Subway/IBCA Players of the Week and all Nominees

Jones scores 50 and 59, leads IBCA Players of the Week

Austin, Meurer, Felling, Blackmon and Curry join Western Boone star as honorees


Madison Jones twice broke her school’s single-game scoring record and eclipsed 2,000 career points while averaging 54.5 points over two games, and the Western Boone senior headlines the recipients in this week’s IBCA/Subway Player of the Week program.

Jones is joined by Lake Station Edison sophomore Taylor Austin, North Knox senior Makinzi Meurer, Triton Central senior Wyatt Felling, Marion sophomore Jalen Blackmon and Fort Wayne Northrop senior Sydney Curry as honorees for the week of Jan. 21-26 in the recognition program coordinated by the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association.

Curry is the boys’ winner and Austin is the girls’ winner for District 1. Blackmon and Jones collected respective boys’ and girls’ accolades for District 2. Felling and Meurer are the recipients for District 3.

The 5-7 Jones poured in a school-record 50 points with five rebounds, two assists and four steals as the Western Boone girls rallied from 25 points behind to upset Benton Central 69-67. The Davenport University (Mich.) recruit followed by breaking her own mark with 59 points, three rebounds, two assists and three steals in an 87-30 decision over North Montgomery as the Stars improved to 14-9.

Jones hit 16-of-23 field goals, 7-of-11 3-pointers and 11-of-14 free throws against Benton Central. She was 19-of-38 from the field, 6-of-12 from distance and 15-of-18 from the line against North Montgomery. She now has a school-record 651 points for the season and a career total of 2,013. Jones had held the previous single-game school record of 49 points.

The 5-5 Austin averaged 30.5 points, 5.0 assists and 5.5 steals in leading the Lake Station girls (15-6) to a pair of triumphs. She opened with 24 points, three rebounds, five assists and five steals in a 66-56 victory over Covenant Christian (DeMotte). Austin later broke loose for 37 points, nine rebounds, five assists and six steals as the Eagles beat LaCrosse 67-58. Over both games, Austin sank 24-of-45 shots, including 6-of-14 3-pointers, plus 7-of-11 free throws.

Meurer averaged 32.0 points and 8.5 rebounds over two games while become the all-time leading scorer for the North Knox girls (16-7). The 5-5 guard opened with a career-high 38 points plus nine rebounds, five assists and seven steals in a 58-45 victory over Barr-Reeve. She followed with 26 poitns, eight rebounds, four assists and three steals in a 60-44 setback to Loogootee. The University of Evansville track recruit set school records for season points (568) and career points (1,721) while hitting 19-of-32 field goals, 4-of-6 3-pointers and 22-of-23 free throws over both games.

The 5-11 Felling averaged 46.0 points and 5.5 rebounds while becoming his school’s all-time leading scorer in two games for the Triton Central boys (6-9). He exploded for 51 points with six rebounds, two assists and four steals in a 101-68 triumph over Indiana Math & Science. Felling followed with 41 points, five rebounds, two assists and three steals in a 78-76 overtime loss to Indianapolis Scecina. Over both games, Felling hit 24-of-49 shots, 5-of-15 3-pointers and 39-of-43 free throws. That included 14-of-28, 3-of-9 and 20-of-21 in the 51-point outing. He moved his career total to 1,325 points, passing the previous school mark of 1,281 points set by Mike Wells from 1961-65.

Blackmon averaged 35.5 points and surpassed 1,000 career points in the middle of his second season in propelling the Marion boys (9-5) to a pair of victories. First, the 6-2 guard scored 32 points with four rebounds, six assists and two steals in a 91-74 decision over Logansport. Blackmon followed with 39 points, three rebounds, five assists and two steals as the Giants outlasted Fort Wayne Northrop 91-82. Over both games, Blackmon was 19-of-38 from the field, 10-of-21 from distance and 23-of-25 from the line while moving his career point total to 1,036.

The 6-8 Curry averaged 30.5 points and 13.0 rebounds over two games for the Fort Wayne Northrop boys (11-4). The Miami (Ohio) recruit totaled 20 points with nine rebounds, five assists, five steals and two blocks as the Bruins knocked off Homestead 68-62. Curry then produced 41 points with 17 rebounds and four blocks despite his team dropping the 91-82 shootout at Marion. Over both games, Curry was 26-of-37 on field goals while hitting two 3-pointers and five free throws.

One other notable item: Penn senior Noah Applegate became his school’s all-time leading scorer with 1,445 points. Applegate combined for 36 points in victories over Mishawaka and Goshen to move past the Kingsmen’s previous career scoring leader, 1,433 points set by Keith Berkey from 1960-64.

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 13 (2018-19)

                District 1 boys – Noah Applegate, Penn; Austin Darnell, Washington Township; Da’Vion Davis, Calumet; David Ejah, Carroll (Fort Wayne); Dallas Holmes, Southwood; Ray Howard, Michigan City; Michael Johnson, Concord; J.R. Konieczny, South Bend St. Joseph; J.T. Langston Jr., Fort Wayne South; Calvin Larkin, Winamac; Ben Lins, Covenant Christian (DeMotte); Will Penny, Logansport; G’Angelo Reillo, Whiting; Kyle Ross, Andrean; Brandon Scott, Hammond Noll; Demarcus Vaughn, South Bend Washington; Charlie Yoder, Westview.

