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Triton Central senior forward Aiden Lindsey grabs a rebound in a game last season. 

FAIRLAND — The magical run that Triton Central and head coach Kyle Ballard went on last winter is what high school basketball is all about in Indiana. Down by one point with 3.3 seconds left on the clock, Josh Kemper took the inbound pass and knocked in a floater to give the Tigers a 66-65 win over South Decatur for the Sectional 44 title.

TC, which also won the Shelby County Tournament, finished its season 13-9 after falling to Park Heritage 47-30 in the regional semifinals.

In just two seasons as head coach, Ballard has taken the program from five wins in his first season to winning the program’s first sectional championship since 2012 in his second season. Now, Ballard heads into his third season with a ton of excitement surrounding this year’s team.

With the loss of seniors David Steele, Erick Hebauf, Jaxson Miller, Caleb Anderson and junior Isaiah Thacker, who transferred to New Palestine, the Tigers will have several new faces for Triton Central fans to watch on the court this season.

“We have a great group coming back,” Ballard said. “We graduated four seniors last year, but we played enough guys last year. So we have those same guys returning, but we also added new additions. Each player will find their role on the team."

The Tigers will have a total of six seniors and a mix of juniors and underclassmen. Among the returning players for TC is senior forward Aiden Lindsey, who averaged 11 points last season and led the Tigers in rebounding at 5.4 boards per game. Lindsey, a versatile threat inside and out, will be one of the top players in Shelby County.

Alongside Lindsey will be senior wing Josiah Blair, who averaged 4.4 points last season. Both Lindsey and Blair will be a problem for their opponents as they are 6-foot-4 and can hit shots from the perimeter. 

The Tigers will also have Kemper (senior forward), senior guard Alex Crouse and senior guard Caleb Miller, who combined to score 10.1 points per game last season.

Juniors Luke Faust and Isaac Morgan, who both transferred from Franklin Central, are newcomers on the team. 

"The kids are excited to get the season underway," Ballard said. "The kids used the summer well, and we were able to have most of our guys in the gym. We could not do that last year, so that has been helpful for us."

Triton Central's first four games will be against county schools beginning with Morristown Nov. 24 (varsity doubleheader). The Tigers are scheduled to play Shelbyville Nov. 27, Waldron Dec. 2 and Southwestern Dec. 4.

"We are going to get a good look at all the county teams starting out," Ballard said. "You always want to start out well, and it is always a great challenge going up against your county rivals."

Triton Central will participate in the Franklin County Tournament on Dec. 22. The Shelby County Tournament is set for Jan. 7 (boys semifinals). 

“We know what our goals are for this upcoming season,” Ballard said. “We just have to take it one game at a time and execute to the best of our ability.”

Justin Powell is a sports correspondent for The Shelbyville News. Follow Justin on Twitter @Justin_Powell24.