An outstanding percentage of nominees this week were from the Class of 2023, as the current Senior class was dominant in its performances throughout the state. As what seems to be the norm, double-doubles abound, as well as records were broken, and a championship was won. All in all, five Seniors and one Sophomore were chosen as the Week-6 recipients for the IBCA/Franciscan Health Player of the Week award in their respective IBCA districts.
Norwell Senior Luke McBride, Oak Hill Senior Landon Biegel, Heritage Hills Sophomore Trent Sisley, South Bend Washington Senior Amiyah Reynolds, Ben Davis Senior Cristen Carter, and Trinity Lutheran Senior Bailey Tabeling have been selected as honorees for Dec. 5-Dec. 10 in the recognition program coordinated by the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association. McBride and Reynolds are the boys’ and girls’ selections, respectively, for District-1. Biegel takes home boys’ honors, while Carter takes home girls’ honors, in District-2. Sisley is the boys’ winner and Tabeling is the girls’ winner in District-3.
Norwell Senior Luke McBride helped the Knights to a pair of nice wins last week. Tuesday evening, the Knights travelled to Bishop Dwenger, winning by a comfortable 73-47 margin. McBride posted a double-double with 21 points and 14 rebounds, while knocking down 9-11 shots from the free throw line. The 6-2 guard added five assists and a pair of steals in the easy win.
Saturday, Norwell travelled to take on Franklin Central. Once again, the Knights controlled the game, securing a 78-43 victory. McBride again posted a double-double with 23 points and 10 rebounds, he was 2-3 from long range, and he was a near-perfect 11-12 from the charity stripe. A Bethel University (IN) commit, the Senior guard dished out six assists and collected another steal in success. He also moved into 3rd place on the all-time Norwell scoring list last week, as he now stands at 1432 points.
South Bend Washington continues to roll and is now 12-0 on the season. Last week, Senior Amiyah Reynolds was key in three decisive victories. Tuesday, at Northern Indiana Conference rival New Prairie, the Lady Panthers posted triple digits in the win. Reynolds, a 6-0 guard, scored 38 points on 16-25 shooting, she was 2-4 from deep and 4-6 from the free throw line. She also grabbed six rebounds and collected seven steals, plus one of her seven assists was the 500th of her career.
Two nights later, the Lady Panthers took care of South Bend Clay with ease at home, winning another NIC game. This time Reynolds eclipsed the 1000-point mark, scoring 29 in the contest, while also posting a double-double with her 11 rebounds. She added four assists and three steals as well. The University of Maryland commit returned to the floor Saturday in a matchup with Michigan’s West Bloomfield, and the Lady Panthers again came out on top, winning by an 86-74 margin. The Senior guard was again key in success, posting 16 points, grabbing eight rebounds, and handing out eight assists.
Oak Hill Senior Landon Biegel helped the Golden Eagles to a pair of wins over the weekend, beginning with a 63-39 Central Indiana Conference win at Mississinewa on Friday night. The 6-5 wing scored 25 points on 10-16 shooting, he was 2-4 from deep, and he knocked down all three charity tosses. Biegel added nine rebounds and a trio of steals in the triumph.
The next day, Biegel became only the third player in program history to eclipse the 40-point mark, scoring 42 points in a 79-67 home win against Maconaquah. Committed to Huntington University, the Senior guard buried 15-22 shots, 5-9 from beyond the arc, and he was again perfect from the free throw line (7-7). He grabbed another nine caroms, handed out four assists, and collected five steals in victory.
Last week, the Ben Davis Lady Giants achieved a perfect 4-0 record to claim the Marion County Championship trophy. Senior Cristen Carter was huge, literally and figuratively, in their success. The 6-3 post began her week Tuesday night with a 10-point, 16-rebound performance at rival Pike, a 62-52 success. Carter added a pair of assists and a pair of blocked shots. Thursday night, she and the Giants hosted Warren Central, again coming out on top, this time by a narrow 68-63 margin. The Senior post was imposing with a 25-point, 19-rebound double-double, and she snagged six steals as well.
