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Anderson High Lady Tribe
Anderson, Indiana

  Recent Seasons  

Tuesday, November 11
2007/2008 Season

Saturday, July 7
2006/2007 Season
4A 8
Coach: Chad Wetz, 72-47 in 5th year at school
Nov. 7 Liberty Christian {1A} 86-26
Nov. 10 Frankton {2A} 75-39
Nov. 11 Pendleton Heights {3A} 76-58
Nov. 14 Indianapolis Tech {4A} 91-67
Nov. 17 Lebanon {3A} 58-57
Nov. 28 Columbus East {4A} 84-67
Dec. 2 Muncie Central {4A}‡ 79-38
Dec. 5 at Mount Vernon (Fortville) {3A} 71-64
Dec. 9 at Richmond {4A}‡ 72-49
Dec. 13 Anderson Highland {4A} 76-59
Dec. 16 Logansport {4A}‡ 68-59
Dec. 22 at Indianapolis Arlington {4A} 68-54
Dec. 30 at Ben Davis{4A} 62-78
Dec. 30 Plainfield{4A} 57-54
Jan. 6 at New Castle {3A}‡ 56-63
Jan. 13 at Huntington North {4A}‡ 64-62
Jan. 16 Alexandria {2A} 76-36
Jan. 20 Marion {4A}‡ 78-43
Jan. 25 Jay County {3A} 74-58
Jan. 27 at Kokomo {4A}‡ 63-56
Jan. 30 at Frankton {2A} 84-54
Feb. 7 Highland {4A} 75-60
Feb. 9 Richmond {4A} 67-55
Feb. 10 Muncie Central {4A} 66-39
Feb. 17 Ft. Wayne Carroll {4A} 82-77
Feb. 17 Ft. Wayne Southside {4A} 91-87
Feb. 24 South Bend Washington {4A} 76-84
Sunday, June 11 Lady Tribe seek improvement at Pat Summitt's camp Wednesday morning might qualify as one of those rare times Chad Wetz won’t feel the urge to use his alarm clock to practice his fastball. Paper boys and roosters will be fuzz-eyed at 6 a.m. when Wetz, the Anderson High School girls basketball coach, begins driving south with Knoxville, Tenn., his designated Point B. AHS assistants Sim Lacy and Chris Safford are making the journey with Wetz, as are 15 players earmarked as strong candidates to make the 2006-2007 Lady Tribe roster. Teenagers being teenagers, expect the Lady Tribe’s collective gameface to include closed eyes at least until the Tennessee state line is spotted. From that point, the fun is over. Or it’s just beginning, depending on one’s perspective. By securing his program a spot in Pat Summitt’s national team camp at the University of Tennessee, a three-day whirlwind of quality competition and sight-seeing, Wetz is laying the ultimate yardstick before his players. “What we’ve accomplished over the past few years gives us the desire to see just how good we can become,” said Wetz, whose program has won 35 of 48 games and Class 4A sectional championships the past two seasons, but run out of gas at the regional level. “Now we want to see if we can build one more step and measure ourselves to see where we’re at. One of our goals was to play a harder summer schedule, so we’re pretty excited.” Anderson is expected to again be one of the North Central Conference’s more-potent products once the weather turns chilly. Among players returning are 5-8 senior forward De’Ja Wills, 5-8 junior guard LaKeisha Noethtich, 6-foot post players Makeba Head and Nellie Eskew and sophomore point guard Whitney Clark. All five players made significant contributions to Anderson’s 17-8 ballclub this past season. Now it’s time to see what they do in front of the legendary Summitt, the Lady Vols head coach who’ll be celebrating her 54th birthday the day the Lady Tribe appears at her doorstep. The shadow cast by Summitt is imposingly large. Six NCAA women’s basketball championships and 913 career victories have a way of doing that, you know. No need attempting to educate Wetz on this. “Part of the package of going down to Knoxville is that there is a coaching clinic one of the days,” he said. “It’s an opportunity to learn from coach Summitt and be around a lady who is just fantastic.” The Anderson-to-Knoxville trip is roughly 400 miles one way, which means plenty of mile markers whizzing past, some food stops and hot-and-cold-running radio stations. By late Friday the Lady Tribe, surely tired from all that competition and travel, will have returned to Anderson. How improved the program has become won’t be gauged until next basketball season. Only then can that information be Volunteered. Monday, March 13 Congratulations to De'Ja Wills who was nominated for the 2006 Junior All Star Team!!!! Only 66 Juniors were nominated in the state. Friday, October 27 AHS star Wills makes her college choice By QUINTIN HARLAN Anderson’s De’Ja Wills has verbally committed to play college basketball for Eastern Michigan next season. Wills will sign her letter of intent to play for the Eagles on Nov. 8. Wills will join an EMU squad that is coming off a pair of Women’s National Invitation Tournament (WNIT) appearances and three straight 20-win seasons. The Eagles are a preseason favorite to win the Mid American Conference’s Western division this season after finishing last year with a 15-1 league record while going 22-7 overall. Eastern Michigan lists only two seniors on its roster: guard Annie Malatinsky and forward Sarah VanMetre, a former Noblesville Lady Miller. With a solid underclass group on the roster (five juniors, three sophomores and four freshmen this season), Wills will join a team looking to build on its recent success. “Eastern Michigan is a really strong program; they’ve won the last three regular-season MAC championships,” AHS coach Chad Wetz said. “They’ve made three straight postseason appearances and they’re looking to add some quality players to an already strong roster, and they were very impressed with De’Ja’s athletic ability and scoring ability. “We played in some high-exposure tournaments this summer. The Eastern Michigan coaches saw her and then came to Anderson during the Mid-West Explosion (tournament)and then came to open gym, when they were allowed to, in October, and coach (Suzy) Merchant just fell in love with her and gave her an offer.” Said Wills: “They wanted a shooter and I can do that. They saw me at the Explosion tournament this summer and started sending me letters. It (the recruitment process) was kind of fun but also kind of stressful. I’m glad it’s out of the way. It’s a nice school. It’s quiet up there and my mom likes it and the coaches.” Eastern’s cupboard is well-stocked in point guards and big people, so Wills and her offensive game will be a welcome addition to the Eagles come the 2007-2008 campaign. With all that out of the way, the senior shooting guard can keep her focus on this season. The third-year starter and the rest of the AHS program have just one goal this season. “State championship,” Wills said. “We need to stay focused, stay on course and keep working hard.” Wills adds her name to a list of Lady Tribe ballplayers to advance to the Division I level. Included on that list are: Dana Wilkerson, Class of 1987, Long Beach State. Angela Cotton, 1990, Butler. Sarah Armington, 1991, Butler. Melina Griffin, 1992, Purdue. April Goddard, 1995, Louisville. Kara Wile, 1996, St. Louis. Sara Weaver, 1997, College of Charleston. The 5-foot-9 Wills enters her senior season at AHS as one of the Lady Tribe tri-captains, coming off a junior year that saw her lead the Indians in scoring (14.9 ppg), assists (2.8) and steals (2.6). The Lady Tribe captured their second consecutive sectional title and finished the 2005-2006 season with a 17-8 mark. Wills’ accomplishments include: Junior All-State Nominee, Pre-Season All-State Nominee, All-North Central Conference selections 2nd Team 04-05, 1st Team 05-06. She also owns the Madison County and AHS school single-game scoring record with 53 points. Recent Lady Tribe Seasons 2005-2006 — 17-8 sectional champions 2004-2005 — 18-5 sectional champions 2003-2004 — 7-15 sectional semifinalist Wednesday, November 8 Lady Tribe Take First Game 86-26 The Indians put their game away early and easily with a stifling defense and the instant offense of De’Ja Wills. Wills outscored Liberty Christian 13-4 in the opening quarter as the Tribe ran off to a 31-4 advantage after eight minutes, giving them enough points to win the game. It was enough to win the game because the AHS pressure defense, mostly in the half-court, limited the Lions to 30 shot attempts of which they made just four. “We wanted to come out and quickly establish our premier players and establish our half-court trap,” said Anderson coach Chad Wetz. “We’re not going to press much full court but we will half-court. We got a lot of steals off passes out of the trap.” Liberty had 35 turnovers. Nobody on the Lions had more points than the nine that came from sophomore Hillary Guion. For the Indians point production was little problem. Wills poured in 28 in the first three quarters and didn’t take a shot in the fourth. She hit 11 of 16 from the field with all five of her misses coming from 3-point range where she was 4 of 9. Anderson had three other players scored in double figures. LaKeisha Noethtich had 15 points and Nellie Eskew 13. Whittlie Nelson was next with a dozen points off the bench. Jessica Troutman scored six points and topped the team with 11 rebounds. The Indians were able to get easy shots, many in transition and that led to 37 of 65 shooting from the floor. Of the next foe, the Eagles, Wetz said, “I expect Tod’s team to play super aggressive. I think that’s the reason why they won tonight. They always get excited to play Anderson.” Scoring: Wills 28, Noethtich 15, Kelly 2, Head 6, Eskew 13, Troutman 6, McGhee 2, Nelson 12, Mennifield 0, Cottrell 2 Saturday, November 11 Lady Tribe thump Frankton 75-39 Anderson used a two-minute rush at the end of the first as a springboard to thumping Frankton 75-39. But the Indians are attacking the game a bit differently. Head coach Chad Wetz has never won the county tournament title in his four previous seasons at Anderson. The last three of those seasons the title has been worn by the Arabians. “We’re in a position to get the monkey off our back,” said Wetz. “Pendleton Heights has won more of these than anybody.” For a time in Friday’s opening game it appeared that the Lady Tribe would need to scratch, claw and sweat the entire contest to get by the Eagles. With two minutes to play before halftime AHS led 21-15. “They were befuddled by our box-and-one (zone),” said Frankton coach Tod Windlan. “Tod had a good game plan,” admitted Wetz. “He kept us off the boards and kept us out of the power lanes.” But at that point Windlan took a calculated risk that most coaches take on a regular basis. Since his Eagles were still standing toe-to-toe with the state’s No. 7-ranked, 4A team, he decided to get Lauren Hendricks and Kelsey Cress off the floor before they picked up their third personal fouls. “That was a mistake,” said Windlan. “That one’s on me. We had some young kids not react very well in that situation.” In those final two minutes Anderson outscored Frankton 16-2 for a 37-17 halftime lead and the game was, for all intents and purposes, over. “We feed off emotion,” said Wetz. “We weren’t playing poorly, but we weren’t making any exciting plays. At halftime we made some major adjustments.” In the second half the Tribe outscored the Eagles 38-22 for the final margin of victory. Anderson had three starters score in double figures, LaKeisha Noethtich scored 16 and De’Ja Wills 13. Nellie Eskew had a huge double-double, scoring 13 points and pulling down 16 rebounds to help the Indians win a whopping 62-24 verdict on the glass. Anderson got 23 points off the bench, just two points less than Frankton got from its starting five. For the Eagles, only Lauren Leisure scored in double figures with 10. Wednesday, November 15 Lady Tribe defeat Indianapolis Arsenal Tech 91-67. The Tribe were lead by 4 players in double figures: De'Ja Wills (20), LaKeisha Noethtich (16), Whitney Clark (13), & Makeba Head (10). The half time score was 51-23 and the Tribe coasted to the end with the help of some strong players off the bench. Asia Morgan and Jasmine McGhee had 8 points a piece and Jessica Troutman and Whittlie Nelson added 5 each. The JV team also won easily for their first win of the year. Friday, November 17 Lady Tribe have talent to go far by RICK TEVERBAUGH It was such an impressive performance last week by the Anderson Lady Tribe basketball team in winning the Madison County Tournament title. The Indians of Coach Chad Wetz couldn’t find a single team to compete with them for a full 32 minutes. They had all three games in hand by halftime. The title-game win was over three-time defending champion Pendleton Heights. PH coach Shari Doud paid Anderson some very high compliments after the game. “They just don’t let you run anything,” said Doud of Anderson’s defensive effort. “They had an answer for everything we tried.” That might just be the key to this AHS team getting further than many good teams of past years. This season’s squad isn’t merely going to try and outscore the opposition. Certainly they still have the offensive firepower to do just that to many of the teams on their schedule. But this team isn’t going to be happy just winning most of the games on the regular season schedule and then falter in the sectional or regional. The Indians have their sights set on a longer road. This edition has talent to burn among its starters and its bench. There also seems to be a strong thread of unselfishness. Anderson also has the premier player in the county in De’Ja Wills. Anyone who watches her play and has a vote for the Indiana All-Star Team should be writing her name on that ballot in February. Wills is the complete package. She has the outside shot with range beyond the 3-point line. She can also penetrate to the glass. Then she defends with both quickness and anticipation. She is by far not the only problem opponents will face this season. How many teams have an answer for a point guard over 6-feet tall with all of the skills needed to excel at that position? LaKeisha Noethtich will make them answer that question. On Friday, the Indians host one of the state’s top 3A teams in Lebanon. It will be Anderson’s toughest test to date. It will be held in the Teepee on South Madison Street. It would be a really entertaining way to spend the evening. Saturday, November 18 Lady Tribe rallies to victory By RICK TEVERBAUGH There’s no payoff for how long you lead in a basketball game, but there certainly is for when you lead. Anderson, ranked No. 5 in 4A, trailed almost the entire game against Lebanon, ranked No. 3 in 3A Friday night. But LaKeisha Noethtich, who had missed 8 of 11 free throws during the contest, hit two freebies with seven seconds left to push the Lady Tribe past the Tigers 58-57 to go 5-0 on the young season. “We didn’t play our best game, but we didn’t quit,” said AHS coach Chad Wetz. “We showed our commitment to play a 32-minute game.” But for 31 minutes it appeared it wouldn’t be enough. Anderson’s Whittlie Nelson, who had scratched and clawed and brought great energy to the fray, missed a layup with 35 seconds left that would have shaved the lead to one. The Indians got another life when they forced Lebanon’s fifth turnover of the fourth quarter. Trailing 57-54, Noethtich made the decision to go to the basket. It was good strategy because the home team had hit only 2 of 17 from long range in the game. The slender junior knifed through traffic to score with 11 seconds left but AHS still trailed 57-56. During a time out Wetz told his team to double deny the ball to the Tigers talented junior Maggie Boyer, who had 27 points. Lebanon still attempted to get the ball into her hands, and she was called for pushing off trying to get open. The Tribe threw the ball inbounds, and Noethtich backed her defender into the paint and was fouled when she tried to shoot with seven seconds remaining. Noethtich hit both free throws to cap a 26-point, 13-rebound effort that was both phenomenal and necessary. Yet the game wasn’t over yet. Lebanon got the ball into Boyer’s hand, and she raced downcourt with the Indians hounding her every step. In a surprise move she passed the ball to her team’s 6-foot-1 junior center Hannah Boeh in the paint. But Boeh’s shot was blocked and never got anywhere near the rim as time expired. In what is a rare occasion, the Indians had another player to record a double-double. Nellie Eskew scored 12 points and led her team with 14 rebounds. Anderson’s 54-34 advantage on the boards gave the team 15 more shots than the Tigers and the Indians needed all of them as they shot just 23 of 67 from the field. Anderson’s standout guard De’Ja Wills had one of those shooting nights, hitting just 3 of 18 field goals for 10 points. But the Tigers didn’t trust her not to go off at any given moment and continued to pay close defensive attention to her throughout the contest. Lebanon was hurt by a lack of scoring support for Boyer. Her backcourt mate Dana Reynolds scored 10 and nobody else on the Tigers team reached double figures. The Indians now take a break until after Thanksgiving when they play at home against No. 3 Columbus East on Nov. 28. “We can use the break to give us a chance to refine our game,” said Wetz. “Columbus East is just as good or better than the team we beat tonight. Anderson - Noethtich 26, Eskew 12, Wills 10, Morgan 4, Kelley 2, Troutman 2, McGhee 2, Nelson 0, Cottrell 0. 