Forest Park women’s basketball returns to state championship for first time since 2000

Jasper, Ind. (WFIE) – 22 years was long enough for Forest Park’s women’s basketball program.

On Saturday, the Rangers defeated University in a 53-44 landslide victory in the IHSAA Class 2A semi-state game, officially clinching their ticket back to the state finals.

[HIGHLIGHTS: University vs. Forest Park]

The last time Forest Park reached the state championship was in 2000. The Lady Rangers lost heartbreakingly that season, losing 62-60 to Fort Wayne Bishop Luers.

22 years later, Forest Park returns to Indianapolis after Saturday’s semi-state victory. In control from the start, Rangers took a nine-point lead in the first quarter to give them a 28-11 halftime advantage.

Despite a second-half varsity rally, Forest Park rebuffed the comeback attempt and sealed the deal, winning the program’s second semi-state title in school history.

“It’s a team’s wildest dream come true right now – very proud of what the girls have been able to achieve,” said Forest Park women’s basketball head coach Tony Hasenour. “I want to think of all of Ranger Nation for his release today, and this is for every single one of them. You know, you have these dreams and aspirations – I never knew if they would come true or no, but we’re going to Indy now and I can’t be more excited than I am.

“Well, we started with a good start, and every time we have that feeling, we let that momentum build and keep us going for the whole game,” Forest Park center Amber Tretter said. “It’s just a crazy feeling to be able to do that. It’s just an amazing feeling.

Forest Park (25-3) will face Frankton (23-5) in the IHSAA Class 2A State Championship.

Both teams are due to tip at Gainbridge Fieldhouse in Indianapolis at 12:45 p.m. EST Saturday.

The Forest Park women’s basketball team defeated the University in a 53-44 landslide victory in Saturday’s IHSAA Class 2A semi-state game, officially clinching a ticket to the finals of the ‘State.(WFIE)

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