Colin’s Column: girls basketball updates

Colin Doyle, Sports Writer

NOTE: This is a recurring column and will be updated as the season goes on.


Senior USI commit Addy Blackwell and junior Lauren Conner have led the Bloomington South girls basketball team to victories over No.11 Pike, No.7 Jeffersonville and No. 9 Castle. The Panthers landed at No.15 on the latest state rankings, and they have a bye for first round of sectionals. They will play either East Central or Bloomington North on Feb. 1st. 


Panthers (19-3) vs. Trailblazers (14-8)



The Panthers dominated  the Trailblazers 74-34 on Wednesday night. This was an easier game for the girls after winning conference the night before. Congratulations on a great regular season and good luck in sectionals!


Panthers (18-3) vs. Bulldogs (16-6)


The girls beat Columbus North 57-54 to become the 2018-2019 Conference Indiana Champions. Columbus’s size kept them in the game, but Blackwell and Conner scored 21 points and 18 points respectively with a combined eight 3 pointers to secure the win. Anya Friend had a solid game too with eight points, and she drew some big fouls towards the end of the game.

Panthers (17-3) vs. Braves (8-12)


The girls traveled to Terre Haute South Thursday night to face a Braves squad that has struggled this season. The Panthers dominated them and finished the game with a final score of 86-56. Blackwell continued her incredible season by scoring 23 points, including four 3-pointers, while Conner added 17. The girls travel to Columbus North for a make-up game this Saturday.

Panthers (16-3) vs. Artesians (15-6)


The Lady Panthers won an exciting game on senior night 52-50. Cami Gillard found Ridner on the inbounds pass for a buzzer beater to win. Blackwell led the Panthers in her last home game with 13 points, while Ridner had 11. Congratulations to all the seniors for a successful final season at South.

Up Next: Panthers (15-3) vs. Artesians (15-5)

Due to bad weather, the Panthers game vs. Columbus North was rescheduled for 1/19/19.

Panthers (15-3) vs. Mooresville (11-8)


South suffered a tough two point loss last night against a decent Mooresville squad. The Panthers found themselves down 20-4 at the end of the first quarter, but they managed to get up 50-43 with 5:49 left in the game. Despite coming back, the girls struggled to keep the lead, and ended up losing 60-58. Blackwell once again had a solid game with 18 points, and Ridner also had a solid contribution with 13 points before she fouled out.

Up next: Panthers (15-2) vs. Mooresville (10-8)

The Lady Panthers had a busy holiday break, and here is a recap of their games:

Evansville Central- 20 at Bloomington South- 74

Bloomington South- 55 at Brown County- 24

Franklin Community- 50 at Bloomington South- 59

The girls went 3-0 over that stretch, and they easily beat Evansville Central and Brown County; but they got off to a sluggish start against Franklin Community. A 17-2 run in the third quarter helped secure the win for the Panthers. Blackwell led all scorers and averaged 20.3 points per game over the holiday break.

Panthers (12-2) vs. Patriots (9-5)


South beat Owen Valley 55-38 to follow up an impressive win against No. 9 Castle. Kristen Ridner led all scorers with 24, her season high. The Panthers are currently on a four game win streak, and have a 10 day hiatus until their next game. Their next game is at Brown County on Wednesday December 27th at 3:00 P.M.

Panthers (11-2) vs. Knights (11-1)


The Panthers do it again! They upset the No. 9 ranked, undefeated Castle Knights 60-57.  Blackwell led all Panther scorers with 24, and three others put up double figures. Blackwell also reached the 1000 career point club; congrats Addy! This was the third time the Panthers knocked off a top 15 ranked team this season, including two teams in the top 10. The Panthers play tonight at Owen Valley in what should be a recovery game.

Panthers (10-2) vs. Cougars (3-9)


South pounded North 53-22 in their cross-town rivalry game. Their constant press forced 29 turnovers from the Cougars, including 21 in the first half. Addy Blackwell led the way with 18 points, including three 3 pointers. Despite not shooting very well, the Panthers still dominated the game. This Saturday, the team will play a Castle squad who is currently ranked No. 9 in the state.

Panthers (9-2) vs. Huskies (2-7)


Sophomore Anya Friend had another good game with 19 points as the Panthers beat the Evansville North Huskies 62-38. Conner bounced back with 12 points, and Blackwell contributed nine points. South got off to a hot start in the first quarter, finishing with a 16-2 lead. Friend and the Panthers will look to crush the Cougars in their rivalry game this Thursday.

Panthers (8-2) vs. Trojans (8-2)


South took a tough loss to a solid Center Grove team 47-40. South’s two main scorers this season, Blackwell and Conner, had trouble making their shots, which made it difficult for South to keep their lead at the end of the game. Friend led the Panthers with 16 points, which is her personal high this season. The Panthers look to get back to winning ways on Saturday against Evansville North.

Panthers (7-1) vs. Patriots (2-7)


The Lady Panthers extended their win streak to four on Friday night against Terre Haute North. Lauren Conner led the team with 22 points, while Anya Friend contributed 18 points in the Panthers 62-29 victory in Terre Haute. The South Girls get a six day break before they travel to Greenwood to face a very strong Center Grove squad.

Panthers (6-1) vs. Owls (3-3)


Addy Blackwell and Lauren Connor led South to a 7th win last night against the Seymour Owls. Although Seymour was winning 10-8 at the end of the first quarter, South pushed through and won the game 53-47. South’s next contest is on Friday, Nov. 30 against Terre Haute North, and it is a conference game.

Panthers (5-1)           vs. Titans (0-4)


The Panthers had another blowout win, this time against Indianapolis Arsenal Tech. Addy Blackwell had another solid game with 13 points, and she was one of 11 total scorers for the

Panthers. The girls look to increase their win streak to three on the road versus Seymour on Tuesday night.

Panthers (4-1) vs. Cardinals (1-5)


The South girls stomped on Southport 61-34 Friday night. Addy Blackwell led all scorers with with 14 points, while Anya Friend contributed 8 points off the bench. The Panthers look to continue their solid season on Friday, Nov. 23, against Indianapolis Arsenal Tech.

Panthers (4-0)   vs. Stars (3-0)


The South girls took a tough loss to #6 Bedford North Lawrence 50-53 on Tuesday night. Although Addy Blackwell had 17 points, Jorie Allen, an IU commit, scored 26 points and led the Stars to victory. The Panthers were up by five with 2:50 to go in the fourth quarter, but Allen hit some late shots to give the Stars the edge.


The Panthers look to bounce back after a loss on Tuesday tonight against Southport in their first conference game. Although 1-5, Southport is still a dangerous team, and tonight’s game is a must win for South if they want to win conference.