3-pointers: Noethtich, Wills. Totals: 23 10-22 58. Lebanon 15 10 19 13 57 Anderson 9 14 18 17 58 Three-point shooting: 2-17 (Wills 1-13, Noethtich 1-2, Kelly 0-1, Eskew 0-1). Rebounds: 54 (Eskew 14). Turnovers: 20 Junior Varsity Anderson 57 Lebanon 26 Anderson - Davis 19, S. Ivey 7, Nelson 6, Clark 5, O. Ivey 4, Bryan 4, Johnson 4, Ramey 2, Mennifield 2, Hardin 2, McGhee 2 Wednesday, November 29 Lady Tribe stays perfect When the state girls basketball poll came out Tuesday, both Columbus East and Anderson moved up a spot to No. 5 and No. 6 respectively. After the Olympians and the Lady Tribe met Tuesday, next week’s 4A poll should again have some shuffling at the top. But the teams will move in opposite directions this time. Anderson roared out of the chute quickly and was never in any real danger of giving up the lead in an 84-67 victory, its sixth in as many games this season and second straight over a ranked opponent. DeJa Wills didn’t miss a shot until late in the third quarter as she scored 20 points for the Indians. “I thought De’Ja’s floor vision was the difference in us getting the lead in the first half,” said AHS coach Chad Wetz. Wills hit 6-of-9 from the field, including all four of her 3-pointers. Three of her teammates also scored in double figures. The bravest of those efforts came from LaKeisha Noethtich, who is playing through a leg injury. She played with a soft splint on her leg, but she also played with a dogged determination that resulted in 17 points and a team-high 11 rebounds. “I wanted to get her more time off the court in the fourth quarter, but she’s just one of those players we have to have out there with the game on the line,” said Wetz. Makeba Head and Nellie Eskew provided the strength in the paint that was especially valuable because it was one thing that the Olympians didn’t possess. “Our game plan was to go to our power play inside and then kick it out for 3-pointers,” said Wetz. “Head’s third quarter was a key for us.” Head finished with 14 points and nine rebounds. Those numbers were nearly identical to Eskew’s figures. She hit all but one of her field goals and all four free throws for 14 points. She also collected eight rebounds as the Indians dominated in that category 46-29. Jessica Troutman also had a fine game off the bench, scoring seven points and collecting a rebound. Several of the Indians took turns in guarding East’s sniping senior guard Shelby Ross. Ross hit 11 of 13 shots and matched Wills with 4-of-4 from beyond the arc for her game-high 29 points. She added 10 boards for a double-double. The Olympians’ point production dropped off rapidly after that. Stephanie Santos was next with 11 points and Jordan Ogle scored 10. The Indians had 10 turnovers in the fourth quarter as they got caught up in the Columbus East frantic scrambling defense. It kept the Indians from getting comfortable down the stretch but the lead never dwindled to single digits. “The fourth quarter was a good experience for us of having to protect a lead against a really good team,” said Wetz. “Tonight all of our players were fairly healthy and ready to play.” Wills 20, Noethtich 17, Eskew 14, Head 14, Troutman 7, Kelly 6, McGhee 2, Nelson 2, Morgan 2 JV Columbus East 40 Anderson 24 Friday, December 1 MIKE BEAS: Summer camp did Lady Tribe a world of good It’s been 5 1/2 months since 14 Anderson girls basketball players and their coach set foot on that hallowed hoops soil known as the University of Tennessee. You know, home to Pat Summitt’s dictionary-thick coaching résumé, replete with six national championships, typed neatly on orange-tinted stationary. There’s no knocking Knoxville when it comes to girls/women’s basketball, and, boy, did the Lady Tribe ever return home with one whopper of a souvenir following their three-day participation in Summitt’s national team camp in June. A couple of CCs, if you will: confidence and cohesiveness. Immersed knee-pad deep in the ultimate yardstick, coach Chad Wetz and Co. rattled off six consecutive victories before absorbing a 34-31 defeat at the hands of Ramsay High School, the three-time defending Class 5A state champion in Alabama. Summitt observed from a courtside seat, the fourth time in seven games she watched the Lady Tribe up close. “That game right there really proved to our program that we have an opportunity to play at the highest level,” said Wetz. “We really do talk about that game a lot as the kind of game we want to play.” The carryover has been obvious in Anderson’s 6-0 start to the 2006-2007 season, which has been rewarded with a No. 6 ranking in Class 4A. Not only did the Lady Tribe run roughshod through the annual Madison County Tournament by winning three games by an average of 38 points, Anderson also owns victories over 4A No. 5 Columbus East and 3A power Lebanon. “Coming back from Tennessee we had the unity we’re really riding now. The No. 1 thing we got from the camp was unity and another was the need to be a team to win championships,” said Wetz. “What I’m most proud of with this 6-0 start is we finally have the county tourney monkey off our back. Secondly is the style we’re playing. We’re playing power basketball.” Anderson very quietly has now prevailed in 41 of its last 54 ballgames dating back to the 2004-2005 season, a track record that is becoming increasingly difficult to ignore outside the boundaries of Madison County. This applies to individual talent, as well. Averaging 19 points, 5.6 assists and 4.8 steals, 5-foot-8 senior guard De’Ja Wills has thrown herself into the middle of Indiana All-Star discussions. LaKeisha Noethtich, the team’s 6-foot-1 point guard, at the moment is a bona fide Junior All-Star candidate with averages of 17.4 points and 8.8 rebounds. They’re not alone. Far from it. Six-one junior Nellie Eskew (10.5 ppg, 9.2 rpg) is off to an impressive start for Anderson, as are fellow frontliners Makeba Head and Danielle Kelley. Wetz doesn’t hesitate rotating in fresh players, nor should he considering the AHS bench is deeper than the Nile. If it’s backcourt pinch-hitting he needs, Wetz can call on 5-foot-4 defensive roadblock Whittlie Nelson or 5-foot-6 April Cottrell. Senior Asia Morgan serves as a dependable post presence, while 5-foot-8 sophomore Jasmine McGhee and 6-foot-1 juniors Jessica Troutman and Deadra Taylor provide even more frontcourt depth. With a very good Muncie Central team visiting the Lady Tribe on Saturday, Wetz understands there remains plenty of work to be done if his program is going to piece together the kind of season he’s envisioned. Great starts and great finishes are entirely different entities. What Lady Tribe players must remember is that ‘team’ starts with ‘t’ and ‘e’, same as ‘Tennessee’.
Sunday, December 3 Lady Tribe cruise past Muncie Central by Rick Teverbaugh The movie phrase is: “You had me at hello.” That’s just about how soon the No. 6-ranked Anderson Lady Tribe secured the victory over Muncie Central Saturday afternoon. Anderson hit its first eight shots and by the time the Bearcats could overcome the shock and called their first full time out, AHS led 17-1 on its way to a 29-6 first quarter. “The girls were really hyped for a (North Central) Conference game,” said Anderson coach Chad Wetz of his team’s 79-38 win. “A conference championship is one of our goals.” The team is now 1-0 in that pursuit. Central came out in a box zone and a chaser on AHS sharpshooter De’ja Wills. It was ineffective to say the least as Wills hit all but one shot in the opening quarter, scoring 10 points over the first eight minutes. Things weren’t much better for the visitors on their offensive end. At least half of their passes in the quarter ended up in the home team’s hands or was touched by a Tribe player’s hands on the way toward its intended target. Central had seven turnovers in that stretch, just one less than the total number of field goal attempts in the quarter. Then the Anderson bench came out in the second quarter and still the Bearcats were a bit overwhelmed. The Indians outscored the Bearcats 18-11 over the next eight minutes to take a 47-17 halftime lead. If there was any negative about the game for Anderson it was the going-through-the-motions way the starters played the third quarter. But the bench scored all of the fourth-quarter points as Anderson went to 7-0 by pulling away from Central (4-2) at the end. “Our bench play was excellent,” said Wetz. “Jasmine McGhee is starting to show she can come in and change the game.” McGhee hit half of her field goals and the same percentage of four free throws to score 10 points. Her point output was exceeded only by Wills, who finished with 15 and Jessica Troutman, who played strong off the bench with 13 points and a team-high eight rebounds. AHS won the rebound battle, 44-28. Despite using 10 players liberally, Anderson hit 31 of 66 from the field. The Bearcats could net just 15 of 41 shots, including getting absolutely nothing out of eight from beyond the arc. Junior Jessica Blankenship was the brightest star for the visitors. She hit 4 of 7 from the field and added a pair of free throws for 10 points. None of her teammates scored more than six. Central’s starters scored just 18 of its 38 points. Anderson is in action Tuesday when the Tribe travels to Mount Vernon. The junior varsity tipoff is at 6 p.m.
Tuesday, December 5 C Team Defeat Pendleton Heights 35-15 Janelle Davis 14, Benefiel 8, Ivey 5 Wednesday, December 6 No. 6 Lady Tribe escape with win The No. 6 Anderson Lady Tribe didn’t make it look pretty, but they were able to go into Mount Vernon and escape with a 71-64 victory Tuesday. Anderson (8-0) got a double-double from two players. Junior forward Nellie Eskew finished with 25 points, 15 rebounds and two blocks, while junior guard LaKeisha Noethtich added 11 points and 14 rebounds, 11 of which came in the second half. Senior guard De’Ja Wills also had 16 points. Despite getting the win, Anderson High School coach Chad Wetz was not too happy with the way his team played. “That’s the worst we’ve played all season,” Wetz said. “We didn’t mentally come to play, and we’re lucky to get out of here with a win against Julie Shelton’s coaching.” Wetz added that the outcome of the game was much closer than he expected. “It was way too close,” Wetz said. “Their pressure made us freak out a little bit, and we didn’t play our game.” The Marauders hung right with the Lady Tribe through the first quarter, despite leading scorer Brittany Nickerson being pulled with three fouls, and trailed 24-20 at the end of the first quarter. Mount Vernon sophomore Cassie Bills stepped up in Nickerson’s absence and kept the Marauders close through the second quarter. But Wills got going for Anderson, and was able to take it to the hole on three straight possessions and score to help Anderson to a 43-35 halftime lead. Bills finished the first half with 15 points for Mount Vernon, while Eskew had 14 points and eight rebounds at the half. Nickerson returned in the third quarter and combined for 10 third-quarter points with junior center Abby Balbach, but Eskew had a seven-point third quarter of her own, and the Lady Tribe led 54-47 going into the fourth. In the fourth, Mount Vernon went on an 8-0 run to get within three at 60-57, but Wills took over down the stretch, scoring seven of the last 11 points for the Tribe and helped them hang on for the win. Wetz said that getting a double-double out of Eskew is something that he’s almost come to expect each night. “She is only nine-tenths of a rebound away from averaging a double-double,” Wetz said. “Every night, a double-double is her goal, and without that double-double, we might lose this one tonight.” Wetz added that he hopes this will be a wake-up call for his team. “I hope it’s a shock,” Wetz said. “Because if we play like that against other teams on our schedule, we definitely won’t be number six for long.” The Lady Tribe outrebounded the Marauders 44-26. Eskew 25, Wills 16, Noethtich 11, Kelly 6, Morgan 4, Head 4, McGhee 3, Nelson 2, Trutman 0, Cottrell o Rebounds: Eskew 15, Noethtich 14 JV Anderson 42 Mt. Vernon 25 Sunday, December 10 Lady Tribe move to 9-0 The final score may have been a difference of just 23 points, but the fans at the Tiernan Center on Saturday afternoon knew it wasn’t that close. Class 4A No. 5 Anderson rolled into Richmond unbeaten in eight starts and made it nine wins in nine tries in its second North Central Conference contest, a 72-49 decision over Richmond. De'Ja Wills scored a game-high 27 points for Anderson to pace a trio of Lady Tribe players in double digits. Lakeisha Noethtich scored 15 and Makeba Head finished off the Tribe trifecta with 13 points. Anderson held a 16-9 advantage after the first quarter in what was to that point a competitive game. Then AHS turned up its pressure defense and that, coupled with the Lady Tribe’s quickness, lead to a 21-point quarter and a 37-19 half-time edge. Anderson bounced back after a lackluster performance in a victory over Mt. Vernon this past Tuesday. “Practice was brutal this week,” AHS coach Chad Wetz said. “This was a great bounce-back game for us and we should be a heavy favorite going into Wednesday night.” That would be the annual City Rivalry Doubleheader at the Wigwam against Highland Wednesday night at 6 p.m. Wills 27, Noethtich 15, Head 13, Eskew 6, Troutman 5, McGhee 4, Nelson 2 JV Anderson 34 Richmond 20 Monday, December 11 C Team Defeats Hamilton S/E 42-38 Minnefield 11, Gosha 9, B. Clark 8, Ivey 6 Sunday, December 17 Lady Tribe wins seesaw battle by Quintin Harlan Anderson coach Chad Wetz’s 96-years-young grandmother Ruth Wetz picked a good day to see her grandson coach a basketball game for the first time. Her grandson’s squad ran its record to 11-0 and 3-0 in North Central Conference girls basketball play with a 68-59 win over a game Logansport team Saturday. The second half was the epitome of the fact that basketball is a game of runs. With the score tied at 24 to start the third quarter, the Indians scored the first two baskets of the half on a pair of layups by Nellie Eskew to go up 28-24. Anderson’s pressure forced five Berries turnovers in the first 2:03 of the period and a Logan timeout. Following that break, a Makeba Head bucket made it 30-24 Anderson with 4:15 to go. “As a team we just stuck together and played well, but we need to hit shots,” said Eskew. “In the third I just tried to keep everybody in it and keep them fired up.” Logan would answer the Lady Tribe basket for basket down the stretch of the third to cut the game to a two-possession event at 40-35 going into the fourth quarter. The Berries opened the final quarter with an 8-0 run to go up 43-40 with 6:32 left. Anderson answered with back-to-back close-range makes by Lakeisha Noethtich and Eskew to briefly reclaim the lead at 44-43. A Lindsay Rich hoop put the Berries back on top at 45-44 at the 5:19 mark. AHS would answer with another layup by Noethtich along with a free-throw each by Noethtich and De’Ja Wills to go up 48-45 with 4:42 remaining. Logansport would take the lead 49-48 on a layin by Kayla Fowler and a pair of free throws by Shannon Jennings. Anderson retook the edge by converting six straight at the line as Bryesha McCullough, Danielle Kelly and Noethtich were good on all of their respective chances, giving Anderson the 52-49 lead with 3:31 to go. Logansport would cut the lead down to a one-possession game with two minutes to go, when another Fowler layup made it 58-55 in Anderson’s favor. From there Anderson was able to penetrate and either get layups or to the foul line as the Lady Tribe converted chances from the floor in the forms of Eskew, Kelly and Noethtich. Wills and Kelly were money at the stripe to put the Tribe over the top. “I’m happy we kept our poise and won the game,” said Noethtich. “I know we didn’t play as good as we could’ve, but we kept our heads and didn’t lose our focus.” As good as the ending was, the beginning was as shaky as it could get. Coming off Wednesday’s City Rivalry game with Highland, the next game for the Tribe has traditionally been one where it’s a struggle early on. Saturday afternoon at the TeePee was no exception. Anderson led 13-9 after the first, but in that period there were a combined 16 turnovers (10 for Logan and 5 for Anderson). The Berries managed to get six shots off and were successful on two of those. Anderson was 5 of 20 shooting in that period with most of the misses coming from inside the paint. At the half the Indians were hitting a measly 25 percent from the field on 8 of 32 shooting. The Tribe finished the game with a 22 for 63 shooting night for a 35 percent clip. Logansport hit 20 of 42 shots for a 48 percent success rate. Anderson connected on 22 of 30 at the line, a 73 percent mark. That put a collective smile on the faces of the Anderson program, which set a goal of 70 percent at the stripe per game. In the fourth the Lady Tribe put the game away by hitting 14 of 17 charity tosses for an 82 percent mark. “We played a strong execution game but we couldn’t hit layups early,” said the fifth-year AHS coach. “On the other side of it we were deadly at the free-throw line and that shows our composure. We dug down and showed our poise much better than in games where we’ve been ahead and we tried to coast to the finish. There was no coasting today, we got a big conference win against a Logan team that’s going to win a lot of ball games.” Noethtich scored a game high 22 points for the Red & Green on 7 of 15 shooting from the field and 8 of 11 at the foul line. Eskew was close behind with 19 points on 9 of 15 shooting from the floor to go along with 10 boards for a double/double. “We’ve never been a one-man show,” said Wetz. “De’Ja leads us in scoring, but they chased her all over today and we had other people step up.” AHS won the rebound war by a 38-34 count. Eskew was the high-woman with a game high 10 rebounds. Next highest for AHS were Jessica Troutman with six boards off the bench and Noethtich who also had six grabs. The Berries were led by the eight caroms by Rich. Anderson (11-0 and 3-0) will travel to Indianapolis Arlington next Friday night for a 7:30 tip-off. Following that will be a brief break for the Christmas holiday before taking on the host Ben Davis Lady Giants in the first game of the Ben Davis Holiday Tournament. With competition like that looming before the calendar even turns to January, Saturday’s dogfight can’t do anything but help the Lady Tribe. “A game like this will help us in that even if we’re not hitting shots, we can still play hard and find a way to win the game,” said Noethtich. Scoring: Noethtich 22, Eskew 19, Kelly 7, Wills 6, McCullough 5, Head 4, Troutman 3, McGhee 2 JV Anderson 59 Logansport 43 Scoring: McCullough 13, McGhee 10, Mennifield 8, Johnson 7, Ivey 7, Nelson 4, Clark 4, Bryan 3, Gosha 2, Seitz 1 C Team Logansport 33 Anderson 31 Scoring: Bryan 14, Ivey 8, Hardin 8, Seitz 6, Mennifield 4, Gosha 1 Thursday, December 14 Wills, defense power Lady Tribe by Rick Teverbaugh Anderson held Highland without a field goal for the entire second quarter and the No. 4-ranked Indians topped the Scots 76-59 at the Wigwam Wednesday night. DeJa Wills scored 34 for the Lady Tribe, 14 coming in the first quarter and 10 more in the second. “DeJa came out with the will to win,” Highland coach Stacey Brewer said. “We were hoping she couldn’t keep that up for the whole game, but she proved us wrong.” Anderson’s LaKeisha Noethtich, held to five points in the first half, added 14 in the second and was Wills’ only teammate to score in double figures. Highland’s Kyla Lacy came off the bench to lead her team in scoring with 16 points, followed by Raven Ivey with 15. “We just played basketball,” Anderson coach Chad Wetz said. “We didn’t execute that well. We just played basketball and that was enough to win.” The Scots opened the game with a nearly flawless floor game as they had just one turnover in eight minutes. They trailed 19-12 as Wills accounted for all but five of the AHS points. The second quarter was a much different story. Highland had eight turnovers and missed all six of its shots. Only 9-of-12 free-throw shooting in that period kept the game from getting out of reach. “In the second quarter we just fell apart,” Brewer said. Something had to change in the second half. “We had a very intense halftime,” Brewer said. “I just challenged them. It was a gut check.” It worked because the Scots scored the first eight points of the third quarter to cut the lead to 38-29. “Highland played a very strong third quarter to keep them in it,” Wetz said. But Highland faded a bit at the end of the period and the Indians were able to stretch it out to 57-41 at the end of the third quarter. The Scots never mounted a serious fourth-quarter threat. “Our bigs didn’t rebound the way we wanted,” Wetz said. “Foul trouble kept Nellie (Eskew) out of the game a lot.” Highland captured the rebound battle by a slim 43-41 margin. Erin Looper had eight boards to top the visitors. Anderson’s Makeba Head and Jasmine McGhee each had eight caroms to pace the Tribe. Ivey had just two points at intermission but added 13 in the second half as the Scots battled AHS even 38-38 over the final 16 minutes. “Raven is learning that she can take this team and carry it on her back,” Brewer said. “I think in the second half we realized that we can beat this team.” Scoring: Wills 34, Noethtich 19, McGhee 6, Nelson 5, Eskew 4, Head 4, Morgan 2, Troutman 2