Saturday, the Lady Giants won a pair of games to collect the crown. In the morning tilt, they needed overtime against North Central, but after 36 minutes they claimed a 65-60 victory. Once again, Carter posted a double-double with 18 points and 11 rebounds in the hard-fought win. But the Miami University (OH) commit wasn’t done. Later that evening, Carter and the Giants gutted out a 67-65 win over a talented Lawrence Central squad for the county title. Carter scored another 19 points and grabbed seven more caroms in success, giving her 72 points and 53 rebounds on the week.
Heritage Hills Sophomore Trent Sisley has already made quite the impression on opponents and college recruiters, and he just continues to improve. Last weekend, he helped the Patriots to a pair of wins. Friday, Heritage Hills travelled to North Posey for a Pocket Conference game, escaping Poseyville with a 51-46 win. Sisley scored 27 points, grabbed 13 rebounds, and handed out four assists, while shooting a blistering 11-13 from the field. He also made a 3-pointer and knocked down 4-5 free throws.
Saturday, the Patriots took on Owensboro (KY), this time needing two overtimes, but they survived the Ohio River rivalry game, 75-73. Sisley, a 6-8 forward, was impressive to say the least. He scored 36 points, grabbed 23 rebounds, and blocked nine shots in the effort. He also knocked down a pair of 3-pointers, made 10-14 from the charity stripe, and handed out four assists as well.
The Trinity Lutheran Lady Cougars posted a 3-0 record last week, with Senior Bailey Tabeling being a big part of those outcomes. Tuesday evening, the 5-10 guard got her week started off with a 30-point, 14-rebound, double-double performance. She was 12-22 from the field, 4-7 from outside, while knocking down both of her free throw attempts, as the Lady Cougars defeated South Ripley at home, 59-50. The Senior guard added four assists and four steals to her stat line.
Thursday night, Trinity Lutheran comfortably took care of the Christian Academy of Indiana on the road, and Tabeling again posted a double-double in limited minutes. She was a hot-shooting 15-22 from the field, she pulled down 11 rebounds, plus she added five assists, four steals, and three blocked shots. The Ohio University commit finished her week with one more double-double in Saturday’s outing, as Trinity Lutheran knocked off Orleans, 62-40. Tabeling scored 17 points and snagged 10 caroms in the win, plus she chipped in four more assists, three more steals, and blocked four shots. With her 83 points last week, Tabeling is now the Jackson County all-time leading scorer.
This is the 15th season for the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association Player of the Week program, but just the third season it is being 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.
2022-23 Weekly Winners
Oct. 31-Nov. 5: District-1 girls: Nevaeh Foster, Mishawaka Marian. District-2 girls: Olivia Nickerson, Twin Lakes. District–3 girls: Kylee Edwards, Shelbyville.
Nov. 7-Nov. 12: District-1 girls: Asia Donald, Hobart. District-2 girls: Gloria Brewer, Greencastle. District–3 girls: Juliann Woodard, Jennings County.
Nov. 14-Nov. 19: District-1 girls: Ashlynn Brooke, Pioneer. District-2 girls: Renna Schwieterman, Jay County. District–3 girls: Lauren Foster, Indian Creek.
Nov. 21-Nov. 26: District-1 boys: Jamie Hodges, Michigan City. District-1 girls: Kennedy Fuelling, Norwell. District-2 boys: Elhadj Diallo, Brownsburg. District-2 girls: Laila Hull, Zionsville Community. District-3 boys: Cam Craig, Switzerland County. District–3 girls: Keylee Hudson, Eastern Greene.
Nov. 28-Dec. 3: District-1 boys: Markus Burton, Penn. District-1 girls: Ava Ziolkowski, Crown Point. District-2 boys: Divine Adeyanju, West Lafayette. District-2 girls: Adrianne Tolen, West Lafayette. District-3 boys: Jack Benter, Brownstown Central. District–3 girls: Saige Stahl, Columbus East.
Dec. 5-Dec.10: District-1 boys: Luke McBride, Norwell. District-1 girls: Amiyah Reynolds, South Bend Washington. District-2 boys: Landon Biegel, Oak Hill. District-2 girls: Cristen Carter, Ben Davis. District-3 boys: Trent Sisley, Heritage Hills. District-3 girls: Bailey Tabeling, Trinity Lutheran.