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Crispus Attucks' Harold Bennett, Whiting's G’Angelo Reillo headline this week's IBCA Players of the Week for Week 10 (Dec. 31-Jan. 5)

Crispus Attucks' Harold Bennett, Whiting's G’Angelo Reillo headline this week's IBCA Players of the Week for Week 10 (Dec. 31-Jan. 5)
BY: STATE CHAMPS! NETWORK Jan 9, 2:45pm

Crispus Attucks senior Harold Bennett poured in 45 points in a game and Whiting senior G’Angelo Reillo posted a triple-double, headlining this week’s Indiana Basketball Coaches Association/Subway Players of the Week for Dec. 31-Jan. 5.

Bennett (District 2 boys) and Reillo (District 1 boys) are joined by Austin senior Drew Buhr (District 3 boys), Evansville Reitz sophomore Khristian Lander (District 3 boys), Marquette Catholic senior Emma Nolan (District 1 girls), Michigan City senior Hannah Noveroske (District 1 girls), Northwestern junior Kendall Bostic (District 2 girls) and North Knox senior Makinzi Meurer (District 3 girls).

The 5-foot-11 Bennett scored 45 points to lead the Attucks boys to a 95-81 victory over Urbana, Ill. He also added four rebounds and four steals while helping the Tigers improve to 10-3 in their only game of the week. Bennett hit 18 of 32 field goals, 3 of 6 3-pointers and 6 of 6 free throws en route to his big game.

Reillo produced a triple double of 30 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists as the Whiting boys dropped an 87-83 overtime decision to Lake Station Edison. A 6-2 guard, Reillo added four steals and converted 14-21 from the floor and 2 of 2 from the line as the Oilers fell to 4-8.

The 6-1 Buhr and 6-2 Lander each averaged 30.5 points, respectively, for the Austin and Evansville Reitz boys.

Buhr opened with 41 points, eight rebounds, four assists and three steals in an 87-80 overtime victory over North Harrison. The Saint Louis baseball signee followed with 30 points, four rebounds, five assists and six steals in an 83-40 triumph over Eastern (Pekin). Over two games, Buhr was 18 of 35 on field goals, 9 of 17 from distance and 26 of 29 on free throws as the Eagles improved to 4-8.

Lander scored 31 points with five rebounds, six assists and three steals, but it was not enough in a 62-61 setback at Bedford North Lawrence. He unloaded for 40 points with eight rebounds, three assists and two steals as the Panthers defeated Terre Haute South 70-54. Lander was 25 of 37 from the floor, 10 of 15 on three pointers and 11 of 13 from the line as Reitz moved to 5-5 for the season.

The 6-2 Nolan tallied a career-high 38 points with 10 rebounds, five assists and three blocks as the Marquette Catholic girls knocked off Hammond Noll 78-55 in their only game of the week. Nolan sank 12 of 23 field goals, 4 of 8 from long range and 10 of 11 free throws as the Blazers improved to 15-1.

Noveroske averaged 30.0 points and 15.5 rebounds in two games for the Michigan City girls (13-4). The 6-4 forward scored 20 points with 14 rebounds and seven blocks in a 51-47 setback at Crown Point. The Xavier University recruit then exploded for 40 points with 17 rebounds and six blocks in an 85-28 victory at Bowman Academy. Noveroske became Michigan City’s all-time scoring leader in the latter game with 1,611 career points, passing the previous mark of 1,609 set by 2009 graduate TaKenya Nixon. Noveroske was 14 of 19 from the field and 12 of 17 from the line in the 40-point game, 22 of 27 and 20 of 31 in both games.   

The 6-1 Bostic displayed tremendous shooting accuracy while averaging 22.0 points and 10.3 rebounds in keying the Northwestern girls (16-2) to three triumphs. The Michigan State commit scored 23 points with eight rebounds and four assists in an 81-25 victory over Eastern (Greentown). She followed with 21 points, seven rebounds and two assists in a 73-35 decision over West Lafayette. Bostic then tallied 22 points with 16 rebounds and five assists as the Tigers beat George Rogers Clark (Kentucky) in the Indiana-Kentucky Challenge Cup at New Castle. For the three games, Bostic was 32 of 37 on field goals — 11 of 13, 10 of 12 and 11 of 12 — and 2 of 2 on free throws.

