Personal Bests and Regional Winners Top Week-15 of the IBCA/Franciscan Health Player of the Week Awards
While the remaining girls’ teams spent Saturday battling it out for Regional titles, several boys around the state spent last week accumulating a lot of points, as their teams prepare for their own state tournament. This week six more student-athletes were selected as the Week-15 winners of the IBCA/Franciscan Health Player of the Week award.
North Judson-San Pierre Senior Lilliann Frasure, Tri-West Junior Kenna Kirby, Greenwood Christian Senior Isabella Reed, South Bend St. Joseph Senior J.R. Konieczny, Crawfordsville Senior Jesse Hall, and Evansville North Senior Chandler Moore are the recipients for Feb. 8-Feb. 13 in the recognition program coordinated by the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association. Frasure and Konieczny earned girls’ and boys’ honors, respectively, in District-1. Kirby is the girls’ winner, while Hall is the boy’s winner in District-2. Reed is the girls’ recipient, and Moore is the boys’ recipient in District-3.
With a pair of wins Saturday, the North Judson-San Pierre Bluejays advanced to the Semi-State for the first time since the 2004-2005 season. Senior wing Lilliann Frasure has been a huge part of their success, and she had her full game on display over the weekend. In the morning contest, the Bluejays knocked off a tough Andrean squad, 45-30. Frasure posted a double-double with 17 points and 15 rebounds, plus she handed out three assists.
In the Regional Championship against the Bluffton Tigers, Frasure and North Judson were in sync, winning by a comfortable 65-34 margin. In this game, the 5-9 wing poured in a game-high 38 points, singlehandedly outscoring the Tigers herself. An Indiana Wesleyan University commit, Frasure posted another double-double with her 10 rebounds, and she snagged three steals as well. For her career, the Senior has achieved the rare feat of surpassing 2000 points, 1000 rebounds, and 500 steals.
South Bend St. Joseph Senior J.R. Konieczny has done a number of great things throughout his career, but in their first game of the week, a 64-40 win at Concord, the 6-7 wing became South Bend St. Joseph’s all-time leading scorer after pouring in 37 points against the Minutemen. But that was just the beginning of his strong week.
Friday evening, the Indians traveled to Mishawaka Marian for a huge rivalry game. Unfortunately for Konieczny and St. Joe, they fell to the Knights at Marian, 66-60. However, the University of Notre Dame commit was outstanding, scoring two-thirds of his team’s points with 40 in the effort. The very next day, the Senior wing helped his Indians to a tough 58-52 win against NorthWood. Konieczny was again solid in victory, scoring 18 more points, as St. Joseph moved to 13-4 on the season.
In their first Regional appearance since the 2013-2014 season, Tri-West Junior Kenna Kirby and the Bruins earned their first trip to the Semi-State round since 1999. In the first game of the day, the Bruins dispatched of Indian Creek, 72-51. Kirby played solidly, knocking down 7-11 shots from the field, including a 3-pointer and three free throws, on her way to 18 points. The Junior guard also grabbed seven rebounds and collected three steals in the opening contest.
Later that night, Tri-West won a hard-fought battle against Bishop Chatard, 72-60. It was in this game that Kirby really starred. The 5-8 guard made 10-14 shots from the floor, but it was her hot 5-7 from 3-point range that stood out. She was also a perfect 10-10 from the charity stripe, scoring 35 points in the title tilt. Additionally, Kirby contributed five rebounds, three assists, and a pair of steals in the big victory.
Senior forward Jesse Hall helped his Crawfordsville Athenians to a pair of nice Sagamore Conference wins last week, as he was stellar in both games. In a Tuesday night matchup at North Montgomery, the 6-8 forward scored 33 points, grabbed five rebounds, handed out a pair of assists, and picked up four steals, as the Athenians won comfortably, 74-33.
On Friday evening, Crawfordsville hosted conference rival Tri-West. Behind another 34 points from the electric Hall, the Athenians were able to move to a perfect 6-0 in the Sagamore Conference with a 78-66 triumph. The Senior forward added five rebounds, four assists, and five blocked shots to the effort, and he surpassed the 1000-point career mark as well during last week’s action. Hall and the Athenians have a huge matchup this Friday at Danville, who is also 6-0 in the Sagamore Conference.
Greenwood Christian Senior Isabella Reed has been a double-double machine nearly her entire career, so of course this past Saturday was no different. The Senior forward helped the Cougars to their second consecutive Regional title and Semi-State appearance. In a 54-43 triumph over the Bloomfield Cardinals, Reed was 6-8 from the field and 9-11 from the line for 21 points. She also grabbed 17 rebounds, with seven of them coming at the offensive end of the floor, plus she handed out five assists.
