Henry headlines IBCA Player of the Week recipients
Senior standout produces huge game, but Ben Davis boys fall to Tennessee power
Aaron Henry poured in 45 points with 12 rebounds in his only game of the week, and the Ben Davis senior paces the honorees in this week’s IBCA/Subway Player of the Week program.
Henry is joined by Valparaiso junior Brandon Newman and Bloomington South senior Chance Coyle as boys’ recipients for the week of Dec. 18-23. The girls’ winners are Fort Wayne South senior Shamari Tyson, Lawrence North junior Trinity Brady and Whiteland senior Mackenzie Blazek.
Newman and Tyson are honorees for District 1 in the recognition program coordinated by the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association. Henry and Brady are winners for District 2. Coyle and Blazek are recipients in District 3.
The 6-6 Henry erupted in the second half to keep the Ben Davis boys in the game against Hamilton Heights Christian Academy of Tennessee, but the Giants (5-2) dropped a 77-74 decision despite his 45 points, 12 rebounds and five assists in their only game of the week. The Michigan State recruit made 16-of-23 field goals, 2-of-5 3-pointers and 11-of-15 free throws.
Newman shined in a losing effort for the Valparaiso boys (6-1) in their only game of the week. The 6-4 guard poured in 33 points with 14 rebounds, one assist and two steals as the Vikings fell 68-63 to Fort Wayne North. Newman was 11-of-24 from the floor, 4-of-7 from 3-point range and 7-of-10 from the line for his big game.
The 6-4 Coyle averaged 24.0 points and 7.0 rebounds to propel the Bloomington South boys (9-1) to a 4-0 week. He opened with 20 points, five rebounds, three assists and four steals in a 62-33 victory over Bloomfield. Coyle tallied 27 points with seven rebounds and three assists as the Panthers beat Lowell 64-31, then netted 23 points with nine rebounds and three assists in a 63-43 triumph over Marquette Catholic. He produced 26 points with seven rebounds, two assists and three steals in a 60-45 decision over Evansville Harrison.
In four games, the University of Southern Indiana signee was 35-of-54 on field goals, 16-of-30 on 3-pointers and 10-of-10 on free throws.
Tyson delivered for the Fort Wayne South girls (12-0) in a battle of unbeatens. The 5-6 senior provided 19 points with one rebound, four assists and four steals as the Archers topped previously undefeated Oak Hill 59-45 in their only game of the week. Tyson was 4-10 shooting, 2-of-6 on 3-pointers and 9-of-12 on free throws in the contest.
The 5-10 Brady averaged 25.0 points and 8.5 rebounds in two victories for the Lawrence North girls (14-2). Brady netted 21 points with nine rebounds and three assists in a 50-41 decision over Roncalli. She followed with 29 points, eight rebounds and four assists as the Wildcats beat Chicago Marshall 62-45. Over both games, Brady was 14-of-30 on field goals, hit four 3-pointers and went 18-of-21 from the line.
Blazek averaged 24.5 points and 16.5 rebounds in keying the Whiteland girls (12-1) to a pair of triumphs. The 6-2 center totaled 19 points with 17 rebounds and three blocks as the Warriors beat Perry Meridian 45-30. The University of Illinois recruit followed with 30 points and 16 rebounds in a 68-63 victory over New Palestine. The numbers moved Blazek’s career totals to 1,343 points, 1,013 blocks and 266 blocks. Over both games, she made 18-of-36 field goals and 13-of-17 free throws.
This is the 10th season for the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association Player of the Week program and the sixth 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.”
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. 24. Boys’ winners will be chosen starting in three weeks and through the week following March 24.
Other nominees for Week 8 (2017-18)
District 1 boys – Cade Albers, Westville; Ali Ali, East Noble; Noah Applegate, Penn; Keion Brooks Jr., Fort Wayne North; Jordan Higgins, River Forest; Shakell Johnson, South Bend Adams; Colin Kenney, Marquette Catholic; Kace Kitchel, Cass; Ben Lins, Covenant Christian (DeMotte); Dominic Lucido, Hanover Central; Chris Mantis, Lowell; Garrett Ott-Large, LaPorte; Will Penny, Logansport; Dillon Redding, Fort Wayne Wayne; Tyler Schultz, Hobart; Ridley Zolman, Central Noble.
District 1 girls – Izzy Bednarowski, Munster; Sahara Bee, Morgan Township; Tia Chambers, Penn; Ariel Dale, Northfield; Carissa Garcia, Fort Wayne Concordia; Sydney Graber, Homestead; Jami Hurford, Oregon-Davis; Morgan Litwiller, Northridge; Hannah Noveroske, Michigan City; Madalyn Robrock, Huntington North; Ellen Ross, Fort Wayne Dwenger; Daijah Smith, Gary Lighthouse; Hailey Vale, Chesterton; Hannah Wanemacher, Triton; Arial Watts, Hammond; Sydney Yagelski, Washington Township.
