Girls claim 12th county championship


staff report

Ben Davis girls basketball coach Stan Benge has been around long enough not to panic. That’s why when the lady Giants face a 62-61 deficit with 1:32 left in the Marion County championship Saturday night, Benge called time to talk to his team.

Two three-pointers and a late defensive stop later and the lady Giants walked off the Franklin Central court with a 67-65 win over Lawrence Central for the programs 12th Marion County title and first since 2011.

Senior Kaleah Toomer hit the game-winner with :25.1 seconds left and the Giants held off a last-second Lawrence Central run to claim the title. The lady Giants advanced to the county title with a 65-60 overtime win over North Central. Ben Davis is now 9-3 and travels to Columbus East Tuesday before hosting Zionsville Thursday.