Penn defeats Lake Central in defensive battle for Indiana’s 4A Regional Championship

Erik Alcantar
Medill Reports

Despite leading 15-3 in the second quarter, Lake Central High School fell to Penn High School’s Kingsmen 43-41 in the final game of Indiana’s LaPorte 4A Regional Championship. Penn captured its eighth regional girl’s  basketball championship in the program’s 43-year history.

Penn  will take on Zionsville Community High School on Saturday  in the Semi-State round, and stands two wins away from a state championship.

The Kingsmen took advantage of the Indians’ poor free-throw shooting and lack of 3-point threats. Penn hit five 3-pointers while Lake Central hit only one.

Photo at top: Penn High School (of Mishawaka) defeated Lake Central High School (of St. John) 43-41 in a tightly contested game that came down to the final shot. Lake Central haven’t won a regional championship since 1998. (Erik Alcantar/MEDILL)