Warfel, Jones named All-Hoosier Heritage Conference


PENDLETON — Two girls basketball players from Pendleton Heights were named to the All-Hoosier Heritage Conference team.

The eight-school league that includes Pendleton Heights, along with Greenfield-Central, Mt. Vernon, New Palestine, Delta, New Castle, Shelbyville and Yorktown, recently released its conference honors.

Pendleton Heights and New Palestine were co-conference champions. Both teams finished the season 6-1 in league games. The Dragons defeated the Arabians in the regular season and sectional tournament. Greenfield-Central, the third-place team, gave New Palestine its one regular-season conference loss.

Helping lead the Arabians to co-conference champions were sophomore Olivia Jones and junior Kaycie Warfel, who earned two of the 12 spots on the all-conference team.

Warfel was one of the state’s top juniors, earning underclass Large School All-State honors by the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association.

She caused issues for opposing teams on both ends of the court. Offensively, she averaged a team-high 25.2 points per game, while on the defensive end, she averaged a team-high 5.6 steals per game. She added 5.8 rebounds and 2.0 assists per outing.

She was third in the state in field goals made, fourth in the state in steals per game and eighth in the state in scoring.

In those same categories, she led the Hoosier Heritage Conference.

Jones made an impact on both sides of the ball as well.

Offensively she scored 9.1 points per game, grabbed 4.8 rebounds and dished out 2.4 assists per game.

On defense, she averaged 2.4 steals per game.

Her 2.4 assists per game led the team, while she was second on the team in steals behind Warfel.

Winning the conference’s coach of the year was first-year New Palestine head coach Craig Moore.

Moore, in his first year as the team’s head coach, led the Dragons to a conference title and 14-11 overall record. They avenged the regular-season loss to the Cougars in the sectional. New Palestine reached the sectional title game, losing to Mt. Vernon, 48-39.

Greenfield-Central finished third with a 5-2 record, Mt. Vernon was fourth at 4-3, and Shelbyville and Yorktown tied for fifth with 3-4 records. Delta was 1-6 and New Castle finished 0-7.

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