Neese, seven others named IBCA Players of the Week
Cloverdale senior pours in 53 points in a game; others cited after record-setting efforts
Cooper Neese averaged 45.0 points over two games, including a school-record 53 points in one contest, and the Cloverdale senior headlines the honorees in this week’s IBCA/Subway Player of the Week program.
Neese is joined by Marquette Catholic sophomore Colin Kenney and Morristown junior Hayden Langkabel as other boys’ recipients for the week of Nov. 28-Dec. 3. Girls winners are John Glenn senior Kyannah Stull, Blackford senior Faith Morris, Riverton Parke senior Tayler Vauters, Fountain Central senior Macee Williams and Scottsburg senior Paige Barrett in the recognition program coordinated by the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association.
Kenney and Stull are respective boys’ and girls’ recipients for District 1. Neese is the winner for boys’ District 2, while Morris, Vauters and Williams share the girls’ District 2 award. Langkabel and Barrett are the boys’ and girls’ honorees for District 3.
The 6-4 Neese opened his week with 37 points, nine rebounds and four assists in a 77-74 loss to Edgewood. The Butler recruit then produced 53 points, seven rebounds and four assists in an 83-69 setback at Southmont as Cloverdale dropped to 1-2. Over the two games, Neese was 28-of-53 from the field, 19-of-39 on 3-pointers and 15-of-19 on free throws. In the 53-point game, he was 18-of-32, 10-of-21 and 7-of-8.
Kenney scored a career-high and Scholl Center-record 42 points in leading Marquette Catholic to a 78-74 season-opening victory over visiting South Bend St. Joseph. The 6-0 guard added four assists and three steals while converting 14-of-16 shots from the field, 8-of-9 3-pointers and 6-of-6 free throws for his big game.
The 6-1 Langkabel averaged 30.0 points and 7.5 rebounds in two victories for Morristown (2-1). Langkabel tossed in 26 points with nine rebounds and four assists as the Yellow Jackets defeated Indianapolis Lutheran 76-59. He then tallied 34 points with six rebounds and three assists in a 75-63 decision over Wes-Del. Over two games, Langkabel was 21-of-34 from the field, 5-of-11 on 3-pointers and 13-of-14 from the line.
Stull averaged 28.0 points, including a school-record 46-point effort in one game, to propel John Glenn (8-1) to a pair of triumphs. First, the 5-4 guard tallied 10 points with two rebounds and three steals – including the game-winning basket with six seconds to go – in a 39-37 victory over Mishawaka. Stull followed by scoring 46 points with seven rebounds, four assists and three steals in a 94-36 rout of South Bend Riley. In the latter contest, in which she reached 1,000 career points, Stull was 17-of-27 from the field, 6-of-12 on 3-pointers and 6-of-6 on free throws.
The girls’ District 2 award was split three ways because of three phenomenal efforts from Morris, Vauters and Williams.
Morris, a 6-3 center, averaged 40.0 points and 12.0 rebounds over two games in helping Blackford improve to 3-6. She poured in 45 points with 10 rebounds and two blocked shots as the Bruins edged Blue River Valley 61-58. Morris followed with 35 points, 14 rebound and seven blocks in a 51-49 decision over Madison-Grant. She was 16-of-19 from the field, 1-1 from long range and 12-of-15 on free throws in the 45-point game. Over two games, she was 31-of-44, 1-of-2 and 17-of-24.
The 5-6 Vauters played just once last week, producing a school-record 44 points along with eight rebounds, two assists and a school-record 13 steals as Riverton Parke (6-1) knocked off Clay City 69-22. Vauters was 18-of-34 on field goals, 3-of-11 on 3-pointers, and 5-of-5 on free throws in her record-setting performance.
Williams, also a 6-3 center, produced a quadruple-double in one game while averaging 30.5 points and 18.0 rebounds in leading Fountain Central (6-0) to a pair of victories. First, the IUPUI signee netted 27 points with 10 rebounds, 10 assists, 10 steals and five blocked shots as the Mustangs defeated Crawfordsvillle 70-43. Willliams followed by scoring 34 points with 26 rebound and four steals in a 55-54 overtime triumph against Carroll (Flora). For both games, she was 26-of-38 shooting, including 2-of-6 on 3-pointers, plus 7-of-14 on free throws.
The 5-10 Barrett averaged 27.7 points and 14.0 rebounds over three games as Scottsburg moved its record to 5-4. The Murray State recruit opened with 34 points, 13 rebounds, two assists and two steals in a 62-31 triumph over Christian Academy of Indiana. She produced 27 points, 15 rebounds, five assists and three steals as the Warriorettes topped Corydon Central 70-66. Barrett also netted 22 points with 14 rebounds, two assists and one steal in a 62-53 loss to Charlestown. Over three games, which included her 1,000th career point against CAI, she was 31-of-52 from the field, 2-of-7 on 3-pointers and 19-of-24 on free throws.
This is the ninth season for the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association Player of the Week program and the fifth season it is presented by Subway Restaurants of Indiana, a banner sponsor of the IBCA. Subway, in its sixth season as an IBCA sponsor, encourages athletes to “train hard and eat fresh.”
Player of the Week winners are chosen each week from each of the IHSAA’s three districts. Girls winners will be chosen from now through the week following Feb. 25. Boys winners will be chosen from now through the week following March 25.