Sunday, January 14 Lady Tribe back on the winning track Makeba Head 24 points 16 rebounds and 3 blocked shots Anderson 64, Huntington North 62 The Lady Tribe got back on the winning track as they picked up a hard fought North Central Conference vicotry at Huntington North 64-62. AHS senior Makeba Head continued her strong play for Anderson scoring a team high 24 points on 10 of 11 shooting from the field to go with 16 rebounds and 3 blocked shots. Sophomore Byesha McCullough scored a varsity career high 18 points off the bench for the Lady Tribe. Anderson got nine points form Deja Wills and eight points from Lakeisha Noethtich. The Lady Vikings Amber Clark led all scorers wtih 28 points. Anderson trailed Huntington 17-11 at the end of the first quarter. The Indians fought back to take a one point lead at the half 25-24. The Lady Tribe won the second half 39-38. Anderson improves to 14-2 overall and 4-1 in the NCC. They’ll return to action Thursday when they host Alexandria at 7:30. Saturday, December 23 Defense carries Lady Tribe to 12th win by Quintin Harlan Not since the single class days has an Anderson girls basketball team had a run like this. As near as AHS records can indicate, you have to go back to the 1993-1994 Final Four season at Anderson to find another Lady Tribe squad that had a double-digit winning streak. Anderson stayed perfect with a hard fought road win at Indianapolis Arlington 68-54 Friday night to run the programs mark to 12-0. Anderson’s backcourt of 6-foot-1 junior Lakeisha Noethtich and 5-9 senior De’Ja Wills accounted for 43 of the Indians total, with Noethtich picking up a game high 22 points and Wills right on her heels with a 21-point performance. Arlington countered the Indians’ size with quickness as the Golden Knights were even with AHS at 14-14 by the end of the first. The Indians were on top going into the half 32-26. But in the third Arlington put a scare in to the unbeaten Indians. Arlington outscored Anderson 20-12 in the third, to put the Knights up 46-44. In a familiar scene from their previous game, last Saturday against Logansport, the Lady Tribe executed every facet of their offense, except one...the ball wouldn’t go in the basket. “It was a dogfight just like the Logan game,” said fifth year AHS coach Chad Wetz. “They matched up point for point, but not shot for shot. We just kept missing field goals.” The AHS bigs had foul trouble across the board as Makeba Head, Nellie Eskew and Jessica Troutman were all on the bench with two fouls by the middle of the second quarter. AHS found some interior help off the bench in the form of 5-11 senior Asia Morgan who scored 7 points off the pine for the Indians. “She played her best game tonight,” Wetz said of Morgan. With the Indians up by just three points in the final minutes of the contest, Noethtich pulled up and drilled a 3-pointer with 2:30 to go, putting AHS up six. The Indians never looked back. While they may have had issues on offense throughout the night, Anderson’s defense carried them home. Mixing their trademark high pressure man-to-man with a high 1-3-1 zone, the Lady Tribe kept Indiana recruit Ebony Jackson to 13 points and held the Golden Knights as a team to eight points in the fourth quarter while Anderson added 24 in that same eight minute span. “You have to give my assistant coach Sim Lacy and his defense some props,” Wetz said. “The defense has to carry us when our offense starts to falter.” Anderson will take some time off for the Christmas holiday before returning to action next Saturday when they’ll participate in the Ben Davis Holiday Tournament. The Lady Tribe will first take on the host Lady Giants at 10 a.m. Following them will be Plainfield against Bloomington South. The consolation bracket is scheduled for 6 p.m. with the championship game slated for approximately 7:30 p.m. Anderson 14 18 12 24 -- 68 Arlington 14 12 20 8 -- 54 Anderson -- Noethtich 22, Wills 21, Head 9, Morgan 7, Eskew 6, Kelly 2, Nelson 1, Troutman 0, McGhee 0, McCullough 0. 3-pointers: Wills 4. Monday, January 1 Lady Tribe suffer first loss by Rick Teverbaugh For a team that went into the Ben Davis Holiday Classic without a loss, the No. 4-ranked Anderson Lady Tribe nearly emerged without a win in two games Saturday. The Tribe got roughed up 78-62 in the opening game by No. 8 Ben Davis and then had to rally from behind in the final minutes of the consolation game to pull out a 57-53 win over unranked Plainfield. “We don’t want to be playing in the consolation for one thing,” said AHS coach Chad Wetz. “But mentally we just didn’t come to play either game today. We played scared all day and I don’t know why.” The day’s opener against the Giants was really decided in the second quarter when the home team crushed Anderson 25-7. The Indians actually outscored Ben Davis 55-53 in the other three quarters combined. The biggest problem was Anderson ’s inability to break the Giants’ pressure and a stubbornness to try and do it by dribbling rather than passing. The end result was 32 AHS turnovers, over a third of those coming in the second quarter. “I told them at halftime we had to pass the ball to break the press,” said Wetz. His players listened for three minutes of the third period. Anderson went on a 12-2 run and cut the deficit to 47-43 on a drive by Deja Wills. Then the Indians reverted to a dribble attack and were outscored 10-2 the rest of the quarter. They never again threatened the Giants. “I had used almost all of my time outs,” said Wetz. “I asked them after the game why they stopped passing the ball and they said they didn’t know.” Ben Davis got a huge lift from a pair of sophomores that teams will get very tired of seeing before they don caps and gowns. De’Airra Goss scored 22 points, hitting 70 percent of her field goals and 80 percent of her free throws. Alex Bentley was just as effective even if she only hit 6 of 16 from the field on her way to 20 points. Her penetration had the Indians back on their heels and her crisp passes off those trips deep into the AHS defense gave her teammates many easy scoring chances. Anderson had three players score in double figures, but they accounted for all but 14 of their team’s points. Wills scored 18 on 7 of 17 shooting. LaKeisha Noethtich was next with 17 on 6 of 16 firing. Nellie Eskew had a monster game with 13 points and 17 rebounds. Makeeba Head nearly had a double-double as well with 11 boards and nine points. The Indians won the board battle 52-40, but turnovers and a paltry 15 of 29 from the free throw line wiped away any advantage they had on the glass. It was evident early in the nightcap that the Tribe wasn’t exactly fired up to be the warmup act to the championship contest between Ben Davis and Bloomington South. The Quakers from Plainfield, who didn’t reach the 20-point mark until the third quarter in their semifinal loss to Bloomington in the afternoon, scored 15 points in the first quarter of the consolation game. They trailed 18-15 after eight minutes, but Plainfield would have led at halftime had it not been for Wills’ half-court 3-pointer just before the horn that lifted Anderson to a 28-26 lead. If Wetz’ halftime message wasn’t strong enough, his second-half lineup should have put an exclamation on it. Both Wills and Noethtich were on the bench to open the second half. That didn’t help on the scoreboard during the third quarter, but it may have paid dividends in the fourth. Early in the final period Anderson trailed 44-36 as the Quakers’ Jessica Wolfe and DeAnna Elmore provided the offense. But with Whittlie Nelson getting hot from the outside and Wills back on the floor, the Tribe rallied. Wills tied the game at 49-49 with a 3-pointer at the 3:30 mark of quarter four. The two teams traded field goals but Wills hit a pair of free throws with 1:37 to play that put AHS on top to stay. Jasmine McGhee, who had a solid, assertive game off the bench, gave the Indians a bit of breathing room with a driving bank shot from the right side of the lane. Anderson led 55-51 with 48 seconds remaining. Anderson ’s defense didn’t let Plainfield score until Bryttani Gish hit a pair of free throws with 3.5 ticks left to cut the gap to 55-53. The Tribe’s pass inbounds to Head who was immediately fouled. She hit both free throws to ice the win. “Makeeba was presence for us,” said Wetz. “We had some girls who don’t usually contribute in game situations do it tonight. That’s something we can build on.” Wills scored 22 despite her limited third-quarter minutes and Head scored 13. Nelson finished with nine points and nobody else for Anderson scored more than six. As further testament to the lack of fire in the team’s furnace, a smaller Plainfield team outrebounded Anderson 45-30. Plainfield got 16 points from Allison Lutocka and 12 from Wolfe, who also pulled down 14 rebounds. “We got some things to work on,” admitted Wetz. “If we play the way we did today, we won’t win another conference game.” Anderson’s next action is Saturday afternoon when they visit No. 2-ranked New Castle. Ben Davis 78, Anderson 62 Anderson 22 7 16 17 -- 62 Ben Davis 20 25 12 21 -- 78 Anderson -- Wills 18, Noethtich 17, Eskew 13, Head 9, McGhee 3, Troutman 2, Kelly 0, Cottrell 0, Nelson 0, Johnson 0, Morgan 0, Taylor 0. 3-pointers: Wills. Totals: 23 15-29 62. Ben Davis -- Goss 22, Bentley 20, Craig 14, Holcomb 7, Boyd 6, Robinson 4, Simmons 2, Vernon 2, J. Huber 1, Nunley 0, E. Huber 0. 3-pointers: none. Totals: 28 22-29 78. Anderson 18 10 8 21 -- 57 Plainfield 15 11 15 12 -- 53 Anderson -- Wills 22, Noethtich 1, Eskew 4, Head 13, McGhee 6, Troutman 0, Kelly 0, Cottrell 0, Nelson 9, Johnson 0, Morgan 2, Taylor 0. Sunday, January 7 New Castle gets by Anderson Rick Teverbaugh Sometimes the marquee players are the ones that run the show, sell the tickets and win the games. Sometimes not so much. Saturday, a girls North Central Conference basketball game was determined by the next level of players, the ones not likely to get many headlines throughout the course of the season. Unfortunately for the Anderson Lady Tribe, New Castle did a better job of getting those players to step up, and it carried the Trojans to a 63-56 victory. The win put them in command of their own conference destiny as they are the lone unbeaten team in the league. New Castle’s Corrie West topped her team with 24 points, but she was really only a factor in the opening quarter and the final two minutes of the contest when the home team wanted to hold the ball. West had a whopper of an opening, though. She hit 5 of 8 shots, three of them 3-pointers in eight minutes. Her 14 points were one better than AHS as New Castle led 22-13 going into the second period. “We started in a man-to-man and they ate us up,” said Anderson coach Chad Wetz. “We came out hard but we didn’t come out smart. So we decided to go to a chaser defense and I thought we did a good job on West and (Macey) Elyea.” Anderson’s leading scorer Deja Wills took on the assignment of stopping West. The Trojan senior took just seven field goals in the final three quarters and hit just two, none of them from 3-point range. Elyea had a variety of defenders but she hit only 2 of 9 from the field for seven points. But each quarter the Trojans remained in the lead or close to it because another player stepped up offensively. In the second quarter it was Amy Melton’s six points. In the third quarter it was Madison Qualkenbush’s 11, including a trio of 3-pointers. In the final period the Trojans’ Allison Reece, held to one field goal in three quarters, scored five. “Their secondary players hit some nice shots, some of them under pressure,” said Wetz. Anderson’s Makeba Head had a game few girls even dare to dream about. She hit 9 of 13 shots for 24 points, but even more jaw-dropping were her 21 rebounds. New Castle had no answer for her athleticism, activity and determination. “Our focus all week was to get Head the ball inside because New Castle doesn’t have anyone over 6-foot,” said Wetz. “We did a good job of that but our other inside players didn’t show up.” The Tribe were plagued by getting the ball inside and instead of keeping it up high where the Trojans would have had trouble reaching it, they brought it down and in some cases tried to dribble. New Castle poked the ball away in many of those situations and it helped lead to 27 AHS turnovers to just eight for New Castle. That offset Anderson’s huge 56-32 rebound advantage. The Indians rebounded from what had been an 11-point, first-quarter deficit to take a lead in the second quarter and to take a seven-point advantage in the second half. “We had to get out of too big of a hole,” said Wetz. “It took too much energy. We were tired at the end and that’s not usually us.” Anderson hit just 2 of 10 shots in the final quarter, allowing the Trojans to roll past and then hang on in the final two minutes behind West’s ball handling and 4 for 4 free throw shooting. “They know how to put the game away,” said Wetz. Wills scored 17 points for the Indians but her defensive effort on West may have taken its toll on the other end. She hit 7 of 18 from the floor, lower than her usual percentage. Anderson had 10 players see action but only four of them scored. The Indians are now 13-2 overall and 3-1 in the NCC. New Castle is also 13-2 but 5-0 in the league. Anderson is idle until next Saturday night when the Tribe visits NCC foe Huntington in a 7:30 p.m. tipoff. Sunday, January 14 Lady Tribe back on the winning track Anderson 64, Huntington North 62 The Lady Tribe got back on the winning track as they picked up a hard fought North Central Conference vicotry at Huntington North 64-62. AHS senior Makeba Head continued her strong play for Anderson scoring a team high 24 points on 10 of 11 shooting from the field to go with 16 rebounds and 3 blocked shots. Sophomore Byesha McCullough scored a varsity career high 18 points off the bench for the Lady Tribe. Anderson got nine points form Deja Wills and eight points from Lakeisha Noethtich. The Lady Vikings Amber Clark led all scorers wtih 28 points. Anderson trailed Huntington 17-11 at the end of the first quarter. The Indians fought back to take a one point lead at the half 25-24. The Lady Tribe won the second half 39-38. Anderson improves to 14-2 overall and 4-1 in the NCC. Thursday, January 18 AHS girls roll past Alexandria By QUINTIN HARLAN The Anderson and Alexandria girls basketball programs met for their final regular season encounter Tuesday night at the TeePee. On this night it was the Lady Tribe that ended the series with a 76-36 victory over the Lady Tigers. The Indians’ quickness and high pressure defense proved problematic for the Tigers. Leading 36-24 at the break, Anderson turned up the defensive intensity forcing multiple Tiger turnovers for multiple transition offensive opportunities for the Indians. Anderson put the game away in the third quarter beating Alexandria 28-12. Early success against Anderson’s man-to-man defense kept Alexandria close at 8-4 through the first three minutes of the game. The Indians then switched to a pressing 1-3-1. AHS would outscore Alexandria 57-28 for the remainder of the contest. “That trapping 1-3-1 we used caused them a lot of problems,” said AHS coach Chad Wetz. “For the first three minutes they hung with us. They got back-to-back baskets on a back-door play against our man-to-man defense, and that’s when we went to a zone defense.” It paid dividends immediately. AHS went on a 10-4 run to close out the first quarter to take an 18-8 lead. Anderson again scored 18 points in the second period and held Alexandria to just six points. Following Anderson’s third-quarter explosion, the Indians claimed the fourth quarter by a close 11-10 count. Four Anderson players reached double figures led by the 16 points from Eastern Michigan recruit Deja Wills. Fellow senior Makeba Head continued her steady play scoring 15 points and pulling in a team-high seven rebounds for Anderson. Junior Lakeisha Noethtich and sophomore Bryesha McCullough each added 14 points to the AHS effort. Wills led the Indians with five assists, while Noethtich had four. For the Tigers, freshman Katie Fowler was the only one in double digits with 12 points. Fellow frosh Kimera Hamilton was the next highest with seven points. Anderson is now 15-2 on the year and will host North Central Conference rival Marion on Saturday morning with an 11 a.m. junior varsity tip and a varsity tipoff scheduled for around 12:30 p.m. Friday, January 26 Lady Tribe uses balanced attack to beat Jay County By QUINTIN HARLAN The Class 4A No. 9-ranked Anderson Lady Tribe found themselves in a dogfight against a respectable Jay County squad Thursday. Through three quarters of play, Anderson led by just four points, 43-39, going into the fourth quarter. Apparently all it took was coach Chad Wetz reminding his team what was at stake to get things going in a more comfortable direction for Anderson High School. “We told them during the break that Jay County wanted to ruin our senior night and our perfect home record,” Wetz said. “After that challenge, our girls refocused and played with much better intensity.” Anderson threw up 31 points in the fourth quarter to pull away with a 74-58 victory and end its home schedule with a perfect 8-0 on the hardwood of the TeePee. Senior Make

