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GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL STATE FINALS

From Saturday March 5, 2005.

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Session I
Class A | Tri-Central (18-7) vs. Northeast Dubois (20-5)
1-A CHAMPS!
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Class 2A | North Judson-San Pierre (22-3) vs. Shenandoah (21-5)
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Session II
Class 3A | South Bend St. Joseph’s (24-1) vs. Corydon Central (24-2)
3-A CHAMPS!
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Class 4A | Gary West Side (23-4) vs. North Central (Indianapolis) (19-7)
4-A CHAMPS!
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The Monks Media Radio Network Will Broadcast ALL Games LIVE From Conseco Fieldhouse Beginning with Session 1 Pre-Game at 10:00AM, EST. Join Robby Kendall and Scott "The Moose" Barthelmas, along with the rest of the Monks Media Crew For a Great Day of Girls High School Basketball!

This is the fifth year the IHSAA Girls Basketball State Finals have been played in this venue. It is the home of the Indiana Pacers (NBA) and the Indiana Fever (WNBA).

Tickets: Single Session $10.00 | Season $18.00.
Reserved tickets can be purchased at the participating schools the week of the state finals. Contact those schools for ticket distribution hours. Any remaining tickets will be available game day at the Conseco Fieldhouse ticket office.

Souvenir Programs: $3.00 per copy, available at the event on gameday. $5.00 by mail. To pay by Visa or MasterCard, contact the IHSAA at 317-846-6601 (M-F, 8-4 p.m. EST).

GIRLS BASKETBALL STATE FINALS THIS SATURDAY
Two defending state champions, one former champ, one former runner-up and four schools that will be making their first appearance on Indiana’s biggest basketball stage, make up this year’s eight participants in the IHSAA’s 30th Girls State Finals.

Tri-Central in Class A and North Central of Indianapolis in 4A are both back to defend their respective titles won a year ago. In fact, Tri-Central, coached by Kathie Layden, will be looking to become the first school to win its third consecutive state championship in the small school class.
The Trojans return three of their five starters from last year’s title winner – juniors Kaci Allen, Meranda Burnett and Janel Cox. North Central, meanwhile, went into the post-season losing two of its last three ballgames, but has caught fire in the tournament including an upset victory over top-ranked Hamilton Southeastern in the sectional opener on the opponent’s home floor.

The Panthers, who only returned one starter – 6-5 junior Amber Harris, from last year’s squad, have won all six tournament games by 10 or more points and the last three by 20 or more. They are coached by Alan Vickrey, now in his eighth year with the Panthers. Over his 24 years as a head coach, he is 388-194 to rank eighth among winningest active coaches in the state.

Shenandoah in Class 2A is returning to the state finals for the fourth time in five seasons under the coaching of Todd Salkoski.
The Raiders won the 2A state tournament in 2003 after finishing as the runner-up the previous two years. This year’s team won a nail-biter in overtime in the regional semis, a 69-66 victory over Southwestern (Hanover), a team Shenandoah had played twice in previous years in the state championship game. The team then beat Cambridge City Lincoln for the regional crown and edged Charlestown, 51-48, in Saturday’s semi-state.
Also back for another shot at a crown is South Bend St. Joseph’s, the 2003 state runner-up to Beech Grove in Class 3A. Top-ranked in the 3A poll and with all five starters back from last year’s regional championship team, the Indians sport the best record of any state finalist team at 24-1 and have beaten their six tournament foes by an average of 26.3 per game. In their last regular season contest on Jan. 29, St. Joseph’s won at 4A finalist Gary West Side by an 80-67 count. They are coached by Mike Megyese.

Each championship game will feature a team that is making its first trip to the state finals.
In Class A, Northeast Dubois, skippered by Alan Matheis, will be sending a team to the state finals for the first time in an IHSAA team sport (baseball, basketball, football, soccer, softball, volleyball). The Jeeps, ranked fifth in the Class A poll and winners in 11 of their last 12 contests, edged Bloomfield in Saturday’s semi-state, 52-50, to earn the berth.
After five previous journeys to the semi-state, North Judson-San Pierre’s girls team finally broke through to the state finals this year. It’s the first Bluejays basketball team to play in the state finals since the boys team played in the 16-team finals in 1934 at Hinkle Fieldhouse. The 2005 North Judson-San Pierre team comes into the game having won 18 of its last 19 games with John Hampton coaching.

Like Northeast Dubois, Corydon Central will be represented in a team sport state finals for the first time in school history. Coached by Michael Uhl, the Panthers are winners of 15 consecutive games and haven’t lost since Dec. 30. In fact, their two season setbacks have come by a total of five points.

In the big school championship game, the third trip to semi-state was the charm for Gary West Side and coach Rodney Fisher.
West Side’s Shanee Butler hit a three-pointer from near the top of the key with 15 seconds remaining against Kokomo in the semi-state game for a 49-47 victory which put the Cougars in their first state title game. Fisher is the fifth winningest active head coach in the state with 444 victories in his 28 years, 19 of which have come at the West Side post. He owns an .810 winning percentage (325-76) as the Cougars coach.

The girls basketball state finals also will be part of a great list of hardwood events coming to Indianapolis over the next five weeks, particularly in the women’s game, including the Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament at Conseco Fieldhouse (March 3-7) and the NCAA Women’s Final Four (April 3, 5) at the RCA Dome.


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