Later that evening, Reed helped the Cougars in a low-scoring, hard-fought affair against the Southwestern (Shelbyville) Spartans, with Greenwood Christian coming out on top, 49-42. The 5-9 forward scored a modest 13 points in the contest, but she did a nice job of finding teammates, racking up seven assists in the win. The Indiana Wesleyan University commit also grabbed 11 more rebounds, with six big ones coming at the offensive end of the floor. Reed has also eclipsed the 2000-point and 1000-rebound career marks.
Evansville North Senior Chandler Moore had one of the best weeks of his career, helping the Huskies to a pair of Southern Indiana Conference road wins last week. On Tuesday night, the Huskies visited the Evansville Bosse Bulldogs, winning in impressive fashion, 83-68. The Senior guard was on target all evening, making 13-21 shots from the field, including 5-8 from deep, as he scored a career-high 31 points in the success. The 6-4 Moore also posted a double-double with 11 big rebounds.
Saturday Evansville North traveled to Evansville Central, where they had to battle to the end, escaping with a 63-59 win, moving the Huskies to 5-1 in the Southern Indiana Conference. Moore was again in a groove, scoring 28 points, the second highest output of his career. The Senior was 10-18 from the field, he made a pair of treys, plus he was 6-7 from the charity stripe. He also grabbed seven rebounds and blocked a pair of shots in the victory.
This is the 13th season for the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association Player of the Week program, but the first season it is presented by Franciscan Health, a corporate sponsor of the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association.
Player of the Week winners are chosen each week from each of the IHSAA’s three districts. Girls winners will be chosen through the Monday following the IHSAA Girls State Finals. Boys winners will be chosen through the Monday following the IHSAA Boys State Finals.
Other Top Nominees for Week-15 (2020-21)
District-1 Boys: Zane Burke, Fort Wayne Blackhawk Christian; Nicky Flesher, Andrean; Tyvon Henry, South Bend Career Academy; Fletcher Loyer, Homestead; Christopher Mantis, Lowell; Jade Moore, Fort Wayne Snider; Jackson Paul, Churubusco; Brett Sickafoose, Whitko; Naylon Thompson, Fort Wayne Luers; Logan Van Essen, Illiana Christian.
District-1 Girls: Madison Blickenstaff, Pioneer; Jessica Carrothers, Crown Point; Trinity Clinton, Penn; Bailey Hartsough, Lakeland; Emma Hoover, Northfield; Hanna Knoll, Angola; Emily Parrett, Carroll (Fort Wayne); Ayanna Patterson, Homestead; Mila Reynolds, South Bend Washington; Maiah Shelton, Norwell.
District-2 Boys: Brooks Barnhizer, Lafayette Jefferson; Jalen Blackmon, Marion; Luke Brown, Blackford; Jake Chapman, Tri-Central; Tayshawn Comer, Cathedral; Champ Ellis, Union (Modoc); Gus Etchison, Hamilton Heights; Omari Ferguson, Pike; Joe Phinisee, McCutcheon; Hunter Pogue, North White.
District-2 Girls: Madelyn Bischoff, Roncalli; Macie Bumgardner, South Putnam; Ally Madden, Blue River Valley; Moira McGinley, Bishop Chatard; Tynlie Neal, Clinton Prairie; Jillian Osswald, Hamilton Heights; Kathryn Perry, Shenandoah; Payton Seay, University; Ashlee Schram, Tipton; Ashlynn Shade, Noblesville.
District-3 Boys: Matthew Arthur, New Washington; Brett Bosley, Paoli; Curt Hopf, Barr-Reeve; Drew Howard, Forest Park; Trey Kaufman, Silver Creek; Lane Lauderbaugh, South Decatur; Styles McCorkle, Greenwood Christian; Drake Moore, Morristown; Blake Sisley, Heritage Hills; Logan Willoughby, Whiteland.
District-3 Girls: Gracie Adams, Lanesville; Ryleigh Anslinger, Evansville Memorial; Kuryn Brunson, Franklin Community; Rachel Meyer, South Ripley; Jaeda Miller, Rushville; Natalie Niehaus, Castle; Chloe Spreen, Bedford North Lawrence; Alaina Thorne, Washington; Josie Trabel, East Central; Linzie Wernert, Lanesville.
2020-21 Weekly Winners
Nov. 2-Nov. 7: District-1 girls: Courtney Blakely, Hammond Bishop Noll. District-2 girls: Olivia Nickerson, Twin Lakes. District–3 girls: Hope Fox, East Central.
Nov. 9-Nov. 14: District-1 girls: Mariah Wyatt, Wabash. District-2 girls: Tyra Ford, Anderson, and McKenna Layden, Northwestern. District-3 girls: Rebekah Gordon, Heritage Hills.
Nov. 16-Nov. 21: District-1 girls: De’Mour Watson, Elkhart. District-2 girls: Erikka Hill, Shenandoah. District-3 girls: Gracie Adams, Lanesville.
