Season Preview: Class 3A, Sectionals 25-28
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As the beginning of the 2023-2024 season continues, there have already been some noticeable performances by teams and players. This article serves as the eleventh of 16 in total, previewing each Sectional in the state. I will continue by taking a look at the first Class 3A South Regional, which incorporates the winners of Sectional #25 through Sectional #28. Below is a look at the teams in each of those Sectionals, along with some general comments and analysis.
(SAG = Final 2022-2023 Multiclass Sagarin Rating (395 teams); SOS = Final 2022-2023 Strength of Schedule)
Cascade (22-3), SAG 59, SOS 191
Danville Community (21-5), SAG 70, SOS 156
Lebanon (11-13), SAG 179, SOS 195
Western Boone (16-7), SAG 202, SOS 292
Monrovia (15-8), SAG 232, SOS 330
Tri-West (7-17), SAG 242, SOS 97
Crawfordsville (7-16), SAG 333, SOS 307
Cascade had been gearing up for the 2022-2023 season, and they own their first Sectional title since 2007, and just the third one in program history. This season, however, the lineup will look a lot different, as they graduated three starters, including two of the better players to ever don a Cadet uniform. Abby Parsons (14.7p, 5.4r, 2.0s) was a 1200-point scorer, and Sydney Warran (14.4p, 7.0r, 4.0a, 2.6s) fell just 15 points shy of 1000 for her career. Madison Short (6.2p, 3.2r) also graduated and moved on to college basketball. They hand the reins over to 5-8 Senior wings(8.8p, 2.6r, 2.2a) and Liviair Campbell (6.8p, 3.9r, 2.1a). I would also expect to see 5-8 Junior guard Chloe Smith (3.0p), 5-9 Senior forward Claire Austin (2.2p, 3.6r), plus 5-9 Sophomore forward Macey Pugh (2.4p) play much bigger roles in 2023-2024. Danville won five Sectional titles between 2015 and 2020, so they aim to get back to the Regional round this season. They, too, will have to deal with the loss of three key players in Cameryn Rector (12.7p, 2.0a), Isabelle Wooten (9.6p, 5.9r, 2.8a, 2.5s), and Jocelyn Pearcy (3.4p, 3.8r). The Warriors, however, have proven the ability in past years to overcome graduation losses due to strong depth in the program. Stepping into leadership positions this year is a more than capable trio of 5-9 Junior forward (10.5p, 5.8r, 2.4s), 5-5 Junior guard (9.2p, 4.3r, 5.7a, 2.7s), and 6-0 Senior forward (7.7p, 5.2r, 2.3a, 2.1s). Davis is a tough-nosed, versatile worker, Ancelet is a shifty and quick veteran distributor, and Stone is a fluid forward with inside-out versatility. 5-9 Senior wing (3.0p) and 5-7 Senior wing Lucy Riggs (2.6p, 2.0r) could step into the lineup immediately. Also keep an eye out for 5-7 Sophomore guard Maddy Wethington to get a longer look early this year. After consecutive Sectional titles in 2021 and 2022, Tri-West saw a ton of production leave in the 2022 graduating class. While the Bruins had a 7-17 season last year, they were able to play a mostly young roster and gain a ton of experience. The only 2023 graduation loss, in fact, was Ava Sullivan (6.2p, 7.0r). Look for the Bruins to compete once again for a Sectional #25 crown. 5-8 Junior sharpshooter (11.7p, 3.7r, 2.3s) is back and ready to lead Tri-West once again. 5-9 Senior forward (14.5p, 4.5r in 2 games) was limited to a pair of games after transferring in from Brownsburg last year. A full season out of her will absolutely help solidify the Bruin frontcourt. 5-8 Senior wing (8.9p, 2.2r) has nice touch outside but can also play in the mid-post. 5-4 Sophomore guard Aniyah Anthony (6.1p, 2.5r) showed flashes of standout play last year, and she could be primed to break out this season. 5-8 Junior forward (5.0p, 4.2r), 5-6 Senior guard (3.2p), and 5-9 Senior forward (2.0p, 2.0r) should help the rotational depth. Wilhoite is another Brownsburg transfer who was limited to two games a year ago.