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Friday, March 2
Lady Tribe looks to take next step in 2007-08
The rearview mirror featuring images of the 2006-07 Anderson High School girls basketball season has been used a lot the past six days. Understandably, Lady Tribe players and fans want a few more glimpses at the Class 4A State Finals berth that almost was before turning their attention to the future. Same holds true for Chad Wetz, though as coach it might be he who carries the “would haves,” “should haves” and “could haves” from last Saturday’s 84-76 semistate loss to South Bend Washington around the longest.“I don’t feel like we played our best and it leaves that sick feeling in your stomach,” said Wetz. “That feeling that you left something out there.” Be that as it may, there are plenty of prizes still worth claiming. Last I checked, the Indiana High School Athletic Association isn’t discontinuing the tradition of crowning four girls state basketball champions every year. With nine of this season’s 12 varsity players returning, maybe ’08 will be the “1” for Wetz’ program, owner of a 59-16 record and three sectional titles since the outset of the 2004-05 season. With seniors De’Ja Wills and Makeba Head having exhausted their high school eligibility, 6-1 guard-forward-center LaKeisha Noethtich is now front and center. Noethtich averaged 14.8 points, 7.2 rebounds and 2.9 assists as a junior, yet Wetz expects more than sheer numbers from his four-year starter. “Now that LaKeisha has solidified herself as a major player, she needs to lead in the summertime to push the younger girls in the weightroom and in open gyms,” said Wetz. “She has to remind them we have a goal that we did not attain.” Noethtich paced the Lady Tribe in the semistate loss with 22 points and 15 rebounds. She’ll be the go-to player for AHS next season despite being surrounded by proven scorers. Six-one post players Nellie Eskew and Jessica Troutman and 5-4 guard Whittlie Nelson come back, as do juniors-to-be Jasmine McGhee and Bryesha McCullough, both of whom stand 5-9. McGhee and McCullough took their games to another level during Anderson’s tournament run, including the semistate loss where they came off the Lady Tribe bench to combine for 18 points. McCullough enjoyed a monster regional the previous week, producing a two-game total of 34 points in victories against Fort Wayne Carroll and Fort Wayne South. The unforeseen — injuries, move-ins, move-aways — can always trip up a coach and his plans. However, at the moment, McGhee, an excellent leaper, should play one of the forward spots for the Lady Tribe with Nelson, the team’s defensive roadblock, lined up opposite of her. Eskew or Troutman will play post and McCullough, an excellent shooter and improved ball handler, would start at point guard. As she’s done her entire career, the versatile Noethtich will do a little bit of everything. As for depth, Wetz anticipates increased minutes and responsibility for 6-1 senior-to-be Deadra Taylor and juniors C.C. Menefield and Allana Johnson. Put it all together and you get potential and plenty of it.

