Southsider Voice correspondent
Franklin Central’s boys basketball hit a juggernaut for the second consecutive year at the Class 4A Seymour Regional.
This time it was Bloomington North, which defeated the Flashes 55-50. Franklin Central closed its season with a 13-12 record, the second straight year that it entered the tournament with a losing record and emerged with a winning record.
The Flashes trailed 38-31 at the end of the third quarter and tried to rally but couldn’t get past the Panthers, who went on to win the regional by defeating New Albany 46-45 in overtime. The Panthers defeated visiting FC 70-57 earlier in the year in Conference Indiana play, 70-57.
FC lost to Jeffersonville 85-69 in last year’s regional championship game.
Lucas Huffman led FC with 17 points; classmate Jacob Malone added 11 points. They, Jalen Bell and D.J. Heinrichs, all seniors, combined for 46.1 points per game and 17.4 rebounds per game for coach John Rockey.
The Flashes are expected to return 6-6 Landon Alting and 6-4 Matt Anderson, both juniors, and sophomores Jimmy Weinke and Matt Clements. They combined for 8.1 points per game and 7.3 rebounds per outing.
Franklin Central has reached the sectional championship game in all three years under Rockey.
Top 60 senior girls
Five Southside girl standouts took part in Garry Donna’s “Hoosier Basketball Magazine’s” top 60 senior workout Sunday at Marian University: Kayla Kaiser, Beech Grove; Madison Kolthoff, Center Grove, Abbey Titzer, FC; and Elizabeth Bowers and Kellie Kirkhoff, Roncalli.
Kirkhoff was among 15 players named to the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association/Subway Senior All-State team. Teammate Lindsay Corsaro was named to the IBCA/Subway Junior All-State team.
Eight boys on top 100
Eight boys from the Southside are among the top 100 seniors in the state on Donna’s list of the top 100 seniors: Joey Cardenas, Beech Grove; Tyler Bryant, Center Grove; Jalen Bell, Huffman, FC; Morgan Booher, Lucas Peters, Greenwood Christian Academy; Jalen Hornbeak, Greenwood; and Curtis Green, Perry Meridian.
The top 100 will soon be reduced to the top 60 for workouts April 6 at Marian.
Greenwood Christian’s Stidom returns
Kyle Stidom, a 2012 graduate of Greenwood Christian Academy and a sophomore at Taylor University, was recently named to the third team and All-Newcomer teams of the Crossroads Conference.
Stidom, the all-time high school leading scorer in Johnson County, averaged a team-leading 17.4 points and 6.2 rebounds. He also led the team in steals and was second in assist.
Stidom returned home the past two weekends to see Greenwood Christian win its first sectional title at Edinburgh and reach the finals of the Martinsville Regional.