Despite having no seniors and one junior among its eight-player rotation, the Heritage Christian high school 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 in pursuit of their eighth consecutive championship in the event. "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 others 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. (See below for a complete schedule.)
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.
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. 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 linebacker Tim Kimbrough (Georgia commitment) and Ben Davis defensive back Antonio Allen (Indiana) will play in the U.S. Army All-American game Saturday at 1 p.m. in San Antonio.
GIRLS CITY TOURNAMENT
Monday Game 1: No. 16 Manual at No. 1 Heritage Christian, 7:30 p.m. Game 2: No. 9 Washington at No. 8 Covenant Christian, 7:30 p.m. Game 3: No. 13 Broad Ripple at No. 4 Tech, 7:30 p.m. Game 4: No. 12 Crispus Attucks at No. 5 Cardinal Ritter, 6 p.m. Game 5: No. 15 Arlington at No. 2 Bishop Chatard, 7:30 p.m. Game 6: No. 10 Marshall at No. 7 Shortridge, 7:30 p.m. Game 7: No. 14 Howe at No. 3 Cathedral, 7:30 p.m. Game 8: No. 11 Scecina at No. 6 Northwest, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday Game 9: Game 2 winner at Game 1 winner, 7:30 p.m. Game 10: Game 4 winner at Game 3 winner, 7:30 p.m. Game 11: Game 6 winner at Game 5 winner, 7:30 p.m. Game 12: Game 8 winner at Game 7 winner, 7:30 p.m. Thursday At Cathedral Game 13: Game 10 winner vs. Game 9 winner, 6 p.m. Game 14: Game 12 winner vs. Game 11 winner, 7:30 p.m. Friday At Cathedral Championship, 7:30 p.m.