INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — It was a sterling re-match of their most-recent game, and it was played at Bankers Life Arena, home of the NBA’s Indiana Pacers, in downtown Indianapolis.
The game pitted a former Piqua resident, Madison Wise, and her teammates against Indiana’s number-6 ranked high school girls basketball team – a team with three D-I commits. The setting was a showcase of strong Hoosier teams, and this game was the only one featuring girl’s teams in the four-game extravaganza.
It was the Greenfield Cougars (12-4) vs Westfield, (17-1.)
When the final horn sounded, Greenfield had avenged a loss to Westfield the week before in the finals of an eight-team holiday tourney by a score of 48 – 40.
Greenfield’s junior ace, Madison Wise, scored 18 and grabbed eight boards in the win.
But that was just part of the story as the 6-foot-1 wing/small forward experienced a real “grand slam”.
At halftime, Wise and a girl from Westfield were called to mid-court and presented plaques for their “Academic Achievements”. Then at game’s end, Wise was again at mid-court to receive the game’s “Most Valuable Player” award.
Daughter of Kent and Lynn Peltier Wise, she was a toddler in Piqua when her dad was varsity boys basketball coach at Piqua High School.
Earlier in this season, Wise scored her 1,000th point for the Cougars.
A Junior and honor student, class president, and National Honor Society member, she has already broken the school’s single season and career rebounding records as well as the mark for most blocked shots in a season. She is currently averaging 23 points per game to go with over 11 rebounds. The list of Division I colleges which have made offers of a ‘full ride’ is now past two dozen, including schools from the Big Ten; SEC, Big East; Mid-American; and Horizon League.
She is coy about identifying any favorites for her college choice.
“I like several of them so very much,” Wise said. “Some of these coaches are just great people, and the girls have just been so friendly. I know it will be a tough choice. This is just so much fun.”
She is quick to credit her coaches and teammates for her fine season, mentioning her junior running mate, Katie Helgason another D – I prospect, who is the team’s second highest scorer with 11points per game. Helgason has been Wise’s teammate and close friend since third grade.
Wise and her Cougar teammates will face Plainfield (17-1) and New Castle (16-1) this week.
Earlier in the season, Wise and her Cougars faced four of the largest and top-20 ranked high schools in the state, beating two of them. The Friday battle with New Castle will be for first place in the Hoosier Heritage Conference. Two more giants (Muncie Central and Mt. Vernon) are among foes awaiting them before play begins in Indiana sectional tournaments in early February.
“Hoosier Hysteria” is a reality in the state just to our west.