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Parker, Walker headline IBCA/Subway POW

By PAT McKEE of the IBCA

INDIANAPOLIS — Northwestern sophomore Tayson Parker and Henryville senior Nick Walker each produced 40 points or more in a game, and the high-scoring duo headline the honorees in this week’s IBCA/Subway Player of the Week program.

Parker and Walker are joined by Valparaiso junior Brandon Newman as boys’ recipients for the week of Jan. 1-6 in the recognition program coordinated by the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association. The girls’ winners are Highland junior Michaela Schmidt, Harrison (West Lafayette) sophomore Sydney Jacobsen and South Central (Elizabeth) senior Ally Davis.

Newman and Schmidt are honorees for District 1. Parker and Jacobsen are winners for District 2. Walker and Davis are recipients in District 3.

Parker averaged 31.3 points and 7.7 rebounds over three games for the Northwestern boys (9-2). The 6-1 guard opened with 44 points, seven rebounds, five assists and five steals in an 83-73 loss to Lafayette Central Catholic. He followed with 21 points, seven rebounds and four assists in a 55-50 triumph over Hamilton Heights. Parker then tallied 29 points with nine rebounds and four assists as the Tigers beat Clinton Central 57-47. Over the three games, Parker was 30-of-65 on field goals, 9-of-28 on 3-pointers and 25-of-31 on free throws.

The 6-3 Walker averaged 36.0 points and 6.5 rebounds in a pair of triumphs for the Henryville boys (11-3). He poured in 40 points with eight rebounds and seven assists in 68-49 victory over South Decatur. Walker followed with 32 points, five rebounds and three assists in just three quarters of playing time as the Hornets defeated Trinity Lutheran 85-44. Over both games, Walker hit 32-of-46 from the floor, 2-of-4 3-pointers and 6-of-6 from the line.

Newman averaged 35.5 points and 12.5 rebounds in sparking the Valparaiso boys (8-3) to two key victories. The 6-4 wing scored 32 points with 10 rebounds and two steals in a 69-41 decision over Portage. He followed with 39 points, 15 rebounds and two steals as the Vikings topped Penn 76-61. For the two games, Newman made 22-of-40 field goals, 5-of-10 3-pointers and 22-of-27 free throws.

The 6-0 Schmidt averaged 33.5 points and 14.0 rebounds in leading the Highland girls (8-8) to two victories. Schmidt opened with a career-high 38 points, 15 rebounds and seven steals in a 61-36 decision over Hammond. She then tallied 29 points with 13 rebounds and two steals as the Trojans topped Hobart 61-40. In both games, Schmidt was 25-of-38 from the field and 17-of-26 on free throws.

Jacobsen tallied 29.5 points and 5.0 steals as the Harrison girls (11-5) split a pair of games. She dropped in 33 points with four rebounds and six steals in a 76-33 victory over Indianapolis Tech. The 5-9 guard followed with 26 points, three rebounds and four steals a the Raiders fell 65-63 at Twin Lakes. Over two games, Jacobsen sank 19-of-33 was from the floor, 10-of-16 from 3-point range and 11-of-13 from the line.

The 5-8 Davis averaged 25.0 points and 9.0 rebounds in propelling the South Central girls (11-5) to two triumphs. She eclipsed 1,000 career points while netting 17 points with nine rebounds, seven assists and three steals in a 64-45 victory over Lanesville. Davis then tossed in 33 points with nine rebounds, three assists and three steals as the Rebels clipped Crawford County 58-52. Over both games, Davis was 20-of-30 on field goals, 1-of-1 on 3-pointers and 9-of-9 on free throws.

New Castle’s Mason Gillis was a nominee for the boys District 2 award. Gillis scored 32 points and pulled down 22 rebounds in the Trojans’ victories over Richmond and Connersville this past weekend.

This is the 10th season for the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association Player of the Week program and the sixth 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.”