As March Madness tips off around Central Indiana this afternoon, a few former Shelby County basketball players are getting to experience it for themselves today.
Triton Central’s Maya Chandler and Morristown’s Hayden Langkabel and Brooklyn Langkabel will be competing in national tournaments at their respective levels, looking to bring home championships.
Chandler, playing for Loyola University (Chicago), will be playing in the Women’s Basketball Invitational in Frankfort, Ky., marking the program’s first appearance in a postseason tournament.
The Ramblers enter the tournament with an 11-13 record and will play Stetson University, which is in Florida, at 2:30 p.m. (EST) today. Fans will not be allowed to attend over the course of the tournament due to health and safety guidelines.
Loyola is coming off an appearance in the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament semifinals, where it lost to eventual conference champion Bradley, 70-56.
Chandler has started all 24 games this season in her freshman year.
She’s averaging 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 offense.
Stetson enters the game with a 9-13 record and came in fifth in the Atlantic Sun Conference. The Hatters lost 50-47 in overtime to Lipscomb in the quarterfinals of the ASUN Tournament.
This is the Hatters’ third appearance 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 offense.
Depending on the outcome, Loyola will either play Cleveland State or Manhattan on Saturday.
Langkabel will be playing for Marian University in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Men’s Basketball National Championship in Kansas City.
The Knights, seeded sixth, will play Loyola (La). at 3 p.m. (ET) today in the Duer bracket, named after Alva Duer, who was an NAIA administrator and former coach at Pepperdine.
The other brackets are named after Dr. James Naismith, Emil S. Liston and Frank Cramer, who helped start the tournament along with a group of Kansas City business leaders.
The winner plays either third-seeded Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) or Oklahoma Wesleyan at 5 p.m. Saturday. The semifinal is scheduled for 9 p.m. Monday with the National Championship at 8 p.m. Tuesday.
Marian advanced after winning in the NAIA opening round in a comeback effort against Indiana Tech. The Knights found themselves behind by 11 early in the second half and needed the entire half to take a lead with 48 seconds remaining.
Langkabel made a pair of free throws at the end of the first half in the win. He played in 23 of 27 games, starting in seven.
He has averaged 6.2 points and 1.4 rebounds in 19 minutes a game.
The Knights (23-4) made the trip to Kansas City on a roll, having won 14 in a row.
The Wolf Pack (14-5) advanced with a 78-55 win over Talladega.
Brooklyn Langkabel plays on the Marian University women’s basketball team, which will play Concordia University in the NAIA Tournament at 7 p.m. (ET) today at Sioux City, Iowa.
Marian (27-5) earned the trip after beating Grand View, 92-69 in the NAIA opening round.
Langkabel appeared in 17 of 32 games, coming off the bench.
She finished with three rebounds, one steal and one assist in two minutes in the win against Grand View.