Lebanon is coming off their second consecutive 11-win season. They played a mixture of Seniors and youngsters a year ago, so they could honestly go either direction this time around. While Kylie Ottinger (7.2p, 3.4r, 2.2a, 2.1s), Alexandria Barr (7.0p, 4.6r), and Maiya Newsom (6.8p, 3.8r, 2.8a, 3.0s) were their top three scorers, none of them averaged double figures. Charli Albea (2.9p, 3.6r) is a fourth 2023 graduate. 5-10 Junior forward Riley Vanaman (6.6p 3.9r), 5-7 Junior guard Claire Boling (4.0p), and 5-9 Senior forward Emily Sperry (3.7p, 3.7r) now seek starting roles. Also look for Juniors Marina Barr (1.8p), a 5-4 guard, and Leila Richards (1.0p), a 5-7 guard, plus 5-5 Senior forward Ciarra Hiatt, to potentially step into the rotation. After a 16-6 regular season, and their first winning record since 2018-2019, Western Boone fell in the first round of the Sectional to rival Lebanon. Now, they must play without the graduated Emmy Roys (11.1p, 11.8r), Katheryn Rutherford (11.0p, 8.5r, 3.4a, 3.2s), Carlie Pennington (9.2p, 6.1r), and Lili Jones (4.8p)…four of their top five scorers. Roys was a monster inside, while Rutherford was their floor general. Now, they potentially turn to 5-7 Freshman wing Ally Lewis to lead them. She can make shots outside or attack off the bounce. 5-7 Senior forward Ki’erra Koch (4.4p, 3.3r), 5-1 Sophomore guard Ila Stokes (4.8p, 2.5r), and 5-6 Junior guard Olivia Reagan (1.9p, 2.1r) each saw rotation minutes a year ago and should step into critical roles this time around. But, how quickly Lewis can adapt to the size and speed of the Varsity game could go a long way in determining their W/L record in 2023-2024. Monrovia posted a strong 15-win season in 2022-2023, and while wing Ashley Lewis (15.0p, 5.0r, 2.2s) graduated, they return quite a bit of production and welcome a trio of impactful Freshmen. 5-5 Junior guard(12.3p, 3.3r, 4.5a, 4.9s) enters her third season as the point guard of the Bulldogs, 5-9 Sophomore wing (6.7p, 3.9r) had a nice rookie campaign in which she can build upon, and 5-7 Senior wing Mary Cox (6.5p, 4.9r, 3.4a, 2.0s) brings a veteran presence and versatility to the lineup. Add to that mix 5-5 Freshman guard , 5-2 Freshman guard , and 5-7 Freshman forward Harper Rahn, and once they get their feet under them, the Bulldogs could be looking at a nice 4-year stretch. Despite a 7-win season, Crawfordsville only graduated two Seniors, and neither averaged more than six points or four rebounds. Returning is leading scorer and rebounder Taylor Abston (12.1p, 9.0r, 2.3b), a 5-10 Senior forward who does it all inside. There are five other players who lettered a year ago who look to stand out more this season. They include 5-8 Junior forward Riley Gardner (4.7p, 5.9r), 5-6 Senior wing Madi Hedrick (3.8p, 3.8r), 5-5 Senior guard Addie Hodges (2.2p, 2.4r), 5-0 Sophomore guard Molly Pierce (2.0p), and 5-5 Junior wing Celeste Moore (1.5p, 2.1r). If any of them can join Abston as double-digit scorers (or near there), the Athenians could reach 10 wins for the first time since 2014-2015.
