40-point scorers headline IBCA Players of the Week
Couisnard, Hansen, Walker top 40 points; Noveroske, Tucker, Hodges also honored
Jermaine Couisnard averaged 40.5 points over two games, and the East Chicago Central senior headlines the recipients in this week’s IBCA/Subway Player of the Week program.
Couisnard is joined by Guerin Catholic junior Jack Hansen, Henryville junior Nick Walker, Michigan City sophomore Hannah Noveroske, Frankton junior Sydney Tucker and Evansville Central senior Erinn Hodges as honorees for the week of Dec. 26-31 in the recognition program coordinated by the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association.
Couisnard and Noveroske are respective boys’ and girls’ winners for District 1. Hansen and Tucker collected boys’ and girls’ accolades in District 2. Walker and Hodges picked up boys’ and girls’ awards for District 3.
The 6-3 Couisnard shined as East Chicago Central (5-6) went 1-1 in the North Central Invitational. He opened with a career-high 45 points plus three rebounds, two assists and two steals as the Cardinals outlasted Evansville Bosse 82-79. Couisnard followed with 36 points in an 83-72 setback to the Class 4A No. 1 host Panthers. In his 45-point game, Couisnard was 16-of-23 from the field, 4-of-6 on 3-pointers and 9-of-13 from the line.
Hansen averaged 28.0 points and 11.3 rebounds in leading Guerin Catholic (6-5) to third place in the eight-team McDonald’s Holiday Hoops Tournament at Vincennes. The 6-6 forward started with 10 points and 11 rebounds in a 51-37 triumph over Southridge. He then unloaded a tournament- and school-record 44 points plus 14 rebounds in a 72-71 loss to Indianapolis Howe. Hansen concluded his week with 30 points and nine rebounds as the Golden Eagles defeated University 61-54 in overtime. He was 14-of-22 on field goals, 2-of-3 on 3-pointers and 14-of-15 on free throws in the 44-point outburst.
The 6-2 Walker averaged 28.5 points over four games as Henryville (10-2) went 3-1 in the 16-team Ted Throckmorton Tournament at Jeffersonville. Walker dropped 33 points with three rebounds, two assists and three steals as the Hornets lost to eventual champion Danville 68-61 in double overtime in the first round. He bounced back with 42 points, seven rebounds and two assists in a 93-74 triumph over Louisville Southern. Walker completed the event with 15 points in a 95-40 rout of Fox Creek (Ky.) and 24 points in a 70-49 victory over Carroll County (Ky). Wlaker was 14-of-18 from the field, 2-of-3 on 3-pointers and 12-of-14 on free throws in his 42-point game.
Noveroske averaged 26.5 points, 15.5 rebounds and 5.0 blocks in helping the Michigan City girls (8-7) to a 1-1 performance at the Penn Invitational. First, the 6-4 sophomore post netted a career-high 33 points with 16 rebounds and five blocks as the Wolves dropped a 52-47 decision to host Penn. Noveroske came back to score 20 points with 15 rebounds and five blocks in just 20 minutes because of foul trouble in a 62-49 victory over Oregon-Davis. For the two games, she was 23-of-36 from the field and 7-of-14 on free throws.
The 5-9 Tucker propelled Frankton to a 66-61 triumph over Eastern Hancock in its only game of the week. The University of Evansville commit poured in 37 points with nine rebounds and six steals as the Eagles improved to 10-5 for the season. Tucker was 11-of-21 on field goals, 4-of-10 on 3-pointers and 11-of-13 on free throws for her big game.
Hodges sparked undefeated Evansville Central to an 84-43 runaway over Evansville Bosse in its only game of the week. The Illinois State signee tossed in 24 points with seven rebounds, four assists and three steals as the Bears pushed their record to 12-0. The 5-9 guard was 10-of-13 from the field, 2-of-2 on 3-pointers and 2-of-2 on free throws in the contest.
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 9 (2016-17)
District 1 boys – Adonis Brown, Elkhart Central; Caleb Coleman, Hammond; Trejean Didier, Fort Wayne South; Jack Ferguson, Homestead; Michael Green, South Bend Adams; Kyle Grennes, Morgan Township; Denzil Halliburton, Concord; Kyle Mangas, Warsaw; Austin Peterson, Chesterton; Richard Robertson, Fort Wayne Northrop; Andy Samuelson, LaPorte; Sasha Stefanovic, Crown Point; Drake Thompson, Fort Wayne Blackhawk Christian; Diamond Towns, New Haven; Jared Triplett, Hammond Morton; Malik Williams, Fort Wayne Snider; Kamron Yarion, Garrett.
