Mater Dei girls clinch tie for SIAC title; Princeton girls wrap up Big 8 at 6-0

Tori Schickel scored 23 points and Maura Muensterman 20 as Mater Dei’s girls’ basketball team routed host Bosse, 70-20, on Thursday night to clinch a tie for the Southern Indiana Athletic Conference girls’ championship.
The Class 3A No. 2-ranked Wildcats improved to 18-1 overall and 6-0 in the SIAC. They conclude league play at Castle (10-6, 4-1) on Feb. 6. Bosse is 11-7, 3-3.

Meanwhile, Jackie Young poured in 28 points to lift Princeton host past Jasper, 53-43, as the Tigers wrapped up their first Big Eight Conference girls’ title with a 6-0 record.
“It’s a testament to the players on the team,” said Princeton coach Charlie Mair. “They’ve worked hard and it was a great win for them. To win it for the first time in 34 years, it makes me feel humble.”
Ranked No. 1 in Class 3A, the Tigers boosted their record to 19-0 overall. Jasper is 11-8, 3-3.

–Gordon Engelhardt

North Posey’s Ungetheim hits 3/4 court shot

As time was about to expire in the first half of a recent boys’ basketball game, North Posey senior Cody Ungetheim let loose on a desperation three-quarter court heave from the opposite free throw line… and made it.

You can view the YouTube video on courierpress.com.

Despite Ungetheim’s heroics, North Posey lost that Pocket Athletic Conference game to South Spencer, 51-49.

–Gordon Engelhardt

Engelhardt’s AP boys’ basketball ballot

Here is my ballot for this week. The overall AP poll from writers and broadcasters from around the state appeared in Tuesday’s Courier & Press on the scoreboard page.

Class 4A
1. Indy Tech
2. Carmel
3. Hamilton SE
4. Brownsburg
5. Columbus N.
6. Indy Cathedral
7. Mooresville
8. Penn
9. FW North
10. Lake Central

Class 3A
1. Greensburg
2. Bowman Academy
3. Guerin Cath.
4. Corydon
5. Madison
6. New Haven
7. Indy Brebeuf
8. Vin Lincoln
9. Memorial
10. Heritage Hills

Class 2A
1. Indy Park Tudor
2. Clarksville
3. Sullivan
4. Frankton
5. Hammond Noll
6. Wapahani
7. Indy Scecina
8. Paoli
9. Crawford County
10. Perry Central

Class A
1. Barr-Reeve
2. Borden
3. Covington
4. Kouts
5. Laf Catholic
6. Elkhart Chr.
7. Orleans
8. Mich City Marq.
9. Tri-County
10. Culver

–Gordon Engelhardt

Muensterman becomes state’s all-time girls’ assist leader

The records keep piling up for Maura Muensterman.
It wasn’t that long ago that Mater Dei’s senior sensation set a new Southern Indiana Athletic Conference all-time girls’ scoring record.
Now, she also owns Indiana’s girls’ career assist mark. Muensterman, a leading Miss Basketball candidate, had seven assists in the Wildcats’ 72-33 romp over visiting Heritage Hills Monday night to boost her career total to 704, according to Hickoryhusker.com.
“What differentiates her from other big scorers is usually you won’t see the assist total with it,” said Mater Dei coach Steve Goans. “Sometimes I think she passes too much. Yet she is averaging 23 (points), so it’s hard to make that comment. She’s just a special player who doesn’t come around very often.”
Muensterman’s 8.9 assist average leads Indiana and is fifth in the nation, according to MaxPreps.com.
She surpassed Indiana’s previous all-time assist record of 703, set by Cara Stuckey of Terre Haute South. Stuckey graduated in 1999.
Muensterman had 29 points Monday as Class 3A No. 2-ranked Mater Dei improved to 17-1. She increased her career total to 2,109, 17th on Indiana’s all-time list. Well within her sights is Lisa Shepherd of Richmond, who had 2,140 before graduating in 1997.

