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By Al Stilley
“We made it! We made it!”
Franklin Central senior forward Rachel Loobie repeated those words several times Saturday night while clutching the Flashes’ first IHSAA girls basketball sectional championship trophy since 2014.
Loobie’s 21 points and 14 rebounds along with a complete 32 minutes of intense defense and patient offense by the Flashes paid off in a 36-32 triumph against sectional host 4A No. 11 Center Grove.
Meanwhile at nearby Greenwood Christian Academy (GCA), the host Cougars claimed their second consecutive sectional trophy by dominating Lutheran, 82-44 in another all-Southside battle.
Franklin Central (15-11) faces East Central (22-5) Saturday at 10 a.m. in the Columbus North Regional. The winner faces the No. 15 Bedford North Lawrence (19-5)-Evansville North (20-5) winner. In 1A, No. 8 GCA meets No. 7 Jac-Cen-Del (21-4) at noon in the Southwestern (Shelby County) Regional with the winner colliding with the North Central (18-7)-Bethesda Christian (18-6) winner. Championship games start at 7:30 p.m.
At Center Grove, Franklin Central’s defense frustrated the usually unflappable Trojans.
“We were definitely out of synch,” Center Grove coach Kevin Stuckmeyer said. “Give them (FCHS) credit, they got us out of our comfort zone. They guarded our cutters and we missed some open looks early. No doubt, Franklin Central was the better team tonight.”
The Flashes were in control most of the game, although statistically it was an even match except for a 23-16 rebounding edge and five more free throws. FC led twice by eight points in the second half, but the Trojans closed 31-30 with 38 seconds to go as Alexis Mobley closed with four points and Loobie hit a free throw. Mobley, Olivia Faust and Weaver combined for 15 points against the Trojans.
Loobie’s three-game sectional totals were 68 points, 44 rebounds, 10 assists and seven steals.
“The fact that people thought we couldn’t (win) just made us want it even more,” said Loobie who will play collegiately at Central Michigan University. “There was no doubt in our minds that we were capable of winning the game. We wanted to keep pressing hard on defense and not let up – that’s what we did.”
FC’s defense prevented the Trojans from a successful comeback.
“This was by far the best defense we’ve played in two years,” FC coach Vince Cerbone said, “We gave the girls a simple plan and they executed it perfectly. We’ve come from a two-win season when Loobie had to do everything last year to 15 wins and hopefully more with this group. I couldn’t be prouder.”
Center Grove finishes 20-6. The Trojans graduate Alainna Frankel, Ashley Eck and Claire and Emily Rake but return leading scorer 5-10 Mary Wilson.
At Greenwood Christian, the heavily favored Cougars cruised through its sectional by outscoring three opponents, 236-106. GCA trailed only once against Lutheran 2-1 early Saturday before pulling away for a first-quarter lead, 29-6.
Junior Izzy Reed led with 24 points and grabbed her career 1,000th rebound late in the game. Lone senior Alexis Mead scored 12 points in her final game in the GCA gymnasium. Savvanah Frye added 18 points and Ellie Bigelow scored 12 points.
Frye remarked, “This is a stepping stone.”
The Cougars are hungry and want to go deeper into the tourney than last year when they fell to University in the Southwestern Regional title game.
“We’re not done,” Reed said. “We’re playing together and playing hard.”
In his eighth season at the Cougars helm, coach Alan Weems praised the team for maintaining its focus throughout the finale. GCA has won 11 straight games. They have outscored opponents 66.4 points to 43.9.
Southside teams and their final won-lost record: Beech Grove (7-15); Greenwood (5-18); Lutheran (6-19); Manual 6-15; Perry Meridian (7-16); Roncalli (17-7); Southport (12-12).
(Note: Online editor Nathan Pace contributed to this article.)
(SOUTHSIDER VOICE PHOTO BY AL STILLEY) Within moments of being presented their regional championship trophy at Center Grove, Franklin Central’s girls team celebrates quickly. Team members are, from left, front row, Alexus Mobley, Ariel Norris, Rachel Loobie, Vannah Vaughan, Kayla Vinson, Shelby Hayes, Laura Fisher, back row, assistant coach Nikki Cerbone, Maddie Weaver, coach Vince Cerbone, Olivia Faust, Mya Perry, Ella Brewer, Rayah Kincer, Adalyn Barlow, Mattie Finney and assistant coaches Evan Arnold and Amber Hubbard.
