North Central pair headlines IBCA Players of the Week
Wilkes claims boys’ honor, while Harris captures girls award; four others also cited
The North Central duo of Kris Wilkes and Rikki Harris headline the recipients in this week’s IBCA/Subway Player of the Week program.
Wilkes, a 6-8 senior forward, averaged 31.0 points over two games to propel the Panther boys to the top spot in the Class 4A rankings. Harris, a 5-10 sophomore guard, led the NC girls to a 4-0 week and the championship of the Marion County Tournament.
They are joined by Westville junior Tyrese Walker, Evansville Reitz junior Isaiah Dunham, Homestead senior Karissa McLaughlin and Borden senior Paige Schindler as honorees for the week of Dec. 5-10 in the recognition program coordinated by the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association.
Walker and McLaughlin are respective boys’ and girls’ winners for District 1. Wilkes and Harris collected boys’ and girls’ accolades in District 2. Dunham and Schindler are boys’ and girls’ recipients for District 3.
Wilkes was recognized after leading North Central (4-0) to a 79-68 triumph at Hamilton Southeastern and following up with an 84-60 upset of then-No. 1 New Albany. The UCLA recruit scored 30 points against the Royals despite sitting much of the second quarter in foul trouble. He then produced 32 points with seven rebounds in the showdown against the Class 4A defending state champion Bulldogs. Wilkes was 13-of-21 from the field, including 1-of-3 on 3-pointers, and 5-of-8 on free throws in the New Albany game.
The 5-11 Walker paced Westville (5-0) to an 83-41 rout of Boone Grove in its only game of the week, scoring 36 points with one rebound and two steals. Walker was 13-of-18 from the floor, including 9-of-11 on 3-pointers, and 1-of-1 on free throws for his big game.
Dunham averaged 26.3 points in leading Evansville Reitz (4-0) to a trio of triumphs. First, the 6-2 guard opened with 23 points and six assists as the Panthers edged Evansville North 77-75. Dunham followed by scoring 16 points in a 67-52 decision over Evansville Mater Dei. Saving his best for last, Dunham poured in 40 points – hitting 13 shots, three 3-pointers and 11-of-17 free throws – as Reitz posted a 104-90 victory over Bloomington North in overtime.
Harris led the North Central girls (11-0) to victories over Lawrence North, Pike, Warren Central and Roncalli in a demanding week. She scored 27 points with eight rebounds, one assist and four steals in a 53-43 decision over the Wildcats. She tallied 22 points with 10 rebounds, seven assists and four steals as NC beat the Red Devils 77-70. She provided 20 points, 10 rebounds, four assists and one steal in a 67-58 victory over the Warriors. She finished with 16 points, two rebounds, four assists and one steals as the Panthers beat the Rebels 70-50. Over four games, Harris was 28-of-43 from the field.
The 5-8 McLaughlin averaged 26.5 in two victories while crossing the 2,000-point career threshold for the Homestead girls (8-0). The University of Florida signee opened with 28 points, four rebounds and four assists in an 82-36 victory over Fort Wayne Dwenger. She then netted 25 points – to push her career total to 2,010 – with five rebounds and 10 assists as the Spartans defeated Greenfield-Central 73-35. In the two games, McLaughlin was 19-of-35 from the field, 6-of-13 on 3-pointers and 9-of-9 from the line.
Schindler averaged 26.5 points and 7.5 rebounds in helping the Borden girls (5-4) prevail twice. The 5-8 guard opened with 32 points, nine rebounds, two assists and four steals as the Braves topped Lanesville 57-44. She followed with 21 points, six rebounds, six assists and one steals in a 57-49 triumph at South Decatur. In the two games, Schindler was 17-of-35 on field goals, including 5-of-11 on 3-pointers, plus 14-of-20 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 6 (2016-17)
District 1 boys – Damezi Anderson, South Bend Riley; Carson Blair, Southwood; Keion Brooks, Fort Wayne North; Jermaine Couisnard, East Chicago Central; Jack DeGroot, Winamac; Evan Galindo, Portage; Michael Green, South Bend Adams; Vincent Miranda, NorthWood; Jalen Paul, Churubusco; Trace Ramsey, Valparaiso; Jacob Redding, Carroll (Fort Wayne); Sam Skaggs, Logansport; Sasha Stefanovic, Crown Point; Vinny Stone, Argos; Matt Strong, John Glenn; River West, Whitko; Malik Williams, Fort Wayne Snider.
