Girls Basketball 2018-2019 Review
The girls basketball team played its best basketball of the season over the final month, winning nine of its final 10 games. The nine-game winning streak was the program’s longest streak in six seasons. During the streak, the team outscored its opponents by 20.2 points per game. The team fell one possession short in a 52-50 loss to Ben Davis in the sectional final, but finished with a solid 16-7 record. As a result of that finish, the Lady Rebels ended the season ranked 21st in the statewide, all-class computer poll.
The team’s schedule was rated the 25th most difficult in the state, out of 403 programs. The Lady Rebels beat two programs – Bishop Chatard and Covenant Christian – that won sectional titles and beat Pike twice. Pike was rated 17th overall in the state and the second win, a 61-39 Roncalli victory in the sectional opener, snapped Pike’s 11-game sectional winning streak that stretched back to 2014. The six teams that beat Roncalli – Ben Davis (twice), Lawrence North, North Central, Heritage Christian, Center Grove and Marquette Catholic – combined for a 125-36 record. Ben Davis and Center Grove won sectional titles, while Lawrence North advanced to the Class 4A state final and Marquette Catholic repeated at Class 1A state champions.
The senior quintet of Anna Bauer, Natalie Hahn, Jada Moran, Amanda Prather and Maggie Schoening wrapped up their four-year Roncalli careers. During the group’s four seasons in the program, the Lady Rebels amassed a 69-33 record, a 28-11 home mark and won conference, sectional and regional titles. Additionally, Bauer, Hahn, Prather and Schoening were named academic all-state by the Indiana Coaches of Girls Sports Association (ICGSA). Moran was named honorable mention academic all-state by the ICGSA. Bauer and Prather were named honorable mention academic all-state by the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association (IBCA).
Sophomore Madelyn Bischoff led the team in scoring with a 17.7 points per game average. Her scoring average was the highest by a sophomore since Lindsey Corsaro averaged 19.6 points in 2013-14. Junior Alana Vinson finished second on the team in scoring (15.9 ppg) and led the team in rebounding (6.7 rpg). Late in the sectional semifinal win over Southport, Vinson scored the 1,000th point of her career. She’s the 11th player in program history to reach 1,000 career points, but only the fourth to reach the milestone before the end of her junior season. Bischoff and Vinson shared the team’s MVP award. They were also named to the All-Circle City Conference and All Marion County teams. Vinson earned Underclass Large School All-State honors from the IBCA. Bischoff was named first team all-state by the ICGSA and honorable mention Underclass All-State by the IBCA. Vinson was also named to the Indiana Junior All-Star Team, becoming only the fifth player in program history to receive that honor. In addition, she earned third-team honors on the Indy Star All-USA Central Indiana Super Team. Senior Natalie Hahn won the team’s mental attitude award.