Senior Daly Sullivan scored 21 points to help the Indians beat North Harrison 57-49 to capture the 3A girls basketball state championship at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in downtown Indianapolis.
The victory makes coach Sydney Smallbone the first female in IHSAA history to win a state championship as both a player and a head coach. Smallbone, along with her assistants Melissa Lechlitner and Kristen Dockery, led the Indians to the state championship in 2005 as players.
This is the first year for the trio of coaches at their alma mater.
North Harrison led 11-10 after the first quarter before Saint Joe used a 13-2 run in the 2nd to open up a 28-18 half time lead. North Harrison closed within 7 after the 3rd but Saint Joe was able to keep the game in their control and pull off the 8 point victory.
Freshman Keegan Sullivan led the Indians with 12 rebounds. Senior Nicole Konieczny scored 9 points while fellow senior Abby O’Connor scored 8 points, grabbed 8 rebounds, and dished out 5 assists.
Killian Mountford was named the Mental Attitude Award winner. Mountford grabbed 10 rebounds in the victory.