when she poured in 46 points as the Hatchets defeated North Daviess 98-30. McCracken hit 22 of 32 shots from the field, including one three-pointer. The previous school record was 42 points by Julie Helm in 1995. The single-game Washington scoring record for boys basketball also is 46, set by McCracken's brother, Rob McCracken, in 1995."

"Stephanie Owens, a senior at West Central, broke the school's single-game scoring record with 46 points and tied the three-point record with six as the Trojans defeated Washington Township 68-31 on Dec. 5."

We would remind everyone that we are listing scores daily on our Region & Area Game Scores page. (You can always access the scores page from the home page, site index, or top of this news page.) Many of the game scores are linked to articles from on-line newspapers around the state. If you enjoy reading the news stories, we suggest that you check the scores page on a regular basis, as many of the news links expire daily.

News thru Tuesday, December 8

The IHSAA has posted a list of personal best performances on its Girls Basketball page. The leader in the scoring category (35+ points minimum) was Amy Gearlds of Beech Grove, who scored a whopping 51 points against Indian Creek on November 15. In the rebounding category (20+ rebound minimum), Lindsay Secrest of Bloomfield pulled down 24 against Linton-Stockton on November 17. No one was listed in the 3-point category (7+ minimum). You can view the entire list at the IHSAA Personal Best Page.

The Ft. Wayne Journal Gazette has released its Top 5 girls teams for the Ft. Wayne area. They rank these teams with the accompanying comments as follows:

1. Snider (3-0): Sophomore Suzie Hayden rapidly developing into more than complementary player.
2. DeKalb (6-0): Good week, as Bridget Horwitz and Molly McAfee had confidence-building games.
3. Bishop Luers (5-0): Knights make case for top seed in SAC Tourney pairings due out Wednesday.
4. Homestead (5-1): Six three-pointers and 25 points against North Side. Four threes and 26 against East Noble. Five threes and 26 against South Side. Amy Waugh should change name to Amy Wow.
5. Bishop Dwenger (4-0): It's been couple of years since Saints faced game as big as one Thursday with Snider.

An entertaining hoops column appears in the Ft. Wayne News Sentinel every Friday. The name of the column is Hardwood Harey, who claims to be a "Hoops Hare, Prognosticator Extraordinaire." This hare writes about girls and boys basketball in the Ft. Wayne area and gives some insights into the world of Ft. Wayne basketball, of which most of the state is unaware. This week Harey writes about three sophomores who have come onto the Ft. Wayne scene as of late: Bishop Luers guard Rachel King, Elmhurst guard Maria Marchesano and Leo guard Kelly Springer. Stop by and take a look at what Harey has to say.
A feature article in the Terre Haute Tribune Star discusses the advent of women's basketball and its influence on several high school players in the Terre Haute area. Members of the 14U AAU Terre Haute Hotshots were interviewed in this article. Debra Crawley and Melanie Boeglin of Terre Haute South, and Brigett Branson of Turkey Run share their thoughts on the subject.

News thru Monday, December 7

Highland may be without the services of its starting point guard, Corrie Kaczmarek, after the sophomore went down with a knee injury last week. It has not yet been determined if the injury is an ACL tear, but unfortunately, that is what the diagnosis is expected to be. This would be a setback for Highland, as Kaczmarek is a workhorse that can handle the ball and expertly dish it off to top-scoring teammate Jenny DeMuth. She is also a defensive specialist that will be missed on the Trojan press. The point guard duties may now go to DeMuth, who is probably the best remaining ball handler and passer the Trojans have on the roster. This position change could challenge DeMuth physically in close games, where she will be required to do it all for four full quarters of play.

Miss Indiana Basketball 1997 Lisa Shepherd (Richmond) came off the bench for her Penn State Lady Lions and scored 21 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and delivered 2 assists to upset No. 6 Alabama by a score of 77-73 in the finals of the Wachovia Women's Invitational in Richmond, Virginia. Usually known for her 3-point attacks, Shepherd displayed a new weapon in the Alabama game with penetrating moves to the bucket. For her outstanding performance, Shepherd garnered All-Tournament honors. You can read about Shepherd's game winning efforts in the Centre Daily Times out of Pennsylvania.
Former Lake Central star
Kelly Komara is becoming a favorite of Purdue fans in Lafayette. During last Friday's win over Northern Illinois at Mackey Arena, a group of fans displayed a banner with "Komara's Korner" on it. Komara didn't disappoint the banner-holding fan section, as she scored 16 points off the bench to help the Boilermakers in an 83-55 win over the Huskies.

News thru Saturday, December 5

The Valparaiso edition of The Times was carrying a feature article about Valparaiso junior point guard Erin Sampsel in yesterday's news. (We get the Crown Point edition so we missed it yesterday.) This outstanding point guard on Valparaiso's 6-0 Vikings will be key to Valparaiso's anticipated success this season. Sampsel's height of nearly 6 feet at the point guard position provides a lot of options for the Vikings offensive and defensively.

