Wilcox, Bumbalough headline IBCA Players of the Week

Barnes, Blakely, Caldwell and Raley also honored by coaches’ group for Dec. 17-22


A pair of 50-point scorers headline the honorees in this week’s IBCA/Subway Player of the Week program.

North Judson senior Chuck Wilcox scored a school-record 53 points for the Bluejays and New Castle senior Luke Bumbalough poured in 51 points to become the sixth Trojans’ player to surpass 50 in a game.

Floyd Central senior Cobie Barnes, Hammond Noll sophomore Courtney Blakely, Jay County senior Shelby Caldwell and Gibson Southern junior Meredith Raley join that duo as recipients for the week of Dec. 17-22 in the recognition program coordinated by the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association.

Wilcox and Blakely are respective boys and girls winners for District 1. Bumbalough and Caldwell received accolades for District 2. Barnes and Raley are honorees for District 3.

The 6-0 Wilcox poured in 53 points with five rebounds, two assists, seven steals and one block as the North Judson boys defeated Oregon-Davis 91-37 in their only game of the week. Wilcox sank 19-of-28 field goals, 4-of-10 3-pointers and 11-of-16 free throws as the Bluejays improved to 2-4. Wilcox’s outburst eclipsed the previous school record of 52 points set by Kirk Manns against Valparaiso on Feb. 22, 1985.

Bumbalough scored 39 of his game-high 51 points in the second half, but it was not enough as the New Castle boys dropped a 75-69 decision to Mt. Vernon (Fortville) in their only game of the week. The 6-0 guard added one rebound and two assists while converting 15-of-22 shots, 9-of-13 from distance and 12-of-16 free throws as the Trojans fell to 3-5.

The Ball State signee joins a prestigious list of former New Castle players with 50-plus games – 76 points by Lee Pence against Noblesville on Feb. 1, 1918; 57 points by Steve Alford against Broad Ripple on March 19, 1983; 55 points by Kent Benson against Muncie Burris on Dec. 9, 1972; 52 points by John Lee against Lewisville on Feb. 24, 1960; and 51 points by Ray Pavy against Kokomo on Feb. 20, 1959.

The 6-6 Barnes scored 31 points with eight rebounds, two assists and two blocked shots to lead the Floyd Central boys to a 53-48 triumph over Roncalli in their only game of the week. The Indiana State recruit was 12-of-18 from the field, 1-of-2 on 3-pointers and 6-of-8 on free throws as the Highlanders improved to 7-1.

Blakely averaged 26.0 points, 8.0 rebounds and 6.5 steals in helping the Hammond Noll girls remain undefeated at 10-0. The 5-7 guard provided 30 points, three rebounds, six assist and 10 steals in a 73-43 victory over Wheeler. She followed with 22 points, two rebounds, 10 assists and three steals in a 69-54 decision over Cleveland (Ohio) John Hay in the Hoosier-Buckeye Shootout. Over both games, Blakely hit 20-of-38 shots, 5-of-13 3-pointers and 7-of-8 free throws.

The 5-11 Caldwell scored a school-record 41 points as the Jay County girls defeated Blackford 77-17 in their only game of the week. Caldwell added six rebounds, two assists and four steals as the Jays improved to 7-6. She converted 16-of-25 from the floor, 7-of-13 from long range and 2-of-4 free throws. She broke the previous school record of 40 points that was shared by Shannon Freeman in 1985-86 and Lyla Muhlenkamp against Blackford on Dec. 15, 2015.

Raley averaged 21.3 points, including a school-record 38 points in one game, and 10.3 rebounds in keying the Gibson Southern girls to the championship of the Gibson County Toyota Classic. The 6-0 forward opened with 38 points, 16 rebounds, four assists and three steals in a 77-34 victory over Mt. Carmel, Ill. She followed with 17 points, 10 rebounds and one assist in a 69-56 triumph over Princeton. Raley tallied nine points with five rebounds, two assists and two steals as the Titans (11-3) beat Wood Memorial 67-38 for the tournament title.

For the three games, Raley was 26-of-37 on field goals, 3-of-4 on 3-pointers and 9-of-13 on free throws. Those figures include 16-of-20, 1-of-2 and 5-of-8 in the 38-point game where Raley eclipsed the previous school best of 36 points set by her sister, Maddie Raley, in a game in 2013.

This is the 11th season for the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association Player of the Week program and the seventh season it is presented by Subway Restaurants of Indiana, a banner sponsor of the IBCA. Subway, in its seventh season as an IBCA sponsor, encourages athletes to “train hard and eat fresh.”

Winners in the Player of the Week are chosen each week from each of the IHSAA’s three districts. Girls winners will be chosen from now through the week following Feb. 23. Boys winners will be chosen from now through the week following March 23.


Other nominees for Week 8 (2018-19)

                District 1 boys – Zane Burke, Fort Wayne Blackhawk Christian; Johnell Davis, Gary 21st Century; Blake Davison, Leo; Conner Essegian, Central Noble; Josh Hostetler, Westview; Jaden Ivey, Mishawaka Marian; Drew Lutz, Penn; Christopher Mantis, Lowell; Logan Nusbaum, Pioneer; Robby Porter, John Glenn; Sam Skaggs, Logansport; Dominique Smith, Lake Station; Hank Smith, Elkhart Memorial; Keon Thompson, Merrillville; Demarcus Vaughn, South Bend Washington; Mitchell Wilson, Columbia City.

