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Saturday, February 24, 2018 1:07 pm

Class 2A girls basketball state: Central Noble vs. Winchester pregame notes

Class 2A Girls Basketball State Championship

Central Noble (22-5) vs. Winchester (26-2)

Approx. 12:45 p.m. today

Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis

Live-streaming: IHSAAtv.org

Outlook: Both teams are playing in their programs' first state championship game and are looking for their schools' first state championship in any sport. The schools are two of six first-time finalists participating in today's state finals. ...

The Cougars finished third in the Northeast Corner Conference behind Class 3A opponents Fairfield and Angola. All five of Central Noble's losses came against 3A opponents, including Northwestern who is playing in the 3A state championship. ...

The Cougars defeated Bluffton and Hammond Bishop Noll in the regional and Frankton in the semistate at Logansport. ...

The team is led by Sydney Freeman (17.4 points, 4.9 assists per game) and Meleah Leatherman (14.4 points, 9.9 rebounds). ...

The Golden Falcons defeated No. 8 Triton Central for the regional title and No. 6 Paoli in overtime in at semistate. ...

Maddie Lawrence leads Winchester (19.4 points, 9 rebounds, 6.9 assists) followed by Shelby Miller (12.1 points, 8 rebounds) and Kira Robinson (10.9 points, 7.3 rebounds). ...

In the first game on Saturday, Marquette Catholic won the Class A state championship over Vincennes Rivet.

—Aubree Reichel, The Journal Gazette

areichel@jg.net