Girls Basketball 2019-20 Season Review
The girls basketball team played its best basketball of the season over the final month, winning eight of its final 10 games. During the run, the team won the Plainfield Winter Classic and the program’s second Circle City Conference title, and the first since 2017. The team fell one possession short in a 58-56 loss to Ben Davis in the sectional semifinal, but finished with a solid 17-7 record. As a result of that finish, the Lady Rebels ended the season ranked 28th in the statewide, all-class computer poll.
The team’s schedule was rated the 31st-most difficult in the state, out of 405 programs. The Lady Rebels beat five programs – Ben Davis, Franklin Central, Heritage Christian, Cardinal Ritter and Covenant Christian – that won sectional titles. The seven teams that beat Roncalli – Cathedral, Center Grove, Franklin Central, Noblesville, Lawrence North, Avon and Ben Davis – combined for a 110-70 record. Franklin Central and Ben Davis won sectional titles, while Lawrence North advanced to the Class 4A state final.
Senior Alana Vinson led Roncalli in scoring (18.8 ppg) and rebounding (6.6 rpg). She finished her four-year career with 1,375 points, ranking fourth on the program’s career scoring list. For the second straight season, Vinson shared team MVP honors with junior Madelyn Bischoff. Bischoff ranked second on the team in scoring, averaging 18.3 points, and hit a team-high 62 3-pointers, three shy of the program’s single-season record. The duo earned All-Marion County and All-Circle City Conference honors. Vinson was named third team All-Metro by the Indianapolis Star and Bischoff was named honorable mention. Bischoff was chosen to the Indiana Junior All-Stars, becoming the sixth junior all-star in program history. Vinson was named first team all-state by the Indiana Coaches of Girls Sports Association (ICGSA) and a Supreme Top 15 Senior by the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association (IBCA). Bischoff earned second-team all-state honors from the ICGSA and was picked to the Large School All-State Underclass team (non-seniors). Additionally, Vinson was chosen to participate in the Top 60 workout in the spring, which helps select the Indiana All-Star team.
Vinson’s fellow seniors Ellie Hammerschmitt, Mary Roesener and Kenzie Ross also wrapped up their four-year Roncalli careers. Hammerschmitt appeared in 64 varsity games, with 32 starts. Roesener, whose senior season was cut short due to injury, earned the team’s mental attitude award. Ross saw action in 37 varsity games, with eight starts. Freshman Sydney Horton led the team in assists (4.1 apg) and was the only player to start all 24 games.
Vinson and Hammerschmitt were each named to the academic all-state team by the ICGSA. Roesener and Ross were chosen to the ICGSA honorable mention academic all-state team. Vinson earned first team academic all-state honors from the IBCA, while Hammerschmitt, Roesener and Ross were all named honorable mention academic all-state.