The West Central Lady Trojans have won their 2nd consecutive sectional title! The Trojans had very little trouble collecting their championship in the all Midwest Conference sectional at North White. In their first game, West Central outscored Pioneer 26-6 in the first half on their way to a 43-22 win, behind Marissa Hamilton’s game-high 15 points. The Trojans came back in their second game to defeat Tri-County 54-39 and put themselves in the championship game. The duo of Hamilton and Justine Kruger combined for 37 of the team’s 54 points. In the championship game, West Central’s smothering defense was too much for Caston as the Trojans defeated the Lady Comets 43-18. Again, it was the combination of Hamilton and Kruger who lead the offensive charge, this time scoring 34 of the team’s 43 points. This sectional championship is the fourth in the six year coaching career of Gina Hierlmeier, proving that tradition never graduates!
West Central (18-5) will be taking on Fort Wayne Canterbury (21-2) in the first round of the Caston Regional. Congratulations to the West Central Lady Trojans on their 2nd consecutive sectional championship!
The Knox Lady Redskins have won their first sectional championship since 1995! After starting the year at 2-10, the Lady Redskins have now won 11 of their last 12 games. Their first victory of the Kankakee Valley sectional came against Andrean. The ‘Skins were lead in scoring by Hope Wagner (14) in a 53-38 effort. Knox then came back in the second round and were victorious once again, this time over Calumet 45-26. Once again, Knox was lead by Wagner who scored a game-high 12 points. The Redskins came out in the championship game ready to end the school’s 17 year drought. Knox played an incredible all-around game in a 59-45 win over Hanover Central. Shelby Gilbert was on fire from the start, knocking down four 3-pointers on her way to a 15-point game. Kaitlin Zachary added 12 points and was dominant on the boards, pulling down 15 rebounds. Hope Wagner lead the ‘Skins in scoring with 19 points. Chelsea Combs played solid defense all game long against Hanover’s top player. The Lady Redskins were so focused on being able to cut down the nets, they did not want to wait for the post game championship pictures, immediately going to the ladder after they were given the trophy ready to get their piece of history!
Knox (13-11) will be taking on Western (17-6) in the first round of the Rensselaer Regional. Congratulations to the Knox Lady Redskins on bringing home the school’s first sectional championship in 17 years!
Winamac Lady Warriors have won their 13th girls basketball sectional championship! The Lady Warriors began their quest for the championship by defeating North Judson for the second time this season in the first round of the North Judson sectional 59-46. Jessica Schramm lead the team in scoring with 13 points. Winamac then turned around in the second game and overpowered North Newton 61-35 behind Stephanie Shorter’s 14 points. Then in a hard fought championship game against Rochester, the Lady Warriors were able to avenge a 4-point loss suffered in Novemeber, by defeating the Lady Zebras 62-59. Sarah Redweik went out with a bang in her final sectional game by leading the team in scoring (19) as well as steals and rebounds.
Winamac (18-5) will be taking on Bowman Academy (18-6) in the first round of the Rochester Regional. Congratulations to the Winamac Lady Warriors on their 13th sectional championship!
The Oregon-Davis Lady Bobcats are sectional champions once again! The Lady ‘Cats defeated Culver for the third time this year in the first round of the sectional 55-36 thanks to a great scoring effort by Ashley Campbell who scored a season-high 30 points. In the second round, O-D jumped out to a 20-0 lead at the end of the first quarter en route to a 69-27 win over Westville. The Bobcats had four players score in double digits (Alisha McIntosh-17; Ashley Campbell-13; Katie Schwenk-11; Jesse Averone-10) to put them in the sectional championship game for the sixth straight year. The championship game was a rematch of last year’s championship with Oregon-Davis taking on Triton. The ‘Cats overcame a 13-point deficit and outscored Triton 34-21 in the second half to capture the school’s 8th girls basketball sectional championship!
Oregon-Davis (20-4) will be taking on Morgan Township (13-10) in the first round of the Caston Regional. Congratulations to the Oregon-Davis Lady Bobcats on their championship effort!!!