“Already we’re looking at six or seven kids who could compete for starting positions,” said Wetz. “This team with the experience from making the run this season is primed for another run.”

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Anderson High School girls basketball team holds practice
“Our expectations are pretty high,” said Sumpter. “With our athletic size and length we can be a good defensive team. But we need to have that mindset. We could be very quick, but we could also start a front line that is 6-(foot) 2, 6-2, 6-2. I’m not sure we have a true identity yet.”

Friday, November 9
No. 7 Anderson rolls Indy Tech in season opener
Nellie Eskew added 11

Anderson 72, Tech 27

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Anderson - Noetich 20, McCullough 15, Eskew 11, McGhee 8, Nelson 7, Davis 7, Troutman 4, Bryan 0, Menifield 0, Johnson 0, McDonald 0, Sietz 0. 3-pointers: Nelson, Noetich, Davis Totals: 21 27-48 72.

Tech - Cross 8, Henry 5, Woods 5, Robinson 3, Cash 2, McMorris 2, Bullock 1, Wells 1, Wynne 0, Patrick 0, Gibson 0. 3-pointers: Robinson. Totals: 8 10-22 27.
The Anderson girls basketball got a double-double from LaKeisha Noethtich and a staunch defensive effort Tuesday in dumping host Indianapolis Tech 72-27 in the season opener. The Indians jumped out to a big 38-9 halftime lead and cruised to victory.  Noethtich had 20 points and 15 rebounds. Bryesha McCullough followed with 15 points and Nellie Eskew added 11. “Whittlie Nelson really set the tone for our defense,” AHSassistant coach Dean Riddle said. “In the past, this group didn’t take much pride in their defense, but we are trying to change that.”

Anderson plays at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Lebanon.

