RUSSIAVILLE — Western’s Class 3A girls basketball state title win on March 8 was a victory for the little guy. And the big guy.
In a record-setting upset, Western defeated Evansville Mater Dei 38-35 to capture the 3A crown in the 39th Annual State Finals at Indiana State University.
On the Western sideline that day and throughout the season was assistant coach Adam Morelock, a 2002 Greenfield-Central graduate.
The son-in-law of former longtime G-C wrestling coach Bill Yozipovich, Morelock was in charge of developing the Panthers’ front line, which featured a pair of players five-foot-11 and another at 6-2.
Morelock, who stands 6-2 and suited up as a 235-pound lineman at DePauw University, is in his second year teaching at Western. The Science Department chair helped out with the boys basketball team in 2012-13.
“Last year, the girls got beat in the sectional, and the administration asked me to move from guys over to girls,” he explained. “We had girls 6-2, 5-11 being underutilized. Working with the bigger players is kind of my specialty I guess.”
Under head coach Chris Keisling, the Panthers’ utilized a zone defense featuring the Morelock-tutored posts to hold seemingly invincible Evansville Mater Dei to a State Finals record 35 points. The previous defensive best was 37 by Fort Wayne Bishop Luers in a 3A title win over Gibson Southern in 2002.