The New Albany high school boys basketball team will be heading up north to play in Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame classic next season.
The Bulldogs were included in the four-team boys field at the 2016 City Securities Hall of Fame tournament, set to take place on Dec. 30 at New Castle Fieldhouse. The girls tournament, which will take place a day earlier in New Castle, includes North Harrison high school.
“It’s going to be great to play in the Hall of Fame tournament next year,” New Albany head coach Jim Shannon said. “It looks like we’re playing Warsaw who are fantastic and after we play them we’ll have a tall task ahead of us. I think Lawrence North is going to be loaded next year. We’re really looking forward to it and it’s an honor to play in New Castle, it’s one of the most historic places to play in the state, and the Hall of Fame (tournament) is something the older coaches really respect.”
Joining New Albany in the boys field is Logansport, Lawrence North, and Warsaw. The rest of the girls field consists of Greenfield-Central, Plainfield, and Tippecanoe Valley.
The girls tournament will open up on December 29 with Greenfield-Central taking on Plainview at 11:00 a.m., followed by North Harrison against Tippecanoe Valley. The consolation game will take place at 6:00 p.m. followed by the final.
The boys tournament will begin a day later leading off with Logansport against Lawrence North at 11:00 a.m. followed by New Albany vs. Warsaw. As with the girls tournament, the consolation game will take place at 6:00 p.m. followed by the final.
New Albany is fresh off winning its first state title in 43 years last Saturday, when they defeated McCutcheon, 62-59, at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, closing out a 27-1 season. The Bulldogs are led by star sophomore guard Romeo Langford, who averaged more than 30 points per game. New Albany is also riding a 24-game winning streak.
North Harrison exceeded expectations in 2015-16 with a state runner-up finish, falling 51-45 to Heritage Christian. 6-foot-1 freshman center Lilly Hatton had a breakout season for the Lady Cats, averaging 12.7 points, 7.7 rebounds, and 4.6 blocks per game. The Lady Cats are coached by Missy Voyles, who holds a career record of 205-101 in 13 seasons and won the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association District 3 Coach of the Year award after leading her squad to a 28-3 record.