2006: Amber Harris
January 21: @ Lawrence North 54-40 W
January 27: Warren Central 40-30 W
January 31: @ Kokomo 49-43 W
February 3: @ Franklin Central 44-46 L
Amber Harris led North Central with 15 points in a 54-40 win over Lawrence North.
Tatjana Smith scored a game-high 12 points and Harris added 10 to lead North Central over Warren Central, 40-30.
North Central traveled to Memorial Gym to take on No. 2 Kokomo, and despite 27 points from Kokomo's Ball State-bound guard Audrey McDonald, North Central left town with a 49-43 win. Amber Harris finished with 12 points and five rebounds, and had a breakaway steal and dunk in the fourth quarter.
North Central coach Alan Vickrey said it was a classic case of overlooking the current opponent, as North Central dropped a 46-44 loss to Franklin Central in the last game of the regular season. North Central failed to focus on 14-7 Franklin Central, sandwiched between a game against Class 4A No. 2 and the IHSAA sectional first round. Amber Harris led North Central with 19 points and six rebounds on 9-of-13 shooting.
North Central enters sectional action with a 17-4 record, and opens against Westfield (12-8) on Tuesday at 6:00pm. Game two will be Carmel versus Noblesville at 7:45pm. The winners will face each other at 6:00pm Friday, and Hamilton Southeastern will meet Broad Ripple at 7:45pm in the bye game. The championship game of Sectional 9 will be at 7:30pm Saturday the 11th.
2006: Dee Dee Jernigan
January 27: @ Chicago Simeon (IL) 66-37 W
February 3: Highland 52-36 W
Assuming the Region No. 1 ranking with the win over Munster, EC traveled to Chicago to take on 14-3 Simeon. EC clamped down on Simeon in the second half, limiting them to just 10 points for the half. Jernigan led all scorers with 17 points.
East Chicago polished up the regular season with a 52-36 win over Highland. Jernigan was given the role of ball distributor, helping teammate Kelly Watts lead the team with 16 points. Jernigan had 12 points, four steals and three assists.
East Chicago's record stands at 15-5, and heads into sectional play against Region No. 5 Lake Central on Tuesday. Lake Central lost to EC Central on December 21. Since then, Lake Central has had a record of 9-1. Sectional nemesis Gary West received a first round bye.
2006: FahKara Malone
January 24: Evansville Harrison 65-45 W
January 26: Evansville Reitz 69-36 W
January 31: Castle 62-71 L
February 2: @ Mount Vernon 73-53 W
Malone scored 23 points in a 69-36 win over Reitz. She connected on 8-of-12 shots from the field and 7-of-12 freethrows.
Castle used a 15-3 run in the third quarter to take the lead from Memorial, and held on through a blistering offensive performance from FahKara Malone in the fourth for the 71-62 win. Malone scored 14 of her 28 points in the fourth quarter, and cut the Castle lead to two with a three-pointer at 1:09 remaining. Castle ended the game with a 7-0 run to seal it.
Memorial's last game of the regular season was a 73-53 win over Mount Vernon. Malone led Memorial with 18 points, hitting 6-of-11 from the field, 1-of-2 from the perimeter and a perfect 3-of-3 from the line.
Memorial ends the regular season with a 16-3 record. Memorial will face Boonville (9-9) at 6:00pm Tuesday, followed by Mount Vernon (8-14) and Mater Dei (5-12) at 7:30pm. The winners will meet in a Friday semifinal, as will Heritage Hills (9-10) and Bosse (15-4), which drew the byes. The sectional championship game will be at 7:30pm on Saturday. Memorial is hosting the sectional, and is a three-time defending sectional champ.