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IHSAA Boys Basketball Draw On Sunday

Guerin Catholic's Sarah Yount, who played with pain from a broken wrist that is in a restrictive brace and she grimaces after taking a hard it against Bishop Chatard players in the Brebeuf Championship game on Saturday night/HC Sports Daily photo: Scott Mumphrey.

Guerin Catholic’s Sarah Yount, who wore a restrictive brace and played with pain from a broken wrist, grimaces after a collision in the Brebeuf Championship game on Saturday night/HC Sports Daily photo: Scott Mumphrey.

Some thoughts, facts and other observations about the high school basketball season.

■ The IHSAA boys draw is this Sunday. Sectional 8 pairings will be particularly interesting. I’m guessing that the rest of the field at Noblesville wouldn’t mind seeing Carmel (16-1) and HSE (15-3) draw each other right out of the gate.

Morrow mug 1 jpegThey certainly look like the teams to beat, with Noblesville an outside possibility if the Millers get a favorable draw. Carmel, the two-time defending Class 4A state champion, defeated the Royals by 1 point last week in a sensational effort by both teams. Still, until if and when someone proves differently, coach Scott Heady’s Greyhounds . . .  well, you get the picture.

HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL
 BOYS remaining regular-season  games are attached.

■ The girls season, of course, is over for Hamilton County schools with the exception of Fishers HS, which plays in the Kokomo Regional on Saturday.

■ Speaking of the Fishers Lady Tigers HS (20-4), once they get the lead they are difficult to deal with and hard to beat. Really hard to beat. If not for a 2-point loss to Noblesville, coach Michael Gaines’ Lady Tigers would be riding a 16-game winning streak. Instead, they’ve won 8 straight on each side of that Jan. 15 setback, a bump in the road that they avenged by 15 points in the Sectional 8.

■ With Fishers first-ever basketball championship, Guerin Catholic and Sheridan remain the only Hamilton County schools yet to win sectionals in basketball.

■ There’s no way of knowing what impact not having a healthy Sarah Yount might have had on the Guerin Catholic girls basketball team in the sectional.

The 5-5 sophomore was leading the state in 3-point goals and accuracy at one point before breaking her wrist on the non-shooting hand. She finished second among Hoosier sophomores (LaPorte’s Kyleigh Kubik made 66). Sarah made 54 (54-of-146) and she ranked 12th overall in the state.  . . . Carmel sophomore Emily Kmec made 44-of-121 3’s this season and was ranked No. 6 among sophomores in that category.

Yount took a hard spill in the first Indianapolis Marshall game on Feb. 1. She sat out the final regular-season game, and then came in off the bench in Saturday’s 2 sectional games against Marshall and Bishop Chatard. She is in a restrictive brace (see photo above); her playing time was limited in the sectional. Yount, who goes back in 2 weeks to see if the wrist has fully healed, also is a member of the Lady Golden Eagles volleyball team.

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■ HSE’s Eric Davidson remains ranked among the state 3-point leaders. The senior guard has made 55-of-103 and ranks second in 3’s made and seventh in percentage (.534).  . . . Noblesville’s Sean Wilson and Jake Mills are shooting 46.8 and 40.2 from 3-point land, respectively. Wilson is 36-of-77 and Mills 37-of-92 . . . Carmel junior Ryan Cline has made 49-of-118 and is shooting 41 percent.

■ Westfield girls coach Shane Sumpter has led his Lady Rocks to 2 sectional championships and 3 runners-up finishes in his 6 years at the helm.

■ Carmel girls coach Scott Bowen, who led the Lady Greyhounds to a state championship in 2008 and has won 3 sectionals in the past 7 seasons, finished 8-12 this season. That marked his first losing season in 10 years on the Carmel bench. It was the school’s first losing season since 2003-04, when the Lady Hounds went 10-12 in the final year for Jennifer Marlow.

■ Hamilton Heights senior Haley Cook finished the season with 489 points and a county-best 23.3 scoring average. Cook, who had 26 points and 11 rebounds in the 1-point sectional championship loss to Muncie Central, carried the Lady Huskies this season. She also averaged 7.3 rebounds, 4.2 steals, 2.4 assists, and shot 45 percent from the field and 80 percent from the free-throw line.