Other nominees for Week 5 (2016-17)
District 1 boys – Jalen Adaway, Logansport; Cade Albers, Westville; Damezi Anderson, South Bend Riley; Carson Blair, Southwood; Seth Brenneman, Bethany Christian; Kooper Broeker, Knox; Nick Felke, Plymouth; Keegan Fetters, Lakewood Park Christian; Hunter Hollowell, Huntington North; Wyatt Hughes, Maconaquah; Nick Mantis, Lowell; Jacob Redding, Carroll (Fort Wayne); Richard Robertson, Fort Wayne Northrop; Langston Stalling, Bowman Academy; Luke Stephens, Fairfield; Nate Walpole, Whitko; Mitchell Walters, Goshen.
District 1 girls – Kenzie Bergman, NorthWood; Jenasae Bishop, East Chicago Central; Leigha Brown, DeKalb; Justene Charlesworth, LaVille; Kyla Covington, Fort Wayne Snider; Courtney Dunlap, Argos; Dana Evans, Gary West; Dayton Groninger, Warsaw; Karissa McLaughlin, Homestead; Mary Parkman, Westville; Aly Reiff, Whitko; Asia Strong, South Bend Riley; Sydney Taylor, Crown Point; Meghan Urbanski, Mishawaka Marian; Raegan Walther, Kankakee Valley.
District 2 boys – Spencer Ballinger, Oak Hill; Blake Bennington, Twin Lakes; Jarron Coleman, Cathedral; David Froedge, New Castle; David Hanyard, Lafayette Jeff; Mason Hardimon, Franklin Central; Christian Harvey, Richmond; Mitchell Kuhlenbeck, Bluffton; Jack Mathew, Harrison (West Lafayette); Courvoisier McCauley, Indianapolis Manual; Blake Miller, Rossville; Keenan Orr, Clinton Central; Bennie Patterson, Tri-County; Michael Roberson, Central Christian; Jon Ross Richardson, Lapel; Tyler Smith, Northeastern; Ronny Williams, Liberty Christian.
District 2 girls – Cameron Cardenas, Beech Grove; Maggie Cora, Tri-West; Bailey Everett, Covenant Christian; Alec Fitts, Indianapolis Arlington; Rikki Harris, North Central; Danyelle Hutson, Madison-Grant; Melody Johnson, Perry Meridian; Kaci Mangus, Wapahani; Rachel McLimore, Zionsville; Audrey Minix, North White; Tatum Neal, Clinton Prairie; Sydney Parrish, Hamilton Southeastern; Keya Patton, Cathedral; Isabella Paulone, Indiana Deaf; Michaela White, Pike; Madison Wise, Greenfield-Central.
District 3 boys – Trent Arnold, Tell City; Murray Belcher, Heritage Hills; De’Ante Booker, Evansville Harrison; Brady Ewing, East Central; Duncan Gerkin, Orleans; Jordan Knoebel, Charlestown; Mekhi Lairy, Evansville Bosse; Trevor Lengacher, Barr-Reeve; Bryant Nalley, Pike Central; Jack Nunge, Castle; Dylan Penn, Evansville Memorial; Grant Smith, Connersville; Cameron Stephens, Silver Creek; Michael Valle, Whiteland; Tyler Vogel, Jennings County; Mike Wandstrat, Oldenburg Academy.
District 3 girls – Kayla Bowling, Jac-Cen-Del; Cheyenne Brooks, Providence; Amani Brown, Terre Haute South; Abby Cecil, North Daviess; Abby Denham, White River Valley; Alison Hein, Vincennes Lincoln; Delanie Hill, Franklin; Brooke James, Princeton; Shelby Louden, Forest Park; Kyla Reid, Evansville Harrison; Paige Schindler, Borden; Cami Schmitt, Corydon Central; Ella Thompson, Center Grove; Toria Tucker, South Ripley; Kyra Whitaker, Greensburg; Hannah Winiger, Evansville Mater Dei.
Oct. 31-Nov. 5 – District 1 girls: Mason VanHouten, Fort Wayne Canterbury. District 2 girls: Madison Wise, Greenfield-Central. District 3 girls: Kayana Traylor, Martinsville.
Nov. 7-12 – District 1 girls: Jenasae Bishop, East Chicago Central. District 2 girls: Audrey Minix, North White. District 3 girls: Abby Wahl, Heritage Hills.
Nov. 14-19 – District 1 girls: Mary Parkman, Westville, and Aly Reiff, Whitko. District 2 girls: Amy Dilk, Carmel. District 3 girls: Katrina Christian, Crothersville, and Grace Holdeman, Bloomington Lighthouse Christian.
Nov. 21-26 – District 1 boys: Nick Mantis, Lowell. District 1 girls: Dana Evans, Gary West. District 2 boys: Tanner Lambert, Delta, and Garrett Pumphrey, Cambridge City Lincoln. District 2 girls: Nia Clark, Ben Davis. District 3 boys: Tye Collins, Loogootee. District 3 girls: Olivia Seifert, North Decatur.
Nov. 28-Dec. 3 – District 1 boys: Colin Kenney, Marquette Catholic. District 1 girls: Kyannah Stull, John Glenn. District 2 boys: Cooper Neese, Cloverdale. District 2 girls: Faith Morris, Blackford; Tayler Vauters, Riverton Parke; and Macee Williams, Fountain Central. District 3 boys: Hayden Langkabel, Morristown. District 3 girls: Paige Barrett, Scottsburg.