GBB 1A FINAL: Fincher leads #1 Fort Wayne Canterbury to another title
March 4, 2013By E. Shawn Aylsworth of Hoosier Authority
TERRE HAUTE – In a matchup of elite small-school teams, 5’10” junior forward Kindell Fincher scored 17 points and grabbed a record 19 rebounds to power top-ranked Fort Wayne Canterbury to a 42-35 victory over No. 4 Vincennes Rivet in the Class A championship game March 2 at the Hulman Center in Terre Haute.
For the Canterbury girls, it marked the fifth state title in the last six seasons. Rivet was the only team to interrupt Canterbury's streak, capturing the 2011 championship.
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Canterbury (25-3) held a 14-point lead at halftime, but Rivet kept chipping away and turned up its defense against the state's top-scoring team. When 5’9” freshman guard Kelsey Ivers hit a 3-pointer to end the third quarter, Rivet had cut first-year coach Wayne Krieger's Cavaliers’ lead to single digits at 36-28.
Ivers then scored four more points to open the fourth and 5’11” junior forward Lauren Herman added three, pulling the Patriots (22-5) within one at 36-35 with 3:23 remaining.
That's when Canterbury went to work, both offensively and defensively. Senior 5’10” forward Bailey Farley drove for the Cavaliers' first bucket of the fourth quarter with 2:51 left before Fincher contributed four points to close out the game as Rivet went scoreless over the final 3:23.
Fincher's rebounding total was a record for all classes in girls championship games and the most in a title game since 1988. Canterbury also got 10 rebounds from 6’2” sophomore center Katherine Smith, while 5’5” sophomore guard Darby Maggard scored 11 points.
Ivers led Rivet with 17 points, while 5’4” junior guard Bailey Dreiman totaled 11 rebounds for the Patriots – a sparkling 136-16 in coach Tim Young's six seasons.
Vincennes Rivet’s Wehrheim named Roy Mental Attitude Award winner
Following the game, members of the IHSAA Executive Committee named Allyson Wehrheim of Rivet High School as the winner of the Patricia L. Roy Mental Attitude Award in Class A girls basketball. Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance, the IHSAA’s corporate partner, will present a $1,000 scholarship to the school in her name.
The award is named in honor of former IHSAA assistant commissioner Patricia L. Roy, who oversaw the girls basketball state tournament from its inception in 1976 until her retirement in 1999. The award is presented annually to a senior participant in each classification who was nominated by her principal and coach and has demonstrated excellence in mental attitude, scholarship, leadership, and athletic ability.
Allyson ranks first in her senior class, has served as class president the last two years, is a member of the Student Council, and serves as a team captain. She also played varsity volleyball for the Patriots all four years and was voted team captain this past season.
The daughter of Mark & Kelly Wehrheim of Vincennes is undecided on her college choice but is interested in studying biology or pre-med.
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