According to a press release from the IHSAA, several milestones were achieved by the following:

Lindsay Secrest, a junior at Bloomfield, broke her own school single-game rebounding record Nov. 17 when she pulled down 24 rebounds to go with 35 points in a 65-24 triumph over Linton-Stockton. In a game Dec. 1 against Shoals, Secrest scored 48 points to break the Bloomfield gym record as the Cardinals defeated Shoals 77-42. The previous record was 46 by Misty Norris of Bloomfield in 1990.

Shanie Smith, a senior at Tri-Central, became the first girl in school history to score 1,000 career points. She topped the mark Nov. 20 with 24 points in a season-opening victory over Taylor.

Kristen Whitton, a junior guard at Marion Lakeview Christian, broke the school record with six three-pointers in a game Nov. 21 in a 72-65 triumph over Whitko. Whitton also finished with a career-high 40 points.

The IHSAA will begin its annual service of compiling a list of the Top 25 Scoring Leaders in girls basketball from around the state, the first of which will be released next week. They will also be compiling the Season's Bests for outstanding one-game performances in three categories: scoring, rebounding and 3-point shooting. Minimum requirements for submission are averages of 20 points or better for the Top 25 Scoring Leaders category, and one-time performances of 35+ points, 20+ rebounds or 6+ three-point shots for the Season's Best categories. The IHSAA urges that media members send this information to the IHSAA at the earliest opportunity following the player's performance (and at the end of the week for scoring averages). They also ask that the player's name, school, date of game and opponent be submitted as well. Submissions should be sent to Jim Russell via FAX at 317-575-4244 or by e-mail to
For those of you interested, the Terre Haute Tribune-Star is carrying an interesting preview article about the Big Four Classic based upon a one-on-one interview with Purdue's Stephanie White-McCarty (Seeger) and some of her thoughts on a basketball career after college.

News thru Friday, December 4

The Griffith/Highland game will be broadcast on station WJOB-AM (1230) tonight. Varisty begins at 7:30 p.m.

The latest Indiana Internet Basketball Writers Association (IIBWA) poll is out, and there are some interesting alignments there. You can reach the IIBWA poll from our State & Area Team Rankings page. Also, we have added a new Region-area poll to our listings on that page. It is the Crown Point Star Girls Renegade Poll, put together by sports writer Mark Smith at that publication.
For all of you who are interested in seeing some outstanding Indiana womens college basketball teams this season, Sunday is a perfect opportunity to see four of them at one time and place when Purdue, Ball State and Indiana University are hosted by the Indiana State University Sycamores in the 7th Annual Big Four Classic at the Hulman Center in Terre Haute. Purdue takes on Ball State at 1:00 p.m. and Indiana State will challenge Indiana at 3:00 p.m. Those in attendance will get to see an extraordinary number of Hoosier high school natives, including pre-season All American
Stephanie White-McCarty (Seeger) of Purdue. To see the complete rosters of each of these teams (including players' home towns) follow the links immediately below.

Ball State
Indiana State

The Indiana State Lady Sycamores are off to the best start that program has seen since the 1976-77 season. Already at 4-0, ISU is becoming a feared opponent for many teams that have ISU on their schedule. ISU's last victim was Dayton, who saw the Sycamores come from behind to steal the game by a score of 56-54 on Wednesday. (You can read about that game in the Tribune-Star out of Terre Haute, where former Mt. Vernon standout April Kirby was key to the win.) The Sycamores could raise their record to 5-0 on Sunday against Indiana. The Hoosiers are ripe for picking, as evidenced by a near upset by Evansville last night. Long term, the future looks bright for ISU as Head Coach Cheryl Reeve is getting the job done in the recruiting department. She has nabbed three of this year's best Hoosier high school seniors in Kourtney Mennen (Clinton Prairie), Kristy Thomann (North Vermillion) and Erin Rhodes (Oak Hill).

News thru Wednesday, December 2

The Indiana Coaches of Girls Sports Association Top 10 basketball team rankings have been released, and as expected, there have been some major realignments throughout.

In 4A, last week's No. 1 Ben Davis loss to 3A No. 8 Roncalli moved New Albany to the the top spot. Valpo moves to No. 2 and Kokomo rings in at No. 3. Center Grove made a leap from the No. 10 spot to No. 6 after breaking Martinsville's 55-game winning streak over the weekend, and Martinsville dropped from No. 4 to No. 9 with the loss to Center Grove. Two Region-area teams, Hobart and Portage, moved into the runner-up slots at the No. 11 and 12 positions, respectively, and Gary West Side received just 2 votes to tie for the No. 15 position after it's loss to Hobart.

In 3A, Roncalli catapulted five spots to No. 3 after upsetting 4A No. 1 Ben Davis. Locally, Andrean logs in at the No. 11 position in the runners-up category with 7 votes, and S. Bend Washington received 5 votes to tie for position No. 13. Evansville Memorial retains the No. 1 spot in 3A, with Northwood following at No. 2. Northwood played its season opener last night, which was delayed due to their school's football team playing in the state finals. They lost to Penn. (See next news item.)

