Warren Continues Winning Ways to State Title

Warren Continues Winning Ways to State Title

INDIANAPOLIS: by Steven Stremming

When teams get on a roll good things can happen and sometimes not so good happen.

In the case of Warren Central Head Coach Stacy Mitchell, the roll ended up at Banker’s Life Fieldhouse on a late February night with a Class 4A State Championship in hand.

And talk about being on  a roll, no one fits that description better than Warren’s Junior, Shaila Beeler. Beeler continued her inspired play with  a heroic championship game as she tallied a game high 21 points, that included hitting twelve of sixteen charity stripe attempts. And in this care, no charity was involved as Beeler took the ball to the hoop repeatedly forcing miss matches and Beeler being hammered as she put up a shot.

Beeler also committed just two turnovers in thirty one minutes of floor time.

Photo by: Steven Underwood/Excel High School Sports

Warren was also aided by K’ja Talley. Talley went for fourteen on four of six shooting from the field and six of nine from the line.

Photo by: Steven Underwood/Excel High School Sports

Zionsville, whose crowd came out in force, watched as both teams took jabs at each other, like in a boxing match. In fact, Warren led by one at the end of the quarter, two at the half before the Eagles would make a sustained run at Warren to take a one point lead into the final quarter where Beeler, Talley and company would gain a four to six point margin and claim the victory.

Beeler led Warren with 21, Talley added 14, Melody Johnson put seven on the board, Cydni Dodd, who had been a force throughout the tournament run was held to four points, though she added seven boards and blocked three shots. Trinity McClendon and Patricia L Roy Mental Attitude Award Winner Maray Bell would score two apiece.

Photo by: Steven Underwood/Excel High School Sports

For Head Coach Andy Maguire’s Eagles, Maddie Nolan led the way with 17 while Megan Sheridan was the other Eagle in double figures with 15.

Photo by: Steven Underwood/Excel High School Sports

Both Richason girls (Katey and Delaney) went for six apiece with Annie Tokarek scoring the final two.

For the game, Zionsville won the board battle 27-26  while committing 20 fouls to Warren’s team total 15.

Warren closes out the season with 20 wins against only seven setbacks while Zionsville ends with a 22 and 6 won/loss mark.

The attendance for the second session was 9,905 putting the day’s total to 15,823.

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