The Wood Memorial High School Lady Trojans aren’t done yet.
For the first time since 2007, the No. 1 AP ranked Class A Lady Trojans advanced to the IHSAA semi-state after defeating Blue Chip Conference foes Vincennes Rivet at Springs Valley High School last weekend. The Trojans are tasked with Tindley, a 21-6 team from Indianapolis.
“Tindley is a really athletic team,” Barltey said. “They are fast paced team. I think their scoring is a little misleading, but that doesn’t mean that they aren’t a good team. They beat a really good team in the regional and we’ll have to work extra hard to offset some of their athleticism. We don’t see a lot of teams that just shoot like this team does. They’re a team that is capable of getting hot, and that’s kind of scary. We’ll have to work on rebounding and make sure we beat them on the boards. It’s been a good week of practice.”
Tindley has tallied 2,164 points this season while allowing 1,233. The Tigers average 80 points a game and have reached the century mark in nine games this season. The highest the Tigers have scored since the start of the IHSAA state tournament was 86 against Indiana School for the Deaf on Feb. 1.
The Tigers have five players that have reached triple digits this season in scoring, led by junior Kendall Fisher with 539 points. Junior Skye Williams has scored 521, junior Nola Wilson has tallied 357, junior Trinae’ Love has put up 330 and junior Leah Brimmage has scored 149.
“They crash the boards very well,” Bartley said. “They’ll send all five guys to the offensive boards. Not a lot of teams do that. if we can clear the boards and push them in the other direction, we should succeed. They have two strong guards that will both shoot if they are open. I think they just try and wear you down by a volume of shots going up. It concerns you when it is something you don’t see often during the regular season.”
Bartley led the Trojans through semi-state in 2007, falling in the state finals match against Oregon-Davis, 54-46. Bartley thinks that having been through this before has helped him get a little more prepared this time around.
“Having been through this before is meaningful when preparing for it this time,” Bartley said. “It was a blur the first time and I’ve handled it a little better this time. I’m more grounded with getting the team ready to play. I’m also enjoying it more. These things don’t come along very often, so we are trying to make sure we do our best and enjoy it as we go along.”
The Trojans and Tigers tipoff at 3 p.m. CST at Jeffersonville High School on Saturday, Feb. 18.
In the other Class A semi-state, Union City takes on Marquette Catholic at 3 p.m. CST in Logansport. Marquette Catholic has a record of 21-5 and went 8-0 in the Greater South Shore conference. Union City is 23-4 and went 7-0 in the Tri-Eastern conference.
“Marquette Catholic has to be the favorite, but we haven’t done a lot of looking at that game,” Bartley said. “We need to worry about the one in front of us before the one after that. I don’t care who gets there, as long as we can get there because we’ll play anybody.”