Alisha scored a season high 25 points including three 3-pointers and 6-7 at the free throw line to help lead O-D to a 76-41 win over John Glenn. Alisha also added four steals in a great team defensive effort as the Lady Bobcats earned their 12th win of the year.
Elisabeth scored a season high 21 points and pulled down 11 rebounds in North Judson’s 48-42 win over Kankakee Valley. The 5’7 forward dominated the boards for the Jays despite being guarded much of the night by 6’0 and 6’2 defenders in what was described by head coach John Hampton as the best game he has ever seen her play.
Ashley led the Lady Bobcats to a big 48-45 win over 5th ranked Triton with 16 points and 7 assists. She also got the job done down the stretch with clutch ball handling and free throw shooting, going 8-11 from the line, in helping O-D to their 11th win of the year.
Hope scored a game high 19 points to lead the Lady Redskins to their 4th win of the year. The bulk of her scoring came from the free throw line where she was 11-11 in Knox’s 44-35 win over Kouts. Hope also knocked down two 3-pointers and played strong defense all night.
Girls Career Scoring Leaders: (Minimum 300 points)
- Sarah Redweik-Sr. (W): 595
- Jordann Frasure-Jr. (NJ): 486
- Elisabeth White-Sr. (NJ): 451
- Justine Kruger-Sr. (WC): 441
- Jesse Averone-So. (OD): 423
- Ashley Campbell-So. (OD): 414
- Marissa Hamilton-Sr. (WC): 382
- Kenley Sanchez-Sr. (NJ): 376
- Danna Timm-Sr. (NJ): 321
- Hope Wagner-Sr (K): 306
Girls Scoring Leaders (through 12-3-11)
(Stats as reported to www.etpearl.com)
- Jill Rosenbaum (SC): 16.4ppg-82 points (5 games)
- Ashley Campbell (OD): 14.6ppg-73 points (5 games)
- Kyler Columbia (JG): 14.6ppg-73 points (5 games)
- Jesse Averone (OD): 14.2ppg-71 points (5 games)
- Marissa Hamilton (WC): 13.8ppg-69 points (5 games)
- Alisha McIntosh (OD): 13.8ppg-69 points (5 games)
- Kayla Shaffer (C): 12.5ppg-100 points (8 games)
- Justine Kruger (WC): 12.2ppg-61 points (5 games)
- Hope Wagner (K): 11.8ppg-71 points (6 games)
- Jessica Schramm (W): 11.6ppg-93 points (8 games)
- Sarah Redweik (W): 11.1ppg-89 points (8 games)
- Jordann Frasure (NJ): 11.0ppg-55 points (5 games)
- Mickella Hardy (C): 10.6ppg-85 points (8 games)
- Stephanie Shorter (W): 10.6ppg-85 points (8 games)
- Katie Schwenk (OD): 10.4ppg-52 points (5 games)
- Kayla Zimmerman (NJ): 10.4ppg-52 points (5 games)
Career Coaching Records: (through 12-3-11)
- Terry Minix (OD): 251-136 .649 (19 years)
- John Hampton (NJ): 109-72 .602 (9 years)
- Dan Huizenga (K): 109-98 .527 (10 years)
- Gina Hierlmeier (WC): 79-39 .669 (6 years)
- Tony Scheub (C): 29-6 .828(2 years)
- Rick Budka (SC): 26-41 .388 (4 years)
- Jeff Wagner (W): 19-12 .613 (2 years)
- Brian McMahan (L): 4-23 .148 (3 years)
- Kyle Amor (JG): 1-4 .200 (1 year)
Team Records: (through 12-3-11)
- Winamac: 6-2
- NJSP: 4-1
- Oregon-Davis: 4-1
- Culver: 4-4
- West Central: 3-2
- LaCrosse: 2-5
- John Glenn: 1-4
- South Central: 1-4
- Knox: 1-5