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Cinderella magic doesn't strike for Lapel, Forest Park are back-to-back IHSAA girls basketball state champions, 38-37

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Forest Park Rangers celebrate their back-to-back state championship title on Feb. 25, 2023Photo byPit Viper Media Indiana Twitter page

The Forest Park High School Rangers from Ferdinand, Indiana beat Lapel High School in a classic of an IHSAA Girls Class 2A State Basketball Championship, 38-37 on Saturday for their first back-to-back title in school history.

As Lapel was down by two points with 6.9 seconds left to go, after a Kathryn Betz three-pointer deinked off of the right side of the rim, Amber Tretter shot a layup for Forest Park to bring the back-and-forth action down to a one-point game, 38-37.

After the basket was made, Lapel’s offense would feel pressured by the Rangers’ tight defensive stance, going down to the final seconds of the game, as the clock ticked down, and Lapel would end up missing the shot, as Forest Park remained back-to-back state champions for the first time in program history.

Lapel had an improbable run to get to the state championship game but ended up losing to the back-to-back champs in a heartbreaking fashion.

For Forest Park, Amber Tretter had an incredible performance, with 13 points whereas her teammate Lydia Betz notched five points for the Rangers. Lapel felt cold behind the arc, and Madelyn Poynter had the best performance for the team averaging 15 points and scoring 8 total baskets with 6 rebounds and 5 assists, in an incredible performance for the underdogs of the state championships

Amber Tretter from the Rangers won the Patricia L. Roy Mental Attitude Award for the Class 2A division. Danielle Eckert, who left the game with a leg injury, was accepted to the blue medallist.

There are two more championship matches in Class 3A and 4A in the IHSAA Girls Basketball State Championship. Starting at 6 pm at Gainbridge Fieldhouse, Fairfield High School from Goshen, Ind. will play against Corydon Central from Corydon, Ind. Then at 8 pm, the most anticipated game from today’s calendar will occur at 8 pm when Bedford North Lawrence and one of the top women’s basketball recruits in the Class of 2024 according to ESPNW Recruits Chloe Spreen will play against Fishers High School tonight.

In the Class 1A State Championship game, Lanesville High School beat Bethany Christian High School, 60-41, as Lanesville won their first-ever state championship game in school history.

You can watch the IHSAA Girls State Championship on IHSAA Champions Network by going to ihsaatv.org. The Bally Sports Indiana Network is also covering the girl's basketball championship action.

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