Girls Basketball Wins First Marion County Trophy in Decades


Until this weekend, the North Central Panthers Girls basketball team had not won the the Marion County Championship in 42 years. This Saturday, December 10, the Panthers earned the trophy by beating Roncalli High School, who also won for their first time in school history last year.

The final score of the game was 70-50. A blowout led by leading scorer Ajanae’ Thomas with 23 points, followed by rising star Rikki Harris who had 16 points led the team to victory. Ajah Stallings also added 10 points for a great all around performance from the Panthers.

In the first quarter the team started stronger than ever before with a 14-0 run, scoring 20 points total. The Panthers held Roncalli to just five causing them to turn it over five times in the first five possessions of the quarter.

After the first quarter the Rebels never came within 10 points throughout the remainder of the game and they never out scored NC in any quarter. Even with the Rebels star player, junior Ellie Bischoff, having a career high night with 24 points and making five 3’s, the Rebels still couldn’t slow NC down.

The all around ball movement was as good as the boys basketball team also got the blowout win against the #1 team in the state, New Albany, reigning state champions the same day.

The girls basketball team are a great group this year and work together as a family. The win was a great overall performance for the girls and to top it off NC held the championship trophy up for the first time in over four decades.