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Wisconsin teams sweep Rising Senior

Indiana boys finish 2-2; girls go 3-1 in multi-state event

July 23, 2014 | 11:14 AM

Indiana's boys posted a 2-2 record and Indiana's girls went 3-1 in the second National High School Basketball Coaches Association Rising Senior Academy that took place July 13 through 15 in New Castle and Indianapolis.

Staged by the NHSBCA, the competition featured five boys' teams and four girls' teams with games played on July 14 and 15 at Ben Davis High School in Indianapolis.

Wisconsin swept both the boys' and girls' divisions, recording 4-0 marks in each.

Brennan Gillis of Ben Davis paced the Indiana boys by averaging 16.3 points during four games with wins over Iowa and Ohio as well as losses to Washington and Wisconsin.

Others boys competing for Indiana included Pendleton Heights' Sean McDermott (10.3), Evansville Memorial's Adam Eberhard (9.8), Guerin Catholic's Matt Holba (9.8) and Munster's Drew Hackett (8.8). Rounding out the lineup were Penn's Jordan Geist (8.5), Chesterton's Chris Palombizio (8.3), Pike's Tahjai Teague (7.8) and Richmond's Joel Okafor (5.8).

The boys' team was coached by Corydon Central's Jamie Kolkmeier. Corydon Central's Bronson Kessinger was slated to play in the event but missed due to illness.

Indiana began the event with a 103-83 victory over Iowa, with Eberhard scoring a team-high 19 points in the contest. Gillis added 18 points, while McDermott tallied 16, Palombizio 12 and Hackett 10.

Washington edged Indiana 71-67 in the second game. Geist netted a team-best 13 points, while Teague tallied 11 points, Holba 10 and Gillis nine.

Indiana rebounded to knock off Ohio 97-88 in game three. Gillis scored 17 points to pace the Hoosiers, while Holba notched 15 points. Hackett added 13 points, while Geist had 12 points and Palombizio netted 11 points.

Wisconsin used a second-half rally to edge Indiana 84-81 in the final round. Gillis topped Indiana with 21 points, while McDermott chipped in 12 points. Geist scored 11 points, while Hackett and Teague each had eight points.

For the Indiana girls, Bedford North Lawrence's Dominique McBryde averaged 15 points during four games as the Hoosier contingent defeated Ohio, fell to Wisconsin and beat Iowa and Ohio.

Those offering support were Lawrence North's Lamina Cooper (11.3), Fort Wayne Canterbury's Darby Maggard (11.0), South Bend Washington's Tiara Murphy (9.8) and Pike's Brittany Ward (7.0). Others competing were Evansville Mater Dei's Tori Schickel (5.0), Homestead's Josie Fisher (4.5), BNL's Alexa Bailey (3.0) and Madison's Olivia Crozier (2.3). NorthWood's Jordyn Frantz and Merrillville's Victoria Gaines were on the squad but played just briefly in the first game because of injuries.

This was the second year for the NHSBCA Rising Senior Academy and the first year for a girls' division.

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