High School Sports
Indiana high school basketball season concludes Saturday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse
Class 1A: Morristown (27-2) vs. Southwood (25-3), 10:30 a.m.
No. 4 Morristown, in its first state championship since 1911, knocked off defending 1A champ and No. 6 Tindley, and No. 5 Barr-Reeve in successive games to reach Bankers Life. The Yellow Jackets, who have the state’s eighth-best average margin of victory (20.1) are led by senior Hayden Langkabel’s 27.0 points per game.
Third-ranked Southwood, making its first-ever finals appearance, has Indiana’s third-highest average margin of victory (23.57). Before Saturday’s 55-53 win over No. 1 Fort Wayne Blackhawk, the Knights had beaten their postseason foes by 39.4 points per contest. Four different players average more than 13 points per game, led by senior Peyton Trexler (19.7).
Class 2A: Forest Park (26-4) vs. Oak Hill (25-5), 12:45 p.m.
No. 6 Oak Hill has two losses since Jan. 1 – one against 34-win and Kentucky state champ Covington Catholic, and another versus 4A power Lawrence North. Since the latter, the Golden Eagles are 13-0. Seniors Caleb Middlesworth (16.3 ppg, 7.3 rpg) and Spencer Ballinger (15.4 ppg, 6.0 rpg) get it done with their shot and on the glass.
No. 11 Forest Park, which seemingly brought the whole town to the Washington semistate, makes its first finals appearance since its three in four years between 2003-06. The senior post duo of 6-5 Sam Englert (16.0 ppg, 5.3 rpg) and 6-6 Collin Hochgesang (12.2 ppg, 5.9 rpg) provides matchup issues for most opponents.
Class 3A: Evansville Bosse (25-4) vs. Culver Academies (22-6), 6 p.m.
The highest-scoring team in the state (83.34), No. 3 Bosse returns after its runner-up finish to Marion two years ago. The Bulldogs reached the championship game with a thrilling 64-61 win over No. 7 Danville, as Mehki Lairy led the way with 27 points, right at his season average. Lairy also leads the team with 6.8 assists and ranks second with 5.3 rebounds.
After Culver finished as state runner-up in 2011 under then-first-year coach Mark Galloway (formerly of Carmel), it went 0-23 and 2-19 the next two seasons before the current rebuild. Galloway’s son – Trey, a sophomore – leads the Eagles with 14.8 points per game. Culver dropped its Dec. 16 road meeting with Bosse, 74-64.
Class 4A: Warren Central (31-0) vs. Carmel (21-7), 8:15 p.m.
Top-ranked Warren has 10 wins by five points or less, including Saturday’s epic 64-62 triumph over No. 3 New Albany and superstar Romeo Langford on a basket at the buzzer by junior David Bell, one of the nation’s top wide receiver recruits. The 6-3 Bell leads the Warriors in points (12.0), rebounds (6.4) and assists (3.9), while senior Dean Tate (11.5) and junior Jesse Bingham (11.0) also average in double figures.
After an 8-5 start, No. 10 Carmel is 13-2 since. The Greyhounds’ last defeat came on Feb. 16 against Warren, which trailed by eight in the fourth quarter. Butler commit and 6-10 John Michael Mulloy (15.0 ppg, 8.2 rpg) blossomed down the stretch during his junior campaign, while 6-6 classmate Andrew Owens (11.2 ppg, 4.3 rpg) is another force at both ends of the floor.