The South Side High School girl's basketball squad finds itself on the brink of history and one of its leaders was honored on Monday for helping to place the Archers in such a position.
South Side senior DeJoyah Johnson was one of several players throughout the state recognized as a IBCA/Subway Player of the Week.
The 5-foot-7 guard, who claimed girls' District 1 laurels, helped the Archers (24-3) to its first semistate crown.
She scored a team-high 11 points with seven rebounds and three steals in the Archers' 47-44 win at Warsaw in the Class 4A northern semistate.
In a hard-fought, tight contest, a Johnson basket with 2:30 to go in the fourth quarter gave her team the lead for good.
Also being honored were Eastern (Greentown) senior Brittany Neeley, Evansville Mater Dei sophomore Tori Schickel, Kouts junior Max Everaert, North Montgomery senior Nathan Rogers and Evansville Bosse junior JaQuan Lyle.
The 5-foot-6 Neeley was cited in girls' District 2 for the second consecutive week after she exploded for 48 points and 20 rebounds in leading Eastern (Greentown) to a 74-55 victory over Bishop Luers. A
n Indiana University recruit for track and cross country, Neeley made 13-of-23 shots, 3-of-3 3-pointers and 19-of-21 free throws in propelling the Comets (22-3) to the Class 2A state finals.
The 6-foot-1 Schickel received accolades in girls' District 3 after a near-perfect shooting performance in Evansville Mater Dei's 56-49 overtime win over Heritage Christian in the Class 2A southern semistate.
She scored 20 points and grabbed 10 rebounds while converting 7-of-7 field goals and 6-of-7 free throws to lead the Wildcats (27-2) in their attempt to capture a second consecutive Class 2A state championship. Schickel previously was honored Jan. 28-Feb. 2.
Everaert, Rogers and Lyle were recognized with respective honors for boys' District 1, District 2 and District 3.
The 6-foot-2 Everaert averaged 26.0 points over two games en route to his honor. First, he dropped in a career-high 35 points as Kouts defeated River Forest 71-57.
Later, Everaert tallied 17 points as the Mustangs improved to 19-2 with an 88-45 triumph over LaCrosse.
Rogers received laurels after he averaged 35.0 points and 9.0 rebounds in two games.
The 6-foot-2 guard started his week with 34 points and nine rebounds as North Montgomery posted a 70-50 victory over North Putnam. Rogers then produced 34 points and nine rebounds as the Chargers (5-15) squeezed past Greencastle 62-56.
For the season, Rogers averages 22.3 points and 4.8 rebounds.
The 6-foot-4 Lyle received IBCA weekly accolades for the third time this season following a week where he averaged 30.5 points, 19.5 rebounds and 5.0 assists.
Lyle began by scoring 20 points with 20 rebounds and five assists as Evansville Bosse beat Mt. Vernon (Posey) 73-59. He then unloaded for 41 points, 19 rebounds and five assists as the Bulldogs moved to 17-5 with an 87-82 overtime triumph over Evansville Reitz.
Over the two games, Lyle was 16-of-38 from the field and 28-of-36 on free throws. He previously was cited the weeks of Dec. 10-15 and Jan. 28-Feb. 2.
Other Fort Wayne-area nominees for the week included:
District 1 boys -- Chandler Aspy, Westview; Wesley Davidson, Lakewood Park; Zarek Finley, Lakeland Christian; Jayson Higgins, Logansport; Franko House, Concord; Tyler Jenkins, Fremont; Nick Kindig, Tippecanoe Valley; Markese McGuire, Elkhart Memorial; Ethan Pike, Bremen; Noah Reed, Huntington North; Dwight Richards, Fort Wayne North; Bryson Scott, Fort Wayne Northrop; Austin Torres, Penn; Trent VanHorn, Fort Wayne Canterbury; Alex Vice, Central Noble; Clay Yeo, Triton.
District 1 girls -- Bailey Farley, Canterbury; Nikki Grose, Warsaw; Addie Reimbold, Bishop Luers.