Indian Creek (27-2), SAG 34, SOS 145
Northview (16-9), SAG 145, SOS 197
Brown County (13-10), SAG 176, SOS 213
Owen Valley (11-14), SAG 205, SOS 201
Edgewood (4-19), SAG 273, SOS 162
West Vigo (9-15), SAG 305, SOS 305
South Vermillion (0-24), SAG 380, SOS 332
Indian Creek made it to the Class 3A Final Four in 2022-2023 but fell 48-42 to Corydon Central. While Abby Fleetwood (6.1p, 6.1r, 4.7a, 3.6s), Savannah Hall (5.6p, 3.7r), plus three other 2023s all graduated, the top two playmakers are back for the Lady Braves. 6-4 Senior forward(16.1p, 9.4r, 2.5a, 2.6b), an Indiana University signee, is a matchup problem who returns in an attempt to get Indian Creek to Gainbridge Fieldhouse. The Energizer Bunny, 5-7 Senior guard (18.6p, 3.2r, 4.3a, 2.4s), also returns and brings a ton of energy and toughness to the lineup. 5-7 Junior guard (7.2p, 2.0r, 2.1a, 2.4s) also returns to the starting lineup, and she could be a third double-digit scorer this year. The Lady Braves can go any number of directions from there, including to their Freshman class and 5-11 forward , but also expect 5-11 Sophomore forward Alexa Sichting and 5-7 Junior forward Bre Gault to get an early look this year. As long as Foster and Wiseman are in the lineup, the Lady Braves will be favorites in nearly every game they play this season. Northview suffered a major graduation loss in Audri Spencer (16.8p, 5.2r, 4.0a, 2.8s), in addition to three others, but they could still post a big win total in 2023-2024. 5-11 Junior forward (12.8p, 4.5r) is back after a strong Sophomore season following her move from Terre Haute. She can play around the paint or knock down open jumpers. 5-4 Sophomore guard (8.1p, 3.7r, 3.0a) also returns to the point following a nice rookie year. She is quick, feisty, and can shoot it. Add to that talented 5-8 Freshman guard Carlee Schrader, and the Knights have a lot of potential moving forward. If Northview can find another threat or two to go with them, they could be a dangerous team by Christmas. 5-6 Sophomore guard Brenna Stallcop could be poised for a nice season as well. Brown County increased their win total from 3 to 13 wins last year, and they return their top three performers from a season ago. Back in the fold are 5-6 Senior guard Lexie Austin, 5-2 Senior guard Madelyne Huff, and 5-6 Sophomore guard Ava Stogsdill. Austin and Huff have logged multiple years of Varsity experience, while the younger Stogsdill shined at times as a rookie and could very well lead the Eagles in scoring the next three seasons. Seniors Cady Kemp, a forward, and Anna Stogsdill, a guard, are also available for the Lady Eagles. Savannah Oden, Katie Tipton, and Abigail Watson all depart Brown County following Spring graduation.
