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Blake Ress, Commissioner
March 3, 2007
PHILLIPS LEADS BREBEUF JESUIT TO SECOND 3A TITLE IN FOUR YEARS
Led by senior McDonald’s All-American Ta’Shia Phillips, the Brebeuf Jesuit Braves captured the Class 3A state title by defeating the Wawasee Warriors, 51-43. It was the second state championship for the Braves as they also took home the trophy in 2004.
At 6-6, Phillips dominated the inside finishing the night with 29 points and 9 rebounds. She also set a Class 3A championship game record with eight blocks. Junior Ivie Obeime added nine points and eight rebounds for the Braves’ effort.
Defense and turnovers set the tone for the first half with both teams running up and down the floor setting a hectic pace. A scrappy Wawasee team pulled down 12 offensive rebounds in the opening half but Brebeuf Jesuit held a 20-19 advantage at halftime. Phillips tallied 14 points and three rebounds in the first 16 minutes. Sophomore Taylor Goshert hit three three-pointers in the third quarter as the teams were locked at 38-38 entering the fourth. Phillips took over the final eight minutes as she recorded five points, five rebounds and four blocks.
The Warriors tenacious defense created 22 turnovers but the inside game of the Braves, who scored 36 of their 51 points in the paint, proved too much.
Brebeuf Jesuit (23-6), which also defeated Wawasee, 58-53, on December 23, was coached by Kendall Kreinhagen. She is in her fifth season with the Braves and was also at the helm for the Braves’ 2004 championship run.
Wawasee, led by ninth year coach Kem Zolman was making its first appearance in the state finals since 1985. The Warriors finished the season with a record of 22-4. They were led by Goshert who ended the night with 13 points and junior guard Kalyn Lantz chipped in with 10. Senior Shawn Knafel finished with seven rebounds.
WAWASEE’S MEGAN WALKER NAMED MENTAL ATTITUDE AWARD WINNER
the game, members of the IHSAA Executive Committee named Megan Walker of
The award is presented annually to a senior participant in each classification who was nominated by her principal and coach and has demonstrated excellence in mental attitude, scholarship, leadership and athletic ability.
Besides basketball, she also participates in soccer and softball and is expected to graduate with 12 varsity letters this spring.
She is the
daughter of Kevin and Cheryl Walker of
Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance, the IHSAA’s corporate partner, will present a $1,000 scholarship to Wawasee High School in the name of Walker.
The award is named in honor of former IHSAA assistant commissioner Patricia L. Roy, who oversaw the girls basketball state tournament from its inception in 1976 until her retirement in 1999.
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Kem Zolman, Wawasee Head Coach
“I couldn’t be prouder of a group of young ladies that in my opinion just that if you just look at us from time to time you would see what was going on out there. How in the world did they get here? But I am telling you, you can’t measure the heart the determination of a group of girls, kids that take different roles than they’re used to in the previous years they accept that role and they make it work. For that I will be ever grateful for these seniors.”
three seniors that we’ve had to take a different role as they have, has
just been unbelievable. The quality of
young people that we’ve got, the award that Megan (
Kendall Kreinhagen, Brebeuf Jesuit Head Coach
“Offensively, we wanted to work the ball around until we could we could get it into (Ta’Shia) Phillips. When we get it into her, we know we have a good chance of scoring. We showed good patience to do that.”
“We fought and fought hard all game. The difference was (Ta’Shia) Phillips and (Ivie) Obeime. Thank goodness both of them came to play tonight. The whole team played our hearts out.”
Phillips was phenomenal. She was able to sit in the post. She was so focused in
her play today and the state of
“We are all about denial, defensively, and especially in the last quarter.”
“What she was offensively was the difference, but defensively every time Wawasee went into the lane they weren’t looking to shoot. When they did, it came right back at them.”