(SOUTHSIDER VOICE PHOTOS BY AL STILLEY) Roncalli junior Madelyn Bischoff grabs a drink during a time out with freshman Sydney Horton, foreground, at Rebels’ season home opener. Bischoff scored Roncalli’s first 14 points against Beech Grove on her way to a 25-point performance.
Roncalli senior Alana Vinson is all smiles after Rebels opened the new season with two wins. Vinson is the latest Rebel to surpass 1,000 points.
RONCALLI (4A, 16-7) – Seventh season at helm for veteran coach Stan Benge, 106-45 at Roncalli… … 1-2 threat with versatile senior Alana Vinson who can play inside and junior Maddie Bischoff who likes the perimeter … hard to stop when they are shooting on fire, combined for 42 points in opener against neighbor Beech Grove … Vinson entered season with 1,014 career points … 5-11 junior Abbie Carr, 5-11 center Sophie Carr and 5-7 Sydney Horton, a freshman point guard with a high basketball IQ complete starting lineup …5-8 Kenzie Ross strong off bench, scored 11 points against Beech Grove in opener … guards Mary Roesener, Ellie Hammerschmitt and 5-4 sparkplug Emma Halter add depth … five freshmen (Horton, 5-7 Jordan Hendricks, 5-8 Savannah Bischoff, 5-8 Josie Origer and 5-8 Ansley Bishop can have impact … look for an aggressive defense and an offense that moves the ball … six of first eight games at home … Coach’s comments: “Being aggressive allows us to show our talent more – it’s how we want to play. It allows us to dictate the tempo, get the shots that we need to get from our better players, and have the shots come in rhythm. We want our defense to create extra opportunities for us. No doubt, Maddie and Alana, are our go-to players. We need to take advantages of mismatches, but that takes time. We have freshmen who can play. We have some depth, but we will have more as the season goes along. I like our effort an I’m hopeful we can keep moving in the right direction.”
With freshman Ansley Bishop (34), front, heads the Roncalli Rebels as they line up for National Anthem on their opening night of the new season. Team members, not in order, include Kenzie Ross, Jordan Hendricks, Alana Vinson, Mary Roesener, Savanna Bischoff, Sofie Carr, Abbie Carr, Emma Halter, Ellie Hammerschmitt, Madelyn Bischoff, Sydney Horton and Josie Origer. The Rebels opened by defeating Beech Grove and Pike.