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Top-ranked Fishers powers past Ben Davis for first state title

Lewis Bagley, Special to
Posted: March 30, 2024
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Photo Credit: Double Edge Media @demllc

INDIANAPOLIS - Fishers coach Garrett Winegar had his team’s attention during the break between the third and fourth quarters of the Class 4A state championship game.

Winegar had just watched defending-champion Ben Davis rally from an eight-point deficit early in the third to take a 48-46 in the final minute of the quarter.

“I told our guys it was a toughness issue,” Winegar said. “For a stretch there, they were a lot tougher than we were. I told them if they want a blue ring, it’s going to come down to toughness.”

After cutting the BD lead to 48-47 heading into the final quarter, Winegar’s Tigers responded by scoring the first six points of the fourth quarter and rolled to a 65-56 victory.

It’s the first state championship for the program, which was making its first appearance in the state finals since 1922. The current incarnation of Fishers High School opened in 2007.

The duo of Keenan Gardner and JonAnthony Hall carried the scoring load for the Tigers (29-1) with Hall turning in a 23-point, 10-rebound performance, while Garner had 19 points and 10 boards.

It was those two who combined for the quick spurt to open the fourth quarter. Garner gave the Tigers a 49-48 lead with a slam dunk, before Hall followed with a steal and dunk, then scored on a lay-up after a Ben Davis turnover.

It seemed the Giants (23-6) never recovered.

“I thought we had them on the ropes,” interim Ben Davis coach Corey Taylor said. “Then we had two bad possessions to start the fourth quarter and that hurt us. We never seemed to regain traction after that.”


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Fishers' JonAnthony Hall (22) led all scorers with 23 points and pulled down 10 rebounds (Photo credit: Double Edge Media @demllc).


Just a quarter earlier, the Giants had all the momentum.

Fishers led, 36-28, at halftime and held a 41-32 bulge with 6:48 left in the third.

At that point, the Giants showed why they were defending champs. Ben Davis scored the next nine points to tie the game at 41-41 before K.J. Windham later scored five straight points to give his team that 48-46 lead.

“We had done a really good job to that point,” Taylor said of his team. “But, the back-to-back turnovers to start the fourth … we did things that were uncharacteristic of us.”

Windham came into the contest as BD’s leading scorer with a 16-point average, but that burst late in the third quarter proved to be his best stretch of the night. He finished with 11 points and shot only 4-of-15 from the field.

“We had to make good on our closeouts and not give Windham open shots,” Winegar said. “We did a great job of making things difficult for him.”

Junior Mark Zachary led the Giants with 14 points, while Ramone Enis added 11 and Mark White 10.

Taden Metzger chipped in with 10 points for the Tigers.


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Ben Davis' Mark Zachery (2) shooting over Fishers' JonAnthony Hall (22) (Photo credit: Double Edge Media @demllc).


Class 4A State Championship Records


Fisher’s Parker Perdue receives the Trester Mental Attitude Award

Following the game, members of the IHSAA Executive Committee named Parker Perdue of Fishers High School as the winner of the Arthur L. Trester Mental Attitude Award in Class 4A Boys Basketball.

The award is presented annually to a senior participant in each classification who was nominated by his principal and coach and has demonstrated excellence in mental attitude, scholarship, leadership and athletic ability.

Parker's on-court achievements include being named Most Improved Award as a junior and IBCA Academic All-State Honorable Mention. He also has been involved in various organizations such as Riley Dance Marathon, Fishers Hoop Youth Camp, and is a Fishers Fast Break Volunteer. He excels academically with a 4.01 GPA and has achieved Honor Roll Student Status all four years of high school. 

He is the son of Ryan and Melissa Perdue of Fishers, Indiana and will either attend Purdue or Elmhurst with a plan to major in Business.

The Indiana Pacers and Indiana Fever, the presenting sponsors of the IHSAA Boys Basketball State Tournament, presented a $1,000 scholarship to the general scholarship fund at Fishers High School in the name of Parker Perdue.

The award is named in honor of the late Arthur L. Trester, who served as the first IHSAA commissioner from 1929 to 1944 as a guiding force after the Great Depression.  

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Parker Perdue of Fishers High School accepts the Trester Mental Attitude Award (Photo credit: Double Edge Media @demllc).