                District 1 girls – Taylor Austin, Lake Station; Sahara Bee, Morgan Township; Courtland Crowe, Peru; Lilliann Frasure, North Judson; Carissa Garcia, Fort Wayne Concordia; Bailey Hartsough, Lakeland; Anya Kauffman, Bethany Christian; Olivia Klinger, Washington Township; Morgan Litwiller, Northridge; Tori Miller, Merrillville; Emma Nolan, Marquette Catholic; Faith Owen, Garrett; Darliesha Reed, Hammond Gavit; Michaela Schmidt, Highland; Sylare Starks, Homestead; Maddie Swart, Kankakee Valley.

                District 2 boys – Avery Beaver, Lafayette Jeff; Jalen Blackmon, Marion; Gus Etchison, Hamilton Heights; Armaan Franklin, Cathedral; Will Geiger, Norwell; Ahmoni Jones, Pike; Lucas Kroft, Richmond; Jake LaRavia, Lawrence Central; Peyton Meadors, Mt. Vernon (Fortville); Tayson Parker, Northwestern; Edreece Redmond, Bishop Chatard; Luke Richardson, Lapel; Nate Soltis, Cardinal Ritter; Jaden Thomas, International; Isaiah Thompson, Zionsville; Logan White, Parke Heritage.

                District 2 girls – Allison Bosse, Brownsburg; Meghan Busick, Bellmont; Ella Collier, Danville; Nicole Cunningham, Guerin Catholic; Hannah Farrell, Greenfield-Central; Kylie Fuelling, Norwell; Maddi Fulks, Bethesda Christian; Kenadie Fernung, Tri-Central; Justis Gordon, Cathedral; Rikki Harris, North Central; Madison Layden, Northwestern; Naomi McDaniel, Attica; Alaina Omonode, West Lafayette; Heather Pautler, Daleville; Cameron Tabor, New Castle; Lilly Ward, Southmont; Ambrea Wensey, Ben Davis.

                District 3 boys – Blake Barker, Columbus North; Paxon Bartley, Wood Memorial; Drew Buhr, Austin; Ethan Bushey, Vincennes Lincoln; Kade Badger, Henryville; Wyatt Felling, Triton Central; Matthew Frost, Columbus East; Cayman Hayes, Terre Haute North; Julien Hunter, New Albany; Noah Jager, Bloomington South; Jake Johnson, Oldenburg Academy; Logan Laster, Morristown; Colson Montgomery, Southridge; Bear Phillips, Mitchell; Blake Sisley, Heritage Hills; Josh Smith, Monrovia; Lucas Stewart, South Central (Elizabeth).

                District 3 girls – Jorie Allen, Bedford North Lawrence; Natalie Boesing, Providence; Maya Chandler, Triton Central; Maycee Lange, Vincennes Lincoln; Jenny Lundy, Northview; Annika Marlow, Rushville; Samantha Matthews, Charlestown; Jewel McCormick, Springs Valley; Makinzi Meurer, North Knox; Kristen Ridner, Bloomington South; Vanessa Shafford, Linton; Delainey Shorter, Sullivan; Hannah Sisk, Princeton; Caitlyn Snider, Indian Creek; Ainsley Urbanski, Bloomington North; Grace Waggoner, Vincennes Rivet; Morgan Wood, Waldron.


2018-19 winners

                Oct. 29-Nov. 3 – District 1 girls: Darliesha Reed, Hammond Gavit. District 2 girls: Madison Jones, Western Boone. District 3 girls: Addy Blackwell, Bloomington South, and Amani Brown, Terre Haute South.

Nov. 5-10District 1 girls: Sydney Freeman, Central Noble, and Dash Shaw, Gary West. District 2 girls: Maggie Cora, Tri-West. District 3 girls: Hannah Sisk, Princeton.

Nov. 12-17District 1 girls: Sophie Bussard, Tippecanoe Valley. District 2 girls: Alaina Omonode, West Lafayette, and Cameron Tabor, New Castle. District 3 girls: Lilly Hatton, North Harrison.

Nov. 19-24District 1 boys: Sam Skaggs, Logansport. District 1 girls: Mila Reynolds, South Bend Washington. District 2 boys: Colton Brown, Covington, and Luke Brown, Blackford. District 2 girls: Ella Collier, Danville. District 3 boys: Drew Buhr, Austin. District 3 girls: Nan Garcia, Jeffersonville.

Nov. 26-Dec. 1District 1 boys: Colin Kenney, Marquette Catholic. District 1 girls: Lilliann Frasure, North Judson. District 2 boys: Luke Brown, Blackford. District 2 girls: Jayla Smith, Lawrence North. District 3 boys: Josiah Ricketts, North Posey. District 3 girls: Jewel McCormick, Springs Valley.

Dec. 3-8District 1 boys: Tanner Behnfeldt, Fremont. District 1 girls: Emma Nolan, Marquette Catholic. District 2 boys: Zach Banks, Westfield. District 2 girls: Grace Hunter, Bellmont. District 3 boys: Kade Badger, Henryville. District 3 girls: Myah Montgomery, Southridge.

Dec. 10-15District 1 boys: Brandon Newman, Valparaiso. District 1 girls: Hannah Noveroske, Michigan City. District 2 boys: Luke Brown, Blackford. District 2 girls: Sydney Parrish, Hamilton Southeastern. District 3 boys: Trayce Jackson-Davis, Center Grove. District 3 girls: Grace Waggoner, Vincennes Rivet.

Dec. 17-22District 1 boys: Chuck Wilcox, North Judson. District 1 girls: Courtney Blakely, Hammond Noll. District 2 boys: Luke Bumbalough, New Castle. District 2 girls: Shelby Caldwell, Jay County. District 3 boys: Cobie Barnes, Floyd Central. District 3 girls: Meredith Raley, Gibson Southern.

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