Owen Valley probably surprised a few people by finishing under .500 with such a veteran group last year. They now must face the graduation losses of three of their top four scorers, including Reagan Martin (18.3p, 8.9r, 2.5b), Madison Kay (9.0p, 3.8r, 2.7a), and Kearstin Ciresi (5.8p, 5.0r). At this point, 5-4 Senior guard Taylor York (5.8p, 4.4r, 2.1s) is the only returnee with significant statistical contributions in the past. With that said, 5-5 Junior guard Kalyn Greene (1.7p, 2.0r), plus Sophomores Cami King, a point guard, and Mallory Owen, a forward, look to see a lot more floor time than last year. Additionally, Senior forward Taylor Monroe is new to the Varsity roster, as is Freshman guard Hannah Bixler. Bixler is one to keep an eye on, as she could lead the Patriots in scoring right out of the gate. Edgewood struggled through a 4-win season a year ago, but they played a lot of younger girls, including having Freshmen as their top two scorers. Graduates Alayna Flynn (6.2p, 2.0r, 2.4a) and Jaylen Robinson (3.7p) will be missed, but there is a lot to look forward to for the Mustangs. Sophomore guard Madison Bland (7.8p, 3.9r) returns to the backcourt for the Mustangs, while 5-10 Sophomore forward Macey Crider (7.7p, 5.7r) can play inside or out. Unfortunately, Crider is out for the early portion of the season with an ankle injury. That means other youngsters need to step up in her absence. 5-2 Sophomore guard Allison Bland (1.8p) and Sophomore forward Ava Laroche look to enter the lineup this season. Seniors Emily Whaley (2.9p, 2.0r), a 5-7 guard, and Maris Holmes (1.9p, 4.2r), a 5-9 forward, should bring some semblance of a veteran presence to the team. Once the Mustangs get Crider back healthy, look for them to just continue to grow as a program these next three years. West Vigo looks to get back to double-digit wins again, but they must do so without graduated wing Katelyn Fennell, their leading scorer from last season. At the same time, the Vikings played a number of younger players who should only continue to grow and develop. Sophomores, a 5-6 wing, and , a 5-11 forward, showed nice flashes as Freshmen, and they, combined with 5-6 guard Jaycee Elkins, give them three options in the 2026 class who could stand out in the near future. 5-3 Senior guard Kenzye Knopp can add some Senior leadership, while 5-6 Freshman point guard looks to make her mark on the program from the outset. South Vermillion suffered through a winless season, so this year, they’ll be looking for any improvement. 5-9 Senior forward Dakota Fonner and 5-4 Senior guard Summer Pettit return with the most experience. Look for any number of players, including a pair of Freshmen, to help the Wildcat get their first win in two years.
Heritage Christian (17-8), SAG 104, SOS 84
Bishop Chatard (12-14), SAG 138, SOS 65
Brebeuf Jesuit (13-8), SAG 175, SOS 211
Guerin Catholic (8-15), SAG 206, SOS 119
Shortridge Magnet (10-13), SAG 337, SOS 360
Herron (7-14), SAG 375, SOS 377
For the second consecutive year, Bishop Chatard entered the postseason with 10 or more losses and made a run to the Semi-State. Now, they must do so without Caroline Bell (11.1p, 6.5r) for the first time in a few years. Also gone are Anna Thompson (9.5p, 3.5r, 2.3a), Grace Felts (4.2p, 2.1r), and Anna Jennings (1.4p). 6-0 Junior post(9.6p, 9.1r) does return and is a double-double presence inside the paint every game. 5-7 wing Quinn Johnson (7.0p, 2.6r) and 5-8 wing Addison Duncan (5.0p, 4.0r, 2.0a) return for their Senior seasons and looking for a fourth consecutive Sectional title. A trio of Sophomores got their feet wet as rookies last year, and they should be key components in year-2. 6-1 forward (3.0p, 2.1r) is a versatile inside-out presence. 5-11 wing Olivia Berzai (3.7p, 3.0r) has breakout potential and could be a double-digit scorer soon. 5-8 wing Betsy Tragesser (2.0p, 2.8r) is another hard worker who could come up with hustle plays every night. I would consider the Trojans a slight favorite in this field in 2023-2024 because of their depth and continuity within the coaching staff. Heritage Christian beat Bishop Chatard twice during the regular season in 2022-2023 but lost in double overtime in the Sectional finale. This season, they look to bounce back and claim the Sectional #27 crown as their own. They graduated three players, but only Maddie Geary (4.1p, 4.6r) started. At the same time, Senior wing (13.3p, 4.8r) has opted not to play this season. The Eagles do have a trio of players to turn to who can each lead this team on any given night. 5-7 Senior guard (19.2p, 3.8r, 4.6a, 4.3s) is the standout, as she had a fantastic Junior season. She can shoot, score, or distribute. 5-9 Junior wing (10.4p, 2.9r, 2.0s) is a strong and aggressive scorer who can attack or knock down jumpers. And 5-10 Junior forward (7.5p, 4.7r) could approach double-double averages in her third season on Varsity. Sophomore guard Natalie Curnutt (2.3p, 2.4r) also saw quality minutes a year ago and could see an expanded role this time. From there, the Eagles will have a new Coach, so any number of youngsters, including Freshmen, could see the floor. Brebeuf Jesuit could continue their climb and be a surprise Sectional winner this year. Post Maeve Perry (6.7p, 7.9r), along with two others, graduated. Still, the Lady Braves were rather young a year ago and return a great deal of their production. 5-5 Sophomore guard (9.8p, 3.3r, 2.1a) was their leading scorer last time, and she looks to lead from the point once again. 5-4 Junior guard Ella Miller (9.6p, 3.4r, 2.0s), 5-6 Sophomore guard Robyn Pate (8.1p, 2.4r), and 5-9 Junior wing (6.3p, 7.3r, 3.3a, 2.1s) help form a nice, young starting group. Also look for 5-8 Freshman to see immediate minutes for the Braves. She is a long, athletic, and skilled scoring guard.
