Forty-point scorers pace IBCA Players of the Week
Ewing, Phinisee and McLaughlin headline honorees; four others also cited
A trio of 40-point scorers headline the honorees in this week’s IBCA/Subway Player of the Week program.
East Central senior Brady Ewing, McCutcheon junior Robert Phinisee and Homestead senior Karissa McLaughlin all scored 40 or more points in a game during the week of Jan. 16-21. Thus, they along with South Bend Riley junior Damezi Anderson, Terre Haute South senior Jaylen Minnett, Zionsville senior Rachel McLimore and Evansville Bosse junior Jaelah Crosby have been chosen as recipients in the recognition program coordinated by the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association.
Anderson and McLaughlin are respective boys’ and girls’ winners for District 1. Phinisee and McLimore were received boys’ and girls’ accolades in District 2. Ewing and Minnett shared the boys’ award, while Crosby is the girls’ honoree in District 3.
The 6-4 Ewing averaged 34.5 points over two games in helping the East Central boys improved to 11-3. He opened with 44 points, 14 rebounds, six assists and three blocks in a 103-94 double-overtime triumph over South Dearborn. He followed with 25 points, six rebounds, one steal and four blocks as the Trojans topped Harrison (Ohio) 62-46. Over the two games, Ewing was 21-of-43 from the field, 4-of-10 on 3-pointers and 23-of-33 on free throws.
Phinisee poured in 41 points with 10 rebounds, nine assists and six steals in propelling McCutcheon to a 102-52 rout of Crawfordsville. The 6-0 guard followed with 16 points, six rebounds, nine assists and six steals as the Mavericks moved to 13-2 with a 74-49 victory over Western. In his big game, Phinisee was 15-of-25 from the floor, 5-of-10 from long range, and 6-of-8 from the line.
The 6-7 Anderson averaged 25.5 points in two triumphs as South Bend Riley stayed unbeaten at 13-0. Anderson scored 32 points with eight rebounds, one assist and one steal as the Wildcats knocked off Elkhart Memorial 83-70. He then produced 19 points with seven rebounds and three steals in a 76-43 victory over Jimtown. Over both games, Anderson sank 19-of-30 shots from the field, 6-of-10 3-pointers and 7-of-7 free throws.
Minnett, an IUPUI signee, tallied 38 points to spark Terre Haute South (12-3) to a 65-61 triumph over Bloomington North in its only game of the week. The 6-1 guard added three rebounds, four assists and one steal while converting 12-of-26 shots, including 5-of-12 3-pointers, and 9-of-10 free throws.
The 5-8 McLaughlin averaged 32.0 points over three games for the Homestead girls (20-2). The Florida recruit scored 29 points with five rebounds, four assists and two assists in a 64-49 setback to Huber Heights (Ohio) Wayne. She followed with a school-record 40 points – hitting a school-record 12 3-pointers – with four rebounds, four assists and four steals in a 100-17 thrashing of Fort Wayne North. McLaughlin added 27 points with six assists and three steals in an 86-62 victory over Heritage Christian. Over three games, McLaughlin was 31-of-60 from the field, 23-of-37 on 3-pointers and 11-of-13 on free throws.
McLimore netted 28.0 points and 4.0 assists in two games in helping the Zionsville girls improve to 21-1. The 5-10 guard tallied 35 points with two rebounds, five assists and two steals as the Eagles posted a 96-56 decision over Tindley. The DePaul signee followed with 21 points with six rebounds and three assists in a 56-40 victory over Hamilton Southeastern. In both games, McLimore was 21-of-37 on field goals, 4-of-8 on 3-pointers and 10-of-11 from the line.
The 5-8 Crosby poured in 37 points in leading the Evansville Bosse girls (8-10) to a triumph in their only game of the week. She added four rebounds, three assists and four steals as the Bulldogs topped Evansville Harrison 61-52. Crosby hit 16-of-27 shots, including 4-of-11 on 3-pointers, plus one free throw for her big game.
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 12 (2016-17)
District 1 boys – Gabe Arter, Elkhart Christian; Carson Blair, Southwood; Matt Box, Bremen; Michael Boyer, Lake Station; Seth Brenneman, Bethany Christian; Kooper Broeker, Knox; Caleb Coleman, Hammond; Jermaine Couisnard, East Chicago Central; Trejean Didier, Fort Wayne South; De’Andre Gholston, Gary 21st Century; Jaylen Gilbert, Rensselaer Central; Tyreion Jackson, Hammond Morton; Matt Jennings, Logansport; Colin Kenney, Marquette Catholic; Anthony Martin, Carroll (Fort Wayne); Richard Robertson, Fort Wayne Northrop; Nathan Walpole, Whitko; Jaylon Williams, Gary Lighthouse.
