When March Madness offered a tip this afternoon in central Indiana, some former Shelby County basketball players got the chance to experience it for themselves today.
Maya Chandler of Triton Central and Hayden Long Cables from Morristown and Brooklyn Long Cables from Morristown will be competing in national tournaments at their respective levels to bring championships home.
Chandler, who plays for Loyola University (Chicago), will play at the Women’s Basketball Invitational in Frankfort, Kentucky, marking the program’s first appearance in a postseason tournament.
The Ramblers enter the tournament with an 11-13 record, playing against Stetson University in Florida at 2:30 p.m. EST today. Fans are not allowed to participate during the tournament due to health and safety guidelines.
Loyola made an appearance in the semifinals of the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament, where she lost to eventual conference champion Bradley (70-56).
Chandler started all 24 games that season in her freshman year.
She averages eight points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.1 assists in about 26 minutes per game.
Loyola is led by Allison Day (11.6 points) and Ellie Rice (10.3 points) on the offensive.
Stetson starts the game with a 9-13 record and finished fifth at the Atlantic Sun Conference. The Hatters lost in the quarterfinals of the ASUN tournament in extra time 50-47 against Lipscomb.
This is the third appearance of the Hatters in the WBI.
Stetson is led by Yazz Wazeerud-Din who averages 15.5 points per game. The Hatters also rely on Jamiya Turner (10.3 points) and Kiya Turner (10.1 points) on the offensive.
Depending on the result, Loyola will play either Cleveland State or Manhattan on Saturday.
Langkabel will play for Marian University in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Men’s National Basketball Championship in Kansas City.
The knights seeded sixth will play Loyola (La). today at 3 p.m. ET in the Duer bracket named for Alva Duer who was the NAIA administrator and former trainer at Pepperdine.
The other brackets are after Dr. James Naismith, Emil S. Liston, and Frank Cramer who, along with a group of Kansas City executives, helped launch the tournament.
The winner will play against third-occupied Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) or Oklahoma Wesleyan on Saturday at 5 p.m. The semi-finals will take place on Monday at 9 p.m., the national championship on Tuesday at 8 p.m.
Marian improved after beating Indiana Tech on a comeback after winning the NAIA opening round. The Knights found themselves behind by eleven at the start of the second half and needed the entire half to take the lead with 48 seconds remaining.
Langkabel made two free throws at the end of the first half. He played 23 of 27 games, starting in seven.
He averaged 6.2 points and 1.4 rebounds in 19 minutes per game.
The Knights (23-4) traveled to Kansas City after winning 14 in a row.
The wolf pack (14-5) prevailed with a 78-55 win against Talladega.
Brooklyn Langkabel is a member of the Marian University women’s basketball team that competes against Concordia University in the NAIA tournament in Sioux City, Iowa today at 7 p.m. ET.
Marian (27-5) earned the trip after beating Grand View in the NAIA opening round with 92-69.
Long cable appeared in 17 out of 32 games and came off the bench.
She finished the win against Grand View with three rebounds, a steal and an assist in two minutes.