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VanHouten headlines IBCA Players of the Week
Canterbury senior sets school record with 49-point game; six other players cited
Mason VanHouten averaged 32.3 points over three games, including a school-record 49 points in one of them, and the Fort Wayne Canterbury senior paces the recipients in this week’s IBCA/Subway Player of the Week program.
Logansport senior Matt Jennings, Warren Central senior Mack Smith, West Washington senior Michael Sizemore, Marquette Catholic sophomore Sophia Nolan, Noblesville junior Emily Kiser and Greensburg junior Kyra Whitaker join VanHouten as honorees for Jan. 23-28 in the recognition program coordinated by the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association.
Jennings is the boys’ winner, while VanHouten and Nolan share the girls’ accolades for District 1. Smith and Kiser received respective boys’ and girls’ laurels in District 2. Sizemore is the boys’ honoree and Whitaker collected the girls’ award for District 3.
The 5-8 VanHouten opened her week with 32 points, six rebounds and four steals in a 63-60 setback to Heritage. Cal State-Fullerton recruit followed with 16 points, four assists and four steals in 58-31 triumph over Bluffton. She then unloaded for 49 points, three rebounds, three assists and four steals as the Cavaliers (9-11) beat Muncie Central 81-36. VanHouten – hitting 15-of-25, 5-of-13 3-pointers and 14-of-16 free throws against the Bearcats – broke the former school record of 47 set two years ago by Darby Maggard.
Nolan averaged 35.5 points in a pair of victories for the Marquette Catholic girls (17-5). The 6-1 forward scored 34 points with six rebounds and two assists as the Blazers routed North Newton 69-23. She followed with 37 points, seven rebounds and three assists in an 80-39 decision over Gary Lighthouse. Over the two games, she sank 30-of-45 shots, 8-of-14 3-pointers and 3-of-3 free throws.
The 6-2 Kiser posted a double-double with 29 points and 11 rebounds as the Noblesville girls (12-9) beat Pendleton Heights 72-55 in their only game of the week. She added six assists and three steals while converting 12-of-12 shots, including 1-of-3 3-pointers, and 4-of-4 free throws.
Whitaker provided 24 points in propelling the Greensburg girls to a 59-51 victory over Lawrenceburg. The 5-6 guard added six rebounds and four assists as the Pirates improved to 20-2 in their only game of the week.
The 6-0 Jennings averaged 27.0 points and 8.0 assists in leading the Logansport boys (16-1) to a pair of victories. First, Jennings scored 24 points with two rebounds, five assists and two steals in a 72-62 triumph over Maconaquah. He then produced 30 points, three rebounds, 11 assists and one steal as the Berries knocked off Marion 91-77. Over both games, Jennings was 19-of-37 from the floor, 4-of-13 on 3-pointers and 12-of-17 on free throws.
Smith sparked Warren Central’s boys to two triumphs to improve to 14-1. First, the 6-2 guard scored 33 points with nine rebounds and two assists in a 63-51 victory over North Central. Smith then tallied 18 points with five rebounds and two assists as the Warriors knocked off Crown Point 62-50. Over the two contests, Smith was 19-of-33 from the field, 2-of-8 on 3-pointers and 11-of-12 from the line.
The 5-10 Sizemore averaged 28.0 points and 7.0 rebounds as the West Washington boys (12-4) split two games. First, he scored 25 points with eight rebounds, five assists and three steals as the Senators beat North Harrison 85-80 in double overtime. He followed by scoring 31 points with six rebounds and three assists in a 72-62 loss to New Washington. In two games, he was 21-of-29 from the field, including three 3-pointers, plus 11-of-18 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 13 (2016-17)
District 1 boys – Noah Applegate, Penn; Keion Brooks, Fort Wayne North; Trejean Didier, Fort Wayne South; Campbell Donovan, Fort Wayne Dwenger; Nick Felke, Plymouth; Jack Ferguson, Homestead; Keegan Fetters, Lakewood Park Christian; Nolan Johnson, Washington Township; Will Line, Goshen; Kyle Mangas, Warsaw; Will Moreau, Leo; Luke Morrison, Northridge; Sam Pawlak, Jimtown; Carson Roeske, Hebron; Jordan Smith, Hanover Central; Sasha Stefanovic, Crown Point; Craig Young, Fort Wayne Wayne; Reeve Zolman, Central Noble.
