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Heritage Christian won its 14th straight city title with a 60-50 win over Tindley. Zach Horrall/IndyStar
Rick Risinger led Heritage Christian to victory yet again Saturday.(Photo: Jenna Watson/IndyStar)Buy Photo
For Heritage Christian, winning the Indianapolis City Tournament never gets old. That’s because for coach Rick Risinger, every year is different.
Risinger’s squad held off a feisty Tindley squad Saturday night, claiming a 60-50 win in the title game at Cathedral High School. It marks the 14th-straight year the Eagles have claimed the championship trophy.
“It’s nice to win this, but each year, there are new players and it’s about the players,” Risinger said as his team celebrated on the floor. “They don’t know about winning 14 in a row, because we don’t talk about it. It’s a new group each year.”
This title didn’t come as easily as it appeared early on that it might. The Eagles (12-8) used a 20-8 run in the second quarter to open up a 37-17 lead at halftime.
Tindley, however, showed why it likely will be a force in the upcoming Class 1-A state tournament by keeping the pressure on and closing within eight points (56-48) in the final two minutes.
In the end, however, Heritage senior Hadassah Harris hit four free throws in the final minute to ice the game.
“We didn’t do some things well,” Risinger said of the waning minutes. “We didn’t have patience and even missed three or four lay-ups. That’s when we have usually blown things open, but give our girls credit, we still finished it off.”
The fact that Tindley, now 15-2 and ranked No. 2 in Class 1-A, kept coming to the final buzzer, is what coach Kevin Merriweather likes about his squad.
“A lot of teams try and get us down early by being physical,” Merriweather said, “and Heritage Christian is a bigger team than we are. Plus, we got in foul trouble early and we’re not that deep.
“But, we keep coming at you. That’s what’s different this year. For our seniors, they know they won’t ever do this again. This tournament is harder for us than the state tournament. We play the best teams in the city in 3-A and 4-A and for us to get here is an accomplishment.”
Risinger said his team, which plays in 4-A, uses this tournament as a springboard for the upcoming state tournament.
“We divide our season into three parts and this ends the second season,” Risinger said. “We have played a whole lot better than earlier this season, but we still have some things to clean up.”
Heritage got 18 points from Shelby Case, 14 from Harris and 13 from Notre Dame-recruit Katlyn Gilbert. Perhaps the most impressive performance of the night, however, came from senior Sydney Watkins, who grabbed a whopping 20 rebounds.
Tindley’s Skye Williams led all scorers with 20 points and also had 11 rebounds, while Kendall Fisher netted 12 points.
HERITAGE CHRISTIAN 60, TINDLEY 50
Tindley 9 8 20 13 – 50
Heritage Christian 17 20 13 10 – 60
TINDLEY (15-2): Kendall Fisher 5 0-2 12; Skye Williams 7 5-7 20; Nyceah Terry 0 0-2 0; Nola Williams 3 0-0 8; Trinae’ Love 1 2-3 4; Aniya Washington 1 1-2 4; Kelis Cobb 1 0-0 2. TOTALS: 18 8-16 50.
HERITAGE CHRISTIAN (12-8): Tyranny Brown 0 0-0 0; Katlyn Gilbert 4 5-9 13; Hadassah Harris 4 5-6 14; Sydney Watkins 2 2-2 6; Ariana Wiggins 3 0-0 9; Shelby Case 8 2-4 18. TOTALS: 21 14-21 60.
Three-point baskets: Tindley 6 (Fisher 2, Williams, Wilson 2, Washington 1), Heritage 4 (Harris, Wiggins 3).
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