In 2A, its the stronghold of the "North" schools, as North Knox, North Judson and North Newton hold on to the top 3 spots in that order. Surprisingly, Ft. Wayne Luers, who recently upset last week's 4A No. 11 Homestead, did not break into the Top 10. However, they are knocking on the Top 10 door with 21 votes, just 2 behind No. 10 Leo, and 3 behind No. 9 Eastern.

In 1A, North Vermillion takes over the No. 1 spot from now No. 2 Rising Sun. Locally, Morgan Township drops from No. 6 to the runners-up category with just 10 votes compared to last week's 84 votes, and Michigan City Marquette remains in the runners-up category as well, however dropping 13 votes from last week's poll.

The Northwood Panthers, ranked No. 2 in 3A this week, are feeling the pain this morning after their season- and home-opener loss to Mishawaka Penn last night by a score of 43-35. This loss broke a 67-game homecourt winning streak for Northwood, which began in 1992. The loss to Penn might be attributed to the recent injury of one of Northwood's key seniors and leading scorer, Amy Zercher (5'10" G, 15.6 ppg). The Panthers are without the services of their senior standout and Ball State signee, who broke her finger on an errant pass from teammate Natalie Will at practice last week. Although the feeling was that Northwood could hold things together and compete without Zercher until her return in 3-5 weeks, the team did not respond well without her on the floor. You can read Northwood Coach Steve Neff's game day comments on how he plans to deal with the loss of his standout senior in the Goshen News.
Martinsville suffered its second loss of the season last night to an up and coming Mooresville team by a score of 61-59. Senior
Courtney Cooper scored 27 points in that losing effort. The Artesians, who have a young team with three sophomore starters, are dealing with some internal turmoil from parents. According to Leigh Evans at the Hickory Husker's web site, a post-game radio interview with Coach Jan Conner after the Center Grove loss last weekend revealed that Conner was surprised to get playing time complaints from Artie parents after Martinsville's first two wins of the season, in which, ironically, every Artie player made it onto the floor. As Evans reports, Conner said that, "This kind of stuff can wipe out even the best teams. We've got to end it."

News thru Tuesday, December 1

The Indiana State Coaches Association Poll was expected to be available today. However, we have been unable to find it anywhere. As soon as we are able to determine the results of that poll, we will bring them to you. Many changes are expected, as several top-ranked teams lost games over the past week.

The Ft. Wayne Journal-Gazette has come out with its Top 5 teams in the Ft. Wayne area. They rank these teams as follows:

1. Snider (1-0)
2. DeKalb (4-0)
3. Bishop Luers (3-0)
4. Homestead (2-1)
5. Bishop Dwenger (3-0)

Former Lake Central standout Kelly Kuhn is coming off the bench to give some valuable help to her 4-0 Butler Bulldogs. In Butler's recent 94-69 victory over Central Florida, Kuhn scored 10 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 17 minutes of play. In the Bulldog's game with Illinois in the San Diego Classic, she matched the same stats to help her team win that game 81-65.
During the recent NCAA signing period, the IU women's program received National Letters of Intent from six players for next year's team, including two who are Indiana natives. Evansville Memorial senior Jill Chapman (5'11") submitted her letter, as well as Vincennes University sophomore Rainey Alting (5'5"), a graduate of Delphi High School who is currently averaging 18 points, 10 assists and 6 steals per game for Vincennes. Also signing with IU are high school seniors Allison Skapin (6'0" F) from Beavercreek, OH, Erika Christenson (6'4"), of Fairborn, OH, and Jamie Gathing of Kankakee, IL. Vincennes University standout Jelena Lazic (6'6" C), a native of Belgrade, Yugoslavia, who is averaging 19.5 points, 7 rebounds and 5 blocks per game for Vincennes, also signed with the Hoosiers for next year. Currently, 6'5" freshman center Jill Chapman (Blackford) is making an immediate impact for the Hoosiers as their leading scorer. Chapman was also named to the All-Tournament Team in the recent Pre-Season NIT Tournament in Colorado.
Today's AP Women's Top 25 college poll shows Purdue (3-1) staying at the No. 4 spot with 884 points, and Notre Dame (5-0) moving up one place to No. 6 with 800 points.
Web Site News: If you did not read the Web Site Bulletin on our home page, please note that we have added a new navigation feature to our site. By selecting the "Site Index" link on the opening page menu, a simple, quick-loading navigation bar with links to every one of our features will appear for more convenient navigation of our site. As we have added new features over the past few months, navigation of our site has become somewhat cumbersome and, hopefully, this will make your visits here more enjoyable. Also, we have added two new features, including a Game Scores page, with a simple listing of game scores from the Region and around the state with links to game recaps, and a Rankings page, with easy access to a number of girls polls for the Region, state and nation.

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