■ The Noblesville and Hamilton Southeastern girls basketball teams should be pretty good next season, but they really need to work on their toughness. The Lady Millers had one of the deeper, I-thought-more-talented teams in the area this season. Donna Keck also wrapped her best season (16-5) in 6 seasons  coaching the Lady Millers. The Lady Royals started the season with only 1 returning starter. They were better than their 12-10 record indicates, but they seemed to wear down easily and had trouble finishing in some big games. Yet, they won the HCC for the third straight year . Overall, I thought Chris Huppenthal did a pretty good job. I mean, winning the HCC was no small accomplishment.

■ Carmel and Hamilton Southeastern can do no worse than tie for the Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference and Hoosier Crossroads Conference basketball championships, respectively, if they win on Friday night. Carmel (7-0 MIC) is at Warren Central and HSE (7-0 HCC) travels to Westfield. . . . Hamilton Heights (12-3), which  meets Northwestern on Tuesday night, leads the Mid-Indiana Conference at 3-0.

■ Three county boys schools are currently struggling to post wins in basketball. Westfield, which has dropped 13 straight games, is 2-15. Sheridan is 3-11 and loser of 11 in a row. . . . Fishers HS is 6-11 and has lost 4 of its last 5 after winning 4 straight. The Tigers are at Decatur Central on Tuesday and then play host to Noblesville on Friday. The Millers, who entertain Lawrence Central on Tuesday, is 12-5 and riding a  4-game winning streak.

 

HS SCHEDULES

BOYS BASKETBALL

Tuesday, Feb. 18

Fishers at Decatur Central

Guerin Catholic at Terre Haute South, 6:45 p.m. (varsity)

Heritage Christian at University

Hamilton SE at Pike

Lawrence Central at Noblesville

Sheridan at Covenant Christian

Wednesday, Feb. 19

Scecina Memorial at Guerin Catholic

Thursday, Feb. 2o

University at Indiana Deaf

Western Boone at Sheridan

Friday, Feb. 21

Carmel at Warren Central

Hamilton SE at Westfield

Noblesville at Fishers

Pendleton Heights at Guerin Catholic

Taylor at Hamilton Heights

Saturday, Feb. 22

Hamilton SE at Lawrence Central

University at Northview

Monday, Feb. 24

Center Grove at Carmel

Tuesday, Feb. 25

Guerin Catholic at Fort Wayne Luers

Hamilton Heights at Western Boone

Mt. Vernon at Westfield

Wednesday, Feb. 26

at Eastern (Greentown)

Thursday, Feb. 27

Irvington Prep Academy at University

Friday, Feb. 28

Brebeuf Jesuit at Carmel

Harrison at Fishers

Lafayette Jeff at Hamilton SE

Lebanon at Noblesville

Sheridan at Frankton

Peru at Hamilton Heights, 8 p.m.

Westfield at New Castle

 

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Boys/Girls Basketball
Hamilton County
Career Scoring Leaders
BOYS

Billy Shepherd, Carmel, 2,465
Dave Shepherd, Carmel, 2,226
Tom Coverdale, Noblesville, 1,911
Kent Carson, Hamilton Hts, 1,894
Scott Shepherd, Carmel, 1,777
Rick McCoskey, Hamilton Hts, 1,747
Tyler Jones, Sheridan, 1,590
Gary Harris, HSE, 1,552

GIRLS

Courtney Cox, Noblesville, 1,869
Jenn Anderson, Westfield, 1,572
Cindi Merrill, Noblesville, 1,525
Chrissy Steffen, Carmel, 1,427
Taya Reimer, HSE, 1,374
Trish Fleming, Westfield, 1,357
Jessica Carr, Hamilton Hts,, 1,340
Dakota Weatherford, Ham.Hts., 1,311
Courtney Osborn, HSE, 1,307
Ericka Roudebush, HSE, 1,276
Krissi Davis, Noblesville, 1,269