A few new teams get their crack at a girls basketball title

BasketballSportsIndiana High School Athletic AssociationBen DavisJeremiah Johnson

After a regional final victory, it appeared that Ben Davis basketball was ready for a return to glory after a year off.

Instead they ran into one of the "nouveau riche" teams to emerge in the 2012 IHSAA Girls State Basketball Tournament.

Columbus North, who has been stuck in the sectionals for almost a decade, rose up in the Class 4A Semi State at Southport to upend the Giants 50-46 in overtime for a rare appearance in the state finals.

In the finals they'll face another upstart in North Central. After knocking out the state's top ranked team in Hamilton Southeastern in the Sectionals, the Panthers completed their road to a championship by knocking off Penn 65-50 at Warsaw High School on Saturday.

North Central and Columbus North will meet at the Hulman Center next Saturday night at 8:15 P.M.

Another upstart rose up to finally punch their state finals ticket at Southport in Class 3A. After reaching the regionals a year ago, Mount Vernon finally completed the run through Semi State by beating Madison 70-54 on Saturday afternoon.

The Mauraders will face Fort Wayne Concordia, who won the state championship in 2010, at 6 PM at the Hulman Center.

In Class 2A Fort Wayne Luers will face Evansville Mater Dei for the championship at 12:45 P.M. next Saturday afternoon which will be proceeded by the Class A championship between Fort Wayne Canterbury and Northeast Dubois.

All of those state championship games can be seen on Indiana's 4 next Saturday beginning at 10 A.M.

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