The Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame announced its field on Monday for the 2015 City Securities Hall of Fame Classic in New Castle in December.
The boys’ tourney, played on Dec. 30 at New Castle Fieldhouse, will match Lawrence Central vs. McCutcheon and Fort Wayne Carroll vs. Martinsville. This is the 39th edition of the boys tournament.
The girls tournament, on Dec. 29 at New Castle Fieldhouse, pairs Noblesville vs. Benton Central and Princeton vs. Lebanon. The consolation and championship games are played the same night. This is the 32nd girls tournament.
Here’s more on the Hall of Fame teams:
Lawrence Central – The Bears closed strong in their first season under coach Al Gooden, finishing 11-13. Junior guard Kyle Guy, a Virginia recruit, averaged 19.6 points, 4.1 rebounds and 3.3 assists and was named an IndyStar Indiana Junior All-Star. Lawrence Central returns several other players, including 6-2 junior Mehki Biffle (15.9 ppg). This is the school’s first appearance in the Hall of Fame.
McCutcheon – The Mavericks return several key players form a 22-5 season under veteran coach Rick Peckinpaugh. McCutcheon returns 6-4 junior Darnell Butler (13.9 ppg, 6.3 rebounds) and 6-3 sophomore Haden Deaton (11.3 ppg, 4.4 rebounds), among others.
Fort Wayne Carroll – Kyle Mallers, a 6-7 junior, averaged 13.3 points and 4.9 rebounds last season and was named an IndyStar Indiana Junior All-Star. Carroll was 23-4 last season. Jacob Redding, a sophomore guard, averaged 9.9 points a game last season. This is Carroll’s first appearance.
Martinsville – The Artesians return 6-8 junior Keegan Northern (13.4 ppg, 5.0 rebounds) and 6-3 junior Zach Anderson (12.1 ppg) as their top players from a team that finished 17-7 last season. Coach Kip Staggs is 32-15 in two years at Martinsville. The Artesians won the 1990 Hall of Fame Classic, their only other appearance.
Noblesville – The Millers return 5-9 junior Alexis Shannon (18.2 ppg, 4.2 rebounds) and 5-9 junior Katelyn O’Reilly (15.1 ppg, 8.6 rebounds), both Junior All-Stars, from a team that was 23-4 last season and won a sectional title.
Benton Central – The Bison return the bulk of a team that finished 25-1 and won a sectional title. Kaylan Coffman (13.7 ppg, 5.5 rebounds), a 6-2 junior, and 5-4 junior Bayley Goodman (10.8 ppg) lead the way. Benton Central is 103-16 in the last five seasons under coach David Baxter.
Princeton – The Tigers return 6-foot junior phenom Jackie Young (32.4 ppg, 10.6 ppg, 5.8 assists), a Notre Dame recruit who set a single-season scoring record with 1,003 points. Princeton was 30-1 last season and won the Class 3A state championship. The Tigers also return 5-11 sophomore Brooke James (14.2 ppg, 4.5 rebounds), among others.
Lebanon – The Tigers are coming off a 23-4 season and regional finals appearance. Kristen Spolyar, a Butler recruit, was the state’s second-leading scorer (32.2 ppg) last season and also averaged 9.0 rebounds, 6.0 steals and 4.1 assists. Brooke Montgomery, a 5-6 sophomore, averaged 10.4 points, 2.5 assists and 2.3 steals last season and 5-10 junior Peyton Terrill averaged 8.2 points and 8.2 rebounds.