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2019 IHSAA Boys and Girls Basketball State Champions To Be Honored on Hickory Night

by Greg Rappaport
Pacers.com Writer
@Greg_Rappaport

In the final Hickory Night of the 2018-19 season, the Pacers will honor the 2019 IHSAA Boys and Girls Basketball State Champions.

Learn more about each team's trip to the title game and explore our past Hickory Night Honorees from this season at Pacers.com/Hickory

Boys

Class A: Fort Wayne Blackhawk Christian 60, Barr-Reeve 43

In the Class A Championship, Fort Wayne Blackhawk Christian won its first-ever state championship, defeating Barr-Reeve 60-43.

The victory capped an impressive 28-2 season for the Braves.

Class 2A: Andrean 59, Linton-Stockton 54

Andrean closed out a thrilling 2A Championship with an 11-0 run en route to its 59-54 victory over Linton-Stockton.

The victory allowed Andrean to capture its first-ever state championship, wrapping up a 21-8 season for the 59ers.

"I thought they got a lot of loose balls and I thought they missed some shots," Andrean head coach Brad Stangel told the Indianapolis Star. "But these guys kept battling and battling. We talked about it all the time, our 32 minutes. We thought our 32 minutes was better than anybody else’s 32 minutes."

Class 3A: Silver Creek 52, Culver Academies 49

Thee 3A Championship featured another close game, as Silver Creek managed to pull out the 52-49 win over Culver Academies.

After a low-scoring first half in which the teams combined for just 28 points, the teams found their footing in the second half, setting up the thrilling finish.

Class 4A: Carmel 60, Ben Davis 55

Despite losing in the 4A Championship game last season, Carmel came back strong, grabbing a 60-55 win over Ben Davis at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

The victory but the finishing touches on a stellar 26-1 season for the Greyhounds.

“Everything we try to embody in Carmel basketball, the senior class gave us this year,” Carmel coach Ryan Osborn told the Indianapolis Star. “To finish it like this, as a coach, makes me so happy for them. You want them to experience it and enjoy it.”

Girls

Class A: Marquette Catholic 57, Vincennes Rivet 36

For the second year in a row, Marquette Catholic hoisted the trophy at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, topping Vincennes Rivet 57-36.

The Blazers never trailed during the win, leading by as many as 23 points.

Class 2A: Oak Hill 54, Winchester Community 42

Oak Hill managed to overcome a nine-point deficit in the second half, going on to beat Winchester Community 54-42.

The victory wrapped up a 25-3 campaign for the Golden Eagles and helped erase memories of their 2017 loss in the title game.

Class 3A: Northwestern 61, Benton Central 39

For the second season in a row, the Northwestern Tigers emerged from the 3A Title game victorious, this time beating Benton Central 61-39.

The win put the finishing touches on a 27-3 season and gave coach Kathie Layden her fifth state title.

"I’m so happy for these girls and what they’ve been able to accomplish in the past two years,” said Coach Layden to reporters after the game. “Being ranked No. 1 for two years in a row, that’s not easy to do. They’ve had a target on their back and they performed."

Class 4A: Hamilton Southeastern 55, Lawrence North 44

In the Class 4A title game, Hamilton Southeastern managed to hold its lead over Lawrence North, winning 55-44.

The Royals opened the fourth quarter with an impressive 13-2 run to take control of the game, wrapping up their 27-1 season.

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