District 1 girls – Diamond Adams, South Bend Washington; Jenasae Bishop, East Chicago Central; Leigha Brown, DeKalb; Justene Charlesworth, LaCrosse; Courtney Dunlap, Argos; Sophia Nolan, Marquette Catholic; Bianca Radtke, Rensselaer Central; Anne Secrest, Tippecanoe Valley; Sylare Starks, Fort Wayne Concordia; Kristian Steele, Hammond Morton; Taylor Steele, Highland; Kyannah Stull, John Glenn; Raegan Walther, Kankakee Valley; Jazmen Watts, South Bend Riley.
District 2 boys – Spencer Ballinger, Oak Hill; Axle Brandenburg, Clinton Central; Gavin Collier, Avon; Luke Cooper, Covington; James Franklin, Cathedral; Jack Hansen, Guerin Catholic; Malik King, Frankfort; Maurice Knight, Frankton; Trevor Lakes, Lebanon; Courvoisier McCauley, Indianapolis Manual; Blake Miller, Rossville; Jalen Moore, Cloverdale; Nike Sibande, Indianapolis Attucks; Tyler Smith, Northeastern; Isaiah Thompson, Zionsville; Kycia Washington, Indianapolis Howe; Ronny Williams, Liberty Christian.
District 2 girls – Demi Bingham, Indiana Deaf; Tayra Breitbach, Bishop Chatard; Nia Clark, Ben Davis; Abby Downard, Cardinal Ritter; Sam Hammel, Pendleton Heights; Rikki Harris, North Central; Mallory Hawkins, South Vermillion; Maci Heimlich, North White; Sadie Hill, Perry Meridian; Raegan McMurray, New Palestine; Reilly Olmstead, Brownsburg; Keya Patton, Cathedral; Cameron Tabor, New Castle; Jaelencia Williams, Southport; Macee Williams, Fountain Central; Skye Williams, Tindley; Courtney Wise, Union City; Madison Wise, Greenfield-Central.
District 3 boys – Chance Coyle, Bloomington South; Isaiah Dunham, Evansville Reitz; Malcolm Graves, Rock Creek Academy; Zach Green, Columbus North; Blake Jackson, Mt. Vernon (Posey); Musa Jallow, Bloomington North; Jordan Knoebel, Charlestown; Mekhi Lairy, Evansville Bosse; Hayden Langkabel, Morristown; Trevor Lengacher, Barr-Reeve; Tyler Nottingham, Jasper; Walker Nurenburn, Wood Memorial; Wes Obermeier, Gibson Southern; Jacob Overton, Washington; Dalton Selvidge, Heritage Hills; Michael Sizemore, West Washington; Grant Smith, Connersville; Luke Smith, Monrovia; Carson White, Tecumseh.
District 3 girls – Chyna Anthony, New Albany; Arielle Blankenship, Boonville; Mackenzie Blazek, Whiteland; Kennedy Bunch, Bedford North Lawrence; Maya Chandler, Triton Central; Kelly Fox, South Decatur; Jacinta Gibson, Jeffersonville; Reeva Hammelman, North Knox; Alison Hein, Vincennes Lincoln; Brooke James, Princeton; Lexie Knear, South Central (Elizabeth); Anna Newman, Evansville North; Cali Nolot, North Harrison; Kyla Reid, Evansville Harrison; Elexah Roepke, South Ripley; Baylee Rohlfing, Batesville; Lilly Simon, Jac-Cen-Del; Addy Simpson, Crawford County; 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.
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.
Jan. 2-7 – District 1 boys: Michael Hemingway, Mishawaka Marian. District 1 girls: TaiYanna Jackson, East Chicago Central. District 2 boys: Sutter Foster, Wes-Del. District 2 girls: Amy Dilk, Carmel. District 3 boys: Trevor Lengacher, Barr-Reeve. District 3 girls: Amani Brown, Terre Haute South.
Jan. 9-14 – District 1 boys: Craig Young, Fort Wayne Wayne. District 1 girls: Dana Evans, Gary West. District 2 boys: Isiah James, Pike, and Billie Webster, Seton Catholic. District 2 girls: Tayler Vauters, Riverton Parke. District 3 boys: Romeo Langford, New Albany. District 3 girls: Lilly Hatton, North Harrison.
Jan. 16-21 – District 1 boys: Damezi Anderson, South Bend Riley. District 1 girls: Karissa McLaughlin, Homestead. District 2 boys: Robert Phinisee, McCutcheon. District 2 girls: Rachel McLimore, Zionsville. District 3 boys: Brady Ewing, East Central, and Jaylen Minnett, Terre Haute South. District 3 girls: Jaelah Crosby, Evansville Bosse.