The Salem Lady Lions are the only Class 3A girls team to be playing in an elite basketball tournament over this year’s Christmas break at New Castle.
With fields including defending IHSAA 3A boys’ champion Silver Creek and a girls’ field with a combined record of 97-10 this past season, the 2019 Raymond James Hall of Fame Classic lineups have been set for Friday, December 27 and Saturday, December 28.
The Salem Lady Lions are one of the teams asked to participate; a first for the school and for 6-year Lions Head Coach Jerry Hickey.
“This is the most prestigious tournament in the state of Indiana and we are beyond excited and proud of our girls,” Hickey wrote on social media from spring break. “They were blown away by our crowd support. Mark your calendars because we need your support at the tourney. We’re the only 3A team in it.”
The prestigious event, spotlighting the best in Indiana high school basketball, will be held for the 36th time for girls and it will be the 43rd edition for the boys.
2019 Girls’ Raymond James Hall of Fame Classic
New Castle Fieldhouse – Friday, December 27, 2019
11:00 a.m. (ET) Brownsburg vs. Penn
to follow Salem vs. Crown Point
6:00 p.m. Consolation Game
to follow Championship Game
2019 Boys’ Raymond James Hall of Fame Classic
New Castle Fieldhouse – Saturday, December 28, 2019
11:00 a.m. (ET) Silver Creek vs. Heritage Hills
to follow Lawrence Central vs. Mishawaka Marian
6:00 p.m. Consolation Game
to follow Championship Game
Selecting from the best teams in the state, the girls’ tournament has included 18 teams that went on to win a state championship that season, including 11 class champions and six class runner-up teams in the past 17 years alone.
On the boys side, 14 participating teams have gone on to win their state championship with six more finishing as state runner-up that season.
Tickets for the tournaments will be available through participating schools and the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame in the 2019-20 school year.
ABOUT THE TEAMS
Brownsburg – The Bulldogs come off a 20-4 finish this season and have a 39-10 record over the last two seasons.
Junior Allison Bosse averaged 15.7 points per game, sophomore Ally Becki averaged 13.4 points, 5.5 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 3.5 steals, and junior Mackenzie Stein scored 8.5 points per contest.
Debbie Guckenberger has a 70-29 record in five years at Brownsburg and a career record of 197-162 in 16 seasons. She has been named the head coach of the 2019 Indiana All-Star team.
Brownsburg makes their 2nd appearance in the Girls Classic. They won the 2010 event, defeating eventual 4A champion Jeffersonville and eventual 3A champion Evansville Memorial, led by sophomore Stephanie Mavunga, who was named 2010 Classic MVP and 2013 Indiana Miss Basketball.
Penn – The Kingsmen return their top three scorers from a 25-1 team that reached the 4A regional finals in 2018-19.
Sophomore Trinity Clinton averaged 14.6 points, 6.4 rebounds and 3.8 steals, junior Reganne Pate averaged 12.4 points and sophomore Jordyn Smith scored 10.3 per game.
Head coach Kristi Kaniewski Ulrich is 229-29 in 10 seasons at Penn. That is best record in the state over the past 10 years.
Penn makes their 2nd appearance in the Girls Classic. They won 2011 event, defeating Mt. Vernon (Fortville) and Norwell, with Caroline Buhr earning that year’s Classic MVP honors.
Salem – The Lady Lions return four starters from their 24-4 3A semi-state finalist squad.
Junior point guard Leah Miller averaged 14.4 points per game, junior guard Hope Tomlinson scored 10.1, sophomore Karly Sweeney averaged 9.1 points and 5.2 rebounds and 6’2” junior Letti Nice averaged 7.2 points and 8.6 rebounds per contest.
Head coach Jerry Hickey has a 92-58 record in 6 seasons at Salem.
Salem makes their first appearance Classic history.
Crown Point – A youthful Bulldogs squad returns significant firepower from their 28-1 4A semi-state finalist squad.
Freshman point guard Jessica Carrothers averaged 21.6 points, 5.5 rebounds and 4.7 steals, 6’1” junior Abby Stoddard scored 9.3 points per contest, sophomore Alyna Santiago averaged 6.7 points and 4.2 steals and 6’3” freshman Lilly Stoddard held averages of 5.4 points and 6.1 rebounds
Head coach Chris Seibert is 77-27 in four seasons at Crown Point and holds a 136-104 career record in ten seasons overall. He has been named an assistant coach of the 2019 Indiana All-Stars.
