The Sideline – December 21

Prolific scorers pace IBCA weekly honorees

Four 50-point scorers and multiple record-setting performers headline the recipients in this week’s IBCA/Subway Player of the Week program.

Cloverdale senior Jalen Moore, Castle junior Alex Hemenway, Fort Wayne North junior Keion Brooks Jr. and McCutcheon senior Robert Phinisee all scored 50 or more points in a single game in a remarkable week of outstanding performances.

The quartet is joined by Evansville Bosse senior Mekhi Lairy as a fifth boys honoree for the week of Dec. 11 to 16. The girls winners are Gary Lighthouse senior Daijah Smith, Danville sophomore Ella Collier and Providence senior Hannah Wolford.

Brooks and Smith are honorees for District 1 in the recognition program coordinated by the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association. Moore, Phinisee and Collier are winners for District 2. Hemenway, Lairy and Wolford are recipients in District 3.

Moore averaged 45.7 points and 6.3 rebounds, including a school-record-tying 53 points in one game, in a 3-0 week for the Cloverdale boys (6-2).

Arabians earn weekly conference honors

A pair of Pendleton Heights players were selected as Basketball Players of the Week by the Hoosier Heritage Conference. The Arabians were honored for the week through Dec. 19.

Girls Basketball Player of the Week

Laikyn Conner, Pendleton Heights

Conner had a pair of double-doubles during the Pendleton Heights Arabians overtime wins. She had 12 points and 12 boards in a 63-62 win against Lawrence Central on Dec. 12, and 18 points and 10 boards in a 57-56 win over Fishers on Dec. 14.

Boys Basketball Player of the Week

Trent Miller, Pendleton Heights

Miller has become the Arabians’ closer this season. For the second straight Saturday, he hit a buzzer-beating game-winning 3-pointer. This time, it beat No. 7 Lawrence Central 53-50 on Dec. 16. Miller had 25 points for the Arabians in that contest.

North Central ranked No. 1 in ICGSA polls

The Indiana Coaches of Girls Sports Association released its girls basketball rankings Monday. First-place votes are in parentheses.

Class 4A rankings

Rank, school Previous

1. North Central (13) 2

2. Carmel 1

3. Pike 4

4. Lawrence North 3

5. Homestead 5

6. Hamilton Southeastern 6

7. North Harrison 8

8. Bedford North Lawrence 7

9T. Castle 10

9T. Jeffersonville 9

Receiving Votes: Penn, Brownsburg, Fort Wayne South, Zionsville, Center Grove, Lake Central, Whiteland

Class 2A rankings

Rank, school Previous

1. Oak Hill (6) 1

2. South Ripley (1) 4

3. Eastern Pekin (1) 3

4. Monroe Central 2

5. Triton-Central 5

6. Winchester 7

7. North Judson 6

8. Paoli 8

9. Central Noble 9

10. Covenant Christian NR

Receiving Votes: Crawford County, Tipton, Frankton, Linton-Stockton, Lafayette Central Catholic