Lady Cats’ hoops to be part of Hall of Fame Classic
The Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame announced the fields for the 2016 City Securities Hall of Fame Classic tournaments to display the best teams, players, coaches and fans in Indiana high school basketball on Thursday, Dec. 29, and Friday, Dec. 30, at the New Castle Fieldhouse.
The girls’ event, on Dec. 29, will feature North Harrison vs. Tippecanoe Valley (1 p.m.) and Greenfield-Central vs. Plainfield (11 a.m.). The consolation game will tip at 6 p.m. followed by the championship.
This event will be the 33rd time for the girls and the 40th edition for the boys.
Selecting from the best teams in the state, the girls’ tournament has included 18 teams that went on to win a state championship that season, including 11 state champions and five state runner-up teams in the past 14 years alone.
On the boys’ side, 13 participating teams have gone on to win their state championship, with six more finishing as state runner-up.
Tickets for the tournaments will be available through participating schools and the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame during the 2016-17 school year.
The boys’ tournament, on Dec. 30, will feature Logansport, Lawrence North, New Albany and Warsaw.
About the girls’ teams:
A youthful Lady Cats team made an impression as 2016 3A state runners-up and lose just two seniors from their 28-3 squad.
Freshman center Lilly Hatton (6-1) anchored the interior, averaging 12.7 points, 7.7 rebounds and 4.6 blocks per game, sophomore guard Cali Nolot (5-8) averaged 12.3 points before suffering a postseason injury, sophomore guard Taylor Rennirt (5-6) averaged 7.2 points and 3.0 assists and sophomore Hallie Hinton (5-5) averaged 5.0 points and 2.5 assists.
The Lady Cats were undefeated champions of the Mid-Southern Conference (9-0), winning the second regional championship in school history and making their first state final appearance. Including their 3A title game loss to Heritage Christian, their three losses were by a combined 10 points.
Head coach Missy Voyles is 205-101 in 13 seasons leading the program. Following the completion of the 2015-16 season, Voyles has been named a recipient of the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association’s District 3 Coach of the Year award.
North Harrison will make its first appearance in either the girls’ or boys’ Classic.
Coming off consecutive 25-win seasons, the Lady Vikings appear loaded for another monster season in 2016-17.
Junior forward Anne Secrest (6-2) averaged 16.7 points, 8.2 rebounds and 2.3 steals and was named to this summer’s Indiana Junior All-Star team. Junior Meredith Brouyette (5-8) averaged 8.7 points, sophomore guard Addy Miller (5-6) averaged 8.2 points, junior Hannah Dunn (5-9) averaged 6.7 points and freshman Sophie Bussard (5-7) averaged 5.4 points per game.
On the heels of their 25-3 2015 3A state runner-up finish, the Lady Vikings were 25-2 this season, reaching the 3A regional final before a loss to eventual state champ Heritage Christian. Prior to the regional loss, they strung together 20 straight wins. Their 50-5 mark (0.909) the past two seasons is the sixth best in the state during that span.
Head coach Chris Kindig is 90-46 in six seasons leading the program. He has been named 2015-16 District 1 Coach of the Year by the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association.
Tippecanoe Valley will make its first appearance in either the girls’ or boys’ Classic.
The Cougars return a pair of Indiana Junior All-Stars from their 23-5 Hoosier Heritage Conference champion, regional finalist team.
Junior Madison Wise (6-foot-1) averaged team-bests of 22.7 points, 10.4 rebounds and 3.0 blocks to go along with 4.2 assists and 2.5 steals leading to her recent selection as a member of the 2016 Core Indiana Junior All-Star squad. Classmate Katie Helgason (5-7) also was named to the Indiana Junior All-Stars after averaging 11.0 points and team-highs of 4.4 assists and 2.8 steals per contest.
Greenfield-Central laid claim to an undefeated Hoosier Heritage Conference championship (7-0), won its first sectional championship in the past 12 years and won 18 of its final 20 games in the 2015-16 campaign. The Cougars are 54-19 during the past three seasons.
Head coach Doug Laker is 112-66 in eight seasons leading the program. For his team’s success, Laker has been named a recipient of the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association 2015-16 District 2 Coach of the Year award.
Greenfield-Central will make its third appearance in the girls’ Classic. The Cougars were runners-up in the 1986 event they hosted and were consolation game winners in the 2007 event in New Castle.
The Quakers return key components, including two Indiana Junior All-Stars, from their 24-3 sectional championship team and will face a familiar foe in their Classic opener.
Junior Riley Blackwell (6-1) averaged 12.1 points, 6.9 rebounds and 2.4 assists, leading to her selection as a member of the 2016 Core Indiana Junior All-Star squad. Junior guard Kayla Casteel (5-8) also was named to the Indiana Junior All-Stars after averaging 12.9 points, 4.1 rebounds and 2.1 assists. Sophomore point guard Samantha Olinger (5-6) averaged 6.6 points, 3.1 assists and 2.4 steals.
The Quakers were undefeated champions of the Mid-State Conference (6-0), won their first sectional championship in the past 10 years and began their 2015-16 season 18-0. The Classic will be a chance to exact revenge from this past season; two of their three losses came at the hands of Greenfield-Central, a four-point regular season loss on the road and their season-ending 4A regional semifinal game.
Head coach Curt Benge is 325-153 in 21 seasons leading the program.
Plainfield will make its third appearance in the girls’ Classic. The Quakers were consolation winners in the 1996 event and appeared in the 2009 event.
History of HOF Classic
Pending the announcement of the 2016 Indiana Miss Basketball, 22 young women who went on to win the award have participated in the girls’ Classic, including each of the last seven Miss Basketball winners (Skylar Diggins, Courtney Moses, Bria Goss, Jessica Rupright, Stephanie Mavunga, Whitney Jennings and Ali Patberg). Girls legends who have played in the Classic include Jackie Young, Stephanie White, Katie Gearlds, Shanna Zolman, Kristen Spolyar, Lisa Shepherd, Abby Conklin, April McDivitt, Kelly Faris, Jennifer Jacoby, Jodie Whitaker, Shrya Ely and Tiffany Gooden.
Pending announcement of the 2016 Indiana Mr. Basketball, 24 men who went on to win the award have participated in the boys’ Classic, including eight of the last 11 recipients. Twenty-three men who played in the Classic have been named McDonald’s All-Americans, while 17 have been NBA draft picks.
Legends who have competed in the boys’ Classic include Damon Bailey, Steve Alford, Glenn Robinson, Shawn Kemp, Greg Oden, Mike Conley, Zach Randolph, Eric Montross, Sean May, Delray Brooks, Tom Coverdale, Michael Menser, Pat Graham, Troy Lewis, Woody Austin, Josh McRoberts, Gary Harris, Luke, Tyler and Cody Zeller and Trey Lyles.
The Classic will once again be televised in central Indiana and webcast worldwide by the Hall of Fame’s partner, WHMB TV-40. Details of the broadcast schedule will be made at a later date.