This season they weren’t going to be denied as Jennings had 41 points against a Fishers team that entered allowing just 38.5 ppg for the season. Fishers knocked off regional favorite Fort Wayne Homestead 61-45 in the morning semifinal.
Similar to the single-class basketball days, when the Berries did win the regional title it set off a state championship-type of celebration.
“Winning regionals was definitely awesome,” Whitney said. “Coming into the season we knew it would be a huge, huge challenge for us to do that and that we would definitely be the underdog. It was just amazing to win that. When I gave Kennedy [Curl] a hug it just all sunk in and it was just great to celebrate something that we had all worked so hard for.”
Doug has been an assistant coach for the team the last 10 years under Jerry Hoover. Whitney said that her father has put in countless hours scouting and watching film on opponents over the years.
Doug certainly enjoyed this year’s semistate run. The Berries went 24-3 overall and completed their third straight perfect season in North Central Conference play despite having three starters that were first-year fulltime varsity players.
“It was an unbelievable year for the girls,” Doug said. “Everybody meshed and the chemistry was good. They all did what the coaches wanted them to do. It turned out we had a lot closer games this year than we did last year when we had all of those blowouts. I think those close games helped us get used to playing in tighter games which helped us in the tournament.”
Despite being the focal point of every opposing defense — facing everything from a hybrid 3-2 zone, box-and-one and halfcourt and fullcourt double teams — Whitney put up astronomical numbers her senior season, averaging 32.0 points, 8.0 rebounds, 7.4 assists and 5.1 steals per game. The Iowa recruit finished her stellar high school career with 2,641 points, 699 assists, 499 rebounds and 403 steals.