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March 5, 2005
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Indianapolis North Central (20-7) repeated as the IHSAA Class 4A champions with a thrilling 57-54 victory over Gary West Side (23-5) on Saturday evening at Conseco Fieldhouse. Coach Alan Vickrey’s Panthers joins Ben Davis (2000, 2001) as the lone Class 4A repeat champions in girls basketball.
North Central 6-5 junior center Amber Harris put up some amazing numbers with game highs of 25 points, 14 rebounds, and five steals. Her scoring total is third-best in Class 4A finals history and her rebounding output ranks third all-time. Harris hit 11-18 field goals and 3-4 free throws, adding two blocked shots while playing the entire 32 minutes.
Gary West Side senior guard Isabell Rhenwrick led the Cougars with 16 points in 21 minutes. Rhenwrick, the Patricia L. Roy Mental Attitude Award winner, was 4-4 from three-point range. Rhenwrick set a 4A final-game record for three-pointers made. Junior center Erica Simpson had 10 points on 5-8 shooting from the field, adding team highs of seven rebounds and four assists.
North Central led the entire second half, but never by more than six points.
North Central tied a record for the most losses by a state champion with seven, equaling the total by 1999-2000 Class A champion Triton.
Gary West Side’s Isabell Rhenwrick wins Patricia L. Roy Mental Attitude Award
Gary West Side senior guard Isabell Rhenwrick is the 2004-05 recipient of the Patricia L. Roy Mental Attitude Award for Class 4A.
Rhenwrick led coach Rodney Fisher’s Cougars to a 23-4 record and their first-ever IHSAA state finals appearance, averaging 10.3 points and 3.7 assists. Rhenwrick is a four-year varsity performer in basketball, starting her last three seasons. The McDonald’s All-America nominee has earned all-state second team and all-area recognition. She is a two-time Big 8 Shootout all-tournament team selection and she was the MVP of the Gary Holiday Tournament as a freshman.
The versatile Rhenwrick also is a four-year starter in volleyball and a regional qualifier in the 1,600 meters in track and field.
Rhenwrick ranks eighth in a senior class of 242 with a 3.74 cumulative grade point average. She is a National Honor Society student who has been named to the National Honor Roll and the High School Who’s Who, earning the West Side “Most Outstanding Math Student” award three times.
is active in her community, making nursing home visitations and volunteering as
a server for
has been an exemplary student as part of the Gary Community School Corporation’s
Gifted and Talented Program,” said
will attend the
Award recipients, nominated by their principals and coaches, must excel in mental attitude, scholarship, leadership, and athletic ability in basketball.
member of the IHSAA Executive Staff beginning in 1972, Ms. Roy was responsible
for girls basketball from the inception of the tournament series in 1976 until
her retirement in 1999. Regarded both
statewide and nationally as a pioneer in girls athletics,
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Class 4A Game Quotes
“We played hard, but they had a superstar in Amber Harris and we just couldn’t handle her. On offense at times, we were too much one-on-one. We hit some big shots, but really didn’t have a good flow in the game. On defense we played well, except against Amber (Harris).”
“We were able to put pressure on them and make a few shots, but it really hurt us when (Isabell) Rhenwrick went out with an ankle injury.”
(At the end of the game) “We had an opportunity because it was a one-possession ball game. It was unfortunate that we had a turnover on the play.”
“We had a
great season. It was the first time down
here for us and the kids enjoyed the experience. Going down to the wire against the defending state
champion was great. We represented
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“This was a great basketball game. I told everyone Gary West was going to be a great opponent. They played a great game. I just give our kids an enormous amount of credit for being tough. We just persevered when things didn’t go so well. I knew this would be a good game. I have to give credit to coach (Rodney) Fisher and his team for such a great effort.”
“It was an unbelievable game of back-and-forth possessions. They would make a great play and then we would make a great play. I think it came down to who could defend better at the end. We were fortunate enough to do a little better job at the end.”
“We wanted to make sure of three things on the last few possessions defensively, to defend the corner, to keep them from driving and to double the low post inside. It was just basic basketball.”
“This is just beautiful. I just can’t believe it. This (a state title) is something I thought would happen next year. It is so exciting to comeback here with a new group of girls…and win. This team had a great tournament.”
On Amber Harris
“She made a great defensive stop at the end. It is always exciting to watch the number one player make great plays on both ends of the court. There are not enough superlatives to describe her (Amber Harris) play.”
#42 Amber Harris
“We had to step it up in the first half. We picked up our intensity and did what we needed to do to win.”
“That’s what makes it so neat. It is so unbelievable. I’ve played with this group longer and that is what made it so special.”
“I wanted to come out aggressively, especially rebounding. I think we came out tonight with a lot of heart. This championship means everything to me. I’m glad my mom made me play. No words can really explain how I feel right now.”
#3 Briana Bass
“This is very exciting for me. The upperclassman took me in like everybody else on the team. It really felt good being a member of this team.”