Nov. 23-Nov. 28: District-1 boys: Cole Wireman, Kouts. District-1 girls: Jessica Carrothers, Crown Point. District-2 boys: Brooks Barnhizer, Lafayette Jefferson, and Gus Etchison, Hamilton Heights. District-2 girls: Jayla Smith, Lawrence North. District-3 boys: Kooper Jacobi, Silver Creek. District-3 girls: Sydney Jaynes, Trinity Lutheran.
Nov. 30-Dec. 5: District-1 boys: J.R. Konieczny, South Bend St. Joseph. District-1 girls: Olivia Smith, Fort Wayne South Side. District-2 boys: Ian Scott, Plainfield. District-2 girls: Skylie Lutz, Union City. District-3 boys: Julian Norris, Evansville Bosse. District-3 girls: Kylee Edwards, Shelbyville.
Dec. 7-Dec. 12: District-1 boys: Caleb Furst, Fort Wayne Blackhawk Christian. District-1 girls: Ellia Foster, Bremen. District-2 boys: Brody Whitaker, Greencastle. District-2 girls: Ariana Wiggins, Heritage Christian. District-3 boys: Logan Rohrbacher, East Central. District-3 girls: Abby Fleetwood, Brown County.
Dec. 14-Dec. 19: District-1 boys: Christopher Mantis, Lowell. District-1 girls: Courtney Blakely, Hammond Bishop Noll. District-2 boys: Luke Brown, Blackford. District-2 girls: Alli Harness, Carroll (Flora). District-3 boys: Lane Sparks, Greensburg. District-3 girls: Isabella Reed, Greenwood Christian.
Dec. 21-Dec. 26: District-1 boys: Luke Goode, Homestead. District-1 girls: Jessica Carrothers, Crown Point. District-2 boys: Brooks Barnhizer, Lafayette Jefferson. District-2 girls: Katie Burton, Fishers. District-3 boys: Curt Hopf, Barr-Reeve. District-3 girls: Juliann Woodard, Jennings County.
Dec. 28-Jan. 2: District-1 boys: Fletcher Loyer, Homestead. District-1 girls: Courtney Blakely, Hammond Bishop Noll. District-2 boys: Trey Flatt, Covenant Christian (Indianapolis). District-2 girls: Ashlynn Shade, Noblesville. District-3 boys: Stephen Atkinson, Owen Valley. District-3 girls: Ali Saunders, North Harrison.
Jan. 4-Jan. 9: District-1 boys: Jackson Paul, Churubusco. District-1 girls: Lilliann Frasure, North Judson-San Pierre. District-2 boys: Gus Etchison, Hamilton Heights. District-2 girls: McKenna Layden, Northwestern. District-3 boys: Trey Kaufman, Silver Creek. District-3 girls: Vanessa Shafford, Linton-Stockton.
Jan. 11-Jan. 16: District-1 boys: Connor Essegian, Central Noble. District-1 girls: Jessica Carrothers, Crown Point. District-2 boys: Kobe Ward, Danville. District-2 girls: Zakia Rasheed, Bishop Chatard. District-3 boys: Owen Dease, Evansville Reitz. District-3 girls: Koryn Greiwe, Columbus East.
Jan. 18-Jan. 23: District-1 boys: Cole Wireman, Kouts. District-1 girls: Lilliann Frasure, North Judson-San Pierre. District-2 boys: Brody Whitaker, Greencastle. District-2 girls: Ashlynn Shade, Noblesville. District-3 boys: Lincoln Hale, Linton-Stockton. District-3 girls: Diana Burgher, North Harrison.
Jan. 25-Jan. 30: District-1 boys: Jalen Jackson, Carroll (Fort Wayne). District-1 girls: Ayanna Patterson, Homestead. District-2 boys: Luke Brown, Blackford. District-2 girls: Madelyn Bischoff, Roncalli. District-3 boys: Lane Lauderbaugh, South Decatur. District-3 girls: Gracie Adams, Lanesville.
Feb. 1-Feb. 6: District-1 boys: Joshua Fleming, Rensselaer Central. District-1 girls: Bailey Hartsough, Lakeland. District-2 boys: Leyton McGovern, McCutcheon. District-2 girls: Ashlynn Shade, Noblesville. District-3 boys: Lane Lauderbaugh, South Decatur. District-3 girls: Katherine Benter, Brownstown Central.
Feb. 8-Feb. 13: District-1 boys: J.R. Konieczny, South Bend St. Joseph. District-1 girls: Lilliann Frasure, North Judson-San Pierre. District-2 boys: Jesse Hall, Crawfordsville. District-2 girls: Kenna Kirby, Tri-West. District-3 boys: Chandler Moore, Evansville North. District-3 girls: Isabella Reed, Greenwood Christian.