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Girls state basketball champions

Several Fort Wayne area high school girls basketball teams will continue their run at winning a state title this weekend in the regional round of the postseason. Schools from the Fort Wayne area have a storied past of getting beyond regionals and ending their season being crowned IHSAA champions. Check out our photo gallery looking back at all the state championship teams since the IHSAA tournament started in the 1970s.

Assistant coach Cathy Pusey congratulates Erynn Meiklejohn after Concordia Lutheran beat Rushville 59-48 in the 2010 Class 3A state finals at Memorial Coliseum. Meiklejohn in the victory led all players with 16 points as Concordia won its first state championship in program history. Photo by Ellie Bogue
Huntington North's Jennie Folks attempts to drive to the hoop during her team's 1990 semistate victory against LaSalle. Huntington North the following week would beat undefeated Bedford North Lawrence 50-47 in the state finals to capture the program's first state championship. News-Sentinel file photo
Canterbury's Aubrey Holle wrestles the ball away from University's Brittney Williams during the second half of the Cavaliers' 36-32 win in the 2008 Class A state basketball championship at then-Conseco Fieldhouse. This remains the lowest-scoring game in IHSAA state finals history. It also was the first state championship for Canterbury in program history. News-Sentinel file photo
As the ball drops, Bishop Luers players Amy Frieburger and Jessica Hathaway hug after beating the Gibson Southern 51-37 for the Knights’ fourth consecutive state championship. The Knights won this state title in their first year of moving up one class to Class 3A. News-Sentinel file photo
Canterbury's Paige Wells cuts down the net after the team defeated Vincennes Rivet in overtime 72-66 in the 2009 Class A state finals at Memorial Coliseum. The Cavaliers rallied from a nine-point deficit in the final five minutes of regulation to force overtime and eventually repeat as state champions. Photo by Ellie Bogue
Northrop's Lori Meinerding, Jenny Bull and Cindi Westendorf celebrate after defeating Scottsburgh 58-55 in the 1986 state finals at then-Market Square Arena in Indianapolis. With this victory, Northrop captured its only state title in program history and became the first Fort Wayne-area high school girls basketball team to finish a season undefeated. Photo by The Associated Press
Elmhurst's Lecretia Smith and Liza Clemons celebrate winning the school's first team state championship after beating Owen Valley 62-59 in the 2009 Class 3A state title game at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. This state title came in the midst of the Fort Wayne Community Schools Board of Trustees debating whether to close the high school. Weeks after the state finals, the board voted to close Elmhurst. News-Sentinel file photo
Bishop Luers players celebrate after beating Evansville Memorial 65-54 in the 2006 Class 3A state finals at then-Conseco Fieldhouse. Sophomore Amanda Pedro in the victory had a double double with 13 points and 14 rebounds, while Kelsey Wyss added a game-high 21 points to help the Knights win their fifth state title in program history. News-Sentinel file photo
Bishop Luers players rush the floor to celebrate as time runs out in the 1999 Class 2A state championship game against Austin at then-Market Square Arena in Indianapolis. Bishop Luers defeated Austin 59-48 for its first state championship in program history. In addition, the Knights became the first Fort Wayne area school to win a state championship during the class basketball era. News-Sentinel file photo
Concordia Lutheran's Lauren Marinko hoists the net in triumph after the Cadets won their second Class 3A state championship in three years with a 42-39 win against Mount Vernon in the 2012 state finals at Terre Haute. Marinko scored a game-high 17 points to help Concordia overcome a halftime deficit and win the state title. News-Sentinel file photo
Canterbury poses with the state championship trophy after its 65-59 victory against Vincennes Rivet in the 2010 Class A state finals at Memorial Coliseum. Tabitha Gerardot had a game-high 12 rebounds and 27 points, including 16 points in the fourth quarter, to help Canterbury upset then-previously undefeated No. 1 Vincennes Rivet in the state finals for the second consecutive year. Photo by Ellie Bogue
Bishop Luers' Brierra Young drives to the basket against Brownstown Central during the third quarter of the Knights' 59-46 victory in the Class 2A state finals in 2011 at Memorial Coliseum. Young finished the game with 17 points as Bishop Luers won its first state championship since 2006. In addition, this was the final year that the state finals were played in Fort Wayne. News-Sentinel file photo
Canterbury's Kindell Fincher, Darby Maggard, Emma Hyndman, Carly Johnson, Matte Troxel, Aaliyah Gaines and Bailey Farley celebrate as the final seconds tick off the game clock during a 64-54 victory against Northeast Dubois in the 2012 Class A state finals at Terre Haute. Along with winning their third state title in a four-year span, the Cavaliers finished the year setting the state single-season record with an 81.48 points per game average. News-Sentinel file photo
Yolanda Naylor grabs a rebound during Snider's 60-58 victory against Noblesville in the 1988 state finals at then-Market Square Arena in Indianapolis. Snider finished the season 27-1 and prevented Noblesville from repeating as state champions. News-Sentinel file photo
Heritage's Jody Beerman drives to the basket during the team's 52-45 victory against Valparaiso in the 1982 state finals at then-Market Square Arena in Indianapolis. Beerman after leading Heritage to its only state championship in program history would earn Miss Basketball honors the following season and would later be inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame. News-Sentinel file photo
Bishop Luers' Katie Gerardot holds up Breanne Nill as the two celebrate after beating Forest Park 62-60 in the 2000 Class 2A state finals at Hinkle Fieldhouse. With this victory, the Bishop Luers became the third school in IHSAA girls basketball history to repeat as state champions. News-Sentinel file photo
Lisa Winter yells in celebration as her teammates mass together after Huntington North beat Carmel 43-39 in the 1995 state finals with more than 14,000 people in attendance at then-Market Square Arena. Winter scored a game-high 32 points to lead the Vikings to their second state title in a six-year span. This would also be the final IHSAA girls basketball state championship that a Fort Wayne-area team would win during the single-class postseason era. News-Sentinel file photo
Bishop Luers senior Rachel King goes up for a shot during the 2000 Class 2A state title game against Shenandoah. King finished the season winning The News-Sentinel PrepSports Girls Basketball Player of the Year award and being a first-team All-State selection as she helped the Knights go undefeated and win their third consecutive state title. News-Sentinel file photo
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