OA and ECHS advance in sectional play

Oldenburg Academy defeated Hauser in the Southwestern (Shelbyville) sectional first round 42-39 March 4. The Twisters will challenge Jac-Cen-Del at the semifinals Friday, March 6, at 7:30 p.m.

East Central High School defeated Martinsville in the Columbus North sectional first round 68-58. After the Trojans led 16-7 at the first quarter end, the Artesians scored 23 to EC’s 15, making the Trojans up by 1 at halftime, 31-30. The teams were almost even in the third quarter, with the Trojans on top 47-45 at its end before pulling away. It’s ECHS vs. Bloomington North in the semifinals March 6 at 6 p.m.

Congrats, hoops stars!

Three area athletes — Brilan McCory, East Central; Aliyah Evans, Greensburg; and Kyrstin Bond, South Dearborn — are among Hoosier Basketball Magazine’s Top 60 senior girls’ basketball players for 2019-20. These young women were selected from about 1,300 senior players statewide. Statistical evaluation, game observation and statewide research were conducted during the season and throughout the state tournament to determine the magazine’s Top 60.

Two sessions of the 39th annual Top 60 Senior Workout will be hosted by Hoosier Basketball Magazine in conjunction with IHSAA and IBCA Sunday, March 8, at Heritage Christian High School, 6401 E. 75th St., Indianapolis.

Half of the Top 60 girls, primarily from northern and southern Indiana, will participate in the first session from 1-3 p.m. The remaining players, primarily from central Indiana, will compete during the second session from 3:30-5:30 p.m.

Great efforts by BMS teams

The Batesville Middle School girls basketball seventh-grade team beat St. Mary’s 36-8 in B game action March 2. Coach Chris Weiler observed, “The girls played with great effort on both sides of the floor.” Leading the way scoring were Dottie Turner and Ava Powner with 8 points each; followed by Eva Struewing, 6; Addyson Weiler, Isabel Raab and Georgia Voegele, 4 each; and Ryan Oesterling, 2.

The seventh-grade Lady Bulldogs also won against Connersville, 27-6 March 2. Coach Amber Erhart said, “The Lady Bulldogs crashed the boards hard throughout the entire game, resulting in many second chance points. The girls also pressured the Spartans with good defense.” Making points were Aly Peters, 9; Lydia Haskamp, Turner and Veronica King, 6 each.

That night the eighth-grade Lady Bulldogs fell to Connersville in a tight battle 21-23. They worked hard on the floor, but had a hard time knocking down shots. Rachel and Sara Lamping had great defensive efforts throughout the game, according to the coach.

Wrestlers defeated by Shelbyville

The Batesville Middle School wrestling team fell to Shelbyville March 3 52-42. Otto Hund, Brock Mahon, Mason Neeley, Leo Nobbe and Zach Davidson all won their bouts by pin. Luke Hon and Gage Pohlman both came away with decision wins, and Talan Rowlett received a forfeit, according to coach Bob Weiler.

Winning in JV bouts: Rowlett, Noah Pierson, Corbin Davis, Bryce Gibson, Cooper Phebus, John Dierkhising and Hon, pins; Mahon, tech fall 15-0; Max Murphy, 11-0; Nathan Schornick, 11-1; Conner Campbell, 5-0; and Ryan Geis, 5-0.