Saturday, November 10
Class 3A No. 1 Tigers Defeat Lady Tribe 64-63

 Senior Maggie Boyer was marvelous in the Lady Tigers’ season-opener Friday, scoring 40 points in a 64-63 win over Anderson. Things began a little shaky for the Boyer and the Tigers, as Lebanon committed several early turnovers and looked susceptible to Anderson’s dribble penetration. They managed to keep the score close, trailing just 16-15 after the first quarter. In the second quarter, it appeared as though the Lady Tigers still had some rust to shake off, with Anderson going on an 8-1 run to take a 28-21 lead. They had trouble finding their rhythm on offense, and Boyer had just 12 points at halftime. Her shooting came alive late in the half, and Lebanon went into the locker room down 29-26. “Talk about throwing your young kids to the lion — they didn’t have a chance to look around tonight,” Lebanon Coach Tracey Hammel said. “You’ve got to give the young kids credit; you’ve got to give the older kids credit, as well.”  Boyer really hit the throttle in the third quarter. After making two foul shots, she stole the inbounds pass and immediately put it up for another two points and a 37-35 lead. It was the Lady Tigers’ first lead of the game. Anderson’s Jasmine McGee and Lakeisha Noethtich responded by pushing the ball on fast breaks, scoring a combined 14 points in the third quarter. McGee finished the game with a double-double, scoring 16 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. Anderson began to experience foul trouble, and Lebanon took advantage of its many trips to the free throw line. The Tigers made 22-of-27 free throws as a team. Senior center Hannah Boeh was a major contributor to those numbers, nailing 8-of-9 shots from the line. Each time Anderson would take a lead, Boyer came right back to hit a shot or draw a foul. She was 14-of-30 from the field throughout the game, and 10-of-13 from the free throw line. In the final seconds of the third quarter, Boyer converted on a three-point play to knot the game at 48 apiece. She had 16 points in the third quarter alone. “She started to regain her balance — she was off-balance a little in the first half, and that really allowed her to step up and knock down some buckets,” Hammel said. Anderson would not let it slip away from them that easily, as junior Bryesha McCullough scored eight quick points. The Lady Tribe suddenly held a 60-51 lead with under four minutes remaining. Freshman Alison Curtis responded with a three-point play of her own, and Boyer followed that with hard drive to the hoop to cut the deficit to four points. “We worked too hard to just give it up like this,” Hammel said. “That’s when we said we’ve got to pick up the defense, and we’ve got to quit relying on the easy buckets, and we did that.” Boyer continued to knock down shots, and solid defense by junior Claire Milam helped the Lady Tigers inch ever-closer to eliminating the deficit. With 51 seconds left, freshman Kalyn Harker fouled out. She pulled down seven rebounds for the Tigers. Boyer quickly tied the game at 61 with a beautiful turnaround jumper, but Anderson immediately worked the ball up court to take a 63-61 lead. Maggie Boyer received the inbounds pass, jogged the ball calmly up court, set up from the wing and drilled a three-pointer with 23 seconds left in the game. Anderson had a chance to tie the game, but missed two free throws to finish the game. The Tribe was 6-of-17 from the free throw line. “If we knock down our free throws, we coast home to victory,” Anderson Coach Shane Sumpter said. “Just about every close game comes down to free throws. They made them and we didn’t.”

Lebanon 64, Anderson 63

Anderson 16 13 19 15 -- 63
Lebanon 15 11 22 16 -- 64

Anderson -- McCullough 20, McGhee 19, Noethtich 9, Troutman 6, Eskew 4, Nelson 3, Davis 2. 3-pointers: none. Totals: 28 7-16 63
Lebanon -- Boyer 40, Boeh 12, Curtis 7, Milam 5, Harker 0, Blackstone 0, Branstetter 0. 3-pointers: Boyer 2. Totals: 20 22-27 64

Wednesday, November 14
Indians cruise past Arabians
Whittlie Nelson with 17 points

The Indians hit six of their first seven first-quarter shots, while the Arabians hit just one of its first seven and committed nine turnovers. That helped Anderson build a 17-1 lead that eventually became a 62-31 Indians victory. The win vaulted Anderson (2-1) into the semifinals, where it will play Lapel in the 6 p.m. semifinal. The Bulldogs defeated host Alexandria, 49-42. Anderson coach Shane Sumpter and Pendleton Heights coach Shari Doud agreed that the disparity in games played factored into Tuesday’s start, but not necessarily in the outcome. “Their athleticism overwhelmed us,” Doud said of the Indians. “They shot the ball exceptionally well, and we definitely looked like it was our first game.”  The Indians cooled off slightly after their 6-of-7 beginning, shooting 25 of 53 (47.2 percent). The Arabians, meanwhile, connected on 10 of their 39 field-goal tries (25.6 percent). “Early in the game, we really got after them defensively,” Sumpter said of his team’s effort. “We’re in a tough bracket. Pendleton Heights is a good team, but we’ve got a lot of improving to do. There’s too many (other) good teams.” Bryesha McCullough led Anderson’s balanced scoring effort with 20 points, with Whittlie Nelson close behind with 17. Jasmine McGhee added 12 points for the Indians. McCullough shot 8-of-12 from the floor while adding team highs in rebounds (seven) and assists (five). The Arabians appeared poised to make the game a little more interesting late in the first half, when they pressed the Indians into eight second-quarter turnovers. Anderson, however, made the necessary adjustments at halftime and only committed three miscues the rest of the game. “We just had to look before we passed it,” Nelson said, referring to how the Indians eliminated the turnovers. “We wanted to put some fear in the other (tournament) teams, and we have a lot more work to do, but we did pretty good.” Freshman Hannah Douglas and Mur Hagerman shared team-high honors with eight points apiece for Pendleton Heights. Lindsey Beisser added six. The Arabians will play Alexandria in Thursday’s first game at 6 p.m. “We’re obviously still hungry for our first win,” Doud said. “I don’t even know if we’re looking at it as a tournament. We just want to win out now.”

Anderson (62)

Nelson 7-9 0-0 17, McGhee 5-10 1-2 12, Noethtich 2-10 0-2 4, McCullough 8-12 1-1 20, Eskew 2-8 3-3 7, Troutman 1-2 0-2 2, Davis 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 25-53 5-10 62.

Pendleton Heights (31)

Miller 1-5 0-0 2, L. Beisser 3-7 0-0 6, Douglas 3-9 2-5 8, Hagerman 1-6 6-8 8, Morlock 0-4 0-0 0, Perkins 0-2 0-0 0, Hubble 0-2 0-1 0, Jessup 1-2 0-0 2, M. Beisser 1-2 1-2 3. Totals 10-39 9-16 31.

Anderson 20 11 17 14 — 62

Pendleton Heights 5 9 7 10 — 31

3-point shooting — Anderson 4-11 (Nelson 3-5, Noethtich 0-2, McCullough 1-3, Davis 0-1), Pendleton Heights 0-13 (Miller 0-2, Douglas 0-1, Hagerman 0-4, Morlock 0-4, Hubble 0-2). Rebounding — Anderson 30 (McCullough 7, Noethtich 6, McGhee 5), Pendleton Heights 27 (Morlock 4, Perkins 4, M. Beisser 4). Total fouls — Anderson 19, Pendleton Heights 12. Fouled out — none. Turnovers — Anderson 17, Pendleton Heights 28.

Saturday, November 17
Lapel upsets Anderson at girls county tourney
Lakeisha Noethtich led the Indians with 18 points

Lapel's girls basketball team pulled a mild upset this evening, defeating Anderson 57-52 in the first Madison County Tournament semifinal game at Alexandria.
Hillary Guion led the Class 2A No. 10 Bulldogs (2-0) with 19 points, all in the second half. Lakeisha Noethtich led the Indians with 18 points off the bench.

Sunday, November 18
Lady Tribe defeat Frankton
Jasmine McGhee 23 points
Anderson High School's girls basketball team defeated Frankton 67-43 this evening to win the third-place game of the Madison County Tournament at Alexandria. Jasmine McGhee led the Indians (3-2) with 23 points. Lauren Hendricks paced the Eagles (2-3) with 11 points.

Wednesday, November 28
Anderson 64, Columbus East 54
Bryesha McCullough led the Indians with a game-high 25 points.
Anderson High School returned from a week long layoff with a 64-54 victory on the road at Columbus East on Tuesday night. Bryesha McCullough led the Indians with a game-high 25 points. The 5-foot-9 junior guard hit 5-of-6 shots from the field and 14-of-15 at the free throw line. Senior Lakeisha Noethtich scored 20 for the Lady Tribe. She hit six field goals and was 8-of-15 at the charity stripe. The 6-foot Indian forward also pulled in a game-high 11 rebounds for a double/double. Jasmine McGhee was the next-highest scorer for AHS with seven points. The 5-foot-10 junior forward had four rebounds in the game. The Lady Tribe as a team committed just nine turnovers. Anderson (4-2) travels to Muncie Central on Thursday night to open the North Central Conference portion of its schedule. Tip time will be 7:30 p.m. at the Walnut Street Fieldhouse.

Sunday, December 9
Anderson girls cruise in NCC win

Good teams are always playing against their potential, regardless of the competition.
So that explains why Anderson girls varsity basketball coach Shane Sumpter wasn’t fully satisfied with the Indians' 61-23 dismantling of North Central Conference rival Richmond Saturday afternoon. The Indians could have made the score about anything they wanted by amping up or extending the defensive pressure. But they put only half-court pressure on the ball, as has been their pattern most of the year, and still forced 24 turnovers out of the now 2-8 Red Devils.  Anderson had four players in double figures. Whittlie Nelson and Jasmine McGhee scored 13 points apiece, Bryesha McCullough came through with 12 points and LaKeisha Noethtich added 11. McGhee was the most efficient of that group, hitting 60 percent of her shots from the field. Her great leaping ability consistently got her above the defense for unimpeded shots. Richmond packed the zone so tight inside the lane that all five players could have held hands. That gave AHS a free rein to shoot from the outside, but the home team showed great restraint as it lofted just 15 shots from beyond the arc for the game. “The timing just isn’t there in our zone offense,” said Sumpter. “We played a lot harder today, and that’s a good thing. But from an execution standpoint, we still have a long way to go.” One of the concerns is field goal percentage. Anderson hit 24 of 59 from the field. Its percentage from 2-point range wasn’t much better at 19 of 44. “This is the second game in a row where we’ve missed a lot of bunnies,” said Sumpter of the easy inside shots that failed to fall. “For some reason we just aren’t finishing shots.” Another trouble spot is rebounding. Despite a big size advantage at nearly every position, the Lady Tribe was outrebounded 37-36. Noethtich pulled down a game-high 12 caroms. “We just didn’t rebound well,” said Sumpter. “We work on that in practice. They (Richmond) had too many offensive rebounds. That shouldn’t happen.” Richmond had just five players score, topped by senior Kelly Pardieck with eight points and six rebounds. The Red Devils were a mark of offensive consistency, scoring six, five, six and six points in the four quarters. They hit just 11 of 49 shots and fired nothing but blanks for 3-point range, missing all seven shots from that territory. Anderson will take a 7-2 overall mark and a 2-0 conference record into Wednesday’s tussle at city rival Highland. Game time is 6 p.m. “We’re still 2-0 in the conference and a conference win is always a good thing,” said Sumpter. “I don’t want to be too negative, but we’ve still got a lot of work to do.”

Wednesday, December 12
Anderson looks to continue dominance over Lady Scots

Rick Teverbaugh

It is a matchup that some thought might happen three times this season. But the Anderson and Highland girls missed a possible collision in the title game of the Madison County Tournament when the Tribe lost to Lapel and the Scots followed suit a night later. Tonight’s clash between longtime city rivals was virtually unavoidable. This game would certainly give the winner a leg up in any possible rematch in February at the sectional level.  The Indians have the momentum for certain. They have won every game since that loss to the Bulldogs in the county semis. That has included two impressive road wins at Columbus East and at Muncie Central. “You can usually throw the schedules out the window for this game,” said Anderson coach Shane Sumpter. “I think this will be an emotional game for both of us.” “I expect it to be a very physical game,” said Highland coach Tod Windlan. “Between the two schools there is an intense rivalry. We haven’t had much success against them the past 10 years or so.” Highland has three players who average scoring in double figures, topped by Raven Ivey at 20.1 points. Stormy Holder averages 13.1 points and Kyla Lacey 10.6 Jessika Lark isn’t far behind at 8.4. “We’re playing pretty well,” said Windlan. “We just have momentary lapses here and there. We get off to good starts. We’ve never trailed at halftime in a game. We need to develop a winning attitude. We just don’t know how to pounce on somebody and put them away.” One way the Scots could do that is with outside shooting. Three of their regulars are hitting over 30 percent from 3-point range, Holder (39 percent), Ivey (36) and Lacy (32). Another way would be by hitting the boards. Ivey grabs 6.1 rebounds per contest, followed by Holder at 6.0 and Lark at 4.1.  Highland will also be likely to turn up the pressure.  “Highland will press us the whole time,” said Sumpter. “They use a diamond, a 2-2-1 and a man. We go about it a different way — in the halfcourt.” Anderson ’s Bryesha McCullough leads the team by averaging 15.0 points per outing. LaKeisha Noethtich averages 13.9 and Jasmine McGhee 13.2. AHS has strong rebounding as well with Noethtich averaging 9.6 caroms and McGhee 9.2 with McCullough getting 5.4. The two schools have players who know each other very well, not just from playing in this prep series. Many play AAU basketball with or against one another not to mention the typical summer playground or park pickups.  But the coaches also know each other as both graduated from Frankton. “We’ve known each other a long time,” said Sumpter. “I have tremendous respect for Tod.” Playing the opening game of the boys-girls double-header tonight is seen as a positive. “I think it’s kind of good,” said Windlan. “I think it creates a nice atmosphere for the girls.”

