END OF AN ERA
Saint Joseph (21-5): Notre Dame recruit J.R. Konieczny managed 20 points in his final game for the No. 5 Indians in a 61-59 loss to No. 9 Leo in the Class 3A Elkhart Semistate. It also marked the last contest for Saint Joseph boss Mark Johnson, who is retiring after 36 seasons on the bench.
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Barr-Reeve (28-2): Curt Hopf accounted for 20 points as the top-ranked Vikings used a 34-1 run in their 72-25 triumph over No. 8 Indianapolis Tindley in the Class 1A Washington semistate.
Carmel (25-2): Connor Giola racked up seven of his 16 points in overtime, leading the No. 2 Greyhounds to a 53-50 win over No. 10 Gary West in the Class 4A Lafayette semistate.
Fort Wayne Blackhawk (27-3): Zane Burke rolled up 21 points for the No. 1 Braves in an 88-61 win over No. 8 Blackford in the Class 2A Elkhart semistate.
Kouts (29-2): Cale Wireman registered 26 points in the No. 3 Mustangs’ 86-70 win over Southwood in the Class 1A Lafayette semistate.
Lawrence North (28-2): Shamar Avance chipped in 16 points in the No. 3 Wildcats’ 54-52 victory over Bloomington South in the Class 4A Seymour semistate.
Leo (24-4): Blake Davison tallied 17 points, including the game-winning basket with 1.3 seconds left, for the Lions against Saint Joseph.
Parke Heritage (27-3): Connor Davis’ 14 points lifted the No. 5 Wolves to a 40-36 win over Southridge in the Class 2A Washington semistate.
Silver Creek (24-4): Branden Northern recorded 12 points in the No. 2 Dragons’ 54-46 win over No. 6 Guerin Catholic in the Class 3A Seymour semistate.
Carmel (25-2) vs. Lawrence North (28-2) (Class 4A championship): The Greyhounds were Class 4A state champs in 2019, while Lawrence North is back in the state finals for the first time since 2006.
Kouts (29-2) vs. Barr-Reeve (28-2) (Class 1A championship): The Mustangs are making their first trip to the title game, while Barr-Reeve finished as Class 1A state runner-up in 2019.
Fort Wayne Blackhawk (27-3) vs. Parke Heritage (27-3) (Class 2A championship): The Braves captured the Class 1A state crown in 2019, while Parke Heritage is in the finale for the first time.
Leo (24-4) vs. Silver Creek (24-4) (Class 3A championship): The Lions are competing in the state finals for the first time, while Silver Creek claimed the Class 3A championship in 2019.