Guerin Catholic dipped a little last year, but they are loaded with young talent. They could still see some bumps in the road without graduates Natalie Fernandez (8.2p, 3.0r, 2.0a), Megan Cobb (7.4p, 7.3r), and Caitlyn Sharpe (2.4p, 2.6r). 5-8 Junior wing(6.5p, 3.5r) has been a nice, versatile athlete on the wing, but they will need her and one or two more lesser experienced players to step up in order to win double figure games once again. 5-1 Junior guard Annie Murphy (4.3p), 5-11 Senior forward (3.9p), and 5-10 Junior forward (3.1p, 2.8r) all bring different skillsets and the potential to be that second scoring option. The Golden Eagles also have a strong Freshman crop, led by 6-3 post , guard , and forward . Morelli has great size and skill on the block; look for her to make an instant impact. The Shortridge Blue Devils won double-figure games for the first time since 2018-2019. However, they graduated one of their top stat producers of all time in Shantrice Grant. Now, they turn to a mostly young lineup, but they should get a trial by fire and learn on the fly. If they can adjust to the Varsity game, they could be competitive sooner rather than later. Sophomore wing KaMariona Garrett can make plays for herself or others. Sophomore guard Keara Stewart is another player with double-digit scoring potential, while Sophomore forward Zamya Outlar can control the boards inside. Also keep an eye on a strong Freshman class that includes forward Jocelyn Shaw and guard McKenzi Cooper. The Achaeans of Herron High School could be in for a good season. They return three Senior starters from last year’s 7-win team, plus they have a nice Senior transfer onboard. 5-8 Senior forward (10.1p, 14.2r, 2.2s) is a strong but athletic interior player who can dominate the boards. 5-6 Senior guards Maya Alexis (9.0p, 7.4r, 3.4s) and Jada Wright (5.8p, 5.2r, 4.1a, 6.2s) also have starting experience. 5-6 Senior wing Trinity Foerster transferred in from Central Christian and gives them an instant offensive weapon on the perimeter. She can shoot it or get to the basket.