District 1 girls – Leigha Brown, DeKalb; Justene Charlesworth, LaCrosse; Kyla Covington, Fort Wayne Snider; Kelli Damman, Carroll (Fort Wayne); Morgan Goddard, North Newton; Kia Holder, Morgan Township; Brooke McKinley, Northridge; Karissa McLaughlin, Homestead; Maria Nanninga, Covenant Christian (DeMotte); Mary Parkman, Westville; Mariah Plunkett, John Glenn; Anne Secrest, Tippecanoe Valley; Sydney Taylor, Crown Point; Taitlyn Trenshaw, NorthWood; Raegan Walther, Kankakee Valley; Olivia West, LaPorte; Jasmine Wright, Merrillville.
District 2 boys – Cameron Alford, Brownsburg; Anthony Barnard, Kokomo; Zach Callahan, Danville; Caleb Dickey, Riverton Parke; Sutter Foster, Wes-Del; Zach Gunn, Hamilton Southeastern; Christian Harvey, Richmond; Jay Houck, Jay County; Eric Hunter, Tindley; Shea Ingles, Cowan; Trevor Lakes, Lebanon; Caleb Middlesworth, Oak Hill; Cooper Neese, Cloverdale; Jon Ross Richardson, Lapel; Isaiah Thompson, Zionsville; Brandon Vernon, Pike; Kris Wilkes, North Central.
District 2 girls – Jordyn Barga, Monroe Central; Bre Boles, Lapel; Tayra Breitbach, Bishop Chatard; Nia Clark, Ben Davis; Lexi Dellinger, South Adams; Toni Grace, Fishers; Sadie Hill, Perry Meridian; Rachel McLimore, Zionsville; Samantha Olinger, Plainfield; Keya Patton, Cathedral; Tomi Taiwo, Carmel; Tayler Vauters, Riverton Parke; Jaelencia Williams, Southport; Macee Williams, Fountain Central; Skye Williams, Tindley; Courtney Wise, Union City; Madison Wise, Greenfield-Central.
District 3 boys – Cooper Bybee, Edgewood; Sam Conrad, Providence; Matt Cornett, South Decatur; Chance Coyle, Bloomington South; Josh Dieball, Linton-Stockton; Matthew Embry, South Spencer; Brady Ewing, East Central; Bailey Falkenstein, Jeffersonville; Noah Green, West Washington; Musa Jallow, Bloomington North; Mekhi Lairy, Evansville Bosse; Romeo Langford, New Albany; Hayden Langkabel, Morristown; Brennan Neal, Whiteland; Grant Smith, Connersville; Tyler Vogel, Jennings County; Colton White, Pike Central; Curtis White, Lawrenceburg.
District 3 girls – Frednesha Adams, Evansville North; Allison Barnard, Franklin; Paige Barrett, Scottsburg; Kelsi Brierly, Southwestern (Hanover); Lilly Hatton, North Harrison; Kaitlyn Howe, Rushville; Lauren James, Seymour; Kristen Lyons, Columbus East; Kamryn McCool, Franklin County; Hannah Moul, Oldenburg Academy; Caroline Newland, Evansville Memorial; Baylee Rohlfing, Batesville; Whitley Schirmer, Switzerland County; Ashley Schroer, Brownstown Central; Lilly Simon, Jac-Cen-Del; Kayana Traylor, Martinsville; Grace Waggoner, Vincennes Rivet; Ansley Walton, Salem.
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.
Dec. 12-17 – District 1 boys: Nathan Walpole, Whitko. District 1 girls: Dana Evans, Gary West. District 2 boys: Zach Gunn, Hamilton Southeastern. District 2 girls: Macee Williams, Fountain Central. District 3 boys: Jack Nunge, Castle. District 3 girls: Lucy Carrigan, Rising Sun, and Stacy Payton, Northview.
Dec. 19-24 – District 1 boys: Tysean Sheppard, South Bend Clay. District 1 girls: Courtney Dunlap, Argos. District 2 boys: Courvoisier McCauley, Indianapolis Manual. District 2 girls: Sydney Parrish, Hamilton Southeastern. District 3 boys: Romeo Langford, New Albany. District 3 girls: Megg Hensler, Shawe Memorial.
Dec. 26-31 – District 1 boys: Jermaine Couisnard, East Chicago Central. District 1 girls: Hannah Noveroski, Michigan City. District 2 boys: Jack Hansen, Guerin Catholic. District 2 girls: Sydney Tucker, Frankton. District 3 boys: Nick Walker, Henryville. District 3 girls: Erinn Hodges, Evansville Central.