Thursday, December 13
Anderson girls pull away in second half, top Highland

Balanced scoring and a third-quarter scoring burst was all that the Anderson girls basketball needed to make it six straight wins over city rival Highland, 71-55 on Wednesday. AHS (8-2) featured four players who scored between 13 and 18 points, including LaKeisha Noethtich and Jasmine McGhee, both of whom recorded double-doubles with points and rebounds. Noethtich finished with 18 points and 12 boards, while McGhee scored 13 and had 10 rebounds. Whittlie Nelson added 17 points and Bryesha McCullough 16. “When we get balanced scoring like that, I like our chances,” AHS coach Shane Sumpter said. The Scots were paced by Raven Ivey with 28 points and by Stormy Holder, who had 13 points and a team-high nine rebounds. The Scots (5-5) , who had not trailed at halftime this season, were behind 32-29 at the break. For a time, it seemed to be a good omen for them. Highland went on a 7-0 run over the first 2:30 of the second half for a 36-32 lead. Anderson put up just one shot during that stretch . “We rebounded and got out in transition,” Highland coach Tod Windlan said. “We got it into the open court and got some easy baskets.” But after a time out by Sumpter, the Tribe appeared to be a different team. In less than 90 seconds, Anderson went on an 8-2 run to take a 40-38 lead. The rest of the quarter also belonged to the visitors. Anderson lofted a trio of 3-pointers in the period, and hit all three. Nelson, Noethtich and McCullough each had one of the bombs. Anderson took a 46-40 lead into the fourth quarter and outscored Highland 25-15 down the stretch to win comfortably. One key to the AHS turnaround was rebounding. Leading by just one in the board battle at halftime, the final margin was 38-28 in favor of the Indians. “We didn’t box out in the second half, and when we did, we didn’t go after the rebound with any aggression,” Windlan said. “We got really impatient on offense, and when you do that, it leads to not rebounding well.” A defensive halftime adjustment by Sumpter paid dividends as well. Ivey had 16 points in the first half. During the stretch where Anderson took control, she had just two baskets. “We switched and put Nelson on Raven,” Sumpter said. “Raven’s a special player. Whittlie did a great of denying her the ball and limiting her touches.” Without getting the ball regularly into Ivey’s hands, the Scots offense began to cough it up without a shot more frequently. Highland had six turnovers at halftime, but added 13 in the second half.


ANDERSON — Nelson 5-8 4-6 17, McGhee 6-12 1-2 13, Noethtich 4-13 9-19 18, McCullough 5-9 5-7 16, Eskew 0-0 2-2 2, Menifield 1-2 0-0 2, Davis 1-1 0-0 3. Totals 22-45 21-36 71.

HIGHLAND — Ivey 9-22 9-13 28, Lark 2-5 1-4 5, Lacy 2-5 0-2 4, Holder 6-12 0-0 13, Allen 2-2 0-0 4, Mohr 0-1 0-0 0, Ogden 0-0 1-2 1, Jones 0-2 0-0 0, Tate 0-0 0-0 0, Davis 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 21-49 11-21 55.

Anderson 14 18 14 25 — 71
Highland 13 16 11 15 — 55

3-point shooting — Anderson 6-10 (Nelson 3-3, Noethtich 1-2, McCullough 1-3, Menifield 0-1, Davis 1-1), Highland 2-8 (Ivey 1-4, Lacy 0-1, Holder 1-2, Mohr 0-1). Total fouls — Anderson 19, Highland 25. Fouled out — McCullough. Rebounds — Anderson 38 (Noethtich 12), Highland 28 (Holder 9). Turnovers — Anderson 21, Highland 19.

Sunday, December 16
Indians hold off Berries
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The free-throw line became the worst enemy for the Logansport girls basketball team in the fourth quarter of the Berries’ loss to Anderson on Saturday afternoon. Logansport (5-3, 1-2 North Central Conference) entered the final quarter with a six-point lead, its largest of the game. However, the Berries could not capitalize on their opportunities at the charity stripe, hitting only 6-of-14 attempts in the last eight minutes. On the other end of the floor, the Indians began heating up, pulling down offensive rebounds, and hitting shots as they scored 21 in the quarter to overtake the Berries in a 57-55 win. Logansport coach Jerry Hoover said he thought his girls played well; the game just came down to free throws and rebounds. “(Anderson) had too many lay-ins on second-chance shots and we missed too many free throws, but we played a pretty good basketball game,” he said. “Those things can be corrected. We will just continue to try and get better.” Anderson had to rotate many players in and out of the game due to early foul trouble and had trouble getting its offense going in the first 16 minutes of play. Anderson got a big lift from junior guard Bryesha McCullough in the final quarter, sinking three shots from behind the arch, and making all four of her free-throw attempts, including two with six seconds to go. McCullough scored a game-high 21 points for the Indians, while Jasmine McGhee added 10 points and Lakeisha Noethtich chipped in with eight. Anderson (9-2, 3-0 NCC) hosts Indianapolis Arlington, Friday night at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, December 22
Anderson girls lose close one

Anderson's girls basketball team had its seven-game winning streak snapped at the TeePee on Friday night at the hands of the Golden Knights of Indianapolis Arlington, 49-47. 
Bryesha McCullough and LaKeisha Noethtich each scored in double figures for the Indians. McCullough scored a team-high 15 points, while Noethtich scored 10 in the loss. Noethtich pulled down 10 rebounds. Jasmine McGhee chipped in nine points for AHS. Anderson (9-3) will travel to Ben Davis on Dec. 29 to participate in the Ben Davis Holiday Tournament. AHS will take on Plainfield in the opening game of the day at 10 a.m.

Arlington 14 3 23 9 -- 49
Anderson 4 19 13 11 -- 47

Arlington -- Shepherd 14, Golighty 12, M. Williams 7, Warren 7, Martin 3, T. Williams 3, Lewis 2. 3-pointers: None Totals: 17 15-23 49.
Anderson -- McCullough 15, Noethlich 10, McGhee 9, Davis 5, Nelson 4, Eskew 4. 3-pointers: Davis. Totals: 18 10-27 47.

Monday, December 31
Anderson splits at Ben Davis Tourney

Jordan Huber scored a game-high 22 points as Ben Davis defeated visiting Anderson 76-32 Saturday in high school girls basketball.  The Class 4A No. 2 Giants (12-0) took control early, leading the Indians (10-4) 45-15 at halftime.  The Indians were led by Bryesha McCullough with 17 points.

Ben Davis 76, Anderson 32

Anderson 5 10 12 5 -- 32
Ben Davis 21 24 12 19 -- 76

Anderson -- McCullough 17, Notich 11, McGhee 4, Davis 0, Nelson 0, Johnson 0, Mennifield 0, Troutman 0, Eskew 0. 3-pointers: McCullough. Totals: 9 13-19 32.
Ben Davis -- J. Huber 22, Bentley 17, B. Goss 8, D. Goss 6, Williams 5, Holcomb 4, Kimball 4, Nunley-Lash 4, E. Huber 4, Simmons 2. 3-pointers: J. Huber 4, Bentley. Totals: 28 15-24 76.

Anderson 75, Plainfield 48

Lakeisha Nothich scored a game-high 27 points to lead the Indians to the victory over the Quakers. Jasmane McGhee added 20 points for the Indians, who took control in the second and third quarters, outscoring the Quakers 39-22.
Anderson 14 19 20 22 -- 75
Plainfield 11 11 11 15 -- 48

Anderson -- Nothich 27, McGhee 20, McCullough 15, Troutman 5, Eskew 4, Davis 4, Nelson 0. 3-pointers: None. Totals: 27 21-34 75
Plainfield -- Henson 11, Turk 10, Norris 8, Jansen 6, Cox 5, Smith 5, Lydick 3, Elmore 0, Gish 0. 3-pointers: Henson, Lydick, Smith. Totals: 14 17-22 48

Sunday, January 6
Lady Tribe climbs NCC ladder by Rick Teverbaugh

If there was ever a time when adverse circumstances would sink the Anderson Lady Tribe’s chances for a North Central Conference girls basketball title, it would have been Saturday. But Anderson persevered and held off New Castle 46-45 to take sole possession of first place in the NCC. By virtue of the win, the Indians are now 11-4 and 4-0 with their next game on Saturday at home against Huntington North. All of the work Anderson did to lead for nearly all of the contest would have been wasted had it not been for a final defense stand and an aggressive rebound from LaKeisha Noethtich. After Noethtich hit one of two free throws with less than a minute left in the game, Anderson led 46-45. New Castle’s Macey Elyea had a 3-pointer partially blocked but the ball went out of bounds giving the Trojans another chance with seven seconds left. New Castle called a time out. “We told them to switch on everything and deny everything,” said Anderson assistant coach Dean Riddle. “Keisha (Noethtich) guarded the ball on the pass, which took away the angle to the basket.”  New Castle got the ball to Elyea again. This time there was no block, but the ball bounded off the rim and into the hands of Trojan sophomore Kaycee Dobbs. But Noethtich swooped in on Dobbs and ripped the ball free. She dribbled down the court for another second or two and time expired. The Indians proved twice in the game that their starting five squad was superior to that of the Trojans. New Castle had just one field goal through the first 12 minutes of the game and AHS had a 23-6 advantage. “We did a nice job against the zone in that first quarter,” said Riddle. “I thought we executed in that quarter the best we have all year.” But the plot was about to thicken. “In the second quarter, the fouls started to mount up,” said Riddle. “All of a sudden, the situation turned around. We started trying just to get the quarter over.” Noethtich, Bryesha McCullough and Whittlie Nelson each made trips to the bench in the second quarter with two fouls. Back came the Trojans. Elyea and Courtney Baker each scored seven points in the second stanza. New Castle went on a 20-4 run to close the first half and trailed just 27-26 at intermission. When the team returned to the floor to start the third quarter, Anderson was again at full strength, and it showed. The Indians scored nine of the first 11 points in the second half, seven of them by the junior McCullough. Again New Castle weathered the storm and waited for the officials’ whistles to begin decimating the Tribe. Finally the Trojans pulled even on an Elyea 3-pointer with 2:50 to play that tied the game at 45-45. But it was the final points of the game for the visitors. McCullough led all scorers with 15 points, all but three coming in the second half. Noethtich and Jasmine McGhee were solid throughout with 12 and 10 points respectively. Noethtich had nine rebounds and McGhee eight as the Indians won the board battle 30-22. Elyea scored 13 points to top the Trojans followed by 11 from Baker.

NEW CASTLE (45) — Jones 0-2 2-2 2, Qualkenbush 0-6 9-11 9, Baker 5-9 0-0 11, Dobbs 3-6 0-3 6, Elyea 4-14 2-4 13, Thomas 1-5 1-3 4, Leath 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 13-42 14-23 45.
ANDERSON (46) — Nelson 1-4 0-0 3, McGhee 5-11 0-0 10, Noethtich 5-11 1-4 12, McCullough 3-5 7-8 15, Eskew 1-1 0-0 2, Davis 1-3 0-1 2, Troutman 1-1 0-0 2, McDonald 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 17-36 8-13 46.

