Evans, Payton pace IBCA Players of the Week
Gary West senior, Northview senior each post 50-point games en route to awards
Two 50-point scorers headline the winners in this week’s IBCA/Subway Player of the Week program.
Gary West senior Dana Evans poured in 56 points in her only game of the week and Northview senior Stacy Payton dropped in 51 points in one of her two games in a week that included other big scorers.
Evans and Payton are joined by Fountain Central senior Macee Williams, Rising Sun junior Lucy Carrigan, Whitko senior Nathan Walpole, Hamilton Southeastern senior Zach Gunn and Castle senior Jack Nunge as recipients for the week of Dec. 12-17 in the recognition program coordinated by the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association.
Walpole and Evans are respective boys’ and girls’ honorees for District 1. Gunn and Williams collected boys’ and girls’ accolades in District 2. Nunge is the boys’ winner, while Payton and Carrigan share the girls’ award for District 3.
The 5-7 Evans unloaded 56 points with 14 rebounds, seven assists and five steals as Gary West (9-1) outlasted Hammond Morton 101-89 in its only game of the week. The Louisville recruit sank 21-of-38 shots from the field, including 4-of-7 3-pointers, plus 10-of-10 free throws en route to her big game.
Payton, a 6-0 guard, averaged 39.0 points and 12.5 rebounds in two victories for Northview (10-2). She opened with 27 points, 15 rebounds, two assists and two steals as the Knights defeated Terre Haute North 68-60. Payton followed with 51 points, 10 rebounds, three assists and four steals in a 66-26 rout of North Putnam. She made 18-of-30 shots, 9-of-16 3-pointers and 6-of-7 free throws in the latter contest.
The 6-3 Williams went for 34 points, 19 rebounds and nine blocks in her only game of the week, one that Fountain Central (8-1) lost 61-59 to Delphi. It was Williams’ ninth consecutive double-double and she reached 1,000 career rebounds in the game. That gave her more than 1,000 career points and 1,000 career rebounds. Williams was 13-of-22 from the field and 8-of-9 from the line in the game.
Carrigan set a school record with 47 points, but Rising Sun (1-9) dropped its only game of the week – a 69-63 setback to Milan. The 5-8 guard added 10 rebounds and three assists while hitting 17-of-30 shots, 4-of-7 3-pointers and 9-of-12 free throws for the Shiners.
The 6-0 Walpole scored 46 points with four rebounds, two assists and two steals for the Whitko boys (4-4), but the Wildcats nevertheless fell to Tippecanoe Valley 96-92 in four overtimes in their only game of the week. Walpole sank 14-of-27 field goals, 5-of-10 3-pointers and 13-of-17 free throws in his big game.
Gunn, a 6-6 forward, tallied 33 points with nine rebounds and two assists as Hamilton Southeastern (5-1) defeated rival Fishers 86-80 in its only game of the week. Gunn converted 10-of-17 shots from the floor, including 3-of-6 3-pointers, and 10-of-12 free throws to accrue his total.
The 6-11 Nunge averaged 30.0 points and 10.7 rebounds in a trio of triumphs for Castle (6-0). First, the Iowa recruit netted 28 points with eight rebounds, five assists, four steals and three blocks in a 95-67 victory over Evansville Central. He followed with 26 points, 12 rebounds, three assists, three steals and five blocks in a 96-56 decision over Evansville Reitz. Nunge capped his week with 36 points, 12 rebounds, three assists, two steals and four blocks as the Knights topped Ensworth (Tenn.) 86-65. For the three games, Nunge was 30-of-45 from the floor, 10-of-18 on 3-pointers and 20-of-25 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 7 (2016-17)
District 1 boys – Cade Albers, Westville; Damezi Anderson, South Bend Riley; Carson Blair, Southwood; Keion Brooks, Fort Wayne North; Alec Craig, Tippecanoe Valley; Trejean Didier, Fort Wayne South; Jack Ferguson, Homestead; Evan Galindo, Portage; Kyle Mangas, Warsaw; Nick Mantis, Lowell; Dillon McCann, Garrett; Vincent Miranda, NorthWood; Luke Morrison, Northridge; Jalen Paul, Churubusco; Austin Peterson, Chesterton; Richard Robertson, Fort Wayne Northrop; Adam Steinke, LaVille; Jalynn White, Calumet; Malik Williams, Fort Wayne Snider.
District 1 girls – Sara Doi, Penn; Courtney Dunlap, Argos; Diamond Fields, Hammond; Rain Hinton, Woodlan; Brooke McKinley, Northridge; Megan Newby, Garrett; Emma Nolan, Marquette Catholic; Riley Ott, LaPorte; Madisen Parker, Homestead; Mary Parkman, Westville; Aly Reiff, Whitko; Daijah Smith, Gary Lighthouse; Laney Steckler, Carroll (Fort Wayne); Taylor Steele, Highland; Kyannah Stull, John Glenn; Allie Thatcher, Fort Wayne Northrop; Jasmine Wright, Merrillville.
District 2 boys – Gavin Bizeau, Plainfield; Luke Cooper, Covington; Haden Deaton, McCutcheon; Michael Ertel, Mt. Vernon (Fortville); James Franklin, Cathedral; Jerod May, Mississinewa; Courvoisier McCulley, Indianapolis Manual; Jalen Moore, Cloverdale; Avery Paddock, Alexandria; Jon Ross Richardson, Lapel; Nike Sibande, Indianapolis Attucks; Tyler Smith, Northeastern; Cole Wilson, Norwell.
District 2 girls – Brooklin Alexander, Cathedral; MacKyndsea Burke, Union (Modoc); Nia Clark, Ben Davis; Emma DeHart, Southport; Kendall Fisher, Tindley; Danyelle Hutson, Madison-Grant; Blaine Kelly, Alexandria; Emily Kiser, Noblesville; Bre Lloyd, Hamilton Southeastern; Rachel McLimore, Zionsville; Raegan McMurray, New Palestine; Faith Morris, Blackford; Jenna Warrick, Bethesda Christian; Brittany Welch, Sheridan.
District 3 boys – Murray Becher, Heritage Hills; Tyler Cole, South Ripley; Matt Cornett, South Decatur; Isaiah Dunham, Evansville Reitz; Gabe Elliott, Pike Central; Brady Ewing, East Central; Aaron Gross, Whiteland; Bryce Hogue, Indian Creek; Musa Jallow, Bloomington North; Jordan Knoebel, Charlestown; Mekhi Lairy, Evansville Bosse; Romeo Langford, New Albany; Trevor Lengacher, Barr-Reeve; Dylan Penn, Evansville Memorial; Clayton Schreck, Corydon Central; Caleb Wagler, North Daviess; Nick Walker, Henryville; Tanner Yeryar, Shakamak.
District 3 girls – Ma’Nya Adams, Evansville Bosse; Addy Blackwell, Bloomington South; Ally Brandenstein, North Posey; Ashton Chase, Seymour; Mariah Day, Jac-Cen-Del; Abby Hackman, Trinity Lutheran; Cassidy Hardin, Center Grove; Abi Haynes, Vincennes Lincoln; Erinn Hodges, Evansville Central; Brooke James, Princeton; Brenna Maikranz, Wood Memorial; Anna Newman, Evansville North; Kayla Rogers, Eastern Greene; Alli Stumler, Christian Academy.
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.
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