Class 3A Girls Basketball Regional CapsulesFebruary 21, 2014
Ranking: not ranked
Road to regional: Vincennes Lincoln sectional — rallied by rival Jasper 48-44, clipped No. 9 Washington 41-40 and edged the host Alices 46-41.
Coach: Greg Werner (152-67 in 10 seasons at Southridge; 256-162 in 19 seasons overall)
Probable starters: G Kayla Voegerl (5-5 Soph., 14.8 ppg, 3 rpg); G Kadie Dearing
(5-8 Soph., 7.7 ppg, 4 rpg); G/F Taylor Neukam (5-8 Soph., 2.8 ppg); F Aubrey Main (5-11 Jr., 9.7 ppg, 7 rpg); C Sydney Altmeyer (6-0 Soph., 2.8 ppg, 7 rpg)
Postseason championships: 9 sectionals, 2 regionals, 1 semistate, 1 state championship (1998 in Class 2A)
Team tidbits: Southridge easily endured the most dramatic route to regional of any of the state’s 64 sectional champs. The Raiders’ three sectional wins came by an average of 3.3 points. The next-closest winning margins by sectional champion teams were by Owen Valley (5 points), Frontier (5.7 points) and Trinity Lutheran (6 points). ... Voegerl has unleashed 20 or more points in six of her last 10 games. She’s the highest-scoring sophomore for Southridge since 1999-2000, when Abby Thomas posted 15.3 ppg. ... Of Southridge’s 21 opponents this season, only two (Evansville Bosse and Evansville North) exceeded their season scoring average against the Raider defense, which allows 40.1 ppg. ... While Southridge’s three sectional opponents combined to hit just half their free throws (26-of-52), the Raiders buried 40-of-57 for 70 percent.
Ranking: No. 7
Road to regional: Charlestown sectional — dumped defending regional finalist Corydon Central 56-42, handled Silver Creek 60-45 and ripped Charlestown 72-46.
Coach: Willie Humes (52-15 in three seasons, all at Madison)
Probable starters: G Delanie Jones (5-4 Sr., 4.1 ppg); G Alex Thurnall (5-8 Sr., 8.1 ppg); F Macky Hecox (5-7 Sr., 8 ppg); F Whitney Wynn (5-7 Sr., 13.2 ppg); C Olivia Crozier (6-2 Jr., 14.1 ppg, 11 rpg)
Postseason championships: 11 sectionals, 4 regionals
Team tidbits: Madison’s senior class has been a part of 66 victories, tying the program record for wins in a four-year span. Six girls on this year’s squad earned time on the 2012 team that topped Jasper in the regional final en route to a semistate appearance. ... Crozier originally committed to the University of Evansville as a freshman before backing off that choice last season; she recently committed to play at Southeast Missouri State. ... Ireland Falconberry (Sr., F) came off the bench for 17 points in Madison’s two sectional wins, including two buzzer-beating 3-pointers to end quarters in the semifinals and another in the championship. Katie Hartman (Soph., G) adds 4.4 ppg as the top-scoring reserve on a team that usually goes eight or nine deep in its rotation. ... Humes, a 1967 Madison graduate, began his playing career at Vincennes University and finished at Idaho State, scoring 31.5 ppg in two seasons; it’s the 10th-highest scoring average in NCAA history.
Evansville Mater Dei Wildcats
Ranking: No. 2
Road to regional: Boonville sectional — breezed by Mount Vernon 64-40, dismissed Evansville Bosse 53-41 and walloped Evansville Memorial 58-28.
Coach: Steve Goans (204-121 in 16 seasons, all at Mater Dei)
Probable starters: G Katelyn Bueltel (5-3 Jr., 3.5 ppg); G Ali Spahn (5-3 Fr., 2.4 ppg, 2 apg); G/F Maura Muensterman (6-0 Sr., 22.7 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 8.6 apg, 3 spg, 2.9 bpg); F Hannah Ubelhor (5-10 Jr., 5.8 ppg, 5.3 rpg); C Tori Schickel (6-2 Jr., 16.8 ppg, 11.5 rpg, 3.7 bpg, 2 apg)
Postseason championships: 9 sectionals, 2 regionals, 2 semistates, 2 state championships (2012, ’13; both in Class 2A)
Team tidbits: Mater Dei’s lone blemish is a 71-59 loss to Indianapolis Roncalli. The Wildcats have won every game by at least 12 points. They raced away from a tight game in the sectional semifinals, outscoring Bosse 22-6 in the third period. ... The Wildcats are 78-4 over the last three seasons and have won 17 straight games in postseason play, with the last loss coming to Forest Park in the 2011 sectional championship. ... Muensterman, an Indiana University recruit who sizzles from 3-point range at 53 percent (70-of-133), also broke the state assist record of 703 last month. She’s 12th on the state’s all-time scoring list with 2,225 points and is 68 points from moving into the top 10. ... Schickel, a three-year starter, posted double-doubles in each sectional game, averaging 22 points and 14 rebounds. She shoots 60 percent from the floor.
Ranking: No. 4
Road to regional: Rushville sectional — hammered Lawrenceburg 69-45 and decked Batesville 63-30.
Coach: Melissa Marlow (203-123 in 14 seasons, all at Rushville)
Probable starters: G Kaitlyn Howe (5-2 Fr., 7.3 ppg); G Mackenzie Campbell (5-8 Sr., 18 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 2.9 apg, 2 spg); F Makayla Herbert (5-8 Soph., 5.3 ppg); F Keragan Niehoff (5-11 Sr., 11.3 ppg, 11.8 rpg, 2.8 apg, 2.5 spg); C Kelsi Ash (5-11 Sr., 6.3 ppg, 5.6 rpg)
Postseason championships: 29 sectionals, 11 regionals, 4 semistates
Team tidbits: Half of Rushville’s losses came Dec. 27 in the prestigious Hall of Fame Classic; the Lions fell to Class 4A powers Homestead (91-53) and Pike (66-41). Since then, they’ve lost only to Class 2A No. 1 Heritage Christian and have won 12 games by an average of more than 21 points. ... Campbell, who has nailed 143-of-164 free throws this season (87 percent), bypassed 1,000 points for her career in early January. She was one of 18 players picked for last summer’s Junior All-Star squad. She and Niehoff will play college ball at Indiana University-East in Richmond. ... Rushville’s 29 sectional titles are tops in the state. No other school has won more than 24, and only seven other programs have won 20 or more. The Lions have prolonged the success even without Sarah Cook (Jr., G/F) who was leading the team in scoring three games into the season when she sustained a year-ending knee injury.
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