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O. Brooke named Small School All-State; A. Brooke, Cripe picked Underclass All-State

Boys basketball: Klepinger scores 15 in win over Tri-County


BY VAL TSOUTSOURIS

Sports Editor, RTC

Girls basketball

The Indiana Basketball Coaches Association has named Pioneer girls basketball players Olivia Brooke, Ashlynn Brooke and Hailey Cripe to its Small School All-State teams.

Olivia Brooke was selected to the Senior Small School All-State team. She was one of only 15 seniors statewide to receive this recognition.

The IBCA also named Ashlynn Brooke and Hailey Cripe to their Underclass Small School All-State team. They were two of only 15 underclassmen to receive this recognition.

Pioneer edged Loogootee 43-42 Saturday to win the Class 1A state title. It was their first state title in school history.

Other players honored included Tippecanoe Valley’s Sidney Wagner, Caston’s Isabel Scales and Winamac’s Maggie Smith and Kingsley Kroft.

Wagner and Smith made the Senior Honorable Mention list.

Scales and Kroft made the Underclass Honorable Mention list.

Each Honorable Mention list consisted of 90 players.

A. Brooke, O. Brooke, Cripe nominated for player of week: Pioneer’s Ashlynn Brooke, Olivia Brooke and Hailey Cripe were all nominated for the IBCA/Franciscan Health player of the week award for District 1 girls for the week of Feb. 22.

Olivia Brooke scored a team-high 13 points, Cripe had 12, and Ashlynn Brooke came off the bench to score 10 for Pioneer in their 43-42 win over Loogootee in the Class 1A state title game Saturday.

The award went to Crown Point junior guard Jessica Carrothers.

Olivia Brooke was named state player of the week for District 1 girls for the week of Feb. 15. Brooke had 19 points and 17 rebounds in Pioneer’s 70-54 win over Northfield in the Class 1A Logansport semistate. She outscored the entire Northfield team 13-7 in the fourth quarter.

Cripe, who scored a game-high 22 points in the semistate, was also nominated.

Boys basketball

Pioneer 48, Tri-County 38 (Friday): Hunter Klepinger scored 15 points, and Drew McKaig added 10 for the visiting Panthers in a come-from-behind win over sectional rival Tri-County Friday in their regular season finale.

Gavin Clem hit three 3-pointers and added nine points.

Pioneer trailed 21-15 at halftime but rallied to take a 38-33 lead after three quarters.

Tri-County lost their 10th straight game and finished the regular season 3-15.

Pioneer beat Tri-County for the third straight year.

The teams could potentially meet again in the sectional final on Saturday.

PIONEER (48) (8-11)

Ezra Lewellen 1 2-2 4, Drew McKaig 3 2-3 10, Brock Robinson 1 0-0 3, Christian Scott 1 0-0 2, Hunter Klepinger 6 3-5 15, Jacob Zeigler 1 0-0 2, Gavin Clem 3 0-0 9, Oscar Solano 1 0-0 3

TEAM: 17 7-10 48

TRI-COUNTY (38) (3-15)

Johnson 4 0-0 8, Matthew 2 1-2 6, Roudebush 1 0-0 2, Doty 1 2-2 4, Stearns 2 0-0 6, Zarse 1 0-0 2, Lawson 3 1-1 7, Curbin 0 3-4 3

TEAM: 14 7-9 38

Three-point field goals:

Pioneer 7 (Clem 3, McKaig 2, Robinson, Solano),

Tri-County 3 (Stearns 2, Matthew)

Total fouls: Pioneer 10, Tri-County 11

Turnovers: Pioneer 12, Tri-County 12

Score by quarters

Pioneer 7 8 23 10 – 48

Tri-County 11 10 12 5 – 38


Pioneer’s Olivia Brooke drives to the basket during the Lady Panthers’ 43-42 win over Loogootee at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis Saturday. Brooke had 13 points and eight rebounds and was named to the Senior Small School All-State team. (photo by Dee Brown)



Pioneer’s Hailey Cripe (30) drives on Loogootee’s Kalea Fleming (1) during the Class 1A state championship game Saturday. Cripe hit four 3-pointers and scored 12 points in Pioneer’s 43-42 win. Cripe was named to the Underclass Small School All-State team Tuesday. (photo by Dee Brown)



Pioneer’s Ashlynn Brooke handles the ball during her team’s 43-42 win over Loogootee in the Class 1A state championship game at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis Saturday. Brooke came off the bench to score 10 points, including the game-winning 18-foot jumper with 7.0 seconds left. Brooke, a sophomore, was named to the Underclass Small School All-State team Tuesday along with teammate Hailey Cripe. (photo by Dee Brown)


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