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Indiana recruit honored for explosive performance

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Bishop Luers' Blackmon Jr. scores 44 in Knight win

Tuesday, December 11, 2012 - 1:58 pm

A pair of 40-plus point performances were enough to earn a couple of high school basketball standouts recognition as the IBCA/Subway Players of the Week.

Cannelton senior Brandon Cook poured in 47 points, while Bishop Luers junior James Blackmon Jr. dropped in 44 in a pair of games.

The high-scoring duo was joined by Rockville senior Lane Mahurin, South Bend Washington sophomore Tiara Murphy, Benton Central senior Caitlyn Tolen and Washington junior Ally Hunsinger as honorees for performances during the week of Dec. 3-8.

Blackmon, an Indiana University recruit, and Murphy were cited in District 1, Mahurin and Tolen received accolades in District 2, and Cook and Hunsinger collected laurels in District 3.

Cook, a 5-foot-10 guard, connected on 16-of-29 field goals, 6-of-13 3-pointers and 9-of-14 free throws en route to his outburst that came in a 79-73 setback to South Spencer. Cook added seven rebounds and six steals as the Bulldogs dropped to 2-2.

The 6-foot-2 Blackmon sank 15-of-27 from the floor, 6-of-11 3-pointers and 8-of-10 free throws for his big game, which came in a 79-63 victory over Fort Wayne South Side. Blackmon also contributed eight rebounds and two assists as the Knights improved to 1-1.

Mahurin, a 6-7 forward, netted 32 points with six rebounds, four assists and four blocks while playing just three quarters in a 90-52 victory over South Vermillion. He converted 13-of-19 field goals, 1-of-2 3-pointers and 5-of-7 free throws as the Rox improved to 5-0.

Tolen, Hunsinger and Murphy had respective averages of 30.5 points, 26.5 points and 25.7 points in receiving girls' honors.

The 5-foot-11 Tolen began her week with 27 points as Benton Central posted an 81-39 victory over Rensselaer Central. She then followed with 34 points in a 60-45 win over West Lafayette as the Class 3A No. 1 Lady Bison improved to 8-0.

Hunsinger produced 31 points and nine rebounds to lead Washington to a 56-50 triumph over Evansville Memorial. The 5-9 forward then totaled 22 points and 11 rebounds as the Hatchets (5-2) defeated Eastern Greene 58-45.

The 5-foot-5 Murphy excelled in a three-game week for South Bend Washington (7-2). She opened with 20 points in a 55-45 victory over Plymouth. She followed with 24 points and five steals in a 72-52 win over South Bend Adams. Murphy concluded her week with 33 points as the Panthers topped Fort Wayne Bishop Luers 70-59.

Other nominees for Week 5 (2012-13)

District 1 boys -- Larry Crisler, Hammond Noll; Nick Davidson, Andrean; La'Roi Harmon, Hammond Clark; Franko House, Concord; Jacob Howdeshell, Caston; Tyler Jenkins, Fremont; Nick Kindig, Tippecanoe Valley; Breyton Nealis, Wabash; Markese McGuire, Elkhart Memorial; Ethan Pike, Bremen; Nathan Ritchie, Northridge; Brenton Scott, Fort Wayne Northrop; Zach Shidler, Winamac; Carter Skaggs, Pioneer; Austin Torres, Penn; Trent VanHorn, Fort Wayne Canterbury; Clay Yeo, Triton.

District 1 girls -- Paige Aguilera, Boone Grove; Katie Barnard, Mishawaka Marian; Emily Bley, Homestead; Ashley Campbell, Oregon-Davis; Olivia Carlton, Penn; Andrijana Cvitkovic, Culver Academy; Bailey Farley, Fort Wayne Canterbury; Deja Felder, Goshen; Suzanne Grimm, Lakewood Park; Kelsey Gurtner, LaVille; Taylor Hatfield, Triton; Whitney Jennings, Logansport; Hayley Martin, DeKalb; Toni Murphy, Michigan City; Haley Schrock, Northridge; Tressa Terry, Prairie Heights.

