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Dec. 2, 2013 IBCA Director of Special Projects
Blackmon, Evans pace Player-of-the-Week honorees
Skaggs, McBirth, Dawson, Corsaro and Voegerl also receive IBCA accolades
Marion senior James Blackmon Jr. and Wapahani senior Grant Evans are the headliners in this week's IBCA/Subway Player of the Week program.
The high-scoring duo is joined by Logansport junior Carter Skaggs, New Albany senior Leondre McBirth, Garrett senior Brandi Dawson, Roncalli sophomore Lindsey Corsaro and Southridge sophomore Kayla Voegerl as Week 3 winners in the program overseen by the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association.
Blackmon and Evans are co-winners for boys District 2 following a pair of school-record scoring performances in season-opening games.
The 6-4 Blackmon poured in 54 points in his first game at Marion, a 102-42 victory over Irvington Prep. The barrage broke a standard of 52 points set by his father, new Giants coach James Blackmon Sr., in 1982. Junior, an Indiana University signee, amassed his total on 18-of-23 field goals, including 9-of-10 3-pointers, and 9-of-11 free throws.
Evans' outburst was nearly as impressive has he scored 44 points and added eight rebounds in leading Wapahani to an 84-48 triumph of Blackford. A Wright State recruit, Evans totaled 41 points through three quarters and saw limited playing time in the final period. For the game, the 6-3 guard sank 18-of-27 from the floor, including 7-of-12 from 3-point range.
Skaggs claimed the boys District 1 honor after averaging 32.5 points and 8.0 rebounds in leading Logansport to a 2-0 start. The 6-4 guard opened with 29 points and seven rebounds in a 91-48 victory over Peru. He followed with 36 points and nine rebounds in a 79-62 win over Maconaquah. For two games, his first two with the Berries, Skaggs converted 21-of-34 shots from the field, including 9-of-18 3-pointers. He also sank 14-of-17 free throws.
McBirth captured the boys District 3 award for leading New Albany to a season-opening 64-60 decision at Bloomington South. The 6-1 guard totaled 30 points and five rebounds to pace the Bulldogs. He hit 11-of-21 from the field, 5-of-11 3-pointers and 3-of-4 free throws to amass his scoring total.
Dawson, Corsaro and Voegerl were respective girls' winners for Districts 1, 2 and 3.
The 5-9 Dawson averaged 27.0 points, 18.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists in helping Garrett (6-0) post a pair of victories. First, she netted 24 points with an astounding 20 rebounds plus three assists as the Railroaders posted a 62-48 victory over Angola. Dawson followed with 30 points, 17 rebounds and three assists in a 67-37 triumph over Woodlan.
Corsaro must have appeared to be everywhere as Roncalli blitzed Cardinal Ritter 69-41 in its only game of the week. The 6-1 guard tallied 30 points, hauled in 15 rebounds and grabbed six steals in leading the unbeaten Rebels to their fourth victory. She made 10-of-17 shots from the field and added 10-of-11 free throws.
Voegerl was similarly dynamic as Southridge knocked off Boonville 48-42. The 5-3 guard poured in 30 points as the Raiders improved to 2-3 for the season. She converted four 3-pointers among seven field goals, then added 12-of-14 free throws for her big game.
This is the sixth season for the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association Player of the Week program and the second season it is presented by Subway Restaurants of Indiana, a banner sponsor of the IBCA. Subway, in its fourth 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 March 8. Boys winners will be chosen from now through the week following March 29.
Other nominees for Week 3 (2013-14)
District 1 boys: Wesley Davidson, Fort Wayne Blackhawk; Matt Dvorscak, Whiting; Josh Fleming, LaPorte; Justin King, Bowman Academy; Joe Line, Fairfield; Mack Mercer, Plymouth; Justin Mitchell, Fort Wayne Wayne; Cody Nelson, Kouts; Cory Phillipy, Southwood; Casey Rote, Hamilton; Caleb Swanigan, Homestead; Ja'mare Washington, South Bend Riley.
District 1 girls: Shawna Carbone, Prairie Heights; Alexis Johnson, Portage; Nicole Kiszenia, Lowell; Karissa McLaughlin, Homestead; Miranda Mihalic, Munster; Taylor Miller, Northridge; Morgan Olson, NorthWood; Morgan Richards, South Newton; Lauren Stokes, Kankakee Valley; Deja Wimby, Fort Wayne Snider.
District 2 boys: Eric Davidson, Hamilton Southeastern; Kiante Enis, Winchester; Eron Gordon, North Central; T.J. Henderson, Tindley; Darrell Hutchinson, Indianapolis Attucks; Aaron Korn, Frankton; Trey Lyles, Indianapolis Tech; Abdul McGraw, Lawrence Central; Kendall Rollins, Pike; Michael Roberts, North Putnam; Trevor Waite, Tri-West.
District 2 girls: Abby Busse, Adams Central; Haley Cook, Hamilton Heights; Madison Douglass, Clinton Prairie; Kacie Juday, Tipton; Jasmine Love, Kokomo; Allison Nash, Speedway; Laurhen Pickett, Twin Lakes; Tyana Robinson, Pike; Alexis Shannon, Noblesville; Kristen Spolyar, Lebanon; Emily Thomas, Knightstown; Kyra Tucker, Lawrence Central; Madison Wise, Greenfield-Central; Shayla Wright, Southport.
District 3 boys: Micah Bullock, Barr-Reeve; Austin Clark, Switzerland County; Beau Dedmond, Evansville North; Ernie Duncan, Evansville Harrison; Isaiah Easley, Connersville; Jack Ferree, Lanesville; Adam Grannan, Tecumseh; Wes McKinney, Batesville; Andrew Nikirk, North Central (Sullivan); Evan Rogers, Clay City; Cory Smith, North Harrison; Josh Speidel, Columbus North; Kolton Wilder, Princeton.
District 3 girls: Olivia Brewster, Paoli; Mara Canada, Mt. Vernon (Posey); Katrina Christian, Crothersville; Holly Hoopingarner, Greenwood; Ally Hunsinger, Washington; Malaysia Martin, Evansville Bosse; Ashlee Miller, Lawrenceburg; Maura Muensterman, Evansville Mater Dei; Brooke Rodewig, Eastern (Pekin); Oda Shackleford, Southwestern (Shelby); Haley Vogen, Jeffersonville; Sydney Willhite, Rising Sun.
Nov. 11-16 -- District 1 girls: Kindell Fincher, Fort Wayne Canterbury. District 2 girls: Brittany Ward, Pike. District 3: Whitney Williamson, Brown County.
Nov. 18-23 -- District 1 girls: Whitney Jennings, Logansport. District 2 girls: Sydney Shelton, Mt. Vernon (Fortville). District 3 girls: Jackie Young, Princeton.
Nov. 25-30 -- District 1 boys: Carter Skaggs, Logansport. District 1 girls: Brandi Dawson, Garrett. District 2 boys: James Blackmon Jr., Marion; Grant Evans, Wapahani. District 2 girls: Lindsey Corsaro, Roncalli. District 3 boys: Leondre McBirth, New Albany. District 3 girls: Kayla Voegerl, Southridge.
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