Ferrell scores 25 in Semi-state victory

Perhaps Forest Park thought it could stop Yogi Ferrell by clogging the middle with a 2-3 zone to take away his driving lanes.

That didn’t go nearly as well as planned.

Ferrell scored 25 points and recorded seven assists to lead Park Tudor to a 57-45 win over Forest Park to advance to the Class 2A state championship game next weekend in Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

Ferrell goes into most games believing he can get the defense to collapse on him and find wide-open shooters. That was exactly what happened Saturday against Forest Park’s zone, and he and his teammates were particularly on, knocking down seven first-half 3-pointers.

“I knew they were going to help,” Ferrell said. “They were going to try to deny me the ball, so as soon as I drove, someone else was going to be open. That’s what teams tend to do against me.”

But he was obviously able to get plenty of his own as well. He knocked down two 3-pointers in the opening minutes, and still got to the lane for pull-ups and floaters. He finished 7-for-15 from the line, and though he missed some free throws that could’ve put the game away earlier, he made enough to make sure the game was never close.

“Yogi is so unselfish,” Park Tudor coach Ed Schilling says. “He takes what the defense gives us, makes great passes and knows when to take shots.”


  1. Any chance of getting some coverage of spring football practice. Specifically, some analysis of the systems (Offensively and defensively) that coach Wilson employs, formations, alignments, use of personnel, depth…etc? Will Wilson sit with you and discuss these with you thus allowing some ‘education’ of fans? Thanks

  2. Hey Tsao,
    There have only been two practices so far. The team is spreading practice out, going Tuesday-Thursday-Saturday, but they took off for spring break and did not practice last Saturday. Practices themselves are closed to the media (except for the first 20 minutes, which typically includes stretching and some individual work). There is player and coach availability on Tuesdays and Saturdays, but of course, this means there has only been one day of availability so far. There was a blog entry and three stories in the paper from that. We have been pressing Wilson for some specifics on his system, but he keeps insisting that it’s “multiple” and the formations, alignments and such will be determined by what their personnel can do. The last time we spoke with the staff, they had seen one day of practice, so they say they don’t have a lot of answers yet as to what the players are capable of and therefore not a lot of answers as to what their system will look like. We will continue to press for information on this obviously, and there will be two availability sessions this week, so we will have coverage from those.

  3. I like his approach of adapting his approach to the athletes he has. From what I understand, he would have liked to run more during the Bradford era but to do so would have been a waste of an incredible talent. There are a lot of football coaches that would not have been so flexible.

  4. Chet,.. oops…meant to acknowledge your comment. Thanks,,, I agree with you…I also like his up tempo/no-huddle approach, it seems to put a lot of pressure on defensive linesmen in particular. Coaching may have a greater influence on establishing a faster pace and demanding conditioning while neutralizing some talent/size differences.

    Since you also appear to be from my era (would you believe leather helmets), do you remember when Phil Dickens tried his ‘side-saddle T’. That may actually be more interesting with sideline to sideline spreads and multiple receiver sets today than it was then.

  5. Vaguely. I was a kid and my Dad was a (I apologize) Kentucky fan. I did get to see Pat Sullivan connect with Terry Beasly and saw Bear Bryant and Johnny Majors in action.
    My kids attended a NC high school that is a perennial football power. Several state championships. My oldest was on a team that, for example, played Dennison, Texas (and spanked them 21-0)at Disney World on ESPN. High profile. While they now run the spread (like everyone else) for many, many years they ran the Notre Dame box effectively. It was simple, low risk, and the kids could run it to perfection. The philosophy was no turnovers and we will pound you on both sides of the ball. High expectation in the weight room. (On a side note, when OSU remodeled their weight room a few years back, they bought their hand-me-downs).
    It was, however, like watching paint dry. A good example of fans always hating the OC. First and ten? Pound it. Third and eight? Pound it. If they threw a pass it was a 40 yarder (which, not too surprisingly, often worked). While the stands were full, it often seemed like not everyone was watching the game. It was hard to watch. These guys would win 10 games a year and people sat on their hands.
    I really, really like the up tempo game, as well. I agree that it puts a whole lot more pressure on the D (and I think that translates to more pressure on the O). In the 4th quarter you see contain break down because those guys are gassed. But, more to my point, I like being entertained. I loved the Wishbone/Veer in the 70s because every play might go 80 yards. Greg Pruitt vs Johnny Rodgers. I like the spread when it’s done well (rarely). Big Ten football needs a new paradigm. If Coach Wilson can make the Hoosiers win with an up tempo offense Saturdays will be a lot more fun for all Big Ten fans.

  6. I realize Ferrell is a highly regarded point guard, but excitement over this type of news is held in check because of the multi-class system that destroyed a wonderful tournament tradition that was once singularly ingrained into Indiana hoops. Gone are the days of genuine long shots and true upsets…the days when I used to eagerly dive into a morning paper and look for scores and headlines of giant-killers. From Jeffersonville to Gary and every small town in between…names like Skiles and Bailey infecting the hysteria, giving tradition its lifeblood by defying all the odds, making the Madness in March true to slogan with miraculous deeds and heroic shots that penetrated hearts as well as nets their long swishing jumpers; a passion now forever removed from Indiana basketball that every youngster, whether discovering the game on back roads of a sleepy farm sunrise, or under midnight mist the glowing street lights a city playground, could equally fight no matter appearances how unequally matched, for the same indiscriminate glory a roaring crowd singing to their dreams on one hardwood stage.
    A 5′-9″ proud gladiator carrying the prissiness a Park Tudor on his proper shoulders as his team emerges from the fiercest sectional battlefields of fallen giants for a once in a blue Milan moon shot as last standing David to slay a Goliath North Central for all the state’s commoner’s hoops marbles? That would be a contest that could reignite this old fogey’s interest in high school basketball again. I would have found little favor with a 1970s class system to protect a “hick from French Lick” a fine whipping from a mega school with twice the enrollment numbers the population his small town. Why should I think it serves any higher purpose today? It’s why we care more about recruits than the everlasting beauty of the game.

  7. Nice…after seeing PU (holding nose) get spanked by VCU yesterday, Hollowell will almost certainly commit to IU – it’s really down to just IU and OSU.

    Great job Yogi…can’t wait to hear Ferrell to Zeller for the slam dunk!

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