Crown Point makes their 2nd appearance in the Girls Classic. The Bulldogs lost to Rushville and Austin in the 1984 event, but concluded the season as 1985 IHSAA girls basketball state champions.
Silver Creek – The Dragons will return two sizeable starters from their 25-3 IHSAA 3A championship squad.
6’8” sophomore Trey Kaufman averaged 15.1 points and 9.0 rebounds per game, while 6’6” classmate Kooper Jacobi averaged 13.7 points and 7.1 rebounds.
Head coach Brandon Hoffman 151-67 in nine seasons at his alma mater. He has led the Dragons to a 45-9 record the past two seasons and their 105-26 (.802) record over the past five seasons is 9th best in the state.
Silver Creek makes their first appearance in Classic history.
Heritage Hills – The Patriots return their top four scorers from a 22-2 squad that won 19 games in a row in 2018-19.
6’4” junior wing Murray Becher averaged 20.4 points per game and has been tabbed a 2019 Junior All-Star, 6’2” junior point guard Simon Scherry averaged 15.6 points and 5.1 assists, 6’8”sophomore Blake Sisley averaged 12.8 points and 7.6 rebounds and 6’1” junior Cole Sigler scored 7.6 points per contest.
Head coach Nate Hawkins is 57-15 in three seasons at Heritage Hills and has a 121-41 record in seven seasons overall.
Heritage Hills makes their first appearance in Classic history.
Lawrence Central – The Bears return two Indiana Junior All-Stars from their 22-4, Sectional 10 championship squad.
6’6” junior Dre Davis averaged 16.9 points and 8.3 rebounds, while 6’1” junior point guard Nijel Pack averaged 16.5 points and 4.1 assists per game. Each were named to the core six of the 2019 Indiana Junior All-Star team.
Head coach Al Gooden is 78-42 in five years at LC with a career mark of 470-270 in 31 seasons overall
Lawrence Central makes their 2nd appearance in the Boys Classic. The Bears won the 2015 event by beating McCutcheon and Carroll (FW), led by Classic MVP Kyle Guy, who would later be named that season’s Indiana Mr. Basketball.
Mishawaka Marian – The Knights return a high-scoring backcourt from their 20-4 squad and have won 20 or more games in four of past five seasons.
In 2018-19, 6’3” junior Jaden Ivey was among state leaders, averaging 25.1 points per game and has been named a 2019 core Junior All-Star. His backcourt mate is 6’0” junior Jerry Bracey, who averaged 10.0 points and 6.2 rebounds.
Head coach Robb Berger is 200-76 in 12 seasons leading Marian and has a career mark of 300-175 in 21 seasons overall. Marian’s 97-24 (.802) record the past five seasons is 9th best in the state in that timeframe.
Mishawaka Marian makes their first appearance in Classic history.
Pending the announcement of the 2019 Indiana Miss Basketball, 25 young women who went on to win award have participated in the Girls Classic, including each of the last 10 Miss Basketball winners (Skylar Diggins, Courtney Moses, Bria Goss, Jessica Rupright, Stephanie Mavunga, Whitney Jennings, Ali Patberg, Jackie Young, Karissa McLaughlin and Amy Dilk). 12 women to have played in the Classic were named McDonald’s All-Americans and 9 Girls Classic alums have played in the WNBA.
Girls legends who have played in the Classic include Stephanie White, Katie Gearlds, Shanna Zolman, Kristen Spolyar, Lisa Shepherd, Abby Conklin, April McDivitt, Kelly Faris, Jennifer Jacoby, Jodie Whitaker, Shrya Ely and Tiffany Gooden, among others.
Pending announcement of the 2019 Indiana Mr. Basketball, 27 men who went on to win the award have participated in the Boys Classic, including 10 of the last 14 award winners. 25 men to have played in the Classic have been named McDonald’s All-Americans, while 17 have been NBA Draft picks.
Legends to have competed in the Boys Classic include Damon Bailey, Steve Alford, Glenn Robinson, Shawn Kemp, Greg Oden, Mike Conley, Zach Randolph, Eric Montross, Sean May, Delray Brooks, Tom Coverdale, Michael Menser, Pat Graham, Troy Lewis, Woody Austin, Josh McRoberts, Gary Harris, Luke, Tyler and Cody Zeller, Trey Lyles and Romeo Langford among others.
Entering the 2019 Classic, the event has included 92 different IHSAA-member girls programs and 102 different IHSAA-member boys programs in tournament history.
2019 is the 3rd year under the event title “Raymond James Hall of Fame Classic”
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Additional event sponsors include adidas, Henry Community Health and Jostens.