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March 13, 2014

Jennings enjoy a father/daughter dance to Final Four

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Doug remains the all-time leading scorer at Argos with 1,522 points. Argos went 74-7 during his three-year varsity career. His teams won three straight sectional titles — including the first one in program history — and had two undefeated regular seasons in his junior and senior seasons. The Dragons made their Final Four run his junior season. They were ranked No. 3 in the state his senior season. The Dragons still hold a state record of having a 76-game regular-season winning streak.

The 1979 Argos team had to get past Plymouth during Scott Skiles’ freshman season to win a sectional title. They also had to get past Kent Adams’ Bremen squad as well. Kent later became Doug’s brother-in-law when Doug married Carol.

The Dragons had to get past a tough Manchester squad in the regional semifinal before avenging a loss the previous season to a nationally ranked Elkhart Central squad that featured a front line of 6-11, 6-8 and 6-5 players en route to winning a regional title.

When describing the game, Doug could have been talking about the Lady Berries’ regional title win over Fishers.

“We shot great. We shot 70-some percent from the field, got the lead and spread the floor and made them chase us and got a bunch of layups,” he said. “We had a great game plan.”

At the Fort Wayne Semistate, Mark Malone made two free throws with seven seconds left to give Argos a 66-64 win over Fort Wayne Harding and 1980 Mr. Basketball Jim Master, who went on to play at Kentucky and was drafted by the Atlanta Hawks.

In the semistate final, Bill O’Dell had a buzzer-beating putback to lift the Dragons to an 84-83 win over tradition-rich Marion.

Doug Jennings and Bill O’Dell each averaged 17 ppg for the Dragons who took a 28-0 record to the Final Four in Indianapolis, where Pat Skaggs’ Anderson Indians team ended the Dragons’ pursuit of a state title at Market Square Arena.

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