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Syrek and the Lady Trailblazers have remained unbeaten on the season as the team currently holds a 19-0 record.
Photo provided Syrek and the Lady Trailblazers have remained unbeaten on the season as the team currently holds a 19-0 record.

The Record Watch is building a full head of steam in Hamilton County girls high school basketball this season.

The county’s scoring title, set by Courtney Cox (Cole), is not only in danger of being eclipsed, it could and most likely will happen relatively soon.
The late Noblesville High School student-athlete graduated with 1,869 points.

That was 31 years ago.Think about that. A pretty monumental feat indeed!

Hamilton Southeastern’s Sydney Parrish and University’s Lindsey Syrek are in hot pursuit of both surpassing such a milestone.

If they’re not aware of it, the seniors should be by now.

Going into games this weekend, Parrish has scored 1,786 points; Syrek has tallied 1,730 points for her career.

Talk about close!

It could be a race to the finish line. . . .  and that may include long tournament runs that could possibly play a role in the outcome.

So, the way it currently stands is that Parrish needs only 84 points to rewrite the county record book. Syrek is 140 points shy of breaking the record. 
With the first sectional games set to get under way Feb. 4, Parrish still has four regular-season games on the calendar: Friday in an HCC encounter at Westfield; Jan. 21 at Lawrence North; the Lady Royals are home for their HCC finale against Zionsville on Jan 4; and Pike visits the Royals Den on Jan. 28. 

Syrek’s remaining games are at home to Bethesda Christian in the Pioneer Conference Playoffs on Saturday; Cardinal Ritter visits on Jan. 28; and the

Lady Trailblazers head for Hendricks County to battle 3A Tri-West on Jan 30.

Parrish ranks third in the state in overall scoring with a 26.3 points-per-game average, while Syrek is averaging 18.9 points.

Both girls have also caused a lot of excitement in all areas of the game, but individually-speaking, well, it’s all about the points for those who like to see records broken.

So keep an eye on the Record Watch. Plenty of excitement in the air. 

Which lady will prevail?

Stay tuned. Nothing’s for certain until it is!

Both University and HSE are enjoying great seasons despite returning many unproven players.

Coach Justin Blanding’s Class 2A Lady Trailblazers are rolling along with a 19-0 record; the defending Class 4A state-champion Lady Royals are 16-2.
Pretty impressive seasons for both so far.

The Lady Trailblazers are now the county’s lone uneaten girls basketball team. They’ve also won 32 of 34 games over two seasons. And HSE, which came into this season somewhat unknown because of lack of overall experience, so far have won 43 of 46 games over two seasons. 

*—The Fishers boys lost for the first time last week in overtime against Lafayette, and then to Pike. And the The Lady Tigers now have one loss after falling to North Central on Saturday. Still, great seasons so far for both teams.

*—The Westfield boys are now 8-1 after losing to Carmel last Saturday.

*—The Carmel boys are another big story this season. The Greyhounds returned one starter in Peter Suder, a freshman last season, and currently sit at 7-3 going into tonight’s game at Cathedral.

*—The Guerin Golden Eagles, under second-year head boys coach Bobby Allen, are 10-2 and winners of eight straight. They play host to Covenant Christian and Martinsville Friday and Saturday, respectively.

*—The University boys are 10-3.

*—The Hamilton Heights boys are 8-4. 

And the fans are seeing some pretty good basketball and coaching this season, for sure.

*—Mark Morrow, a Hall of Fame Indiana sportswriter, has resided in Hamilton County since 1989. You can follow him in The Times, and on Twitter at mmediamarko12. He can be reached at or by calling 317 460-8018.