The Sideline – February 14

Wise earns third Big 12 honor

Greenfield-Central grad Madison Wise was named the Big 12 Conference freshman of the week for a third time.

Wise, a freshman at Iowa State, scored a career-high 21 points, including 5 of 7 from 3-point range in a loss to No. 25 Oklahoma State on Feb. 10 to earn the honor. She is averaging 9.3 points and 4.5 rebounds in 24 games with the Cyclones.


Boys sectional pairings shows set

Sectional pairings for the 108th IHSAA boys basketball state tournament will be announced at 5 p.m. Feb. 18.

A two-hour program will stream exclusively on the IHSAA’s video portal at (no television) and via affiliates of the IHSAA Champions Radio Network. The pairings will be made available on after the conclusion of the broadcast.

The pairings show will no longer air on Fox Sports Indiana as it has in recent years but instead will be replaced with a tournament preview show. The boys tip-off program will air at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22 on Fox Sports Indiana.


Regional champs headline weekly honorees

Warren Central junior Shaila Beeler and Paoli junior Jacqlyn Rice came up big when it counted most, each leading her respective team to a regional crown and headlining the recipients in this week’s IBCA/Subway Player of the Week program.

Beeler and Rice are joined by North Judson freshman Lilliann Frasure as a girls’ winner for the week of Feb. 5 to 10. The boys’ honorees are Lakeland senior Camron Bontrager, Guerin Catholic senior Zach Munson, Tri-County senior Bennie Patterson and New Albany senior Romeo Langford.

Bontrager and Frasure are honorees for District 1. Munson, Patterson and Beeler are winners for District 2. Langford and Rice are recipients in District 3.


Johnson re-signs with Fever

INDIANAPOLIS — Six-year WNBA veteran Shenise Johnson has signed a free agent contract to return to the Indiana Fever, it was announced Tuesday by head coach and general manager Pokey Chatman.

A versatile and athletic 5-foot-11 shooting guard, Johnson has averaged 10.6 points per game over three seasons with the Fever since being acquired in a trade with San Antonio prior to the 2015 campaign. Johnson was a starter averaging 10.9 points while helping Indiana to the WNBA Finals in 2015.

Johnson sustained a torn left ACL injury during practice last season on July 11. The Fever were 7-9 with Johnson in the lineup but they won just two of their final 18 games following her injury. After successful surgery in August, she has continued to rehab in Indianapolis this winter, and anticipates a full recovery and hopeful return during the 2018 WNBA season.