The Columbus North girls basketball team has beaten the best Indiana has to offer.
Tonight, the Bull Dogs will take on Chicago Whitney Young, one of Illinois’ — and one of the nation’s — best teams.
Whitney Young, which is ranked No. 2 in the country in Max Preps’ Xcellent 25 and No. 5 by USA Today, comes to Memorial Gym for a 7:30 p.m. battle. North is ranked No. 15 in Max Preps’ Freeman Rankings.
“If we play our best, I think we have a chance to compete and do well,” North coach Pat McKee said. “If we don’t play well, they’ll probably take it to us. This will be another in a long line of opponents that we hope will prepare us for what we will face in the tournament.”
Whitney Young is 14-2. The Dolphins were 12-0 before going 2-2 in a tournament in Naples, Fla.
“They’re obviously an outstanding team,” McKee said. “I haven’t seen them in person, but I’ve seen video on them. They do a lot of things well.”
The Class 4A No. 2 Bull Dogs are 14-0 with four consecutive wins over ranked opponents. They beat Class 4A No. 1 Hamilton Southeastern and Class 2A No. 1 Evansville Mater Dei to win Friday’s Hall of Fame Classic.
Henry, Goodall honored
Two North juniors who led their teams to tournament titles last weekend have been named Indiana Basketball Coaches/Subway Players of the Week.
Evan Henry is the District 3 boys honoree. The 6-foot-2 point guard averaged 15 points and 5.3 rebounds in four games in earning MVP honors in Richmond’s Bob Wettig Memorial Tournament. He scored 20 in the Bull Dogs’ 61-55 championship game win over Jeffersonville.
Tayler Goodall shared the District 3 girls award with Mater Dei’s Maura Muensterman. Goodall led Class 4A North with 19 points, four rebounds and five steals in a 53-30 semifinal win over Hamilton Southeastern and hit 5 of 7 3-pointers in scoring 23 points to go along with six rebounds and three steals in a 63-55 title-game win over Mater Dei. She was named MVP of the Hall of Fame Classic.
East games canceled
Columbus East’s boys basketball games with Ben Davis and Lawrence Central likely will not be made up, according to assistant athletics director Tyler Davis.
The Olympians were supposed to play the Giants and Bears in Saturday’s Lawrence Central Shootout, but Davis said they were unable to make the trip because of Bartholomew County School Corp.’s policy of taking a school bus during a Winter Travel Advisory. The advisory was lifted in time for the East girls to get to Southwestern (Hanover) for its Rumble on the River Tournament.
Lancers to host tourney
Edinburgh will host the final two rounds of this year’s Johnson County boys basketball tournament Jan. 11-12. The Lancers also will host Indian Creek in a first-round game at 7 p.m. Tuesday.
The Edinburgh-Indian Creek winner will play Franklin at 6 p.m. Jan. 11, and the Greenwood at Whiteland first-round winner will play Center Grove at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 11 at Edinburgh. The fifth-place game is at 4:30 p.m. Jan. 12, followed by the third-place game at 6 p.m. and the championship game at 7:30 p.m.
East, North to battle
The Columbus East-Columbus North rivalry will resume in two sports on Wednesday night.
The Olympians will host the Bull Dogs in wrestling at 7 p.m. North will host East in gymnastics, also at 7 p.m.