Mike Moore | The Journal Gazette Homestead guard Sylare Starks, left, defends South Side's Shamari Tyson this season. Both were selected First Team All-SAC by conference coaches.
Thursday, February 08, 2018 11:50 pm
South Side leads girls All-SAC team with 3 players
JUSTIN A. COHN | The Journal Gazette
Ellen Ross (Bishop Dwenger)
Taniece Chapman (South Side)
Shamari Tyson (South Side)
Mikeba Jones (South Side)
Sylare Starks (Homestead)
Sydney Graber (Homestead)
Carissa Garcia (Concordia)
Kelli Damman (Carroll)
Laney Steckler (Carroll)
Bre Douglas (Northrop)
Niomi Dube (Northrop)
Kathyrn Knapke (Bishop Luers)
Juanita Goodwell knows just how good they are, how they can help to dominate basketball games.
Taniece Chapman, Shamari Tyson and Mikeba Jones have, after all, led the South Side’s girls basketball team to this Saturday’s Class 4A regional semifinal game.
But the SAC is deep. And coaches can see things differently. So would the other conference coaches see the value of Goodwell’s Big Three the same way?
The answer was a resounding yes.
South Side was the only team with three players named First Team All-SAC, according to the teams announced Thursday night, and that was certainly welcome news to Goodwell as she prepares her Archers (22-4) for a 10 a.m. Saturday tip off with Carroll (19-6).
“I’m definitely excited and somewhat surprised to get all three on there,” Goodwell said. “It’s really just been such a great opportunity for them to give everything they have this season and for them just to be able to do such a good job along with the rest of the team.”
The Archers, who won the conference tournament, have won six straight games and are coming off a 68-36 sectional championship victory over Muncie Central.
Chapman is averaging 14.3 points, 8.5 rebounds and 2 steals per game. Tyson is averaging 13.6 points, 4.5 assists and 3.3 steals. And Jones is averaging 11 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2.7 steals.
“It does wonders for our program,” Goodwell said of having the seniors recognized, and that wasn’t a certainty in a competitive SAC.
“There are so many seniors across the board in the conference, just a lot of talent. There’s a lot of comparable talent in the SAC right now. If you look at the stats, there are definitely my girls right up there with the rest of them, but there were no easy decisions.”
South Side’s next opponent, Carroll, had two First Team selections in Kelli Damman and Laney Steckler. The conference’s regular-season champion, Homestead, also had two selections with Sylare Starks and Sydney Graber. And Northrop had Bre Douglas and Niomi Dube.
Damman, a Purdue Northwest recruit, has averaged 14 points, 4.6 rebounds, 2.6 steals and 2.5 assists. Steckler, an Indiana Tech recruit, has averaged 13.4 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.2 steals for the Chargers, who have won five in a row.
For Homestead (19-3), which lost 64-62 to South Side in the sectional opener, Starks averaged 18 points and Graber 15. And for Northrop (20-4), which lost 81-66 to Carroll in the sectional championship game, Douglas averaged 16 points and 7 rebounds while Dube averaged 11 points, 3 assists and 3 rebounds.
Rounding out the first team were Bishop Dwenger’s Ellen Ross, a Butler recruit who averaged 16.8 points and 9 rebounds; Bishop Luers’ Kathryn Knapke, who averaged 14 points and 8.7 rebounds; and Concordia’s Carissa Garcia, a Northern Kentucky recruit who averaged 20.2 points and 5.3 rebounds.
Concordia (17-7) plays Fairfield in a Class 3A regional at noon Saturday.