IBCA/Subway Player of Week Winners announced; PCHS junior nominated

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Princeton Community junior Rhett Thompson drives towards the basket in Friday night's win over Evansville North. Thompson posted a pair of 20-point double-doubles to lead the Tigers to a 2-0 start last week. For his play, Thompson was a District 3 nominee for the IBCA/Subway Player of the Week.

On an emotional night, Gus Etchison poured in 41 points in his only game of the week, and the Hamilton Heights High School Junior leads the honorees in this week’s IBCA/Subway Player of the Week program.

Lake Central Senior Nick Anderson, Silver Creek Junior Trey Kaufman, Goshen Junior Brynn Shoup-Hill, Roncalli Senior Alana Vinson, and Bloomfield Junior Kylee Shelton join Etchison as recipients for the week of Nov. 25-Nov. 30 in the recognition program coordinated by the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association.

Anderson is the boys’ winner and Shoup-Hill is the girls’ winner for District-1. Etchison is the boys’ honoree and Vinson the girls’ honoree for District-2. Kaufman and Shelton received the District-3 boys’ and girls’ awards, respectively.

Last Wednesday, Etchison lit up the scoreboard, knocking down six of nine 3-point attempts and nine of 11 free throw attempts, on the way to his 41 points. The 5-11 guard also grabbed five rebounds, handed out a pair of assists, and collected six steals, helping his Hamilton Heights Huskies to a 71-69 overtime win against the Lebanon Tigers.

In District-1 last week, Nick Anderson posted a pair of nice shooting performances, helping Lake Central to a 2-0 start to the season. Monday night the Indians picked up a 58-47 win over nearby Andrean, as the 6-2 guard buried four 3-pointers and 13 of 14 free throws, en route to 35 points on the evening. He added four rebounds, two assists, and two steals to the cause.

Saturday at South Bend Washington, the Senior guard again shot it well from the line, going 12-13 on free throws, while knocking down three more treys and scoring 31 points. He added an identical four rebounds, two assists, and two steals in the narrow 58-56 win.

Down South, Trey Kaufman was strong in his only outing of the week Wednesday, an impressive 75-40 victory over Columbus East. The 6-8 Junior forward was dominant at both ends of the floor, as he scored a game-high 36 points, while collecting 12 caroms and blocking five shots on the night for his IBCA #4 ranked Silver Creek Dragons.

The 6-3 front-liner Brynn Shoup-Hill had three nice games over the holiday, helping Goshen to a 2-1 record during that span. On Tuesday, the Junior approached a triple-double, with 15 points, 11 rebounds, and seven blocked shots in a 50-44 win against Columbia City. She also handed out a pair of assists.

Saturday, the Redhawks played in the Tippecanoe Valley Classic, falling 39-30 to Bremen in the afternoon contest. In defeat, Shoup-Hill still managed 18 points, nine rebounds, and five blocked shots. She returned later that evening in impressive fashion, scoring 31 points, grabbing 15 rebounds, and blocking five more shots in a big 55-42 win over the host Vikings.

Alana Vinson had it going last week as well, with a pair of nice performances. Wednesday the Senior wing helped Roncalli to a 67-52 win against a gritty Cardinal Ritter squad. She was an efficient 8-12 from the floor, 4-6 from 3-point range, and 6-7 from the line, scoring 26 points in the contest. She was active elsewhere, adding seven rebounds, a pair of assists, and three steals.

The Eastern Illinois University commit returned to action Saturday, but fell in a tight one 63-60 at Center Grove. Still, Vinson scored 24 points on 3-4 shooting from 3-point range, plus she grabbed four rebounds, handed out two assists, collected three steals, and blocked a shot in the effort.

Our District-3 girls’ winner, Kylee Shelton, had her best week of the season to date, helping Bloomfield to a pair of road wins. Tuesday evening, the 5-10 wing helped the Cardinals pick up a 49-38 conference win at Shakamak, as she tallied 23 points, nine rebounds, four assists, and an impressive eight steals.

Saturday, in a 54-48 victory at Owen Valley, the Junior posted 30 points, partly due to a tremendous defensive effort, as she stole the ball 13 times in the win. She also added three rebounds and six assists in the contest.

