Weatherford, Muensterman capture honors again

Posted by RRR on Jan 21, 2012 at 4:06am | Page Views: 2,896
Hamilton Heights, Mater Dei players joined by 4 others as IBCA Players of the Week

Two second-time honorees and a record-setting scoring effort headline this week’s winners in the IBCA/Pacers-Fever Players of the Week program.

Hamilton Heights junior Dakota Weatherford and Evansville Mater Dei sophomore Maura Muensterman are repeat recipients, while Edgewood senior Brandon Owens erupted for a school-record 45 points to earn honors in the awards program sponsored by the Indiana Pacers and Indiana Fever.

They were joined by Penn junior Leo Svete, North Central senior Ronnie Johnson and Fort Wayne South junior Ariana Simmons. All were cited for performances from Jan. 9-14, 2012.

Svete was honored in boys District 1 after he poured in 39 points as Penn dropped a 65-49 decision to South Bend Washington. The 6-5 junior, back after sitting out two games because of injury, made 13 field goals, seven 3-pointers and 6-of-8 free throws.

The 6-2 Johnson, a Purdue recruit, received accolades for boys District 2 after leading North Central to the championship of the Marion County Tournament. He averaged 23.5 points in a 4-0 week as the Panthers improved to 12-4. Along the way, he scored 19 points in an 87-47 rout of Lutheran, 27 points in a 69-55 win over Lawrence Central, 21 points in a 76-62 victory over Franklin Central and 27 points in a 65-61 title-game decision over Ben Davis.

Owens, a 6-3 forward, averaged 34.5 points over two games for Edgewood to claim honors in boys District 3. Owens netted 24 points on 11-of-14 shooting in a 64-51 loss at Bloomington South, then followed with 45 points in 70-67 overtime win at Greencastle. In the latter game, Owens connected on 17-of-25 shots, scoring 20 points in the fourth quarter as the Mustangs overcame a 14-point deficit to prevail. His outburst broke the former school record of 43 points set by Garrett Butcher, now a player at Butler.

The 5-10 Simmons was the winner in girls District 1. She propelled Fort Wayne South to a thrilling, 61-60 victory over Fort Wayne Snider, the second time in two weeks that the Archers (15-1) have knocked off the Panthers (11-3). Simmons netted 25 points in the win, getting to the rim time and again for putbacks and layups, according to the Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette.

Weatherford and Muensterman captured honors for the second time this season in girls Districts 2 and 3, respectively.

The 5-5 Weatherford averaged 30.0 points in two games, helping Hamilton Heights improve to 15-3 for the season. She netted 19 points in a 77-55 victory over Western. She followed with career-high 41 points in a 93-46 thrashing of Eastern (Howard) as the Huskies extended their Mid-Indiana Conference winning streak to 20 games. She previously was an IBCA Player of the Week on Nov. 14-19.

Muensterman was recognized for the second consecutive week after leading Evansville Mater Dei to the championship of the Southern Indiana Athletic Conference Tournament. The 5-11 guard averaged 25.7 points over three games as the Wildcats improved to 15-1. Muensterman opened with 25 points in a 66-33 victory over Evansville Central. She followed with 22 points in a 53-49 decision over Evansville Bosse. She capped her week with 30 points, six rebounds and five assists in a 64-48 championship win over Evansville North.

This is the fourth season for the Pacers-Fever Players of the Week program coordinated through the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association. Winners are chosen each week from each of the IHSAA’s three districts. Girls winners will be chosen from now through the week following March 3. Boys winners will be chosen from now through the week following March 24.


Other nominees for Week 10

District 1 girls — Emily Bley, Homestead; Caroline Buhr, Penn; Ashley Campbell, Oregon-Davis; Trina Coleman, Morgan Twp.; Kerria Columbus, South Bend Riley; Megan Dixon, Tri-County; Bailey Farley, Fort Wayne Canterbury; Victoria Gaines, Merrillville; KiLee Knafel, Wawasee; Justine Kruger, West Central; Jami Patterson, Argos; Madeline Raster, South Bend St. Joseph’s; Haley Richardson, West Noble; Ericka Rinehart, Angola; Lindsey Stoy, Hamilton; Hope Wagner, Knox; Grace Withrow, Valparaiso.

