The Indiana Girls basketball season is nearing, if not already, at the halfway point. And since we had very little to do on a Monday night, we felt it was time to take a look at what has happened so far this season and what’s coming.
Let’s start with the good, the bad and what needs to get better.
The Richmond Red Devils had their game Monday postponed against Northmont so now they focus on Indy Tech this Friday night as part of an NCC girls/boys double header. Richmond is currently 5-5 overall and 2-1 in the NCC (currently tied for third with McCutcheon). The Devils have won three of their last five contests including wins over Logansport, Muncie Central and Franklin County. The two losses came to Rushville and Lawrenceburg, both very talented basketball teams.
Richmond’s defense if their “bread and butter”. They have one of the best zone defenses in the area and that keeps them in every game. The Red Devils give up only 38.4 points per game. The issue with Richmond right now is their offense. Back-to-back games scoring under 40 points has left their scoring average at 41.1 per game. The only player in double figures is Jakaia Lotz at 11.7. If they can find more scoring out of Ajah Orr, Alayha Allen and Jayci Allen they will be fine.
The Tech game Friday should be a win as the Titans are struggling. But, don’t forget last season at Tech! Richmond won 41-21 but it was ugly.
The second half of the season will feature match-ups with Clinton Central, Tipton, Marion, McCutcheon, Harrison, Mt. Vernon and Jay County. Stay tuned.
Now to the other area teams.
There were two teams that didn’t report stats this week (Winchester and Lincoln) so were aren’t able to talk about them individually. Winchester is ranked second this week and are undefeated at 12-0. The Golden Falcons are outscoring their opponents by 35 points per game. Yorktown got to within seven and Monroe Central lost by 10. Next up is Union City Tuesday night and Union County Friday night, both at home. Winchester will learn more about themselves at the Hammond Noll tournament just after Christmas.
Lincoln is struggling this season at 1-9. The Golden Eagles are finding scoring very difficult at just 25.0 points per game. When you have a lot of youth it can be very difficult adjusting to the varsity game. Knowing Head Coach Gary Laymon, Lincoln will surprise someone if they aren’t careful.
The Centerville Bulldogs are also struggling with a young basketball team. They are 1-10 and won’t take the court again until this Friday at Hagerstown. Scoring is an issue for the Dogs at 30.5ppg. Centerville won’t be back home until January 16 against….Winchester. Not a pleasant homecoming. But until then, they travel to Hagerstown, play in the Wapahani Holiday tourney and the Wayne County tournament. Then they have to play at Shenandoah (10-0).
At Hagerstown, defense is the name of the Tigers’ game. Head Coach Chris Oliger makes things very uncomfortable for opposing offenses…every year!! The Tigers are 9-2 and have won five of their last six. They give up only 30.7ppg by holding Knightstown to 11, Cowan to 20, 21 to Connersville and 27 to Tri. Kassidy Oliger is a double-double player at 12.8ppg and 11.1rpg. Guard Hallie Rogers is a tough defender averaging 3.1 steals per contest and guard Camryn Bradway is at 2.0 steals per game. After games against Centerville and Liberty Christian, The Tigers play in the tough Edinburgh Tournament then play in the Wayne County Tournament. Perhaps the two biggest games the rest of the season will be at Northeastern January 21 and home against Union City January 31.
The Northeastern Knights have a lot of weapons and their two losses this season have come to two very good basketball teams in Monroe Central and Tri-Village. The Knights can score and they can defend. They are led by guard Jenna McFarland at 17.3ppg, 6.3rpg and 2.0steals. Freshman Taylor Farris scores at 12.1ppg, 6.5rpg and 3.5 steals. The supporting cast is also very good with guard Willow Runyon, Emma Wright and Kelli Drake. Northeastern is off until the Union City Holiday Tournament December 27-28. Do you think Northeastern has two dates marked on their calendar? If not, here they are…January 21 vs. Hagerstown and January 29 at Winchester.
Union City is hitting their stride at just the right time. Weather permitting, the Indians play at county rival Winchester Tuesday. Union City is 8-2 for a reason…they score and defense equally well. Head Coach Sara Black will need every element ready to go Tuesday night led by Mariah Claywell (10.8ppg, 5.6rpg, 4.3apg and 3.6 steals), Skylie Lutz (16.9ppg, 5.6rpg, 3.7apg and 3.1steals), Emily Livingston (9.8ppg, 7.3rpg, 1.1steals), Luzy Corona (5.9ppg, 3.3rpg) and Mackenzie Green (8.4ppg, 2.6apg and 3.0spg). Following Winchester, the Indians host their own holiday tournament and have some huge games ahead against Tri, Union County, Wapahani, Hagerstown and the Randolph County tournament.
Union County is another tough team in the TEC. The Patriots are 8-2 with losses to Northeastern and Hagerstown. This is another defensive minded team allowing only 32.5ppg. Coach Scott Gray has one of the league’s top scorers in Madison Gray at 20.7ppg. Gray does more than score. She averages 6.8rpg, 2.0apg and 2.0steals. Sophia is a nice complement at 8.9ppg and 5.9rpg. And Taylor Pinkerton is an all-around player at 7.8ppg, 4.1rpg, 3.5apg and 3.0steals. The Patriots are looking ahead to Winchester this Saturday. By the way, Union County plays Tri Wednesday and won’t be back home until January 23.
The Tri Titans are 6-4 and have won five straight. Other than Winchester, the toughest part of their schedule is coming. It all starts Wednesday at Union County. Cowan, Blackford, Union City, Blue River, Northeastern, Shenandoah and Eastern Hancock all have winning records. The Titans are led by Averi Phelps (10.2ppg, 9.4rpg and 2.1 blocks), Maddie Burchett (10.5ppg, 3.9rpg, 3.2 steals and 3.4apg) and Bailey Parham (8.9ppg, 11.5rpg and 2.3 steals.
The Randolph Southern Rebels got off to a good start, but have lost four straight. The Rebels have hit a tough stretch in their scoring offense averaging on 35 per game during the losing streak. The schedule got a lot tougher too. Union County, Daleville, Wapahani and Tri have made things a little tougher for Head Coach Jerimy Stephan. Guess what? There’s more to come. Shenandoah, Monroe Central (2), Blue River, Winchester, University and Eastern Hancock are waiting.
So, here is the HALFWAY All-Area Teams..again, Winchester, Lincoln and Randolph Southern didn’t report stats…sorry, no stats, no all-area team.
Jakaia Lotz (RICHMOND)
Ajah Orr (RICHMOND)
Kassidy Oliger (HAGERSTOWN)
Jenna McFarland (NORTHEASTERN)
Taylor Farris (NORTHEASTERN)
Skylie Lutz (UNION CITY)
Madison Gray (UNION COUNTY)
Averi Phelps (TRI)
Alayha Allen (RICHMOND)
Hallie Rogers (HAGERSTOWN)
Willow Runyon (NORTHEASTERN)
Mariah Claywell (UNION CITY)
Emily Livingston (UNION CITY)
Taylor Pinkerton (UNION COUNTY)
Bailey Parham (TRI)
Maddie Burchett (TRI)
Camryn Bradway (HAGERSTOWN)
Mackenzie Green (UNION CITY)
Sophia Knock (UNION COUNTY)
Emma Wright (NORTHEASTERN)
Kelli Drake (NORTHEASTERN)
Luzy Corona (UNION CITY)
Ashley Walter (CENTERVILLE)
Emily Tedder (CENTERVILLE)