Coaches at Carmel, Cathedral Ready to Battle for 4A State Title
While there will always be those who lament that the multi-class system robs it of its luster, the teams competing for boys state basketball titles this Saturday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse are only thinking about the trophy on the end of one more victory.
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For the second straight year, the Class 4A championship game will feature two teams from the Indianapolis area, as Carmel tries for its second consecutive state title when it plays Cathedral High School. The Greyhounds won their first state championship since 1977 last year with an 80-to-67 win over Pike.
While he was thrilled to win the title in just his second season as Carmel's head coach, Scott Heady says winning it again would be nice for two reasons - it would come against one of his former assistant coaches, and it would come just a few days after his father is inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame. Bob Heady is also a former Carmel head coach and took the Greyhounds to the state title game in 1993, a dozen years after making a trip to the finals with Shenandoah.
Scott Heady says he thinks his team is ready for Saturday's championship. "You think about, you win a state championship, you come back, you're defending state champions, you're ranked number one at different times of year, so we got everybody's best shot. We're tested, we're prepared," he said.
Heady's former assistant, Andy Fagan, is in his third season at Cathedral, which is shooting for its first state title since winning the 3A crown in 1998. Fagan says his squad isn't thinking about a 60 to 54 regular season loss to Carmel in January. He says the teams are different at different times of the year. But he says it's impressive that his team made the state finals after two starters were suspended last month for a "violation of team rules."I think adversity only makes you stronger," he said. "You can respond in one of two ways. You can kind of hang your head and feel sorry for yourself, or you can take the approach we did and be even closer as a team."
The 4A championship game will be the last of the games played on Saturday, with an approximate tip-off time of 8:15 pm. You can hear the game on WIBC's sister station, 1070 The Fan.