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Spartans to play in Hall of Fame event

The Homestead girls basketball team will be making the school’s first-ever appearance in the Hall of Fame Classic on Dec. 27 at New Castle High School.

The Spartans will face Rushville in a Classic semifinal at 11 a.m. Defending Class 4A state champion Bedford North Lawrence and Indianapolis Pike will play in the other semifinal at 12:30 p.m.

The consolation game will be at 6 p.m., followed by the championship game at 7:45 p.m.

No Homestead basketball team – girls or boys – has played in the Hall of Fame Classic.

“It was one of our goals this season was to get the opportunity to play in it,” Homestead junior guard Sydney Buck said. “When we found out about it, we were all really excited. It is an honor to just play in it, but let alone be the first team from our school, it is pretty cool.”

The Spartans (21-4 this past season) will return all five starters after the lone senior, Emily Bley, missed all but three games last season.

Homestead will be led by Buck, a Junior All-Star and Butler recruit, and sophomore point guard Josie Fisher, an IPFW recruit.

The Spartans will also return sophomore Grace German and freshman Lindley Kistler.

German is the great-granddaughter of Hall of Fame inductee and former Indiana University coach Branch McCracken.

Rushville, which returns four starters from last season’s 22-4 regional championship team, will be making a record fifth appearance in the girls Classic. The Lions won the 2009 championship and were runners-up in 1984 and participants in 1989 and 1993. The Lions’ Mackenzie Campbell was named a Junior All-Star for this summer’s games.

gjones@jg.net

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