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Zeller, Washington march on to 3A championship game

SEYMOUR — Cody Zeller saved one of his best all-around efforts of the season for tournament time. And as a result, Zeller and the Washington Hatchets will have a chance for a second consecutive state championship next Saturday at Conseco Fieldhouse.

The IU signee scored a game-high 23 points, pulled down 18 rebounds, handed out five assists and blocked five shots in a 66-48 rout of Batesville in the Class 3A Semi-state title game at the Lloyd E. Scott Gymnasium.

After Batesville outscored Washington 15-9 in the second quarter to tie the game at 27 at the half, the Hatchets used a 20-11 third quarter to pull away.

The win put Washington into the Class 3A title game for the fourth time in seven seasons.

Watch what Zeller had to say following the win in the embedded media player below:

(Note: We’ll have HD quality highlights of this game in the coming days on ITH)

That’s A Wrap: Tom Pritchard


(Photo via Peter Stevenson on TwitPic)

Welcome to “That’s A Wrap,” our attempt to make some sense of the 2010-11 season. Sit back. Relax. Grab some popcorn. Get your read on. Today: Tom Pritchard.

Final Stats (31 games): 2.5 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 0.7 apg, 59.0% FG, 34.8% FT in 18.2 minutes per game

So is it me, or was Tom Pritchard one of the most quietly impressive Hoosiers on the court this season?

Granted, his offensive game was just as stop-and-go (putting it lightly) as ever. But Pritchard was quite possibly Indiana’s most improved and most consistent defender, and a significant minority of fouls he committed this season were in covering for a teammate that had lost his mark.

We also started seeing some of the Pritchard that Tom Crean and other Hoosiers have talked about – the one with strong footwork, underrated athleticism and some actual swagger around the rim.

This rather emphatic, ridiculously surprising putback dunk not withstanding, when Pritchard was assertive and aggressive on the offensive end, his teammates fed off that energy more clearly and efficiently than perhaps anyone else on the team.

Looking back, it’s probably fair to say that, in a sense, Pritchard came out of his shell a little bit, and began to define the final product he’ll become. Though it’s hard to picture him becoming a scoring force in his senior season, it’s certainly not beyond even the adventurous imagination to see him put up nicely improved numbers next year. And as his strength has improved, so has his rebounding, a significant need for Indiana next season as well.

All of this swells up to create the potential for Pritchard to play a critical role on the 2011-12 Indiana basketball team: foil to Cody Zeller.

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HD Video: Washington’s Cody Zeller, Evansville Bosse’s Jaquan Lyle

Inside the Hall made the trip on Saturday to the Hatchet House in Washington for a regional semifinal between Washington and Evansville Bosse. Washington won 71-49 and later defeated Corydon, 68-41, to advance to the Class 3A semi-state.

IU signee Cody Zeller finished with 21 points, 13 rebounds, four assists and four blocked shots and Evansville Bosse freshman Jaquan Lyle finished with four points and three rebounds.

Watch high-definition quality video clips of both Zeller (No. 40 in white) and Lyle (No. 15 in red) in the embedded media players below:

Ferrell’s 31 points lead Park Tudor to sectional crown

(Photo credit: Jamie Owens of J. Scott Sports)

Throughout the season, Inside the Hall will keep you posted on how 2011 signees Austin Etherington and Cody Zeller, IU’s eight verbal commitments and other notable prospects with interest in the Hoosiers, are performing at their respective schools.

You can send us stats or results for this report at insidethehall@gmail.com. Here’s our latest update:

2011 SIGNEES

+ Austin Etherington (Hamilton Heights): Twenty-seven points in a 77-74 sectional semifinal loss to New Palestine on Mar. 4.

+ Cody Zeller (Washington): Thirteen points, 11 rebounds, four assists and a blocked shot in a 56-36 sectional semifinal win over Vincennes Lincoln on Mar. 4. (HD quality video from the game is available here.) Fifteen points in a 47-36 win over Southridge to win the Southridge sectional on Mar. 5. Up next: Regional against Evansville Bosse on Saturday at Washington.

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HD Video: Washington’s Cody Zeller vs. Vincennes Lincoln

Inside the Hall made the trip on Friday evening to Huntingburg Memorial Gymnasium for Washington’s 56-36 Class 3A sectional semifinal win over Vincennes Lincoln.

IU signee Cody Zeller finished with 13 points (5-of-9 FG, 3-of-4 FT), 11 rebounds, four assists and a blocked shot in 32 minutes.

Watch 18 high-definition quality video clips of Zeller in the embedded media player below:

Around the Hall: Patterson, Matta and Knight, more

Around the Hall is recommended reading from the Inside the Hall crew. So go ahead, get your read on. Photo by Jamie Owens of J. Scott Sports.

– 2012 Broad Ripple junior guard and IU commit Ron Patterson was named Indianapolis City Player of the Year. Patterson is averaging 18 points, six rebounds, three steals, three assists and 2.5 blocked shots for the 20-2 Rockets, according to Kyle Neddenriep of The Indianapolis Star.

– The Hoosier Scoop has notes from Steve McClain’s appearance on the Big Ten coaches teleconference on Monday morning.

– Nathan Hart of The Indiana Student asks the question: Is there any chance for another Hoosier win?

– Don Fischer joined Dan Dakich for his weekly appearance on the Dan Dakich Show. You can listen here.

– Thad Matta reached out to Bob Knight, also known as “The Master”, for help on a drill to help improve the Buckeyes’ half court defense. Eamonn breaks down the whole situation and how it could relate to Indiana over at ESPN.com.

– Eric Gordon could return to the Clippers on Wednesday and wouldn’t mind a venue separate from the Lakers, according to Lisa Dillman of The Los Angeles Times.

– UMHoops.com has its weekly Big Ten roundup and the Hoosiers continue their slide to the bottom of the conference from an efficiency standpoint.

– A stellar breakdown of the four factors and defense in the Big Ten by The Only Colors, a Michigan State blog.

– Cody Zeller joined Twitter. You can follow him here.

Zeller, Washington rout Evansville Memorial for 11th straight win

Throughout the season, Inside the Hall will keep you posted on how 2011 signees Austin Etherington and Cody Zeller, IU’s eight verbal commitments and other notable prospects with interest in the Hoosiers, are performing at their respective schools.

You can send us stats or results for this report at insidethehall@gmail.com. Here’s our latest update:

2011 SIGNEES

+ Austin Etherington (Hamilton Heights): Twenty points in a 58-56 win at Peru on Feb. 26 to clinch the Mid-Indiana Conference title.

+ Cody Zeller (Washington): Twenty-five points, 10 rebounds, four blocks and four assists in a 69-50 win over Evansville Memorial on Feb. 25. Final regular season stats: 24.6 ppg, 13.1 rpg, 3.3 apg, 1.8 bpg, 66.4 percent from the field, 68 percent from the foul line.

2012 COMMITMENTS

+ Hanner Perea (La Porte La Lumiere): Twenty-five points and 19 rebounds in a 95-43 win over the Croatian U17 National team on Feb. 21.

+ Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell (Park Tudor): Eleven points and nine assists in a 67-55 win over Indianapolis Cathedral on Feb. 22.

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