District 1 girls – Alli Andrews, Plymouth; Jenasae Bishop, East Chicago Central; Justene Charlesworth, LaCrosse; Kyla Covington, Fort Wayne Snider; Sara Doi, Penn; Breanna Douglas, Fort Wayne Northrop; Courtney Dunlap, Argos; Dana Evans, Gary West; Dayton Groninger, Warsaw; Rain Hinton, Woodlan; Maria Nanninga, Covenant Christian (DeMotte); Emma Nolan, Marquette Catholic; Mary Parkman, Westville; Daijah Smith, Gary Lighthouse; Kyannah Stull, John Glenn; Jessica Tuttle, LaVille; Raegan Walther, Kankakee Valley.
District 2 boys – Mark Albers, Pendleton Heights; Riley Bertram, Zionsville; Gavin Bizeau, Plainfield; Michael Ertel, Mt. Vernon (Fortville); Zach Gunn, Hamilton Southeastern; Christian Harvey, Richmond; Eric Hunter, Tindley; Maurice Knight, Frankton; Trevor Lakes, Lebanon; Camyn Lutz, Hamilton Heights; Blake Miller, Rossville; Isiah Moore, Park Tudor; Jalen Moore, Cloverdale; Benito Munoz, Harrison (West Lafayette); Cody Shively, Norwell; Tyrek Vicks, Muncie Central.
District 2 girls – Jordyn Barga, Monroe Central; Taylor Burns, Twin Lakes; Amy Dilk, Carmel; Kendall Fisher, Tindley; Alec Fitts, Indianapolis Arlington; Katie Giller, Beech Grove; Katelynn Hall, Frontier; Katie Isenbarger, Zionsville; Madison Jones, Western Boone; Blaine Kelly, Alexandria; Emily Kiser, Noblesville; Sydney Parrish, Hamilton Southeastern; Zoey Pearson, Bluffton; Cameron Tabor, New Castle; Tayler Vauters, Riverton Parke; Brittany Welch, Sheridan; Jaelencia Williams, Southport; Macee Williams, Fountain Central.
District 3 boys – Tim Abel, Indian Creek; Tye Collins, Loogootee; Jon Eineman, Mooresville; Rilee Epley, Evansville Harrison; Brady Ewing, East Central; Caleb Hamilton, Eastern Greene; Collin Hochbesang, Forest Park; Hank Johnson, Waldron; Jordan Knoebel, Charlestown; Michael Light, Owen Valley; Quinn Moffitt, Triton Central; Jacob Overton Washington; Jack Townsend, Bloomington North; Michael Valle, Whiteland.
District 3 girls – Lucy Carrigan, Rising Sun; Lilly Hatton, North Harrison; Abi Haynes, Vincennes Lincoln; Maliah Howard-Bass, Columbus North; Brooke James, Princeton; Olivia Jenkins, Providence; Hannah Shrieves, Washington; Lilly Simon, Jac-Cen-Del; Kiley Sparks, South Ripley; Abby Wahl, Heritage Hills.
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.
Dec. 5-10 – District 1 boys: Tyrese Walker, Westville. District 1 girls: Karissa McLaughlin, Homestead. District 2 boys: Kris Wilkes, North Central. District 2 girls: Rikki Harris, North Central. District 3 boys: Isaiah Dunham, Evansville Reitz. District 3 girls: Paige Schindler, Borden.