NS In-Depth: South Adams’ Lexi Dellinger

With some success in her underclass years, Lexi Dellinger of South Adams burst onto the scene last season, leading the Starfires to a long awaited Sectional title and within inches of knocking off Regional champion Central Noble in the morning game of her sophomore season. She culminated her best year yet averaging 17.3 points and three steals per game and being part of The News-Sentinel All-Area team.

As a senior, she’s taken off as the truest of leaders for a South Adams squad ready to make another surge toward upping their goals with a Class 2A Regional title. Dellinger’s steals and assists are up from a year ago as she averages 15 points per contest through mid-December. But her scoring surges have not disappointed, scoring 22 points on two occasions in her first 10 games of the year, both against ACAC opponents Bluffton and Adams Central.

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WHO: Lexi Dellinger

SCHOOL: South Adams

CLASS: Senior

HOMETOWN: Berne, Indiana

HEIGHT: 5’5″

POSITION: Point Guard

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THE BUZZ ON LEXI DELLINGER

• THE PLAYER — Lexi on Lexi: “Multi sport athlete that always loves to be working toward a goal and I love spending time with friends and family I love because I know it only lasts so long.”

• THE COACH — South Adams’ Brett Freeman on Lexi: “Lexi is an incredible girl that has persevered thru some of life’s tough obstacles. She’s a great teammate that strives to make the other girls better. She’s a true competitor that will do whatever it takes to come out on top. Her hard work over the years has put her in position to be one of the best guards around.”

• THE OPPOSING COACH — Norwell’s Eric Thornton on Lexi: “When we prepare for South Adams, it starts with how we have to both keep Lexi in front of us while also not allowing her rhythm 3’s. That’s an impossible task for a single defender, so then your team is forced to overhelp off their other players. Lexi does a great job of creating open shots for herself and her teammates. It leaves you with a sick feeling as a coach either way.”

• THE EXPERT AMPHIBIAN — News-Sentinel.com’s Shooter on Lexi: “Lexi’s game is played with so much energy and urgency. With a lead or trailing, it is fascinating to watch how Lexi controls her team’s tempo and often the tempo of the game as she gets after it. It makes her dangerous in a multitude of ways, as any good team leader should be.”

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THE RECRUITING TRAIL

What are you looking for in a college?: Not too big, good teaching program, and good basketball program

Recruited by: talking to Grace, Defiance, Anderson, and more

When you knew you’d have a chance to play college basketball: Freshman year

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ALL ABOUT LEXI

Nickname: Lexi or Lex

I can’t be beat at: Aggravation

Biggest fear: Dying young and leaving my family behind

Pet peeve: People who stop suddenly in front of you while you are walking

Best vacation spot: Myrtle Beach

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IN THE GYM

Favorite opponent: Jay County

Favorite gym to play: Stardome

High school playing goal: play my best and win Regional

College playing goal: contribute in any way to help benefit the team

Occupation, if not basketball: Teacher

Favorite Coach Freeman saying?: “If you aren’t shooting well, get to the line more.”

Biggest sports thrill I’ve participated in: losing by one in regional (2017 vs. Central Noble)

Biggest sports thrill I’ve witnessed: Indiana beating Kentucky

Favorite pro team: Oklahoma City

Favorite current pro athlete: Russell Westbrook

First trophy was for: Upward basketball

If you could player 1-on-1 with anyone: Kevin Yogi Ferrell

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THE FAVORITES:

Favorite band/musician: Thomas Rhett

Favorite meal: any pasta

Favorite dessert: Jello cake

Sit down restaurant or fast food: Olive Garden

Favorite Ice Cream: Mint Cookies and Cream

Favorite candy: Hershey’s

Favorite movie: Remember the Titans

Actor/Actress: Chad Murray

Books: a lot

Class in school: Math

South Adams Teacher: McClung

TV Show: Chicago Fire

Cartoon as a kid: Dora

Color: Blue

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THE FAMILY

About mom: She watches over me in heaven

Favorite thing to do with dad: play cards

Number of siblings: 1

Favorite thing to do with siblings: play b-ball

Best advice my parents have ever given me: Do what makes you happy and the people that love you will support you no matter what.

Future family is big or small: small

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HISTORY

If you could go back in time to witness one event: Don’t know

If you could meet anyone: Russell Westbrook

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THE IN-DEPTH ARCHIVE

NS In-Depth: Blackhawk Christian’s Caleb Furst

NS In-Depth: Central Noble’s Meleah Leatherman

NS In-Depth: Snider’s Keondre Brown

NS In-Depth: Homestead’s Kara Gealy

NS In-Depth: DeKalb’s Leigha Brown

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