After its three-year ride as the Class A girls basketball state champions ended Saturday, Canterbury is already making plans for a new run – starting next year.
The Cavaliers (22-3), who lost to Turkey Run 55-48 in the Warsaw Semistate, have a sophomore and freshman as their two leading scorers in Bailey Farley and Kindell Fincher.
Add in junior Matte Troxel and three starters will return next year.
"I said to the underclassmen that now you know what this feels like, and you probably never want to feel this way again," Canterbury coach Scott Kreiger said. "The younger kids have seen over the years what it is supposed to look like, and they saw this year what it is supposed to look like, and certainly they have a lot of tools to build on. We will be back."
Farley, who averaged 19.3 points, scored 23 points and grabbed 11 rebounds against Turkey Run (24-2).
"Nobody expected us to be as good as we are, and we have improved exponentially throughout the season," Farley said. "I am so proud of everyone on the team, and how far we made it. It hurts right now, but I am very happy with how we ended the season."
Part of Canterbury's undoing against Turkey Run was having Fincher, as well as senior Becky Pedro, on the bench in the first half with three fouls.
Fincher scored 10 points after averaging 17.2 during the season. Fincher was scoreless in the first half and didn't even attempt a shot.
Farley scored 13 points in the second quarter to help keep the Cavs afloat.
"It is tough when Kendall's stat line in the first half is zero shots and three fouls," Kreiger said. "She was very frustrated. Becky got into foul trouble, and that's something where we have maybe one kid get into foul trouble, but never two. That did disrupt our rotation a little bit."