The vote is in and the three finalists for IndyStar Miss Basketball, presented by the Indiana Fever, have been selected. Gary West’s Dana Evans, Homestead’s Karissa McLaughlin and Greenfield-Central’s Madison Wise are the finalists for the 2017 award as voted by the state’s media and coaches. The winner will be announced at the Indiana Sports Awards banquet on April 27.
The 5-6 Evans, a Louisville recruit, is a McDonald’s All American and finalist for the Naismith Trophy. Evans averaged 35.8 points, 7.6 rebounds, 6.2 assists and 4.8 steals per game as a senior. She finished her high school career with 2,832 points to rank fifth all-time.
The 5-8 McLaughlin led Homestead to a state championship as a senior and an 80-8 overall record in three seasons. She averaged 25.9 points, 5.6 assists, 3.6 rebounds and 2.7 steals per game and shot 46.1 percent (111-for-241) from the 3-point line. McLaughlin scored 2,586 career points at Homestead.
The 6-1 Wise, an Iowa State recruit, became just the fifth player in girls basketball state history to eclipse 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds. The other four — Abby Conklin (1993), Stephanie White (1995), Shyra Ely (2001) and Jackie Young (2016) — were named Miss Basketball. Wise averaged 23.5 points, 10.1 rebounds and 3.1 assists as a senior. She finished with 2,109 career points.
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