This is the 12th season for the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association Player of the Week program, and the eighth season it is presented by Subway Restaurants of Indiana, a banner sponsor of the IBCA. Subway, in its eighth 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 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-4 (2019-20)

District-1 Boys: Robert Allen, South Bend Clay; Xavier Aponte, Portage; Brendan Carr, South Central (Union Mills); Koron Davis, Gary Bowman Academy; Dillon Duff, Fort Wayne Snider; Trey Galloway, Culver Academy; Cooper Hochstedler, North Judson-San Pierre; Ben Lins, Covenant Christian (DeMotte); Christopher Mantis, Lowell; Charlie Yoder, Westview.

District-1 Girls: Courtney Blakely, Hammond Bishop Noll; Jessica Carrothers, Crown Point; Trinity Clinton, Penn; Erin Coffel, Bremen; Nevaeh Foster, Mishawaka Marian; Lilliann Frasure, North Judson-San Pierre; Bailey Kelham, Garrett; Hanna Knoll, Angola; Ryin Ott, LaPorte; Sydney Wagner, Tippecanoe Valley.

District-2 Boys: Braxton Barnhizer, Lafayette Jefferson; Carson Barrett, Lafayette Central Catholic; Mason Brooks, North Putnam; Luke Brown, Blackford; Tayshawn Comer, Cathedral; Sincere McMahon, Crispus Attucks; Tayson Parker, Northwestern; Tristan Ross, Pendleton Heights; Malik Stanley, Warren Central; Dillon Ware, Danville Community.

District-2 Girls: Kendall Bostic, Northwestern; Ella Collier, Danville Community; Alyssa Crockett, Westfield; Justis Gordon, Cathedral; Kenna Kirby, Tri-West; Rachel Loobie, Franklin Central; Moira McGinley, Bishop Chatard; Sydney Parrish, Hamilton Southeastern; Bayleigh Runner, Hamilton Heights; Ashlynn Shade, Noblesville.

District-3 Boys: Reece Bauer, Northeast Dubois; Damian Breeck, Switzerland County; Drew Byerly, Franklin Community; Austin Farlow, Centerville; Baylan Graf, Bloomfield; Lincoln Hale, Linton-Stockton; Keegan Manowitz, Jennings County; Logan McIntire, North Harrison; Rhett Thompson, Princeton Community; Kolden Vanlandingham, Northeastern.

District-3 Girls: Katherine Benter, Brownstown Central; Taylor Farris, Northeastern; Hadley Fuhrman, Northeast Dubois; Koryn Greiwe, Columbus East; Caroline Herman, Vincennes Rivet; Maycee Lange, Vincennes Lincoln; Paige Ledford, Jac-Cen-Del; Jade Nutley, Madison Consolidated; Paige Robinson, Mount Vernon (Posey); Pa’Shence Walker, Martinsville.

2019-20 Weekly Winners

Nov. 4-Nov. 9

District-1 Girls: Lilliann Frasure, North Judson-San Pierre. District-2 Girls: Madison Layden, Northwestern, and Ashlynn Shade, Noblesville. District-3 Girls: Rebekah Gordon, Heritage Hills.

Nov. 11-Nov. 16

District-1 Girls: Erin Coffel, Bremen. District-2 Girls: Kendall Bostic, Northwestern. District-3 Girls: Natalie Boesing, Our Lady of Providence, and Koryn Greiwe, Columbus East.

Nov. 18-Nov. 23

District-1 Girls: Jessica Carrothers, Crown Point. District-2 Girls: Sydney Jacobsen, West Lafayette Harrison. District-3 Girls: Maya Chandler, Triton Central.

Nov. 25-Nov. 30

District-1 Boys: Nick Anderson, Lake Central. District-1 Girls: Brynn Shoup-Hill, Goshen. District-2 Boys: Gus Etchison, Hamilton Heights. District-2 Girls: Alana Vinson, Roncalli. District-3 Boys: Trey Kaufman, Silver Creek. District-3 Girls: Kylee Shelton, Bloomfield.

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