District 1 girls – Jenasae Bishop, East Chicago Central; Alexandria Bope, Oregon-Davis; Arielle Dale, Northfield; Justene Charlesworth, LaCrosse; Courtney Dunlap, Argos; Brooke Elliott, Southwood; Daysianae Hinton, Fort Wayne Snider; Starr Hullinger, Fort Wayne Blackhawk Christian; Kylie Kaylor, Huntington North; Marci Miller, Northridge; Maria Nanninga, Covenant Christian (DeMotte); Hannah Noveroske, Michigan City; Madisen Parker, Homestead; Ellen Ross, Fort Wayne Dwenger; Taylor Steele, Highland; Kiarra Thompson, Merrillville; Raegan Walther, Kankakee Valley; Hannah Wanemacher, Triton.
District 2 boys – Sterling Brown, Carmel; Cam Chadd, Southmont; Kobe Clancy, Scecina; Jarron Coleman, Cathedral; Michael Ertel, Mt. Vernon (Fortville); Sutter Foster, Wes-Del; Tony Hopkins, Indianapolis Howe; Eric Hunter, Tindley; Maurice Knight, Frankton; Trevor Lakes, Lebanon; Courvoisier McCauley, Indianapolis Manual; Jalen Moore, Cloverdale; Robert Phinisee, McCutcheon; Kellen Schreiber, Roncalli; Isaiah Thompson, Zionsville; Tyler Watson, Tri-West; Kobe Webster, Park Tudor; Colin York, Greencastle.
District 2 girls – Angel Baker, Pike; Taylor Burns, Twin Lakes; Tori Combs, Cloverdale; Lexi Dellinger, South Adams; Kendall Fisher, Tindley; Katie Helgason, Greenfield-Central; Taylor Homan, Jay County; Blaine Kelly, Alexandria; Madeline Lawrence, Winchester; Rachel Loobie, Franklin Central; Keya Patton, Cathedral; Destiny Perkins, Lawrence North; Jayla Rogers, Indianapolis Shortridge; Madi Shearer, Central Christian; Rebecca Shrad, Covenant Christian; Bayleigh Walker, Cascade; Jaelencia Williams, Southport; Macee Williams, Fountain Central.
District 3 boys – Brayton Bailey, Bedford North Lawrence; Braeden Beard, Tell City; Gabe Elliott, Pike Central; Bailey Falkenstein, Jeffersonville; Chris Gilmore, Bloomfield; Zane Gross, Silver Creek; Bryce Hogue, Indian Creek; Seth Hobson, Salem; Musa Jallow, Bloomington North; Hank Johnson, Waldron; Alex King, Columbus North; Tyler Koelling, East Central; Romeo Langford, New Albany; Tyler Nottingham, Jasper; Jacob Overton, Washington; Steffen Schackelford, Southwestern (Shelby); Andrew Welage, Greensburg; Curtis White, Lawrenceburg.
District 3 girls – Amani Brown, Terre Haute South; Lucy Carrigan, Rising Sun; Maddy Edds, Brown County; Felicity Graf, Bloomfield; Cassidy Hardin, Center Grove; Lilly Hatton, North Harrison; Abi Haynes, Vincennes Lincoln; Jhala Henry, Jeffersonville; Lexie Knear, South Central (Elizabeth); Ryann Lynch, Perry Central; Samantha Matthews, Charlestown; Allie Murphy, Evansville Memorial; Lauren Polston, Silver Creek; Kyla Reid, Evansville Harrison; Paige Schindler, Borden; Alli Stumler, Christian Academy; Alexis Thomas, Evansville Central; 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 Noveroske, 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.
Jan. 23-28 – District 1 boys: Matt Jennings, Logansport. District 1 girls: Sophia Nolan, Marquette Catholic, and Mason VanHouten, Fort Wayne Canterbury. District 2 boys: Mack Smith, Warren Central. District 2 girls: Emily Kiser, Noblesville. District 3 boys: Michael Sizemore, West Washington. District 3 girls: Kyra Whitaker, Greensburg.