Osgood Journal Sports
June 30, 2009

SR Lady Raiders & JCD Lady Eagles check out the WNBA professional game

Gary Franklin, Sports Writer

Father's Day activities on June 21, for the fathers of many Jac-Cen-Del and South Ripley Lady basketball players included a trip to Indianapolis to the Indiana Fever vs '09 WNBA champion Detroit Shock.
Not so much for the entertainment provided by the WNBA's professional girls basketball game, but for the scrimmage that was to follow between the two high school Eagle and Raider teams on the big court.
With a one hour time limit to use the floor, the two varsity squads scrimmaged to a tie and after a one minute overtime period found themselves in yet another tie. At that time, the JV teams hit the fieldhouse court for a 10 minute go at it.
Tickets for those attending in support of the HS teams were sold at a reduced rate from the general admission price with both coaches responsible for selling a minimum of 50 tickets. Both exceeded that requirement early in the sales' process with enthuastic followers eager to be a part of the venture.
According to Lady Raider Coach Brian Samples, the Lady Raider activities this summer prior to the Fever scrimmage have included open gyms about two days a week and competitions: five game shootout at Anderson University, a two day stint at Trimble Co. Kentucky with four games played, a three game set at Clarksville HS and a five game venue at Hanover College before the Fever scrimmage. IHSAA rules prohibit coach contact with the team for the week of June 29th - July 3rd.
Coach Samples stated, He and the Lady Raiders expect to possibly compete in a few more shootouts during July, and that their new strength program is set to begin on July 6th. He also extended thanks to Coach Smith of the Lady Eagles for the invitation to the Father's Day scrimmage at Conseco as many of the girls had never experienced a Fever game let alone playing on the Conseco Fieldhouse WNBA court."
As for JCD and Scott Smith's Lady Eagles, the coach and team have culminated their summer activities with the scrimmage at Conseco.
JCD also participated in shootouts, which included competitions at Indiana Wesleyan University, Clarksville HS, Hanover College, a four day stint at Vincennes University and finally the Father's Day scrimmage with SR at Conseco Fieldhouse.
Coach Smith stated, "The kids have worked very hard, played a lot of great competition and I think have begun the process of becoming a team."
* It remains quite obvious as the two teams have met and competed many times at different sites over the summer that the SR and JCD Lady basketball programs are and should remain interesting for area fans for many years to come.