New Castle 6 20 10 9 — 45
Anderson 19 8 14 5 — 46
3-point goals — New Castle 5-19 (Jones 0-1, Qualkenbush 0-4, Thomas 1-2, Baker 1-3, Elyea 3-9), Anderson 4-9 (Nelson 1-4, Davis 0-1, Noethtich 1-2, McCullough 2-2). Total fouls — New Castle 13, Anderson 23. Fouled out — none. Rebounds — New Castle 22 (Elyea 7), Anderson 30 (Noethtich 9). Turnovers — New Castle 8, Anderson 19.

Junior varsity summary
New Castle (38) — Brown 5, Lee 14, Davis 1, Lunsford 2, Wallen 12, Cochran 2, Byrd 2.
Anderson (28) — Bryan 9, Johnson 10, McDonald 6, Sietz 3.

Sunday, January 13
No harm for Anderson girls in NCC loss by Rick Teverbaugh

For more than 31 minutes Saturday afternoon, all the ingredients from the Recipe for Disaster had been baking in the Anderson High School gymnasium. When the concoction finally came out of the oven, with just six seconds left in the game, it was everything the Anderson Lady Tribe girls basketball team had feared it would be. Huntington’s Katie Hackney, 3-of-15 from 3-point range to that point, launched a long-range jumper from the left wing and hit it with five seconds left to give the Vikings a 46-45 win over Anderson. The loss dropped AHS from the unbeaten ranks of the North Central Conference, but they remain in the NCClead. Marion, 3-1 in NCCplay entering play Saturday, lost to Logansport, keeping the Tribe alone in the top spot with a 4-1 league record. Kokomo is in second place at 4-2. A check of the “Cookbook for Certain Defeat” finds the following elements:
1. Don’t take care of the basketball.
Anderson had 24 turnovers, nine of them coming in the fourth quarter when the home team was outscored 15-6. “We had too many unforced turnovers,” said AHS coach Shane Sumpter. “They (Huntington) turned up the pressure a little bit, and we went crazy.”
2. Shoot poorly from the free-throw line.
The Tribe hit just 7 of 16 freebies in the game.
3. Fail to execute an offense for which the opponent has no defense.
Anderson senior Nellie Eskew hit all five of her shots in the first quarter and took only three the rest of the game. “What worked for us in the first half would have worked for us in the second half as well,” said Sumpter. “They didn’t take it away; we took it away from ourselves by not executing.”
4. Fail to take advantage of superior size and athleticism on the boards.
Anderson won a 34-27 rebounding edge, but the margin needed to be larger. The Vikings missed 43 shots while the Indians missed just 15, giving the visitors more rebound chances.
“That’s not really a win for us in that area,” said Sumpter. “Against that team, we need to win by more than that. They got too many second chances.”
The Indians led by eight or more points for much of the game and held that lead at the start of the fourth quarter. Huntington sophomore Taylor Foley scored fourth straight points to cut the lead to 44-40 with 3:04 remaining. Just 30 ticks later, Hackney hit a 3-pointer, and it was 44-43. Nobody scored until Anderson’s LaKeisha Noethtich was fouled with 59 seconds left. She hit the first of her two free throws, but missed the second. She rebounded the miss, but was bumped and called for traveling. The Vikings used patience on offense and passed the ball around, looking for a good shot. When Anderson missed on a steal attempt, the defense began scrambling and eventually left Hackney open for the game-winner. Hackney led all scorers with 16 points, while Foley added 12. Jasmine McGhee topped the Tribe with 14 points, followed by 10 apiece for Noethtich and Eskew. Noethtich completed her double-double by also grabbing 10 boards. “This is obviously a very disappointing loss,” said Sumpter, whose team played without starter Bryesha McCullough, who missed the contest while serving the first of a two-game suspension for disciplinary reasons. “Her being out certainly effected the team.”
The Indians (11-5 overall and 4-1 in the NCC) are next in action at home Wednesday against Connersville.

Monday, January 28
Anderson girls settle for NCC tie

For the Kokomo girls basketball team, Saturday’s game came down to two words. For Anderson, it was three. But when the North Central Conference contest ended, the Wildkats had a 64-57 win and the league ended up with a trio of champions. Kokomo, Anderson and Logansport all ended up with conference records of 5-2. The Indians dropped to 12-8 overall. For the ’Kats, the words were “Kayla Drake.” Not only did she score 34 of her team’s 64 points, but her defensive pressure during the third quarter helped cause eight AHS miscues and rally the visitors, who trailed for much of the second period and early into the third. That led to the three Anderson words: “turnovers” and “free throws.” “It’s like a broken record,” AHS coach Shane Sumpter said. “We can’t hit free throws, and we have too many turnovers. It’s a disappointing loss. We didn’t take care of business at home.”  Both of the Anderson’s NCC losses have come on the Tribe’s home floor. Drake, a 5-foot-6 senior guard, hit 10 of 17 field goals, including 4-of-6 from 3-point range and missed just two of her 12 free throws. “Drake took the game up to another level with her pressure,” Kokomo coach Jason Snyder said. “She’s a great leader.” In the first half, the Wildkats were unsuccessful in applying pressure for one dominating reason. They hit just 6-of-23 shots from the field.  “We have to make shots to put on the pressure,” Snyder said. “Fortunately in the second half, we did a better job of finishing around the basket.” Most of the time when the Indians came down the court in the third quarter, the ballhandler was harassed by Drake. Most of the time, Anderson went to the left. “We ran and jumped at the ball,” Snyder said. “It depended on which side they went to, but most of the time it was (Kali) Ackison who double-teamed the ball.” “We’ve got to have better court vision in those situations,” Sumpter said. “We went over the top once to Whittlie Nelson and got a three-point play. But we didn’t do it enough.” Kokomo trailed by just 34-33 to open the final quarter. When the ’Kats got the lead and the ball, they spread out the floor, got fouled, went to the line and cashed in. In the fourth quarter, Kokomo shot 18 free throws and hit 16. “We expect our senior leaders to be able to knock down free throws,” Snyder said. “We have a couple (shooting) over 60 percent and a couple that are over 70 percent.” The Tribe got no points from the bench, but were led in scoring by LaKeisha Noethtich with 17 points. Bryesha McCullough followed with 15 and Nelson had 11, eight of those coming in the fourth quarter. Nellie Eskew had a battle inside. She scored seven points and pulled down a whopping 20 rebounds.  “Nellie has been playing much better the past three weeks,” Sumpter said. “She’s turned a corner. She’s been finishing better around the basket.” The lack of bench scoring continues to be a problem for the Tribe.  “We got in foul trouble again,” Sumpter said. “When we do that, our depth hurts us. Jasmine McGhee, Noethtich and McCullough all fouled out.”  The Indians close the season at home on Thursday against Heritage Christian, a team that is unbeaten and ranked No. 1 in Class 2A.

Lady Tribe bows out vs No. 7 Archers

 When the Price is right for seventh-ranked Fort Wayne South, a lot can go wrong for the opposing team. The Anderson Lady Tribe discovered how much in losing 74-62 to the seventh-ranked Archers at the Class 4A Huntington North Regional on Saturday. Behind the 29 points and 10 rebounds of Shavonda Price, a 5-foot-8 bundle of energy whose quick first step and repeated drives to the basket proved too much for Anderson, South advanced to the night’s championship game against Kokomo. The Lady Kats downed Carroll, 42-27, in the day’s second semifinal. In the morning opener, the Lady Tribe made life difficult for itself from the outset, falling behind 15-4 midway through the opening quarter. Nine of the points came courtesy of Price, who opened the scoring 13 seconds in with a 3-pointer from the right wing. Considering the senior had converted only six treys all season coming in, it proved to be a bad omen for Anderson. First-year AHS coach Shane Sumpter never saw his squad lead in this one. The game’s critical opening minutes were the primary reason. “I just told our kids that was basically the difference in the game; we were never able to get over the hump,” said Sumpter, whose club finished 15-10. “Early on, we just weren’t able to get stops. And we missed a lot of point-blank shots we normally hit. Their size hurt us, so Fort Wayne South had a lot to do with that. “It was always a seven- or eight-point deal after that, but I was proud of our kids for the effort, especially in the second half.” Trailing by as many as 11 points on three separate occasions in the first half, the Lady Tribe produced a couple of second-half burst that got it right back into the thick of things. Down 37-26 early in the third, Anderson behind a pair of hoops from junior forward Jasmine McGhee and one from guard Bryesha McCullough closed to within five points by the 5:39 mark. The Archers responded with a 7-2 run and, suddenly, Sumpter’s squad found itself with more work to do. The Lady Tribe deficit had grown to 12 at 58-46 at 3:40 of the fourth stanza, but again Anderson worked hard to make things interesting. A chippy inside from 6-2 senior guard LaKeisha Noethtich was followed by a McGhee putback, making it 58-50 with 2:47 showing. On the ensuing possession, Archers’ freshman guard Brittany Johnson was whistled for a personal foul, which resulted in a pair of free throws by Lady Tribe senior guard Whittlie Nelson. Anderson pulled as close as four points at 60-56, but Fort Wayne South answered with four consecutive points, the dagger being Price’s off-balance rebound bucket after teammate Normalyn Smith had been too strong on a free-throw attempt. Asked if he felt it would be the Archers’ day after Price canned that early triple, fourth-year Fort Wayne South coach Andy Rang smiled. “That’s not her game. She’s a slasher, but we don’t put limits on who shoots if it’s a good shot,” said Rang, who also received 17 points from 6-2 junior center Sydney Weinert and 12 from Johnson. “She’s athletic and when she gets going like that she’s hard to stop. We felt we could push the ball on them and force the tempo. That favored us today.”  Anderson struggled with its shooting the entire game, making 25-of-69 (.362). Many of those misfires resulted in offensive rebounds for the Lady Tribe, who by game’s end owned a 48-36 advantage on the boards behind Noethtich’s game-high 17. The 5-10 McCullough, a junior, led all Anderson scorers with 18. Nelson and McGhee produced 14 apiece. Saturday’s loss proved the final game in Lady Tribe red-and-green for seniors Noethtich, Nelson, forward Nellie Eskew and backup forward-center Jessica Troutman, players who have experienced a whole lot more “W’s” than “L’s” over their careers. “Nellie has been a bear for us all year and Jessica Troutman really battled in there,” said Sumpter, alluding to the latter’s four points and nine boards off the bench against the Archers. “Whittlie Nelson has played hard all year and Noethtich really hit the glass today. “We had some ups and downs this year, but I thought the last month of the season we really played well. A lot of positive things happened for us.”

Friday, April 18
Sectional survival: Indians face stern challenge

Nobody likely told Anderson that winning girls basketball sectionals last Saturday evening would be easy.  If anybody did, they lied. Anderson found Pendleton Heights most unwilling to be runner-up before the Tribe prevailed, 54-47. The reward is that they get to hit the road to play Saturday regionals. The Lady Tribe faces Fort Wayne South in the 10 a.m. opener at Class 4A Huntington North. “We would go on a couple of 6-0 or 8-0 runs against (Pendleton Heights), but it seems like they always answered with a big 3 (-pointer),” AHS coach Shane Sumpter said. “We just never could break away.” Anderson got tremendous balance from its top four players, Nellie Eskew, LaKeisha Noethtich, Jasmine McGhee and Bryesha McCullough, throughout the tournament run. “We are playing much more like a team now,” said Eskew in looking back at the team’s three-game run to the sectional title, the Tribe’s fourth in a row. 

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