                District 1 girls – Trinity Clinton, Penn; Carissa Garcia, Fort Wayne Concordia; Kacy Gratzol, Concord; Trinitee Harris, Elkhart Central; Jaci Jones, Fort Wayne South; Ashya Klopfenstein, Westview; Alexandra Merritt, Maconaquah; Aleena Mongerie, Munster; Emma Nolan, Marquette Catholic; Ryin Ott, LaPorte; Ayanna Patterson, Homestead; Madison Shedrow, Culver; Brynn Shoup-Hill, Goshen; Lindsey Simpson, Knox.

                District 2 boys – Simon Banks, Brebeuf Jesuit; Braxton Barnhizer, Lafayette Jeff; Carson Bennett, Lafayette Central Catholic; Jesse Bingham, Warren Central; Kevin Brown, Adams Central; Luke Brown, Blackford; Luke Bumbalough, New Castle; Gus Etchison, Hamilton Heights; Armaan Franklin, Cathedral; Kade Fuelling, Bellmont; Declan Gill, Cowan; Landon Newnum, Parke Heritage; Tayson Parker, Northwestern; Tony Perkins, Lawrence North; Kyle Thomas, Cloverdale; Isaiah Thompson, Zionsville; Jackson Ullom, Monroe Central; Andrew Williams, Heritage Christian.

                District 2 girls – Jordyn Barga, Monroe Central; Maddie Bischoff, Roncalli; Katie Burton, Fishers; Maggie Cora, Tri-West; Cydni Dodd, Warren Central; Olivia Dowden, McCutcheon; Carinne Henderson, Tri-Central; Maddie Knight, Noblesville; Madison Layden, Northwestern; Kiara Lewis, Lafayette Jeff; Rachel Loobie, Franklin Central; Sara Rose, North White; Leah Seib, New Palestine; DaKoyta Sloss, Muncie Central; Cameron Tabor, New Castle; Taylor Westgate, Oak Hill; Ariana Wiggins, Heritage Christian.

                District 3 boys – Brayton Bailey, Bedford North Lawrence; Cobie Barnes, Floyd Central; Murray Becher, Heritage Hills; Braeden Beard, Tell City; Gage Bobe, South Knox; Bryce Browning, Washington; Drew Buhr, Austin; Kevin Figg, Sullivan; Reece Hammelman, North Knox; Alex Hemenway, Castle; Tyler Kramer, Southwestern (Hanover); Logan Laster, Morristown; Anthony Leal, Bloomington South; Dylan McKinney, Evansville North; Colson Montgomery, Southridge; Peyton Moore, Mitchell; Derrick Stevenson, New Albany; Andrew Welage, Greensburg; Jack Wininger, North Daviess.

                District 3 girls – Jorie Allen, Bedford North Lawrence; Addy Blackwell, Bloomington South; Amani Brown, Terre Haute South; Darrian Carmean, Vincennes Lincoln; Averi Davidson, North Central (Farmersburg); Mariah Day, Jac-Cen-Del; Jaclyn Emly, Silver Creek; Aliyah Evans, Greensburg; Nan Garcia, Jeffersonville; Koryn Greiwe, Columbus East; Lilly Hatton, North Harrison; Kenna Hisle, Evansville North; Katie KInker, Oldenburg Academy; Paige Robinson, Mt. Vernon (Posey); Elise Scaggs, Mooresville; Grace Waggoner, Vincennes Rivet; Pa’Shence Walker, Martinsville.


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.

Dec. 24-29District 1 boys: Jaden Ivey, Mishawaka Marian. District 1 girls: Jessica Carrothers, Crown Point. District 2 boys: Armaan Franklin, Cathedral. District 2 girls: Cassidy Crawford, Tipton. District 3 boys: Alex Hemenway, Castle. District 3 girls: Ella Thompson, Center Grove.

Dec. 31-Jan. 5District 1 boys: G’Angelo Reillo, Whiting. District 1 girls: Emma Nolan, Marquette Catholic, and Hannah Noveroske, Michigan City. District 2 boys: Harold Bennett, Indianapolis Attucks. District 2 girls: Kendall Bostic, Northwestern. District 3 boys: Drew Buhr, Austin, and Khristian Lander, Evansville Reitz. District 3 girls: Makinzi Meurer, North Knox.

Jan. 7-12District 1 boys: Spencer Sroufe, Whitko. District 1 girls: Jordan Clingler, Caston. District 2 boys: Gus Etchison, Hamilton Heights, and John Michael Mulloy, Carmel. District 2 girls: Madison Jones, Western Boone. District 3 boys: Christian Tucker, Springs Valley. District 3 girls: Natalie Boesing, Providence, and Allison Stogsdill, Brown County.

Jan. 14-19District 1 boys: Christopher Mantis, Lowell. District 1 girls: Bianca Radtke, Rensselaer Central. District 2 boys: Jalen Blackmon, Marion. District 2 girls: Lindsey Syrek, University. District 3 boys: Alex Hemenway, Castle. District 3 girls: Kenna Hisle, Evansville North.

Jan. 21-26District 1 boys: Sydney Curry, Fort Wayne Northrop. District 1 girls: Taylor Austin, Lake Station Edison. District 2 boys: Jalen Blackmon, Marion. District 2 girls: Madison Jones, Western Boone. District 3 boys: Wyatt Felling, Triton Central. District 3 girls: Makinzi Meurer, North Knox.


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