Girls’ Basketball 2015-2016 Review
The girls’ basketball team put together one of the greatest seasons in program history, with a school-record tying 24 wins, the program’s first Marion County Tournament title and the program’s fourth trip to the final four. The team finished with a 24-5 record against what was rated the fourth-toughest schedule in the state. In the process, the Lady Rebels extended their streak of seasons with 16 wins or more to eight. Only seven girls’ basketball programs in Indiana have an active streak of at least eight seasons of 16 wins or more.
In mid-December, the girls won the program’s first Marion County Tournament title with a 66-52 win over Pike at Franklin Central. The team captured the sectional title with wins over Perry Meridian (78-38) and Southport (78-44). In the regional, the Lady Rebels avenged an earlier 21-point home loss to third-ranked Lawrence North with a 55-45 victory in the regional semifinal. Roncalli earned its first trip to the semi-state since 2013 with a 46-45 win over Greenfield-Central in the regional final. The Lady Rebels’ season ended in Richmond the following Saturday with a 55-48 loss to Columbus North in the semi-state.
The team was ranked in the top 10 all season and finished the year ranked seventh in the statewide Sagarin computer poll (out of 409 programs). The four teams that defeated the Lady Rebels (they lost to Columbus North twice) combined for 10 postseason trophies. Heritage Christian won a Class 3A state title. The Lady Rebels defeated five teams – Carmel, Brebeuf Jesuit, Oregon-Davis, Center Grove and Bedford North Lawrence – that won sectional titles and Oregon-Davis advanced to the regional round.
Senior Lindsey Corsaro capped her standout career with a selection as a McDonald’s All-American. She is one of two Indiana players selected this year and the first in Roncalli history. She also earned first team All-Marion County honors, IBCA (Indiana Basketball Coaches Association)/Subway All-State honors and was an ICGSA (Indiana Coaches of Girls Sports Association) Academic All-State selection. The Lady Rebels’ team MVP, Corsaro finished her career with several program records. She owns the record for career points (1,904), single-season points (607), career field goals (619), single-season field goals (189), free throws made in a game (27), single-game free throw percentage (15-for-15) and career free throw percentage (.846). Corsaro led the team in scoring (25.3 per game), rebounding (9.7 per game) and 10 other statistical categories.
Seniors Daesjah Ely, Kristen Reece and Gwen Woehler were all chosen to the ICGSA Academic All-State honorable mention team. Ely was an honorable mention IBCA Senior All-State selection, and along with Corsaro, was invited to the postseason Top 60 workout for the state’s top seniors. Ely was second on the team in scoring (12.6 per game) and rebounding (6.5 per game). Reece started 17 games, including the season’s final 14 games. Woehler was named the Lady Rebels’ mental attitude award winner. Senior Rachel Titzer, who was honorable mention All-Marion County, was the only player to start all 29 games and she started all 54 games, without a game missed, in her two-year Roncalli career.
Junior Paige Saylor led the team in assists (4.4 per game) and was named first team All-Marion County. She tied a school record by hitting 5-for-5 3-pointers against Pike in the Marion County Tournament. Sophomore Ellie Bischoff shares the record, having hit 5-for-5 3-pointers at Pike in a regular season meeting one month earlier.
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