Harrison Central Red Rebelettes fall just short in 6A State Title Game

The Harrison Central Girls Basketball program had to wait a long time to get back to the state championship game, making its first appearance since 2005 on Saturday.

Meridian can certainly relate, also making its first return trip since 2005, setting the stage for this full circle 6A rematch that definitely lived up to the hype.

But would history repeat itself, allowing the Red Rebelettes to win their first state crown in 17 years, going for their 14th Gold Ball all-time in their 16th trip to the finals all-time.

Heartbreaker for the Red Rebelettes 49-43 loss, trailing between two and five points for most of the game, just couldn’t break through as Meridian wins its first-ever title.

Incredible season for Harrison Central, ending the year with an overall record of 29-3, perhaps hard to see it now, but the big picture still clear for Coach Ladner and her seven out-going seniors. “There are 30 teams that were left at home that didn’t make it to the point that we were. Just proud of them for the effort and the point that we made it to this season. It was an accomplishment for them. They’ve showed a lot of toughness, coming from last year to this year I think the turnaround has been tremendous that they’ve shown and I couldn’t be more proud of them.”

The Region 8 Class 6A champion Red Rebelettes were the first team from the Coast to play for a title since 2020.

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