Meurer averaged 25.0 points and 7.0 rebounds to lead the North Knox girls to two victories. The 5-5 guard opened with 20 points, five rebounds, five assists and five steals in a 43-33 triumph at Southridge. The University of Evansville track signee followed with 30 points, nine rebounds, five assists and five steals as the Warriors defeated Eastern Greene 54-27. Over both games, Meurer hit 14 of 29 shots, including 2 of 4 from long range, plus 20 of 21 free throws as her team improved to 13-5.

This is the 11th season for the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association Player of the Week program and the seventh season it is presented by Subway Restaurants of Indiana, a banner sponsor of the IBCA. Subway, in its seventh season as an IBCA sponsor, encourages athletes to “train hard and eat fresh.”

Winners in the Player of the Week are chosen each week from each of the IHSAA’s three districts. Girls winners will be chosen from now through the week following Feb. 23. Boys winners will be chosen from now through the week following March 23.

Other nominees for Week 10 (2018-19):

DISTRICT 1 BOYS — Noah Applegate, Penn; Jalen Causey, Fort Wayne Luers; Sydney Curry, Fort Wayne Northrop; Nate Dukich, Lake Station; Easton Good, Lewis Cass; Dallas Holmes, Southwood; Jaden Ivey, Mishawaka Marian; Michael Johnson, Concord; Christopher Mantis, Lowell; Brandon Newman, Valparaiso; Quimari Peterson, Gary West; Kyle Ross, Andrean; Naylon Thompson, Fort Wayne Luers; Jake Wadding, Chesterton; Mitchell Wilson, Columbia City; Cole Wireman, Kouts; Ridley Zolman, Central Noble.

DISTRICT 1 GIRLS — Taylor Austin, Lake Station; Courtney Blakely, Hammond Noll; Jessica Carrothers, Crown Point; Ashley Craycraft, Chesterton; Bailey Hartsough, Lakeland; Reganne Pate, Penn; Darliesha Reed, Hammond Gavit; Nautica Rogers, Fort Wayne Concordia; Kate Rulli, NorthWood; Macy Seese, South Bend St. Joseph; Lindsey Simpson, Knox; Timberlynn Thomas, South Bend Washington.

DISTRICT 2 BOYS — Luke Brown, Blackford; Josh Bryan, Delta; Luke Bumbalough, New Castle; Gus Etchison, Hamilton Heights; Armaan Franklin, Cathedral; Will Geiger, Norwell; Kaden Howell, Madison-Grant; Jonathan Irwin, Bluffton; Jalen Johnson, Indianapolis Manual; Jacob LaRavia, Lawrence Central; Cooper Lewis, Bishop Chatard; Bernie McGuinness, Guerin Catholic; Damon Oagletree, Cardinal Ritter; Pierce Thomas, Brownsburg; Andrew Williams, Heritage Christian.

DISTRICT 2 GIRLS — McKenzie Crowder, North Vermillion; Sydney Jacobsen, Harrison (West Lafayette); Madison Jones, Western Boone; Madeline Lawrence, Winchester; Sydney Parrish, Hamilton Southeastern; Maiah Shelton, Norwell; Audrey Strawsma, Benton Central; Alana Vinson, Roncalli; Ambrea Wensey, Ben Davis.

DISTRICT 3 BOYS — Murray Becher, Heritage Hills; Noah Belt, Connersville; Mason Bost, Evansville Harrison; Cobie Barnes, Floyd Central; Gabe Gladish, Barr-Reeve; Zane Gross, Silver Creek; Alex Hemenway, Castle; Logan Laster, Morristown; Jathan Ritter, Bedford North Lawrence; Nicholas Sebastio, Scottsburg; Andrew Welage, Greensburg.

