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Trojans' Tabor leads C-T Girls All-Area Teams

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Blue River Valley freshman Ally Madden (right) mans the paint against Northfield in the championship game of girls basketball Class A Regional 14 at Tipton Feb. 9. Madden has been named to the C-T All-Area First Team for girls basketball this season.
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Tri’s Averi Phelps (42) goes up for the opening tip against a Centerville player during a regular season game in January. Phelps has been named to the C-T All-Area First Team for girls basketball this season.
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New Castle’s Cameron Tabor (20) shoots a free throw during the Class 3A Regional 6 girls semifinal basketall game at Columbia City Feb. 9. Tabor is a repeat selection for C-T Area Player of the Year for girls basketball this season.
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Shenandoah’s Erikka Hill (44) goes down the lane with the ball against host Monroe Central’s Jordyn Barga (12) during a regular season game in December. Hill has been named to this season’s C-T All-Area First Team for girls basketball.
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Shenandoah’s Kathryn Perry (2) looks for an opening against the defense of New Castle’s Cloie York (3) during a girls basketball regular season game Dec, 22 in the Fieldhouse. Perry has been named to the C-T All-Area First Team this season while York is on the Second Team.

By DAVID RISLEY - drisley@thecouriertimes.com

The 2018-19 high school girls basketball season in the local area had to be deemed a successful one in several ways.

Two area teams (Blue River Valley and New Castle) captured sectional championships and also finished in second place in their respective conferences, the Vikings in the Mid-Eastern Conference and the Trojans in the Hoosier Heritage Conference.

Shenandoah had the best record at 20-5, losing three close games in the MEC, and put together a 15-game winning streak from early December to early February before losing to a strong Triton Central team to finish as sectional runner-up to the Tigers for the second year in a row.

The three Tri-Eastern Conference in the local area, Hagerstown, Knightstown, and Tri, finished below .500 for the season, but had their moments. One of the biggest shockers in the local area was the Panthers' 57-56 overtime upset victory over Blue River in early December when the Vikings were 7-1 and ranked No. 9 in Class A.

Given this and other things that happened during the season, New Castle senior Cameron Tabor is a unanimous choice for Courier-Times Player of the Year for girls basketball during the 2018-19 season as determined by area girls basketball coaches and The C-T sports staff.

Tabor is a repeat winner, having been named C-T Player of the Year after her junior season of 2017-18. An Indiana Junior All-Star after the 2017-18 campaign, Tabor scored 625 points (24 ppg) her senior season to finish her career as the leading scorer in Trojan girls basketball history with 1,668 points. That total also places Tabor third on the New Castle career scoring list behind only Steve Alford and classmate Luke Bumbalough when both boys and girls are included.

Tabor was the leading scorer in the Hoosier Heritage Conference this season and made its All-Conference Team. Recently, Tabor was named to the IBCA/Subway Senior All-State "Supreme 15" Team, which is the highest honor the IBCA can bestow on a senior player in this state. Tabor also is a candidate for Indiana Miss Basketball and is a good bet to make the Indiana Senior All-Star team which will have its annual rivalry games with Kentucky in June.

Tabor was listed among leaders in all eight statistical categories published by The C-T. Among area girls this season, Tabor was first in scoring (24 ppg), fifth in rebounding (8.7 rpg), first in assists (4.3 apg), seventh in steals (2.2 spg), fifth in field goal shooting percentage (.415), second in free throw shooting accuracy (.814), sixth in three-point marksmanship (.309), and third in total blocked shots with 35.

Tabor has signed to play women's college basketball for Davidson in North Carolina.

Joining Tabor on the C-T All-Area First Team are Shenandoah sophomores Kathryn Perry and Erikka Hill, Blue River Valley freshman Ally Madden, and Tri sophomore Averi Phelps. If this was a team that played other high schools in competition, it would be pretty formidable.

Perry is a repeat selection, as she was on the C-T All-Area First Team as a freshman after the 2017-18 campaign. Perry was listed among area leaders in seven of the eight statistical categories. She was named to the All-Mid-Eastern Conference Team.

