Wednesday, February 5, 2014

sectional time (girls)

Next week more than 400 girls basketball teams will begin the quest for a state championship (albeit in 4 classes).  To be honest, playing basketball in Indiana has not always been easy for them.  We've found photos of girl's teams from the 1920's & '30's and then no more until the 1970's.  As Nancy Barker from Vevay told us, "in the '60's when I was in school, you could only be a cheerleader."  Then came Title IX.  Indiana responded in 1975 for what would become the 'first' girl's state championship.  Warsaw defeated Bloomfield 57-52, a match-up that could no longer occur as Bloomfield is a 1A school and Warsaw a 4A.  Last month I photographed the Rivertown Classic, a holiday tourney at South Dearborn High School that pays homage to the pre-class Sectional tourney that was held there.  The four Ohio River towns represented include Lawrenceburg, Rising Sun, Aurora (South Dearborn) and Vevay (Switzerland County). This year's trophy went to the Lady Pacers of Switzerland County (they defeated Lawrenceburg in the finals, 53-43), who at 11-6 could make a run at a 2A Sectional crown when play begins for them at Milan next week.  CGS.

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