News and note from around the county.
1,000-point club: Frankfort senior Dakota Isgrigg admits that the pressure of reaching the 1,000-point club got to him over the past three weeks.
Heading into a 3-game week back on Jan. 7, Isgrigg stood at 944 career points, leaving him 56 points shy of the magic number. He scored seven against Northwestern, 16 against Western Boone and 19 against Rossville, leaving him at 986 points heading into the Lafayette Central Catholic game on Jan. 19. Isgrigg was denied the honor again there, scoring nine points to put him at 995.
Isgrigg finally reached the mark against Crawfordsville on Friday, scoring 15 points. He followed that up with 12 points in a Saturday victory over West Lafayette, giving him 1,022 points for his career.
The Times first wrote about Isgrigg closing in on 1,000 on Jan. 8.
“The past couple games it’s been in my head, as much as I don’t want to say it,” Isgrigg said. “I think it really affected my mindset, especially the Northwestern game. My friend actually told me to not read the paper, but I did.
“Now that that’s over, I’m really proud to meet that threshold. The next goal is top-10 and time to start focusing on just playing and not having to worry about anything like that.”
With the 12-point performance against West Lafayette, Isgrigg moved into 12th place all-time on the Frankfort scoring list. He’s three points away from sliding past Ron McMains (1,024 points from 1959-63) for 11th on the career list. He’ll need to score 119 more points this year to pass 10th-place Wilbur Cummins (1921-25), who’s sitting at 1,140 points.
A couple of other Frankfort players, juniors Brody Kirby and Christian Smith, could also see their names as part of the 1,000-point club next season. Smith currently has 747 career points and Kirby 587.
Classmate Isaac Rudd could also reach 1,000 career points, although he will have played at two separate schools. Rudd scored 580 points his first two years at Clinton Central and has 145 this season for a total of 725.
Rossville junior Brandon Tonsoni is also on pace to reach 1,000 career points next season. Heading into last weekend’s games, Tonsoni had 758 career points.
Girls sectional pairings: The pairings for the 38th Annual Indiana High School Athletic Association Girls Basketball State Tournament were announced Sunday afternoon.
In Class A Sectional 54 at Rossville, the host Hornets (2-16) go head-to-head with Clinton Prairie (11-7) at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 5. Fourth-ranked Frontier (19-0) and Lafayette Central Catholic (12-7), arguably the two best teams in the sectional, play each other in the other quarterfinal at 6 p.m. the same day. Tri-Central (5-14) gets the Frontier-LCC victor and Faith Christian (9-9) plays the Rossville-CP winner on Feb. 8.
In Class A Sectional 25 at Lebanon, Frankfort (3-16) got the lone bye to the semifinals, where the Hot Dogs take on the North Montgomery (13-5)-Southmont (9-10) winner on Feb. 8. The other two quarterfinals game, to be played on Feb. 6, pits North Putnam (4-15) versus Crawfordsville (6-13) and Western Boone (13-6) vs. second-ranked Lebanon (18-2).
In Class 2A Sectional 38 at Fountain Central, Clinton Central (4-16) received a bye to the semifinals to play the winner of Delphi (8-11)-Fountain Central (5-14) on Feb. 8. Carroll (14-5) plays the Sheridan (8-10)-Seeger (14-7) victor in the other semifinal.
Walker turns around FT shooting: Clinton Prairie senior Ryan Walker encountered some uncharacteristic free-throw shooting at the beginning of the year. Walker, a career 71 percent shooter heading into the season, was 1 of 5 against Delphi, 1 of 6 against Carroll and 3 of 10 against Clinton Central on Dec. 29, leaving him with a then-county-worst 35 percent shooting from the charity stripe.
But Walker’s found his stride. He’s made 19 of 23 (83 percent) in the six games since to raise his overall shooting to 58 percent.
Hornets raise scoring average: Even though the wins haven’t piled up for the Rossville girls’ basketball team, the Hornets have increased their scoring over the past six games. They’re averaging 37.5 points per game in that time frame, up from a 31.8 average over the first 12 games, an increase of 18 percent.
Girls’ swimming sectionals Thursday: The preliminaries for the girls’ swimming sectional begin at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Zionsville. Between the Frankfort and Clinton Central teams, only one swimmer – sophomore Sofia Byrd – is seeded to reach the finals in an event. Byrd is seeded seventh in the 500 freestyle (5 minutes, 56.86 seconds).
The top eight finishers in the prelims reach the finals.
Wrestling regionals on Saturday: Eight county wrestlers will try to continue their seasons in the regional on Saturday.
Here are the matchups for seven of those grapplers at the North Montgomery Regional:
- 120: Caleb Archibald (24-12), Clinton Central vs. Jamie May (31-4), North Montgomery.
- 126: Wyatt Lucas (29-5), Clinton Central vs. Chandler Moore (33-3), Southmont.
- 132: Hugo Perez (34-1), Frankfort vs. Tyler Bilyeu (15-24), Crawfordsville.
- 170: Jeff Scott (32-1), Clinton Central vs. Wesley Boone (20-12), North Montgomery.
- 182: Adam Miller (27-8), Clinton Central vs. Brett Green (26-5), Attica.
- 195: Alex Greeno (12-7), Frankfort vs. Ty Webster (33-2), North Montgomery.
- 220: Cameron Risse (27-7), Frankfort vs. Brayden Smith (23-12), North Montgomery.
Rossville 132-pounder Adam Easterday (28-12) goes against Twin Lakes’ Iziah Metcalf (33-5) in his first match at the Logansport Regional.