Said Keisling: “Hadley really stepped it up this year. You could really tell his strength improved from last year. I also wanted to work on that too. We were small, but we knew if we got stronger we’d be able to drive and take the hits and finish.”
Hadley averaged 14.7 points, 3.0 rebounds, 2.1 steals and 1.4 assists per game this year. He shot 47 percent from the field, 38 percent from 3-point range and 68 percent from the foul line.
His steal and layup late in the Wapahani game gave the Kings a late lead in what was arguably their biggest win since 2003.
Carter Skaggs, Logansport
The 6-5 junior forward continued his career ascent at Logansport after playing his first two years of high school ball at Pioneer.
He averaged a career-high 20.4 points per game for the Class 4A Berries playing in the North Central Conference. He also led the team in rebounding (8.1 rpg) and added 3.4 assists and 1.4 steals per game.
He shot 46 percent from the field overall and 81 percent from the foul line.
Skaggs scored 773 points in his first two years at Pioneer, good enough for 10th all time in Panthers history. He had 408 for the Berries this year for a total of 1,181 entering his senior season.
He made 52 3-pointers this season at a 37 percent clip. He made 63 3-pointers his sophomore year at Pioneer but played in five more games for a regional finalist team. He scored 18.7 ppg as a sophomore.
The Berries went 12-8 this year under first-year coach Pat Skaggs, Carter’s father. They started 8-1, winning the Cass County Tournament and also swept the three Lafayette schools that will be part of the NCC next season. But they went just 1-5 in NCC play this year with the lone win over Muncie Central, their first win over the Bearcats in 15 years.
Pat Skaggs said he was interested to see how Carter would handle the move from Class A to Class 4A.