Purdue Polytechnic (22-6), SAG 217, SOS 375
Speedway (11-11), SAG 243, SOS 297
Beech Grove (9-13), SAG 316, SOS 295
Cardinal Ritter (4-20), SAG 362, SOS 299
George Washington (9-14), SAG 376, SOS 391
Christel House (1-20), SAG 392, SOS 388
Purdue Poly put together a dream season in 2022-2023, winning 22 games and a Sectional title as a first year IHSAA tourney eligible program. Now, they must figure out how to play without point guard Lailah Hadley (10.8p, 3.8r, 5.1a, 3.7s) and wing Ajacia Griffith (11.2p, 5.0r), both 2023 graduates. The Techies still have five players returning who played in 24 or more games a season ago. 5-6 Junior guard Taylor Denton (10.0p, 2.6r, 2.1a, 3.7s) and 5-9 Senior wing(8.6p, 4.1r) have big-time scoring potential. Both are talented perimeter shooters. 5-8 Junior forward Camille Starks (4.7p, 4.2r), 5-8 Sophomore wing Marinna Simmons (3.5p, 2.1r), and 5-1 Sophomore guard Coreah Lewis (1.9p) look for greater opportunities this season. Also keep an eye on Freshmen guards and , who could play immediately. Speedway is coming off a season where they split their games right down the middle…11 wins and 11 losses. 2023-2024 could be a strong year for the Sparkplugs, as they return everyone from last year’s team. 5-9 Senior forward Daniella Galvez (12.5p, 6.5r) and 6-0 Senior forward (12.3p, 5.9r) have been Varsity regulars throughout their careers. They are joined in the 2024 class by 5-8 guard Chloe Ellett (3.1p, 2.6r), 5-8 wing Reagan Hendry (2.3p, 2.5r in 6 games), and 5-11 forward Audrey Burrell (2.0p, 2.5r). 6-2 Junior post Genesis Austin (5.3p, 5.2r), 5-8 Junior wing Mylie Walton (4.5p, 4.2r, 2.6s), 6-1 Sophomore post Hayli Clampitt (1.8p, 4.4r), and 5-9 Sophomore guard (1.6p in 10 games) all look to battle it out for starting spots in the Sparkplug lineup. Beech Grove nearly won 10 games, despite only averaging 35.2 points per game. If they can figure out how to score more, they could not only top 10 wins, but they could also be on the winning side of .500. The Hornets did graduate Kylie Challis (3.2p in 9 games) and Iysis Simmons (1.9p, 3.4r in 14 games), but return most of the rest of their production. 5-10 Junior forward Mylee Boling (15.4p, 11.4r, 3.0s) was their everything last season, and she should continue averaging a double-double this season. Fellow Junior Emma Micks (3.7p, 3.4r), a 5-8 wing, has also been a regular in the rotation. 5-7 Freshman guard Harper Moore could be the answer to the scoring issue, as she looks like she could be a star for the Hornets the next four years. 5-5 guard Mariyah Marshall is another Freshman who could make an immediate impact this season.
Cardinal Ritter is another team who looks to improve upon last season’s 4-win total. 5-8 Senior wing Nia Stubblefield (10.3p, 3.0r) is a great place to start. She is long, athletic, and can make plays at all levels. Sophomore wing Macie Dill (3.7p, 3.4r) saw a great deal of action as a Freshman, and she looks to step it up in year-2. 5-11 Senior forward Evelyn Buck (2.1p, 2.9r), 5-10 Junior post Zita Eke (1.6p, 3.1r), and 5-7 Senior wing Maddie Roberts (1.4p, 2.3r) round out what could be a mostly veteran lineup ready to double their wins from 2022-2023. Indianapolis Washington looks to reach 10 wins for the first time since 2019-2020, and with their entire roster from last year eligible to return, that could be possible. 5-9 Senior forward(18.8p, 9.1r, 4.4s) is easily the most important piece to the puzzle, and as long as she takes the floor, they have a chance. 5-3 Senior guard Amalia Haga (9.0p, 3.8r, 3.9s) offers the Continentals a nice second scoring option. 5-7 Junior forward Ele’jah Smith (3.9p, 8.0r) and 5-10 Senior post Ta’laya Peterson (2.4p, 4.8r) also return with multiple years of experience. 10 wins doesn’t seem that much of a stretch, as long as everyone returns healthy. Christel House won just a single game a year ago, so improvement in all areas of the game is the obvious goal. They must play without graduates Keira Noe and Jazzlyn Clark, but they return some experienced pieces as well. Sophomore guard Lilly Reaves is back as the leading returning scorer. She’ll get help from 5-4 Junior wing Tamara Futrell. Other options for the Eagles include 5-7 Senior forward Jada Cooper, plus Sophomore wing Dayana Orellana and 5-9 Freshman forward Maleah Jackson.