PREP HOOPS NOTEBOOK: Balanced Northrop girls off to perfect start; Lots of road trips in store for Snider
Only two Summit Athletic Conference girls basketball teams remain undefeated on the season.
One (South Side) is a surprise to no one.
The other, is a surprise only to those who haven’t been following Northrop recently.
At 6-0, the Bruins have the most wins in the area. And by no means is it a soft 6-0, with a 13-point home victory over Concordia and a 10-point road win over Carroll among the early-season highlights.
“It is not really a surprise within our locker room,” said coach Rashida Muhammad. “We have goals and we are doing what we need to do to achieve those right now.”
Northrop was expected to be a balanced offensive attack, and it has lived up to that thus far. A senior-laden group, Bre Douglas, Arielle Thatcher and Niomi Dube have all taken turns leading the Bruins in scoring at some point this season. Throw in fellow seniors Mackenzie Snyder, Morgan Hughes and Alicia Tiney-Williams and this is a team loaded with experience and talent.
“Us being such a balanced scoring attack is very unique,” Muhammad said. “When teams key in on one particular person, it just opens the door for someone else to show up.”
Victories in Northrop’s first six games is the program’s best start to a season since the 2004-05 campaign when the Bruins started 10-0. That team went 18-4, losing to South Side in sectional play.
Northrop faces a solid Bishop Dwenger (3-1) squad on Friday.
SNIDER PREPS FOR ROAD TRIP…A LOT OF THEM
As is customary due to the traditional success of the football program, Snider boys hoops does not begin its season until early December.
But when the Panthers finally get started this Saturday, it is the start of a fascinating stretch through Christmas.
Snider will play at least its first seven games away from Kilmer Court, with five true road games, a neutral site game at Marion and at least one game in the SAC Holiday Tournament at Wayne on tap.
The Panthers won’t play at home until Jan. 2 against New Haven.
“It is just the way things worked out,” Snider coach Jeremy Rauch. “We tried to get a home game early, but it didn’t happen.”
Snider will travel to Fishers (0-1) on Saturday before beginning league play on back-to-back Fridays, Dec. 8 at Wayne and Dec. 15 at North Side.
FLIPPING THE CONDITIONING SWITCH
Speaking of Wayne, Coach Aaron Rehrer is hard at work getting his team ready for its opener on Saturday at Jeffersonville.
One of the biggest areas of focus in the last few weeks has been getting football players Craig Young, Darius Alexander and Darian Causey basketball ready.
“There’s a big difference between football shape and basketball shape, especially with the way we want to play” Rehrer said.
Wayne’s up-tempo style puts an onus on conditioning. Whereas football is more of a 8-12 second sprint, basketball is more of a distance race up and down the floor.
“Endurance, that’s it,” said Rehrer. “Our guys are lucky for the most part they made it through (football) fairly healthy.”
Through four games, Bishop Dwenger senior Olivia Sterba is averaging 18.5 points a game, a jump of over 11 ppg from a year ago…South Side girls hoops is off to a 4-0 start. That’s the best start to the season since the 2012-13 campaign that saw the Archers advance to the Class 4A state championship…The girls basketball team with the highest average margin of victory in the state is Indianapolis Tindley at 79.2. It has beaten Herron (119-29), Metropolitan (130-11) and Northwest (133-15) while losing to Lawrence North (68-58).