Perry was second in the area in scoring (17 ppg), third in the area in assists (3.3 apg), led the area in steals (4.2 spg), was fourth in the area in field goal shooting percentage (.456), first in the area in free throw shooting accuracy (.815), second in the area in three-point marksmanship (.366), and had three blocked shots.

Hill made a step up this season, as she was C-T All-Area Second Team as a freshman in 2017-18. Like Perry, Hill was named to the All-Mid-Eastern Conference Team. Hill's signature game this season may have been the Raiders' 59-51 overtime win at New Castle Dec. 22 when she carried her team the first half and finished with 18 points and 17 rebounds.

Hill was one of the area leaders in six of the eight statistical categories, finishing third in scoring (14.7 ppg), fourth in rebounding (8.8 rpg), seventh in assists (2.8 apg), second in steals (4.0 spg), second in field goal shooting percentage (.581), and blocked four shots.

Madden seemingly came from nowhere to have a remarkable freshman season for the Vikings. She was the tall girl in the post, the tall presence in the paint Blue River lacked in previous years that put it over the top this season. Opposing coaches and fans plus radio stations covering opponents raved about Madden's abilities. Madden was named to the All-Mid-Eastern Conference Team.

Madden finished sixth in the area in scoring (11.8 ppg), second in rebounding (9.6 rpg), led the area in field goal shooting percentage (.584), and was first in the area in total blocked shots by a wide margin with 68. She probably altered countless other shots with her inside presence.

Phelps was similar to Madden on her impact on her team. With Payton Moore graduated, Phelps was the focus of opposing defenses, trying to limit her touches inside and trying to force Titan shooters to beat them from the perimeter. Even so, Phelps was named to the All-Tri-Eastern Conference Team.

Phelps was fifth in the area in scoring (11.8 ppg), third in the area in rebounding (9.4 rpg), third in the area in field goal shooting accuracy (.498), and fifth in the area in blocked shots with 24.

All-Area Second Team

Chosen to the C-T All-Area Second Team are Blue River Valley seniors Lindsey Williams and Hannah Foster, Hagerstown sophomore Hallie Rogers, Knightstown senior Kaitlyn Jackson, and New Castle junior Cloie York.

Williams and Hannah Foster are repeat selections for the Second Team, and Williams barely was nosed out for First Team honors. Williams was named to the All-Mid-Eastern Conference Team.

Williams was fourth in the area in scoring (13.1 ppg), fourth in the area in free throw shooting percentage (.763), led the area in three-point shooting accuracy (.382), and was sixth in the area in blocked shots with 11.

Hannah Foster was eighth in the area in scoring (8.3 ppg), second in the area in assists (4.1 apg), eighth in the area in steals (2.0 spg), and eighth in the area in free throw shooting (.660).

Rogers was named to the All-Tri-Eastern Conference Team. This season for the Tigers, Rogers was seventh in the area in scoring (10.2 ppg), 12th in rebounding (4.2 rpg), ninth in assists (2.2 apg), third in steals (3.2 spg), and blocked six shots.

Like Rogers, Jackson was named to the All-Tri-Eastern Conference Team. This season for the Panthers, Jackson was ninth in the area in scoring (8.2 ppg), 19th in rebounding (3.2 rpg), 16th in assists (1.3 apg), 14th in steals (1.4 spg), and blocked three shots.

York was a perimeter threat for the Trojans and took some of the pressure off Tabor. This season, York was 10th in the area in scoring (7.8 ppg), 13th in the area in assists (1.4 apg), 16th in the area in steals (1.1 spg), sixth in the area in free throw shooting accuracy (.714), seventh in three-point marksmanship (.309), and blocked a shot.

All-Area Third Team

Named to the C-T All-Area Third Team are Blue River Valley senior Haley Foster, Tri sophomore Maddie Burchett, Hagerstown junior Kassidy Oliger, Shenandoah senior Faith Muterspaugh, and Knightstown senior Jessica Butler.

