IPFW women's basketball recruit Arianna Simmons was one of several prep basketball players from around the state to be recently recognized for her exploits on the court.
The South Side High School standout joined Bremen senior Ethan Pike, Pike High School senior Taishaun Johnson, Jeffersonville senior Darryl Baker, Eastern (Greentown) senior Brittany Neeley and Bedford North Lawrence sophomore Jenna Allen as honorees for the IBCA/Subway Player of the Week for the past week.
The 5-foot-10 forward was cited after averaging 20.5 points in two games and leading Fort Wayne SouthSide (23-3) to a Class 4A regional title.
The IPFW signee scored 21 points with five rebounds and six steals in a 58-56 overtime victory over Westfield. She then produced 20 points with 17 rebounds and three steals in a 71-55 triumph over Logansport. Over both games, she connected on 16-of-31 shots from the floor, 2-of-7 3-pointers and 7-of-9 free throws.
Pike averaged 35.0 points over two games and the 6-foot-4 forward unleashed games of 41 and 29 points to capture the boys' District 1 award in the program overseen by the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association.
Pike's big outbursts came in a pair of setbacks for Bremen (9-9). First, Pike tallied 41 points with 12 rebounds as the Lions dropped an 81-62 decision to Tippecanoe Valley. He then scored 29 points with four rebounds as NorthWood defeated Bremen 82-66. Over the two games, Pike sank 20-of-45 shots from the field, 5-of-11 3-pointers and 25-of-31 free throws.
Johnson and Baker collected laurels for boys' District 2 and boys' District 3, respectively.
The 5-foot-11 Johnson averaged 26.5 points and 7.0 rebounds in helping Pike (19-2) post victories over Hamilton Southeastern and Franklin Central. Johnson opened the week by scoring 27 points with seven rebounds and five assists in an 81-75 triumph over the Royals. Later, in a game that clinched first place in Conference Indiana, Johnson netted 26 points with seven rebounds and three steals as the Red Devils knocked off the Flashes 93-72. For the week, Johnson was 23-of-39 from the floor, 5-of-14 from distance and 8-of-11 on free throws.
Baker averaged 30.7 points in leading Jeffersonville (18-3) to three wins to receive honors for the second time this season. The 6-2 guard began his week with 25 points and four rebounds in a 73-56 triumph over Corydon Central. He followed with 29 points and four rebounds as the Red Devils defeated Louisville Trinity 68-51. Baker then matched his career high with 38 points and seven assists in an 85-65 victory over Castle. During the week, he passed 1,000 points for his career and finished the week with 1,081 points. Baker previously was cited for the week of Nov. 26-Dec. 1.
Simmons, Neeley and Allen were respective recipients for girls' District 1, District 2 and District 3.
The 5-6 Neeley averaged 22.0 points over two games to propel Eastern (Greentown) to a Class 2A regional crown. First, she poured in 29 points as the Howard County school outlasted Winchester 72-70 in overtime. Neeley then tallied 15 points with eight rebounds the Comets (21-3) cruised past Wabash 48-32.
Allen averaged 20.5 points and 13.5 rebounds in propelling Bedford North Lawrence (26-0) to a Class 4A regional championship. The 6-3 center opened with 20 points and 15 rebounds as BNL blitzed previously unbeaten Columbus North 71-45. Allen followed with 21 points and 12 rebounds as the Lady Stars claimed regional hardware with a 58-51 victory over Franklin Central. Over the two games, Allen -- who also was honored Nov. 12-17 -- hit 17-of-26 shots from the field and 7-of-12 from the line.
Other nominees included:
District 1 boys -- Nick Amor, LaVille; James Blackmon Jr., Fort Wayne Luers; Anfernee Brown, East Chicago Central; Riley Charlesworth, LaCrosse; Trent Elliott, Culver; Blake Hurford, Oregon-Davis; Demetrius Jackson, Mishawaka Marian; Dustin Ketelaar, Kankakee Valley; Nick Kindig, Tippecanoe Valley; Justin Mitchell, Fort Wayne Wayne; Antonio Penny, Logansport; Antonio Pipkin, Bowman Academy; Noah Reed, Huntington North; Will Stueve, NorthWood; Trent VanHorn, Fort Wayne Canterbury; Clay Yeo, Triton; Arnas Zabarauskas, Howe School.
District 1 girls -- Paige Aguilera, Boone Grove; Alison Butler, Fort Wayne Luers; Kindell Fincher, Fort Wayne Canterbury; Victoria Gaines, Merrillville; Nikki Grose, Warsaw; Whitney Jennings, Logansport; Morgan Olson, NorthWood.
District 2 boys -- Tre Boyd, Anderson; Devon Burton, Southmont; D.J. Buschman, North White; Derek Conley, Greenfield-Central; Mike Crawford, Tipton; Zach Dorman, Cloverdale; Kiante Enis, Winchester; J.C. Faubion, Lutheran; Zak Irvin, Hamilton Southeastern; Terrence Johnson, Muncie South; Anthony Jones, Speedway; Brody Kirby, Frankfort; Carlos Knox, Cardinal Ritter; Aaron Korn, Frankton; Trey Lyles, Indianapolis Tech; Lane Mahurin, Rockville; Adam Schroeder, Seton Catholic; Josh VanMeter, Norwell; Anthony Warrum, Heritage Christian.
District 2 girls -- Jenn Anderson, Westfield; Emily Denhart, Lafayette Central Catholic; Stephanie Mavunga, Brownsburg; Erica Moore, Mt. Vernon (Fortville); Jill Morrison, Winchester; Bridget Perry, Roncalli; Caitlyn Tolen, Benton Central; Dakota Weatherford, Hamilton Heights.
District 3 boys -- Howie Backherms, East Central; Tyler Brough, Eastern Greene; Micah Bullock, Barr-Reeve; Tanner Cassidy, Perry Central; Jaylen Chambers, Evansville North; Austin Clark, Switzerland County; Eric Decker, Evansville Memorial; Roy Edwards, Medora; Dess Fougerouusse, Linton; David Grote, Shawe Memorial; Evan Henry, Columbus North; Bryan Hoeing, Batesville; Jaren Hornbeak, Greenwood; R.J. Jackson, Eastern (Pekin); DeVonta King, Christian Academy; Riley Price, Edinburgh; Jaelan Sanford, Evansville Reitz; Blake Simmons, Castle; Grant Sims, Bloomington North.
District 3 girls -- Ashley Campbell, Rushville; Nicole Dodd, Northeast Dubois; Ally Lehman, Indian Creek; Marie Rothrock, Corydon Central; Tori Schickel, Evansville Mater Dei; Annie Thomas, Southwestern (Shelby); Jasmine Washington, Evansville Bosse.