Once again,the Tindley Tigers stopped a team from Greene County in the regional.
The Tigers (19-8) defeated Bloomfield (16-10) 59-49 in the first game of Saturday’s Martinsville Regional. Last year, Tindley turned on the power in the fourth quarter and beat Shakamak 64-49 in the regional’s first semifinal. Tindley went on to win the Class 1A championship.
The victors used four steals to jump out to an 18-4 lead. To their credit, the Cardinals fought back like wildcats and cut the score to 27-24 at the break on Kyler Hudson’s bucket. I thought the Cards were going to pull off a comeback, but it was not to be.
“As much as you try you can’t really simulate their speed and athleticism in practice,” Bloomfield coach Jamie Hudson said after the game. “But once we got past that initial shock and settled down after the first four minutes we played really well.”
I find myself wondering if both Bloomfield and Linton would benefit from tougher schedules. Before the advent of class basketball, the Cardinals played a murderous schedule. Both Terre Haute schools, both Bloomington schools, Northview, Sullivan, and Bedford were on their collective plate. Some of those schools still remain, but the Cards’ schedule has definitely grown lighter compared to the days of yore.
Of course, when Bloomfield played those tougher teams, the Cardinals often got beat like gongs. However, they would go into the sectional and take it. Adding bigger schools would definitely give players more chances to play against speed and athleticism.
It’s something to think about.
Tindley will not repeat as 1A champs. Morristown thumped the Tigers 82-64 in the regional championship, thus earning the right to face a team familiar to county fans: Barr-Reeve.
Morristown beat Indianapolis University 55-53 in the second semifinal Saturday. In the Loogootee Regional, Barr-Reeve defeated Springs Valley 68-58 and edged Christian Academy 48-47.
Barr-Reeve and Morristown will clash at 1:00 p.m. Saturday in the Seymour Semistate
Last Friday’s story about Abby Reynolds incorrectly gave her last name as Taylor. I would like to make a correction.
Sometimes I wonder why they let me loose on society.
When my colleague Terry Schwinghammer and I were discussing the feature about Abby Reynolds, we mentioned other legendary archers, but the first ones that sprang to mind were men: William Tell, Robin Hood, and Cupid. However, upon further reflection, I did think of a couple of female archers from ancient myth.
One was Artemis (called Diana by the Romans), the Greek goddess of hunting and wild animals. The other was Camilla from Virgil’s epic poem, The Aeneid. Camilla was a queen who led a band of female warriors. She was skilled with ax, javelin, and bow and killed a fair number of Trojans before the poem’s conclusion.