Undefeated ’86 Northrop team to be inducted in Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame

NEW CASTLE, Ind. (AP) — The undefeated and state champion 1986 Northrop girls basketball team will be inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame.

Led by 1987 Miss Basketball Lori Meinerding Morris-DeVries and coach Dave Riley, Northrop went 29-0 and won the state title in 1986, becoming the state’s sixth undefeated champion.

Those Bruins will become the sixth IHSAA girls basketball team inducted into the Hall of Fame.

Headlining the Hall of Fame class will be Debbie Bolen, who graduated as Indiana’s girls’ career scoring leader. She scored 2,421 points at North Judson and 2,008 points at Valparaiso University.

Bolen will be joined by Deana (Moren) Baker of Bremen, Cheryl (Dowell) Crowell of Evansville Bosse, Edna (Rochner) Hotell of Georgetown, Luanna Faye Hill of Indianapolis Pike, Melissa (Standley) James of South Bend St. Joseph, Sonya (Carter) Washington of Gary Wallace, Dana Wilkerson of Anderson and longtime coach Mike Griffin, who graduated from Indianapolis Scecina.

John Harrell, a longtime media member, is this year’s Silver Medal Award winner.

The induction ceremony will be held April 30.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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