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home : sports : local sports August 22, 2017

Carmel girls in field for HOF Classic
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NEW CASTLE - The Carmel Girls' Basketball team will open the 2017 Girls' Raymond James Hall of Fame Classic, against Martinsville.

The Classic, in the New Castle Fieldhouse, is scheduled for Dec. 29.

The Lady Greyhounds and Lady Artesians tip off the annual event at 11 a.m.

The Raymond James Hall of Fame Classic tournaments are set to feature some of the best teams, players, coaches, and fans in Indiana high school basketball on Friday, December 29 and Saturday, December 30, 2017 at the New Castle Fieldhouse.

Graduating just one senior from one of the state's top teams in 2016-17, the Greyhounds seem poised for further success on the heels of their 23-4 sectional championship season.

Five foot, 10 inch junior guard Amy Dilk averaged 14.8 points, 6.6 rebounds, 6.4 assists and 3.2 steals, 5-9 junior Tomi Taiwo averaged 14.0 points and 3.7 rebounds, 6-3 junior Blake Smith averaged 8.4 points and 5.8 rebounds and 5-11 freshman Jasmine McWilliams averaged 6.0 points and 6.8 rebounds.

Dilk and Smith have each been named 2017 Indiana Junior All-Stars.

Carmel has a 46-9 record over the last two seasons and has averaged 21 wins per season over the past three campaigns under head coach Tod Windlan.

Windlan's mark at Carmel is 63-17 in three seasons, and his teams are 197-112 over a 13-season career with Frankton, Anderson Highland, Delta, Hamilton Heights, Warren Central and Carmel, including leading Hamilton Heights to a 23-3 record and 2013 3A runner-up finish.

The Carmel girls make their third Classic appearance, following their 2005 runner-up finish and 2010 appearance.

East Chicago Central and Zionsville square off in the second game of the tournament. The consolation game is scheduled for 6 p.m. with the championship game to follow.

The prestigious event will be held for the 34th time for girls and it will be the 41st edition for the boys.

Selecting from the best teams in the state, the girls' tournament has included 18 teams that went on to win a state championship that season, including 11 state champions and five state runner-up teams in the past 15 years alone.

Tickets for the tournaments will be available through participating schools and the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame in the 2017-18 school year.

The Artesians return an overwhelming majority of their roster from their 21-5 squad that won an undefeated Mid-State Conference championship and sectional title this season.

Five-foot, nine-inch junior Kayana Traylor (Purdue University), who has been named a 2017 Indiana Junior All-Star, averaged 23.4 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.5 assists. 5-5 junior Meredith Deckard averaged 12.4 points, 5-9 junior Jessica Nix averaged 8.2 points and 7.1 rebounds and 5-11 freshman Paige Dorsett averaged 7.2 points and 4.9 rebounds.

As part of their most recent season, the Artesians won 13 consecutive games heading into their 4A regional appearance. They have a 51-21 record over the past three seasons.

Vince Cerbone is 216-139 in 16 seasons as head coach at Martinsville.

The Martinsville girls make their second ever Classic appearance, returning after their 1997 Classic championship that occurred amidst their 1997 state championship and 1998 4A championship era under HOF coach Jan Conner.

Entering the 2017 Classic, the event has included 90 different IHSAA-member girls programs and 100 different IHSAA-member boys programs in tournament history.

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