District 2 boys -- Ian Asher, Danville; Trevon Bluiett, Park Tudor; Jake Churchill, Lafayette Central Catholic; Devin Davis, Warren Central; Joe Fagan, Bishop Chatard; Adam Frechette, Covington; T.J. Henderson, Tindley; Zak Irvin, Hamilton Southeastern; Taishaun Johnson, Pike; Tyler Jones, Sheridan; Aaron Korn, Frankton; Whit Rapp, Guerin Catholic; Rico Stewart, Herron; Quentin Stuart, Muncie Burris; Stephen Turner, Mt. Vernon (Fortville); Anthony Warrum, Heritage Christian; Ethan Woodrow, Fountain Central.

District 2 girls -- Chelsea Bentley, Anderson; Sara Dickey, Riverton Parke; Alex Hochstedler, Fishers; Kacie Juday, Tipton; Kelsey Key, Frankton; Stephanie Mavunga, Brownsburg; Erica Moore, Mt. Vernon (Fortville); Jill Morrison, Winchester; Allison Nash, Speedway; Lauhren Pickett, Twin Lakes; Taya Reimer, Hamilton Southeastern; Mikale Rogers, Lawrence North; Brandyce Sallee, Cascade; Kristen Spolyar, Lebanon; Dakota Weatherford, Hamilton Heights; Sophia Wilson, Plainfield.

District 3 boys -- Stanley Duncan, Evansville Harrison; Trevor Ferguson, Evansville Central; Cale Hall, Orleans; Evan Henry, Columbus North; Jacob Johnson, Mooresville; Calvin McEwen, Clarksville; Drew Messmer, Forest Park; Jermaine Parrish, New Albany; Landon Perry, Madison; Jeffrey Turner, Terre Haute South; Tyler Walsh, Evansville Mater Dei.

District 3 girls -- Jenna Allen, Bedford North Lawrence; Tasia Brewer, Terre Haute South; Nicole Dodd, Northeast Dubois; Deauna Evans, Greenwood; Ashley Graves, Perry Central; Tierra Huntsman, Connersville; Sydney Keene, Jac-Cen-Del; Ashley Lambert, Medora; Ally Lehman, Indian Creek; Janisha Lindsey, Evansville Bosse; Jordan Like, Pike Central; Tori Schickel, Evansville Mater Dei; Oda Shackleford, Southwestern (Shelby); Rhagen Smith, Sullivan; Auriel Trible, Tecumseh; Jackie Young, Princeton.

2012-13 winners

Nov. 5-10 -- District 1 girls: KiLee Knafel, Wawasee. District 2 girls: Mackenzie Taylor, Richmond. District 3: Justice Burden, Charlestown.

Nov. 12-17 -- District 1 girls: Blayr Poston, Hanover Central. District 2 girls: Jill Morrison, Winchester. District 3 girls: Jenna Allen, Bedford North Lawrence.

Nov. 19-24 -- District 1 boys: Simon Brown, Angola. District 1 girls: Sydney Buck, Homestead. District 2 boys: Zak Irvin, Hamilton Southeastern. District 2 girls: Kelsey Key, Frankton. District 3 boys: Conner Wittmer, Loogootee. District 3 girls: Ali Patberg, Columbus North.

Nov. 26-Dec. 1 -- District 1 boys: Demetrius Jackson, Mishawaka Marian. District 1 girls: Michelle Weaver, South Bend St. Joseph. District 2 boys: P.J. Thompson, Brebeuf Jesuit. District 2 girls: Kelsey Key, Frankton. District 3 boys: Darryl Baker, Jeffersonville. District 3 girls: Jillian Romero, Scottsburg.

Dec. 3-8 -- District 1 boys: James Blackmon Jr., Fort Wayne Bishop Luers. District 1 girls: Tiara Murphy, South Bend Washington. District 2 boys: Lane Mahurin, Rockville. District 2 girls: Caitlyn Tolen, Benton Central. District 3 boys: Brandon Cook, Cannelton. District 3 girls: Ally Hunsinger, Washington.