–Gordon Engelhardt

Duncan, Muensterman named IBCA/Subway Players of Week

Senior guards Ernie Duncan of Harrison High School and Maura Muensterman of Mater Dei have been named IBCA/Subway District 3 Players of the Week for week 10 in the recognition program overseen by the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association.

Duncan averaged 33 points over three games as the Warriors (7-6) placed second in the Southern Indiana Athletic Conference Tournament. The University of Vermont signee had career highs in points (36) and 3-point goals (eight) in Harrison’s 69-64 victory over Reitz in the semifinals, then one-upped his best with a new career high 37 points in its 92-80 loss to Castle in the title game. He hit 17 3-pointers and was 22-for-24 from the line for the week.

Muensterman averaged 22.7 points, 6.3 rebounds and 9.7 assists in leading Mater Dei (14-1) to the SIAC tournament championship. The Indiana University signee pushed her career point total to 2,039.

–Gordon Engelhardt

Memorial grad Cohlmeyer awarded OVC Academic Medal of Honor

Natalie Cohlmeyer, a sophomore reserve guard from Memorial High School, has been awarded the Ohio Valley Conference Academic Medal of Honor for maintaining a 4.0 grade-point average while majoring in Pharmaceutical studies at Belmont University.

Cohlmeyer, a prep all-stater who helped lift the Tigers to the 2011 Class 3A state title, will be one of the few student-athletes in the nation working on their College of Pharmacy PharmD program as an undergrad this fall while competing in athletics at the Division I level.

Belmont has only a 14 percent acceptance rate into its College of Pharmacy and most of those are grad students.

–Gordon Engelhardt

‘Military Appreciation Night’ postponed to Thursday

Memorial and Castle’s wrestling teams have rescheduled their “Military Appreciation Night” match for Thursday and have switched the venue to Castle. The JV match will begin at 6 p.m. with the varsity to follow. The proceeds will go to “Operation: Support on the Homefront,” a local group that provides financial assistance to families and reservists who are called to active duty.

The Memorial at Day School boys’ basketball game has been moved to 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 28.

Memorial’s boys’ and girls’ swim meet against Central at the University of Southern Indiana was another event that was postponed on Tuesday.

EVSC and Warrick schools were closed on Tuesday and all athletic events were postponed.

–Gordon Engelhardt

Engelhardt’s AP ballot on Jan. 13

Class 4A
1. Carmel
2. Indy Tech
3. Brownsburg
4. Penn
5. Columbus N.
6. Lake Central
7. FW North
8. Indy Pike
9. Mooresville
10. Ev. Reitz
Class 3A
1. Greensburg
2. Bownman Acad.
3. Indy Brebeuf
4. Guerin Cath.
5. Batesville
6. Vin Lincoln (arbitrarily high, trying to get the Alices to crack overall top 10, but failed)
7. Corydon
8. Heritage Hills
9. Ev. Memorial
10. New Haven
Class 2A
1. Indy Park Tudor
2. Clarksville
3. Frankton
4. Hammond Noll
5. Sullivan
6. Paoli
7. Wapahani
8. Perry Central
9. Indy Scecina
10. Lapel
Class A
1. Barr-Reeve
2. Kouts
3. Mich City Marquette
4. Borden
5. Laf Cen Cath
6. Covington
7. Culver
8. Tri-County
9. Orleans
10. Elkhart Christian

Note: the overall AP poll from writers and broadcasters from around the state will appear in Tuesday’s scoreboard page of the Courier & Press

–Gordon Engelhardt

Memorial-Boonville boys’ game reset for Feb. 5

Memorial’s boys’ basketball game against visiting Boonville has been rescheduled for 7 p.m. CST on Feb. 5. Bosse’s game at Jeffersonville has been moved to 1:30 p.m. CST on Feb. 15. Mater Dei’s game at Mount Vernon has been changed to 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 18.
Meanwhile, the Mater Dei-Mount Vernon girls’ game at Mater Dei has been rescheduled as a varsity-only game at 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 3.

–Gordon Engelhardt