2016-17 Girls Basketball Season Wrap-Ups
Thursday, March 16, 2017 3:01 PM
CARROLL CO. LADY PANTHERS
Final Record: 12-19 (3-5 NCKC)
Best Win: After losing to Gallatin County three times by an average of 19 points, Carroll County exacted a revenge with a 42-39 win the 31st District semifinals on Feb. 21 to earn a regional berth.
Worst Loss: Carroll’s season ended with a 56-20 loss to Anderson County in the Eighth Region quarterfinals, the Panthers worse margin of loss during the season.
Outlook for next season: Carroll graduates two starters but returns two of its top three scorers and a strong core of young players who received valuable experience this season. The Panthers should continue their rise next year and could contend for a district championship.
MADISON LADY CUBS
Final Record: 4-20 (0-7 HHC)
Best Win: Madison avenged a 32-point season opening loss with a 59-48 win over Charlestown in the Rumble on the River Tournament at Southwestern on Dec. 29.
Worst Loss: Madison was held to one of its lowest points totals in school history in a 50-15 loss to Jeffersonville on Dec. 2.
Outlook for next season: Despite a rough season in coach Sam Terrell’s first year, the future is bright for the Lady Cubs, who started two freshmen and a sophomore and have a strong eighth-grade class coming in. Madison should be on its way back up next season.
SHAWE MEMORIAL LADY HILLTOPPERS
Final Record: 14-12 (4-2 ORVC)
Best Win: Shawe rallied from a 22-point third quarter deficit to beat Crothersville 60-57 at home on Dec. 19.
Worst Loss: The Hilltoppers missed a chance to make a statement and lost 55-32 at South Central on Jan. 14.
Outlook for next season: Shawe enjoyed its best season in a decade and returns three starters but will have a big hole to fill in the form of career scorer leader Claire Higgins and senior running mate Megg Hensler. The Hilltoppers have the potential to still be a sectional threat next year, but their young players will have to step up their games.
SOUTHWESTERN LADY REBELS
Final Record: 6-19, 2-4 ORVC)
Best Win: The Lady Rebels played a strong all-around game to stun Connersville 55-42 in the first game of its own Rumble on the River Tournament on Dec. 29.
Worst Loss: Southwestern was run out of the gym by eventual sectional champion South Ripley, 60-28 in the sectional semifinals.
Outlook for next season: No team improved more from last year to this year than Southwestern, which won just two games last season. The Rebels graduate two seniors but return everybody else and should be even better next season.
SWITZERLAND CO. LADY PACERS
Final Record: 7-17, 0-6 ORVC)
Best Win: Switzerland erupted for a season-high 73 points in a 73-58 win at South Decatur on Jan. 21.
Worst Loss: The Lady Pacers are never in the game, losing 61-19 at Owen County (Ky.) on Dec. 5.
Outlook for next season: Switzerland loses not only its leading scorer in Whitley Schirmer, but coach Ashley Kitts announced her resignation shortly thereafter. New coach Mark Boggs has big shoes to fill, but he should be up to the task of building a young Pacer team back to contention.
TRIMBLE CO. LADY RAIDERS
Final Record: 24-5 (8-0 NCKC)
Best Win: The Lady Raiders rolled over West Carter 43-27 to reach the All “A” Classic State Semifinals on Jan. 27, their first-ever trip to the Final Four.
Worst Loss: Trimble’s outstanding season ended with a 64-53 loss to Grant County in the Eighth Region quarterfinals on Feb. 28.
Outlook for next season: It is the end of an era for Trimble, which graduates two of the best players in school history in Kaylee Clifford and Shelbe Black. The Lady Raiders will be very young next year and rebuilding, but they have the talent to still be a competitive.