NEW MARKET -- Chloe Allen tendered her resignation Wednesday as the girls' basketball coach at Southmont High School. She cited a young family as the primary reason for the departure. Athletic Director Aaron Charles conveyed appreciation for Allen's work with the program over the last two seasons.

"Having a baby changes a lot," Allen said. "I still live in Fountain County, which is a good 35 to 40 minute drive to Southmont. It was easier this past season, because he was a newborn. This summer and next season he will be on the move and talking. He's only little once and I don't want to miss out on those precious moments."

Allen was hired in July of 2012 during Charles' first month on the job. She graduated from Fountain Central High School and Ball State University. Prior to Southmont, she was a junior varsity coach at Delta and a varsity assistant at Muncie Central. Allen was 23-22 in two years at the helm with Southmont.

"Chloe did an outstanding job," Charles said. "She did great, especially stepping in without being able to do things that first summer (because of when she was hired). Obviously having that full summer last year of preparing them rolled into this season and we ended on a positive note of winning the sectional and making good strides with the program."

This season, Allen led Southmont to their first girls' basketball sectional since the 1998-99 season. The Lady Mounties won their first ever Sugar Creek Classic game as well. They beat North Montgomery for the first time since Jan. 8, 2009 and beat Crawfordsville first time since Nov. 28, 2003. They claimed the county championship for the first time since the 2003-04 season.

"Winning county and a sectional championship is something I've always dreamed about and it was the highlight of our season," Allen said. "My team and the memories we made this season will be something I never forget."

Allen said that she intends to pursue coaching opportunities at some point in the future and that she will continue teaching. She said that working with the players and their families was a special part of her time with the program.

"It's very bittersweet for me to step down as the coach," Allen said. "I will gain more time with my family, but miss my second family - which are my girls. If my husband and I ever have a girl, we would be absolutely thrilled if they turned out like any of the young ladies on my team. Those girls will forever hold a very special place in my heart and I can't wait to see the things they will accomplish in the years to come."

Charles said that the search for a successor has begun.