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Readers’ favorite high school games & individual performances – Part 7

With the spring sports season on hold due to the coronavirus, we asked our audience to provide us with some of their favorite memorable high school games or individual performances there were part of as a player, coach or fan.   Here are some of those shared memories.  More installments will be coming.

Bob Bressert- The year was 2002 and our South Dearborn Girls Basketball team was playing 3A No. 7 ranked Shelbyville in the sectional championship game Shelbyville.  I don’t remember John Harrell’s point spread, but it had to be pretty big.

SD hung around and hung around doing everything they could to stay in the game.  Shelbyville was led by a great player in Gretchen Hail who scored 27 points. Our game plan was to let her get hers and try to stop everyone else.  Second leading scorer was Katie Douglas who averaged 17 a game and we held her to just two points.

For the Lady Knights, they fought foul trouble and leading scorer Ashley Kinnett going down with a bad ankle sprain right after the half.  The team was led down the stretch by Jeananne Pippine, Tracy Beer, Meghan Disch, Mandy Schmahl, and Jessica Legge with Jill Schuler and Krista Griffis helping out off the bench with big minutes.

Late in the game, Pippine hit two big free throws to keep SD close.  SD was down one and Shelbyville had the ball with time running out.  SD fouled Douglas and sent her to the line for a 1 and 1.  She missed the first one and SD got the rebound and called a time out.  With approximately 15 seconds to go, SD set up a play to get the ball inside to Pippine to either score or get fouled.

The play was a bust as Disch pushed the ball down the floor and got the ball inside to Beer who pitched out to Schmahl 15 feet on the right baseline where she hit nothing but the bottom of the net.  Shelbyville did have four seconds but missed a half court heave.   SD pulled out the win 50-49.

That 2002 Sectional win was the last Sectional Championship for the Lady Knights.  They lost by nine in the regional game at Greenfield Central to #1 ranked  Alexandria who was led by Jodie Howell (who went on to play at Purdue) with leading scorer Kinnett sitting out with the ankle injury.

I have been part of many great games in my 20 years, but this is definitely number one.

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