Indiana Basketball History Magazine - Summer 2016
Chandler Panthers - 1949-50
Chandler is located in Warrick County about five miles west of the county seat Boonville and thirteen miles east of downtown Evansville and today has a population of about 2900. Chandler High School first played in the state tournament in 1925 in the Evansville sectional, the Panthers were matched up with archrival and county foe Boonville, losing 22-19. For all but one of their first fourteen tournaments, Chandler continued to play in the Evansville sectional. As the tournament grew, a new sectional was formed at Boonville with most years nine or ten schools participating. Even still, Chandler rarely won a game and prior to the 1949 sectional only twice had made it to even the Saturday afternoon semi-finals let alone the finals. Fortunes though were starting to brighten for Chandler though as a young group of players developed through the system, most of the players on the 1949 and 1950 teams played together on the 8th grade team in 1946 which went undefeated.
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