Again, there wasn't much separating some on the Third Team from the Second Team. Haley Foster was on the First Team a season ago and posted some good numbers across a number of statistical categories. Foster was 13th in the area in scoring (7.3 ppg), 11th in rebounding (4.2 rpg), sixth in assists (2.8 apg), fifth in steals (2.2 spg), third in free throw shooting percentage (.765), and blocked four shots.

Twin sisters Hannah and Haley Foster have signed to play women's college basketball for Holy Cross College in South Bend.

Burchett was the Titans' point guard and seemed to be all over the floor. Burchett was named to the All-Tri-Eastern Conference Team. She was 17th in the area in scoring (6.3 ppg), fifth in assists (2.9 apg), fourth in steals (2.9 spg), and blocked a shot.

The Tigers' Oliger was Honorable Mention in the TEC. This season, Oliger was 15th in the area in scoring (7.3 ppg), led the area in rebounding at 11.0 rpg, was 15th in assists (1.3 apg), 19th in steals (1.1 spg), and blocked seven shots.

Muterspaugh was the only senior starter for the Raiders and teamed with four sophomores most of the season. Muterspaugh finished 16th in the area in scoring (6.8 ppg), fourth in assists (2.9 apg), 10th in steals (1.7 spg), 10th in free throw shooting accuracy (.609), fifth in three-point shooting (.316), and blocked 10 shots.

Butler made the Honorable Mention list in the TEC. This season, Butler was 18th in the area in scoring (6.0 ppg), seventh in rebounding (6.5 rpg), sixth in field goal shooting accuracy (.392), and tied for seventh in total blocked shots with 10.

High Honorable Mention

Those named to the C-T High Honorable Mention List are Tri senior Auburn Harvey, Shenandoah sophomore Jenna Stewart, New Castle senior Alyssa "Peanut" Semler and sophomore Laila Smith, Knightstown senior Sidney Vise and sophomore Rena' Witham, Blue River sophomore Mallory Cross, and Hagerstown junior Camryn Bradway.

Harvey made the Honorable Mention list in the TEC and averaged 7.5 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 1.2 apg, 2.0 spg, and shot .722 on free throws. Stewart shot well from the field but didn't have enough attempts to be listed among the leaders. Stewart did average 5.8 rpg, 2.0 apg, 1.6 spg, and was second in the area in blocked shots with 39. Semler averaged 5.7 ppg and 1.4 spg for the Trojans, shot .617 on free throws, and blocked six shots. Smith, a really good volleyball player, averaged 7.3 rpg and blocked 33 shots.

Vise scored 20 points for the Panthers in that upset win over Blue River, averaged 7.6 ppg and 3.7 rpg, and blocked eight shots. Witham was all over the floor for the Panthers, averaging 6.2 rpg, 2.5 apg, 2.2 spg, and blocked four shots, Cross averaged 3.3 rpg, 1.4 apg, and 1.5 spg for the Vikings and blocked nine shots. Bradway averaged 7.2 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 1.5 apg, shot .681 from the charity stripe, and blocked a shot.

Coach of the Year

The accomplishments of a couple area coaches stood out among the others this season, and for that reason New Castle's Molly Swift and Blue River Valley's Terry Bales are name the C-T Area Co-Coaches of the Year.

This was Swift's first season as a varsity head coach and she was the third coach in three years for this year's senior class. Swift built her team around one very good player (Tabor) and led the Trojan girls to a 16-10 record, a 5-2 record and a tie for second place in the Hoosier Heritage Conference, and a Class 3A sectional championship.

Bales added a 6-1 freshman to a talented group of seniors and the Vikings took off. Under Bales this season, Blue River established a single season record for wins with 20, finished second to Monroe Central in the Mid-Eastern Conference with an 8-1 record, and won its first sectional title in 34 years, reaching the "Elite 8" in Class A before losing to Northfield in the Class A Regional 14 championship game.