With a local matchup in the 3A girls state championship game and a slew of boys sectional finals, there were once again many candidates for Saturday’s Top Performers. Here’s a look at the American Family Insurance All-USA Indy Area Performances of the Day:
10. Greg Spina, Martinsville: The Artesians’ junior guard hit three 3-pointers and finished with a team-high 20 points as the Artesians clinched their first sectional title in three years, a 64-56 double-overtime victory over Mooresville.
9. Gary Bonds, Scecina: The sophomore forward had a game-high 23 points in the Crusaders’ 57-43 win over Washington.
8. Collin Hartman, Cathedral: The IU signee scored 16 points and pulled down nine boards to propel the Irish past Tech 66-50 in the 4A Sectional 10 championship game.
7. Jordan Pickett, Pike: The senior scored a team-high 27 points in the Red Devils’ 72-70 overtime victory over Ben Davis in a 4A sectional final.
6. Avery Motes, Danville: The senior guard scored 31 points to lead the Warriors over Northwest in a 3A sectional final, 77-65.
5. Dominic Dixon, University: The Trailblazers’ senior scored 13 points, grabbed 15 boards, and sank the game-winning 3-pointer with 4.6 seconds left in a 39-38 win over Tindley in a Class A sectional championship game.
4. Baptist Academy boys’ team: The Chargers shocked previously-undefeated 2A No. 2 Waldron 64-54 with a balanced effort, hitting 11 3-pointers. Five players scored at least nine points, led by David McKnight with 15 and four triples.
3. Erica Moore, Mt. Vernon: The junior forward posted a double-double in the 3A state final, scoring 14 points and pulling down 15 rebounds, the latter a 3A record. The Marauders prevailed over Hamilton Heights, 61-47.
2. Taishaun Johnson, Pike: The senior guard scored 25 points and hit the winning 3-pointer with 8 seconds left to lift the Red Devils past Ben Davis in 4A Sectional 11’s title game, 72-70 in overtime.
1. Sydney Shelton, Mt. Vernon: The Marauders’ freshman star scored 29 points and hit five 3-pointers to lead Mt. Vernon to its first-ever girls basketball state title, a 61-47 victory over Hamilton Heights.
Other notable performances from Saturday’s games:
Trey Lyles, Tech: The Titans’ junior star sat out Saturday’s sectional final with a left knee injury and his presence was sorely missed, as Tech fell to Cathedral, 66-50. Coach Jason Delaney indicated Lyles may have a torn MCL and will have his injured knee tested.
Jalen Coleman, Cathedral: The sophomore guard scored 11 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter to help the Irish hold off Tech in a 4A sectional title game, 66-50.
Eron Gordon, North Central: The Panthers’ star freshman had a game-high 14 points, but North Central fell to Carmel in the 4A Sectional 8 title game, 58-38.
Zach McRoberts, Carmel: The junior forward had a team-high 13 points and four dunks as the Greyhounds rolled over North Central 58-38 in the 4A Sectional 8 championship game.
Darian Fitzgerald, Broad Ripple: The senior scored a team-high 16 points and had four assists in the Rockets’ 55-48 win over Heritage Christian in a 2A sectional final, Broad Ripple’s first sectional title since 1986.
Jacob Johnson, Mooresville: The junior forward scored a game-high 29 points and hit a shot to force a second overtime, but the Pioneers ultimately fell to Martinsville, 64-56.
Tony Wills, Ben Davis: The Giants’ senior guard had a game-high 29 points, but Ben Davis fell to Pike in a 4A sectional championship game, 72-70 in overtime.
Caleb Brannon, Lebanon: The Tigers’ senior had a team-high 20 points in their 66-59 loss to Frankfort in the 3A Sectional 25 title game.
Justin Brent, Speedway: The junior Notre Dame football commit scored 14 of his 20 points in the first half as the Sparkplugs rolled past South Putnam in the 2A Sectional 44 title game, 62-42.
Anthony Warrum, Heritage Christian: The senior had a game-high 25 points, but the Eagles fell to Broad Ripple in a 2A sectional championship game, 55-48.