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The BRMS eighth-grade girls Black traveled to Connersville and defeated the Lady Spartans 31-27.
River Paddack led the Lady Cubs with 13 points. Alexis Thompson had 10 followed by Emily Duncan four, Alexis Branson two and Peyton Simpkins two.
The BRMS seventh-grade girls Black defeated Connersville 31-20. The Lady Cubs were led by Taylor Browning with 10 points followed by Allie Smith seven, Dru Niedenthal six, Madison Hinshaw four, Karley Yager two and Marissa Sullivan two.
The seventh-grade then defeated Greenfield in the first round of the Shelbyville tournament 38-22 to improve to 13-2. Yager led the Lady Cubs with 12 points followed by Smith with 11, Browning 10 and Sullivan five.
Winter awards program
RCHS will hold the winter sports awards program at 7 p.m., March 17, in the high school cafeteria.
Western stuns Evansville Mater Dei in Class 3A Final
The Western Panthers found themselves in unfamiliar territory after the Class 3A title game. And they relished the feeling.
The Panthers’ girls basketball team and its fans celebrated merrily following a stirring 38-35 victory over the Evansville Mater Dei Wildcats. It represented the first state girls basketball crown for Western.
Mater Dei, which had won 19 straight games, was seeking its third consecutive state championship and first in 3A after moving up a class due to the Tournament Success Factor.
A close game throughout, it boiled down to the final seconds. When Maura Muensterman sank one of two free throws with 23 seconds remaining, the Wildcats sliced Western’s lead to 36-34.
But Western’s Siera Daniel, attempting her first two free throws of the night, answered by hitting both with 21.2 seconds remaining.
Both teams played a disciplined offensive style and sound defense. Western’s offense accomplished 40 percent shooting (14-of-35). Mater Dei connected on just 24.4 percent from the field (10-of-41). Western’s largest lead was six points, Mater Dei’s four.
Carly O’Neal led Western’s scoring with 12 points. Coach Chris Keisling’s Panthers, ranked sixth in the girls coaches’ poll, finished 23-3.
Muensterman topped Mater Dei’s scoring with 12. Tori Schickel totaled 11 points and added 15 rebounds, tying a 3A title game mark.
BNL collects second straight Class 4A title
The Bedford North Lawrence Stars maintained their position atop the mountain in Class 4A girls basketball.
The Stars captured their second consecutive state championship and fourth overall with a hard-fought 51-41 victory over the Penn Kingsmen. The Stars finished 27-1 this season and have amassed an impressive 55-1 record over the past two seasons.
Bedford North Lawrence broke open a close game late in the third and early in the fourth quarter. Brittani Rizzi connected on a trio of 3-point shots and the Stars bolted to a 13-point lead, 42-29, with 6 ½ minutes left in the game. Penn got no closer than nine thereafter.
The Stars put three players in double-digit scoring: Rizzi with 17, Jenna Allen with 12 and Dominique McBryde with 11. Allen grabbed 14 rebounds and McBryde collected 12.
The Kingsmen were led by Jessi Alexander’s 11 points. Caroline Buhr had 11 rebounds.