ST. JOSEPH — For the first time since 2017, the Schlarman girls basketball team will not be going to a state tournament final.
The Hilltoppers lost 57-49 on Tuesday in the IHSA Class 2A St. Joseph-Ogden regional to Villa Grove-Heritage. It was Schlarman’s first loss in postseason action since a 2017 Class 1A sectional semifinal loss to Heyworth.
Schlarman coach OJ Harrison said that the team was out from the start.
“They just were not focused on the game on both offense and defense,” Harrison said. “We had our best player (Capria Brown) on the bench with three fouls in the first half, so Heritage did not beat us, we beat ourselves.”
Brown ended up with 17 points to lead the Hilltoppers, while Tannah Ceader had 13 points, McKaylee Allen had nine and Emma Bogen added eight.
While the Hilltoppers end the season without a title for the first time in years, Harrison did see a lot of positives after a slow start.
“There were some downs to start the season, but we really started to get going in January,” Harrison said. “We played very well but we hit a wall today.”
Next year, Brown and Bogen will be gone and Harrison will be ready to build around younger players.
“We are losing a big-time player (Brown) that was just shy of 2,000 points,” Harrison said. “We had five freshman play and two had major minutes, so we are going to go to the gym in the offseason and work hard.”
VGH will take on St. Joseph-Ogden for the regional title on Thursday.
Salt Fork 48, Fisher 38
GILMAN — Kayleigh Davis had 18 points as the Storm cruised to a win in a regional semifinal over the Bunnies.
Carsyn Todd had 17 points for Salt Fork, while Mackenzie Russell added 10 points.
The Storm will take on Colfax Ridgeview in the final on Thursday.
Oakwood 69, Chrisman 64
FITHIAN — Kade Anderson scored six points in overtime to help the Comets get past the Cardinals.
Josh Young had 22 points to lead Oakwood, while Brevin Wells had 15, Anderson had 10, Elijah Harden had seven and Jackson Powell and Jayden Cox each had six.
Layne Smith had 34 to lead Chrisman, while Porter Hale had 10 and Nic Eddy and Landry Lorenzen each had nine.
Schlarman 74, A-P 51
ARMSTRONG — Jason Craig had 24 points as the Hilltoppers beat the Trojans.
Cole Carnahan had 23 points for Schlarman Academy, while Rance Bryant had eight and Josh Wright added seven points.
Dylan Knight had 14 for Armstrong-Potomac, while Jayce Townsend had 12 and Austin Rosenberger and Luke Gordon each had six.
Milford 68, Westville 34
WESTVILLE — Kyle Allen had 22 points and a school-record 10 steals as the Bearcats doubled up the Tigers.
Klaytin Hunsinger had 10 points for Milford, while Tanner Sobkoviak and Luke McCabe each had eight.
Bryce Burnett had 15 points for Westville, while Raef Burke added 13.
South Vermillion 63, North Vermillion 31
CLINTON, Ind. — Landon Naylor had 11 points, but the Falcons were no match for the Wildcats.
Owen Norman had eight points for North Vermillion, while Carter Edney added six.