DISTRICT 3 GIRLS — Gracie Adams, Lanesville; Natalie Boesing, Providence; Katie Burkman, Indian Creek; Madison Cave, Northeast Dubois; Mariah Day, Jac-Cen-Del; Rebekah Gordon, Heritage Hills; Abbey Guidry, Rock Creek Academy; Lilly Hatton, North Harrison; Allison Horn, Henryville; Katie Kinker, Oldenburg Academy; Kencia Levasseur, Washington; Natalie Niehaus, Castle; Rylie Stevens, Triton Central; Allison Stogsdill, Brown County; Grace Waggoner, Vincennes Rivet; Hattie Westerfeld, Batesville.

2018-19 winners

Oct. 29-Nov. 3 — District 1 girls: Darliesha Reed, Hammond Gavit. District 2 girls: Madison Jones, Western Boone. District 3 girls: Addy Blackwell, Bloomington South, and Amani Brown, Terre Haute South.

Nov. 5-10 — District 1 girls: Sydney Freeman, Central Noble, and Dash Shaw, Gary West. District 2 girls: Maggie Cora, Tri-West. District 3 girls: Hannah Sisk, Princeton.

Nov. 12-17 — District 1 girls: Sophie Bussard, Tippecanoe Valley. District 2 girls: Alaina Omonode, West Lafayette, and Cameron Tabor, New Castle. District 3 girls: Lilly Hatton, North Harrison.

Nov. 19-24 — District 1 boys: Sam Skaggs, Logansport. District 1 girls: Mila Reynolds, South Bend Washington. District 2 boys: Colton Brown, Covington, and Luke Brown, Blackford. District 2 girls: Ella Collier, Danville. District 3 boys: Drew Buhr, Austin. District 3 girls: Nan Garcia, Jeffersonville.

Nov. 26-Dec. 1 — District 1 boys: Colin Kenney, Marquette Catholic. District 1 girls: Lilliann Frasure, North Judson. District 2 boys: Luke Brown, Blackford. District 2 girls: Jayla Smith, Lawrence North. District 3 boys: Josiah Ricketts, North Posey. District 3 girls: Jewel McCormick, Springs Valley.

Dec. 3-8 — District 1 boys: Tanner Behnfeldt, Fremont. District 1 girls: Emma Nolan, Marquette Catholic. District 2 boys: Zach Banks, Westfield. District 2 girls: Grace Hunter, Bellmont. District 3 boys: Kade Badger, Henryville. District 3 girls: Myah Montgomery, Southridge.

Dec. 10-15 — District 1 boys: Brandon Newman, Valparaiso. District 1 girls: Hannah Noveroske, Michigan City. District 2 boys: Luke Brown, Blackford. District 2 girls: Sydney Parrish, Hamilton Southeastern. District 3 boys: Trayce Jackson-Davis, Center Grove. District 3 girls: Grace Waggoner, Vincennes Rivet.

Dec. 17-22 — District 1 boys: Chuck Wilcox, North Judson. District 1 girls: Courtney Blakely, Hammond Noll. District 2 boys: Luke Bumbalough, New Castle. District 2 girls: Shelby Caldwell, Jay County. District 3 boys: Cobie Barnes, Floyd Central. District 3 girls: Meredith Raley, Gibson Southern.

Dec. 24-29 — District 1 boys: Jaden Ivey, Mishawaka Marian. District 1 girls: Jessica Carrothers, Crown Point. District 2 boys: Armaan Franklin, Cathedral. District 2 girls: Cassidy Crawford, Tipton. District 3 boys: Alex Hemenway, Castle. District 3 girls: Ella Thompson, Center Grove.

Dec. 31-Jan. 5 — District 1 boys: G’Angelo Reillo, Whiting. District 1 girls: Emma Nolan, Marquette Catholic, and Hannah Noveroske, Michigan City. District 2 boys: Harold Bennett, Indianapolis Attucks. District 2 girls: Kendall Bostic, Northwestern. District 3 boys: Drew Buhr, Austin, and Khristian Lander, Evansville Reitz. District 3 girls: Makinzi Meurer, North Knox.