(SOUTHSIDER VOICE PHOTO BY NATHAN PACE) Greenwood Christian Academy grabbed its second consecutive girls sectional championship Saturday on its homecourt. Team members are, not in order, Lauren Peterson, Adrienne Doria, Kirsten Carlson, Savvanah Frye, Alexis Mead, Izzy Reed, Dory O’Dell, Ellie Bigelow, Chloe Grider and Addy Jolly. The Cougars have won a school-record 21 games this season.
(SOUTHSIDER VOICE PHOTOS BY AL STILLEY) Subject Savvy is a different way to catalog books with words, not numbers, at the Greenwood Public Library. In top photo, book spines show labeling for fiction books, listing its topic (example, mystery) with the author’s name and series sequence. In photo below, non-fiction books are arranged by a major topic (example, animals) and a sub-topic (birds). Library administrators point out that Subject Savvy also encourages patrons to browse sub-topics with ease and encourage more reading.
By Al Stilley
Hello, Subject Savvy; goodbye, Dewey Decimal System.
For several years, Greenwood Public Library director Cheryl Dobbs and associate director Emily Ellis noticed patrons at the second-floor reference desk asking about how to find certain books.
An idea that began five years ago at a conference to replace the Dewey Decimal System at the 123-year-old library is a reality.
“This is a system that uses words instead of numbers,” Dobbs said last week. “Our patrons can understand this system and become more independent when searching for books to read.”
The Dewey Decimal System, developed in 1876 by Melvil Dewey, catalogues books with numbers 000 through 999, and has been used in libraries and in schools seemingly forever. The card catalogue remains in existence but with a computerized search at the Greenwood library.
The changeover from the Dewey Decimal System involves nearly 90,000 titles, ranging from non-fiction to fiction, adult books on the second floor, kid’s books in the children’s library and teenage books in the TeenHQ room on the first floor. DVDs and audio books will be relabeled, too.
Five years ago, Dobbs and Ellis were at a convention where word-based cataloguing systems were shown. A year later, they visited the Wells County and Kendallville public libraries that had implemented a word-catalogue system. Eventually they took staff members to those libraries and discussed ways to have a word-system.
“We didn’t replicate those systems,” Ellis said. “We knew that we had to make it work for our building and our collections. We’ve been talking about this for so long that it is great to see the progress.”
Some of the non-fiction book stacks have books labeled with the new Subject Savvy.
Patrons looking for a book about business will be able to select from sub-topics: companies, economics, leadership, marketing, sales and small business. Those looking for books about entertainment can select from: celebrities, games, magic, movies, music, theater and TV/radio.
Dobbs also emphasized that patrons will be able to browse once they find a certain topic or sub-topic which should encourage them to select more books.
Fiction books are re-labeled by the author’s last name, making it easier to begin the search. If an author’s books are part of a series, then the series and the series sequence also are labeled on the spine.
Librarians will be available to assist readers in their search.
Subject Savvy seems to be an early success.
“The feedback has been great,” Ellis said. “They are catching on quickly, so we won’t have to teach adults or kids how to use the Dewey Decimal System. It’s exactly the feedback we have expected.”
Looking at some empty bookshelves, patrons are asking, “Where are all the books?”
Those books are being re-labeled one section at a time, and Ellis expects it will take about a year to finish the project.
Dobbs also emphasized that Subject Savvy fits perfectly with the Greenwood library’s Reading Revolution program.
“We have been working hard to make sure that the people who come into our building can find a book, read, or access our services,” Dobbs said. “This fits in with our philosophy of open access for everyone, so they don’t have to struggle to find what they want.”
The library has eliminated late fees and initiated an automatic renewal system to make it easier to access books. Dobbs also emphasized that the number of books checked out by patrons in 2019 increased by 22 percent over 1018.
The library is at 310 S. Meridian Street. Hours are Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Info: 317-881-1953 or www.greenwoodlibrary.us.