Girls Basketball 2017-2018 Review
The girls basketball team worked through injuries and illness to post a 12-12 record against one of the 25-most difficult schedules in the state. The Lady Rebels used 16 different starting lineups and 20 different players appeared in at least one varsity game.
The Lady Rebels advanced to the semifinal round of the Marion County Tournament for the sixth straight season, which is the longest active streak among the 16 Marion County schools. In the first round of the Marion County Tournament, the team rallied to defeat eventual Class 4A state champion Warren Central 55-53. The team finished second in the Circle City Conference with a 3-1 league record. On November 16, the Lady Rebels won 54-27 at Crispus Attucks, giving head coach Stan Benge the 600th win of his career and making him only the fourth coach in the history of Indiana girls high school basketball to win at least 600 games.
Two Roncalli opponents – Warren Central (4A), Marquette Catholic (1A) – won state titles. Four others – Pike, Cardinal Ritter, Center Grove and Covenant Christian – won sectional titles. The Lady Rebels went 3-3 against that group of six teams.
The senior quartet of Lauren Fey, Ellie Bischoff, Katelyn McClary and Sophie Daniel wrapped up their four-year Roncalli careers. During the group’s four seasons in the program, the Lady Rebels amassed a 70-34 record, a 31-12 home mark and won a conference, sectional and regional title.
Sophomore Alana Vinson led the team in scoring (15.7 ppg) and rebounding (5.0 rpg) and was named All-Circle City Conference for the second straight season. She also was named All-Marion County, as well as honorable mention Underclass All-State by the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association. Freshman Maddie Bischoff joined Vinson on the all-conference team. Lauren Fey was named Academic All-State.