District 2 boys – Anthony Barnard, Kokomo; Kevin Brown, Adams Central; Armaan Franklin, Cathedral; Mason Gillis, New Castle; Christian Harvey, Richmond; Payton Hall, Benton Central; Jared Hankins, Lawrence North; Eric Hunter, Tindley; Jalen Johnson, Indianapolis Manual; Mawich Kachjaani, International; Kayden Key, Frankton; Tayson Parker, Northwestern; Robert Phinisee, McCutcheon; J.K. Thomas, Marion; Isaiah Thompson, Zionsville; Miles Tracy, Cardinal Ritter.
District 2 girls – Angel Baker, Pike; Bre Boles, Lapel; Hannah Bolton, Monroe Central; Taylor Burns, Twin Lakes; Ella Collier, Danville; DeKayla Elliott, Muncie Burris; Bailey Everett, Covenant Christian; Grace Hunter, Bellmont; Madeline Lawrence, Winchester; Hannah Lindsey, Speedway; Audrey Reed, Sheridan; Jayla Rogers, Indianapolis Shortridge; Ally Saylor, Randolph Southern; Cameron Tabor, New Castle; Taylor Westgate, Oak Hill.
District 3 boys – Jaden Coleman, Jeffersonville; Rilee Epley, Evansville Harrison; Luke Gohmann, Floyd Central; Trayce Jackson-Davis, Center Grove; Tyler Kramer, Southwestern (Hanover); Mekhi Lairy, Evansville Bosse; Romeo Langford, New Albany; Hayden Langkabel, Morristown; Nicholas Maurer, Gibson Southern; Jovan Morris, Terre Haute North; Bryant Nalley, Pike Central; Brennan Neal, Whiteland; Max Newman, Monrovia; Jace Stieler, Castle; Nick Walker, Henryville; Travis Wilson, Jennings County.
District 3 girls – Fred Adams, Evansville North; Addisyn Blackwell, Bloomington South; Averi Davidson, North Central (Farmersburg); Claire Geiser, Evansville Central; Jacy Hughes, Bedford North Lawrence; Juliana Kemper, Lawrenceburg; Maycee Lange, Vincennes Lincoln; Samantha Matthews, Charlestown; Chloe Mills, Castle; Leah Moore, Greenwood; Taylor Pepperworth, Terre Haute South; Whitley Rankin, Columbus East; Maddie Riley, Crothersville; Vanessa Shafford, Linton-Stockton; Addy Simpson, Crawford County; Abby Wahl, Heritage Hills.
Oct. 31-Nov. 4 – District 1 girls: Leigha Brown, DeKalb. District 2 girls: Cassidy Crawford, Tipton; and Madison Layden, Northwestern. District 3 girls: Hya Haywood, Evansville Central.
Nov. 6-11 – District 1 girls: Karlee Feldman, Bremen. District 2 girls: Tomi Taiwo, Carmel. District 3 girls: Abby Wahl, Heritage Hills.
Nov. 13-18 – District 1 girls: Emma Nolan, Marquette Catholic. District 2 girls: Trinity Brady, Lawrence North; and Madeline Lawrence, Winchester. District 3 girls: Alison Hein, Vincennes Lincoln.
Nov. 20-25 – District 1 boys: Damezi Anderson, South Bend Riley. District 1 girls: Keegan Sullivan, South Bend St. Joseph. District 2 boys: Robert Phinisee, McCutcheon; and Garrett Pumphrey, Cambridge City Lincoln. District 2 girls: Mallory Hawkins, South Vermillion. District 3 boys: Romeo Langford, New Albany. District 3 girls: Juliana Kemper, Lawrenceburg.
Nov. 27-Dec. 2 – District 1 boys: Charlie Yoder, Westview. District 1 girls: Courtney Krol, Chesterton. District 2 boys: Luke Richardson, Lapel. District 2 girls: Sydney Tucker, Frankton. District 3 boys: Romeo Langford, New Albany. District 3 girls: Addisyn Blackwell, Bloomington South.
Dec. 4-9 – District 1 boys: Dominique Smith, Lake Station. District 1 girls: Timberlynn Thomas, South Bend Washington. District 2 boys: Edreece Redmond II, Bishop Chatard. District 2 girls: Maddie Nolan, Zionsville, and Audrey Reed, Sheridan. District 3 boys: Braeden Beard, Tell City. District 3 girls: Mackenzie Blazek, Whiteland.
Dec. 11-16 – District 1 boys: Keion Brooks Jr., Fort Wayne North. District 1 girls: Daijah Smith, Gary Lighthouse. District 2 boys: Jalen Moore, Cloverdale, and Robert Phinisee, McCutcheon. District 2 girls: Ella Collier, Danville. District 3 boys: Alex Hemenway, Castle, and Mekhi Lairy, Evansville Bosse. District 3 girls: Hannah Wolford, Providence.
Dec. 18-23 – District 1 boys: Brandon Newman, Valparaiso. District 1 girls: Shamari Tyson, Fort Wayne South. District 2 boys: Aaron Henry, Ben Davis. District 2 girls: Trinity Brady, Lawrence North. District 3 boys: Chance Coyle, Bloomington South. District 3 girls: Mackenzie Blazek, Whiteland.