The Sideline – January 3

Record-setting effort paces players of week

Luke Brown set a freshman single-game scoring record, and the Blackford High School point guard is one of seven players cited in this week’s IBCA/Subway Player of the Week program.

Brown is joined by Mishawaka Marian senior Michael Hemingway, Cathedral junior Armaan Franklin and Edgewood senior Chayton Howard as boys’ recipients for the week of Dec. 25 to 30. The girls’ winners are Northridge junior Morgan Litwiller, Carmel senior Tomi Taiwo and North Harrison junior Lilly Hatton.

Hemingway and Litwiller are honorees for District 1. Brown, Franklin and Taiwo are winners for District 2. Howard and Hatton are recipients in District 3.

Brown averaged 36.0 points against two games for the Blackford boys (7-1), including a 48-point outburst in a 69-68 victory over Monroe Central. That performance is a school record and freshman state record, eclipsing the 45-point game by DeShaun Thomas of Fort Wayne Luers against Fort Wayne Wayne on Feb. 2, 2007.

North Central No. 1 in IBCA girls poll

The North Central Panthers were ranked first overall in the latest Indiana Basketball Coaches Association’s Top 20 poll for girls basketball this week as released on Sunday. First-place votes are in parentheses.

IBCA girls basketball top 20

Rank, School Record

1. N. Central (Indy) (15) 16-1

2. Carmel (5) 16-1

3. Pike 14-1

4. Lawrence North 15-2

5. Northwestern 16-1

6. Castle 14-0

6. North Harrison 14-1

8. Jeffersonville 12-3

9. Homestead 13-2

10. Ham. Southeastern 13-4

11. Bedford N. Law. 12-3

12. Penn 14-1

13. Brownsburg 13-2

14. Zionsville 10-4

15. Center Grove 12-3

16. F.W. South Side 15-0

17. Northridge 15-3

18. Chesterton 14-1

19. Heritage Christian 9-8

20. East Chicago Central 8-10

Other schools receiving votes

Avon, Ben Davis, Carroll (Fort Wayne), Columbus East, Danville, Eastern (Pekin), Elkhart Central, Fort Wayne Concordia Lutheran, Fort Wayne Northrop, Glenn, Greensburg, Jac-Cen-Del, Lafayette Central Catholic, Lafayette Jefferson, Lake Central, LaPorte, Martinsville, Michigan City Marquette, North Judson-San Pierre, NorthWood, Oak Hill, Salem, South Bend St. Josephs, South Ripley, Tindley, Valparaiso, Vincennes Rivet, Warren Central

Basketball Day Indiana slated this Saturday

FOX Sports Indiana, the Indiana Pacers, Indiana Fever and IHSAA are partnering for the second annual Basketball Day Indiana. The marathon will tip-off Saturday, and showcase the sport at all levels — from youth to the NBA.

FOX Sports Indiana (and FOX Sports Indiana Plus) will televise nine games from around the state and include more than 13 hours of live programming as part of Basketball Day Indiana.

Basketball Day Indiana will start with three high school games from Bankers Life Fieldhouse, beginning at 9 a.m. and conclude with the Indiana Pacers at 7 p.m.