District 2 girls — Madison Berry, Cathedral; Sarah Brewer, Western Boone; Cassidy Cain, Noblesville; Katie Curtis, Lebanon; Cassidy Deno, Benton Central; Bailey Dominguez, Park Tudor; Aunaye Frye, Broad Ripple; Sydney Hall, Heritage Christian; TraciAnn Hogland, Indiana Deaf; Brooklyn Juday, Tipton; Mallory King, Fishers; Darby Martin, North Vermillion; Stephanie Mavunga, Brownsburg; Ally Moore, Centerville; Erica Moore, Mt. Vernon (Fortville); Bethany Murrell, New Palestine; Krista Powell, Cascade; Taya Reimer, Hamilton Southeastern; Payton Schultz, Bellmont; Kasin Spay, Delta.

District 3 girls — Hailey Brown, Brownstown Central; Katie Burkett, Tecumseh; Kendyl Dearing, Southridge; Brielle Drelick, Clay City; Brianna Gillaspy, Seymour; Tya Harmon, Barr-Reeve; Ashley Johnson, New Washington; Caelan Jones, Sullivan; Kendra Lambert, North Harrison; Morgan Mathews, New Harmony; Erin Mikel, Borden; Julia Miller, South Decatur; Brittani Rizzi, Bedford N. Lawrence; Marie Rothrock, Corydon Central; Sophie Sears, Paoli; Rachel Sensmeier, Gibson Southern; Rashawnda Shamell, Evansville North.

Previous 2011-12 winners

Nov. 7-12District 1 girls: Kelsey Sule, LaPorte. District 2 girls: Taya Reimer, Hamilton Southeastern. District 3: Kendra Lambert, North Harrison.

Nov. 14-19District 1 girls: Lindsay Gorman, Chesterton, and Meredith Shipman, Fort Wayne Snider. District 2 girls: Stephanie Mavunga, Brownsburg, and Dakota Weatherford, Hamilton Heights. District 3 girls: Taylor Miller, Hauser.

Nov. 21-26District 1 boys: Jake Thompson, Wawasee. District 1 girls: Ariana Simmons, Fort Wayne South. District 2 boys: Kellen Dunham, Pendleton Heights. District 2 girls: Nicole Rogers, Western. District 3 boys: Cory Smith, North Harrison, and Kyle Stidom, Greenwood Christian. District 3 girls: Tya Harmon, Barr-Reeve.

Nov. 28-Dec. 3District 1 boys: Damon Wallace, Hebron. District 1 girls: Taylor Parmley, Mishawaka. District 2 boys: J.C. Faubion, Indianapolis Lutheran. District 2 girls: Kelsey Key, Frankton. District 3 boys: Bryant Ackerman, Loogootee, and Jalen Snodgrass, Browntown Central. District 3 girls: Carmela Roeschelin, Clay City.

Dec. 5-10District 1 boys: Bryson Scott, Fort Wayne Northrop. District 1 girls: Emily Bley, Homestead. District 2 boys: Alex Etherington, Hamilton Heights. District 2 girls: Whitney Jennings, Logansport. District 3 boys: Caleb Begle, Jasper. District 3 girls: Allyson Bunch, Columbus East.

Dec. 12-17District 1 boys: Clay Yeo, Triton. District 1 girls: Akilah Sims, Fort Wayne Snider. District 2 boys: Stephen Toyra, Faith Christian. District 2 girls: Rachael Gregory, North Central. District 3 boys: Jordan Burton, Edinburgh. District 3 girls: Amanda Moore, Seymour.

Dec. 19-24District 1 boys: Bryson Scott, Fort Wayne Northrop. District 1 girls: Khadijah Moore, Elkhart Memorial. District 2 boys: Trevon Bluiett, Park Tudor. District 2 girls: Jill Morrison, Winchester. District 3 boys: Everett Duncan, Evansville Harrison, and Jordan Walsman, Batesville. District 3 girls: Raven Greer, Princeton.

Dec. 26-31District 1 boys: Jason Spriggs, Concord. District 1 girls: Morgan Olson, NorthWood. District 2 boys: Zak Irvin, Hamilton Southeastern. District 2 girls: Shanna Kelly, Alexandria. District 3 boys: Ryan Gabbard, Crothersville, and Josh Speidel, Columbus North. District 3 girls: Amanda Moore, Seymour.

Jan. 2-7District 1 boys: Nick Bollenbacher, Hanover Central, and Logan Irwin, Whitko. District 1 girls: Kindell Fincher, Fort Wayne Canterbury. District 2 boys: Kellen Dunham, Pendleton Heights, and Jeremy Hollowell, Lawrence Central. District 2 girls: Jessica Rupright, Norwell. District 3 boys: J.T. Yoho, Eastern Greene. District 3 girls: Ally Lehman, Indian Creek, and Maura Muensterman, Evansville Mater Dei.

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