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QUARTER OFFENSE PROPELS
After a defensive-minded opening three periods, Rochester and Heritage Christian kicked their offenses into high gear in the fourth but it was Rochester that pulled away for the 50-41 victory and the Class 2A state championship at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.
The two teams both doubled
their scoring outputs in the fourth period from what they had put on the board
in the opening three quarters.
It was the 14th consecutive victory for the Zebras (25-2), who were coached by fourth year leader Tony Stesiak, and capped their first state championship season in girls basketball. It was also the fourth title in school history and the first since 1987 when the football team won the Class 2A crown.
Courtney Felke, one of the state’s leading scorers at 22.2 per game, scored 15 of Rochester’s 25 in the fourth, including 11 at the free throw stripe, to take game honors with 24 points. She finished 13-of-16 from the line for the game, 2A records in both categories as was her .812 percentage from the line. Joining her in double figures was teammate Jamie Fornal with 12 points. The team finished the game 25 of 28 from the line for a .893 percentage, also 2A records in all three categories.
Heritage Christian, which became an IHSAA member school in 2000-01, was making its first trip to the IHSAA State Finals in Girls Basketball in only its second year of eligibility for the tournament. The Eagles were coached by Dr. Mark Richards and entered the game with 11 consecutive victories.
Rochester’s Courtney Felke Wins Patricia L. Roy Mental Attitude Award
At the conclusion of the girls basketball state finals, the IHSAA Executive Committee presents the award to the outstanding senior in the state finals competition. The recipient of this award, who was nominated by her principal and coaches, must excel in mental attitude, scholarship, leadership and athletic ability in girls basketball.
Academically, Courtney ranks 25th in her senior class of 118. She is a member of the National Honor
Society. After inquiries from over sixty
colleges and universities, she will attend the
She is a member of Peers Educating Peers, Student Council, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and 6 Man Club.
In basketball, Courtney was named to the 2003-04 All-Three Rivers Conference 1st Team. In volleyball, she garnered 1st Team All-State team accolades two years, as well as earning 1st team Three Rivers Conference honors for three seasons.
is the daughter of Katie and Jim Felke of
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Class 2A Game Quotes
Rochester Coach Tony Stesiak
“First, I would really like to give credit to our team. Today, the whole state got a glimpse of why I feel this team is so special. Heritage Christian is an excellent team. Certainly, anytime you knock off the Nos. 1 and 2 teams in consecutive weeks you are most deserving of being here. The style of the game (physical & half court) certainly favored Heritage Christian, but you say a character trait in our team that they will do whatever it takes even though it wasn’t that up-and-down game we are accustomed to. We have received a lot of notoriety for our offense, but today I thought our kids stepped up and played tremendous state championship caliber defense and didn’t let Heritage Christian get in the flow of the game.”
“I can’t say enough about Courtney Felke and Jamie Fornal. Their work and leadership, not only this year, but for the past four years has been outstanding. Throughout the season Courtney has been the offensive headliner and Jamie the defensive headliner, but today they shared both roles. It’s been an incredible ride. I will truly cherish this whole experience because I know how rare and special it is.”
“Our whole system is based on our guards. The guards kept their poise and really did a nice job on offense of moving the ball and getting it where it needed to go. Defensively, our guards needed to make sure that the Heritage Christian guards were kept under control and help with (Cassie) Freeman and (Hannah) Richards inside when they needed to.”
“We know (Hannah) Richards was going to play inside. We thought we had some opportunities for our post players to drive around them and make some plays. I’m extremely happy for Jamie that she got some shots to fall.”
“Heritage Christian plays an outstanding schedule, but I think the look of our guard play is just a little bit different than anything they have seen this year. It’s just a little bit different matchup for teams to get used to.”
“Jamie made (Cassie) Freeman work for everything she got. She always guards the opponents’ best player and she did a great job today.”
“We have played in several close games this season and I have a lot of confidence in my teammates. I knew we would knock down the big shot when the time comes. We pull games out when they are close.”
(On the Patricia L. Roy Mental Attitude Award) “I have great people all around me. Anyone on our team could have won that award. Coach (Tony Stesiak) taught us all to not only be good athletes but good people. It’s a great honor.”
Heritage Christian Coach Dr. Mark Richards
“We hustled, I wish we would
have executed well. But
“The lower the score, I felt we had a better chance to win. At the end, Felke kept on making her free throws but we couldn’t get the ball from her.”
“Our defense was excellent. We held them to 50 points. They averaged almost 65. Our offense at times struggled and we’ve had that problem from time to time. We needed to have more people step up and make some shots.”
“It’s been a good season. We’ve had a good group of girls who have worked very hard to get where they are. I’m proud of them.”