Indiana high school basketball history will be made Tuesday at New Castle Fieldhouse, regardless of the outcome.
The girls matchup in the City Securities Hall of Fame Classic between Princeton and Lebanon featuring senior stars Jackie Young (Princeton) and Kristen Spolyar (Lebanon) will mark the first time two players with 2,000 career points have played one another.
Class 3A top-ranked Princeton (15-0) will face 3A No. 9 Lebanon (11-3) at 12:30 p.m. in the second semifinal. Noblesville (15-3) will play 3A No. 3 Benton Central (13-0) at 11 a.m. The consolation game will be played at 6 p.m. Tuesday, followed immediately by the championship matchup.
Young, a 6-1 Notre Dame recruit, set the girls single-season state scoring record as a junior with 1,003 points as she led Princeton to a Class 3A state title. She is off to a blistering start to her senior season, averaging 38.7 points. With a 48-point game in Saturday’s 79-50 win over Mt. Vernon (Ill.) in the championship of the Toyota Gibson County Teamwork Classic, Young passed former Seeger star Stephanie White for No. 2 on the state’s career scoring list.
Young has 2,870 career points, putting her on track to break Shanna Zolman’s record of 3,085 later this season. Zolman graduated from Wawasee in 2002.
Spolyar, a 5-11 Butler recruit, isn’t far behind. She is averaging 37.8 points a game this season and currently ranks No. 10 on the girls career scoring list with 2,380 points. Spolyar needs 41 points to catch Debbie Bolen (North Judson, 1988) for No. 9.
This is the first meeting between Young and Spolyar, though the pair played together last season as IndyStar Indiana Junior All-Stars. The teams could meet again in a Class 3A semistate.
The boys’ City Securities Hall of Fame Classic is set for Wednesday. Class 4A No. 6 Lawrence Central (7-1) will face McCutcheon (7-1) at 11 a.m., followed by 4A fifth-ranked Fort Wayne Carroll (7-1) and Martinsville (7-0). The consolation game is set for 6 p.m. on Wednesday, followed by the championship.
Lawrence Central is led by Virginia recruit Kyle Guy (26.3 ppg) and fellow senior guard Mehki Biffle (15.5 ppg). Sophomore guard Robert Phinisee (21.9 ppg, 6.1 assists) leads McCutcheon.
Martinsville is led by senior Keegan Northern (14.3 ppg, 9.3 rebounds), a 6-8 UIndy recruit, and 6-1 senior Logan Ratts (13.9 ppg, 4.3 assists). Zach Anderson, a 6-3 senior, averages 13.4 points and 4.1 rebounds.
Carroll is led by Ball State recruit Kyle Mallers (14.5 ppg), a 6-7 senior, and 6-1 junior Jacob Redding (17.7 ppg).
Call Star reporter Kyle Neddenriep at (317) 444-6649.