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High school notebook: Heritage Christian girls basketball overcomes youth with balanced offense


12:00 AM, Jan. 04, 2013 EST

Triton Central forward Emily Lahne works to keep Heritage Christian guard Natalie Orr from driving the ball into the lane during second half action. Triton Central High School hosted Heritage Christian High School in girls varsity basketball action December 4, 2012. Heritage Christian defeated Triton Central, 68-41. / Doug McSchooler/for The Star

Despite having no seniors and one junior among its eight-player rotation, the Heritage Christian girls basketball team has been a model of consistency.

"We've got good offensive balance with four girls in double figures and two more close to that," said Eagles coach Rick Risinger, whose No. 1-seeded team opens the City tournament against visiting Manual, the No. 16 seed, on Monday. "It's a very close-knit team and they are all contributing at different times. Just about every game we've had one player step up and do what we needed them to do."

Tyasha Harris leads the Class 2A No. 2 Eagles (12-1) with a 12.6 scoring average, followed by Allison Schofield (11.2 points), Sydney Hall (10.9), Peyton Fallis (10.2), Darby Foresman (9.0) and Natalie Orr (7.3). Orr is a junior, Harris and Foresman freshmen and the other three sophomores.

Despite the youth, Risinger said the success isn't surprising.

"This is a very talented group, both with their basketball skills and mental approach to the game," Risinger said. "For a young team, they've prepared quite well and come together as a team. They're playing great team basketball and that's contributed to our success so far."

Second-seeded Bishop Chatard opens the City tournament by hosting No. 15 seed Arlington. Quarterfinals will be Tuesday night, with semifinals Thursday and the final on Friday night. The semifinals and final will be at Cathedral.

Super Six at Franklin

Franklin, ranked No. 11 in the state by IndianaMat.com, will host No. 3 Yorktown, Ben Davis, Jeffersonville, Triton Central and Hope, Mich., in the Super Six wrestling tournament at 8 a.m. Saturday. Each team will wrestle the others in a round-robin format. The Grizzly Cubs lost to Perry Meridian in the Indiana State High School Wrestling Coaches Association's State Dual Meet championship Dec. 22.

Franklin senior Luke Kriech, who finished second in the state at 152 pounds last season, is ranked No. 8 at 160 pounds by IndianaMat.com, sophomore D.J. Smith is ranked No. 3 at 106 pounds and junior Connor Tolley No. 7 at 220.

"I have a lot of juniors, some sophomores and a freshman or two in the mix," Franklin coach Bob Hasseman said.

Etc.

The top-ranked Carmel girls swimming team, which has won 26 consecutive state titles, will host the Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference boys and girls meet at 1 p.m. Saturday. The North Central girls are ranked No. 4 and Center Grove No. 20. For the boys, North Central is ranked No. 2, Carmel No. 4 and Center Grove shares the No. 9 spot with Fishers....

Saturday's Hoosier Crossroads Conference meets will begin at 9 a.m. at Purdue. The boys feature No. 8 Hamilton Southeastern, Fishers and No. 14 Avon. The girls portion features six top 20 teams: No. 3 Zionsville, No. 7 Hamilton Southeastern, No. 12 Fishers, No. 14 Noblesville, No. 15 Westfield and No. 18 Avon. ... Warren Central LB Tim Kimbrough (Georgia commitment) and Ben Davis DB Antonio Allen (Indiana) will play in the U.S. Army All-American game Saturday at 1 p.m. in San Antonio.

 

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