(1-21-22) South Adams Girls Basketball Hall of Fame Coach Wayne Kreiger picked up his 600th career victory Thursday night in Berne when the Starfires (12-6) beat Union City 62-46.

Kreiger’s Career –

  • Columbia City Girls Head Coach in 1977 – 2010
  • Canterbury Girls Head Coach 2012-2015
  • South Adams Girls Head Coach 2021-22
  • 600-239 overall
  • 5th coach in Indiana high school girls basketball history to reach the 600 win milestone
  • Inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame in 2006
  • 19 sectional titles
  • 11 regionals
  • 4 semi-state titles
  • 2013 Class 1A state title.

March 2, 2013 (courtesy IHSAA)

Listen: Fort Wayne Canterbury Coach Wayne Kreiger

Fincher Leads Canterbury to Another Class A Title
In a matchup of elite small-school teams, Kindell Fincher scored 17 points and grabbed a record 19 rebounds, powering her Fort Wayne Canterbury squad to a 42-35 victory over Vincennes Rivet in the Class A championship game.

For the Canterbury girls, it marked the fifth state title in the last six seasons. Rivet was the only team to interrupt Canterbury’s streak, capturing the 2011 championship.

Canterbury held a 14-point lead at halftime, but Rivet kept chipping away and turned up its defense against the state’s top-scoring team. When Kelsey Ivers hit a 3-pointer to end the third quarter, Rivet cut Canterbury’s lead to single digits at 36-28. Ivers hit four more points to open the fourth and Lauren Herman added three, pulling the Patriots within one (36-35) of the Cavaliers with 3:23 remaining.

That’s when Canterbury went to work both offensively and defensively. Bailey Farley drove for the Cavaliers’ first bucket of the fourth quarter with 2:51 left. Fincher then contributed four points to close out the game as Rivet went scoreless over the final 3:23.

Fincher’s rebounding total was a record for all classes in girls championship games and the most in a title game since 1988. Canterbury also got 10 rebounds from Katherine Smith. Darby Maggard scored 11 points.

Ivers led Rivet with 17 points. Bailey Dreiman totaled 11 rebounds.

Coach Wayne Krieger’s Canterbury team, ranked No. 1 in the ICGSA Class A poll, finished 25-3. Coach Tim Young’s Rivet squad, ranked No. 4, was 22-5.