Over the past year and a half, Scouting Indiana attended numerous high school games, multiple spring & summer grassroots tournaments, the IBCA Top-100 workout, as well as fall leagues & tournaments in order to familiarize themselves with the state’s top girls’ teams and prospects. With the 2014-2015 high school season upon us, Scouting Indiana takes a look at some of the top teams and players in the Hoosier state. This third installment will focus on Class 3A. Throughout the season you can follow them on twitter @ScoutingINGirls.
The 2013-2014 season in Class 3A was a mess in the North and somewhat predictable in the South. There was a good chance that the South was going to come down to Sectional 32 that included Evansville Mater Dei and Princeton, but little did we know Evansville Memorial would spoil the party and upset Princeton in the sectional semifinals. In the North there were just so many formidable teams who could make a run at Terre Haute, and in the end it was Western out of the Kokomo area who escaped the North semi-state and whose senior-laden squad ran the table and won the 2014 Class 3A state title.
This season the South still probably revolves around Sectional #32, however Brownstown Central, Rushville, and a handful of other schools will have something to say about that before it’s all said and done. In the North it looks like South Bend Saint Joseph is rather strong this season, but again there are some quality teams in the North like Muncie Central, Norwell, Benton Central, NorthWood, and many others. Western graduated almost their entire contributing varsity roster.
In this report we’ve taken the time to identify who we think are some of the best teams to keep an eye on this season in Class 3A. In addition, we’ve also pointed out several of the better players / prospects in Class 3A who’ve already made quite a name for themselves through their play.
Scouting Indiana’s Preseason Top-15 Teams in Class 3A:
1.) South Bend St. Joseph (16-5 in 2013-2014)
South Bend Saint Joseph looks like it could be the most complete team in Class 3A in 2014-2015. It all starts with a 3-headed monster in the backcourt, and when you have good guards, you have a chance to win a lot of games. 5-8 senior Madeline Raster, a Harvard commit, is the high-energy, tough-nosed, do-everything one of the bunch. 5-8 senior Michelle Weaver, a Butler commit, is a versatile, steadying force who keeps the engine running smoothly. And 5-8 sophomore Daly Sullivan is sort of a mixture of the two who does a nice job of setting them up when they are scoring at a high rate. In the frontcourt the Indians have a great deal of versatility and interchangeable pieces, though no true post player. 5-10 senior forward Mary Willemin is a skilled, blue-collar wing who does whatever it takes to help her team win. 5-10 junior forward Brooke Juday is also skilled, and she’s a very good rebounder and defender who can play multiple positions. 6-0 sophomore forward Emma Applegate might be the most talented of the group, as she can post a little bit and use her length inside, but she’s also a consistent perimeter shooter who can be a mismatch problem.
2.) Princeton (21-1 in 2013-2014)
When you have a talent like 6-0 junior wing Jackie Young, you always have a chance. The Notre Dame commit averaged 29.3 points, 11.7 rebounds, and 6.2 assists last season as a sophomore. She is obviously of tremendous importance to what the Tigers do this year, but in order to escape a tough Sectional #32 for the first time this century, they’ll need contributions from others to alleviate defensive pressure from Young. That sectional is also home to Mater Dei (#4 below), Gibson Southern (#12 below), and an always-tough Reitz Memorial squad (#14 below). Looking to step up this year will be 5-9 junior forward Hannah Brewer, who averaged 9 points and 6 rebounds a season ago. Other key contributors should be 5-11 sophomore front-liner Brooke James, 5-6 senior guard Kelsie Kolb-Blume, and 5-7 senior guard Alyssa Koberstein.
3.) Muncie Central (18-6 in 2013-2014)
Muncie Central, like Princeton above, has a standout player who can be just dominant at times. 5-11 junior wing Jayla Scaife, a Dayton commit, has really made her mark on the Bearcat program. Last season she went for over 22 points and 11 rebounds each night out. She can score inside or out and is just an athletic mismatch for anyone. Central did graduate wing Jessica Rowe who was a double-figure scorer, but they still return several guards. They are: 5-5 senior Savannah Jackson, 5-4 junior Ke’Chell Tate, 5-4 junior Jaylen Montgomery, and 5-7 junior Fa’Tara Davis. With the consolidation of the Muncie schools, Central also inherits 5-4 senior guard Becky Mann and 5-4 junior guard Alayz’a Wright from Southside High School. Look for the Bearcats to make some noise this year.
4.) Evansville Mater Dei (26-2, Class 3A State Runners-Up in 2013-2014)
Over the last three seasons Mater Dei has posted an impressive 81-5 record, with two Class 2A state titles, and a Class 3A runner-up finish in 2014. Mater Dei did however suffer a significant graduation loss in the form of current Indiana freshman Maura Muensterman. The 5-11 wing averaged 22.5 points, 8.2 assists, and 7.1 rebounds last season, and set several school and state records. Guard Ashlynn Spahn was another graduation loss. But the Lady Wildcats are still a veteran team with a talented individual in 6-2 senior center Tori Schickel, a Butler commit. Schickel brings back her 17-point, 11.6 rebound average to the frontline. Mater Dei has a lot more veteran leadership as well in 5-9 forward Hannah Ubelhor, 5-7 wing Meredith Daunhauer, 5-9 forward Julie Kelley, 5-3 guard Katelyn Bueltel, and 5-8 forward Megan Farny, all seniors. Also add into that mix 5-4 sophomore Ali Spahn.
5.) Brownstown Central (16-3 in 2013-2014)
Brownstown has been a consistently successful program under eighth-year coach Karla Rieckers. This season they return an extremely veteran lineup from a team that lost only three games. 5-11 senior forward Brooke Ebbing leads the way once again. She is their leading returning scorer, and she’s a long and athletic forward who brings versatility. Playing in the frontcourt with Ebbing are two more seniors in 5-11 post Riley Wischmeier and 5-9 forward Jaelyn Reynolds. As for the backcourt, it too is senior-laden with 5-6 guard Kasandra Rieckers and 5-1 guard Allyson Lorenzo. Also look for juniors Morgan Wehmiller and Ally Barnette to bring depth from the bench.
6.) Norwell (21-5 in 2013-2014)
If the Lady Knights are anything, they are consistent. Norwell has won 21 games for six consecutive seasons, but their run to the North semistate game last season was maybe their most impressive feat. Norwell is a program where everyone comes in understanding a system, executing a system, and they play with great organization and confidence. They did graduate wings Laken Chaney and Kelsey Beer, but the return a great deal of experience that should help them make another deep tournament run. 5-9 senior wing Hanna Smith is a deep-shooting threat who can also play physically around the basket. 5-9 junior forward Stephanie Conrad was an all-conference performer because of her motor and ability to rebound the ball at a high rate. 5-3 junior point guard Kaycee Strunk, 5-5 junior guard Mackenzie Sawyer, 5-5 senior guard Liara Isnogle, and 5-6 senior guard Madison Stinson are just steady perimeter performers who take care of the ball and hit shots when left open. Look for 5-5 sophomore point guard Kaylee Roller and 5-9 junior forward Quinn Shelton to have enhanced roles this season.
7.) Benton Central (16-4 in 2013-2014)
Benton Central has been very good over the last ten years, and look for them to continue that trend this season. They have a nice blend of size and skilled perimeter players, and they didn’t suffer major graduation losses. The two main contributors they did lose were point guard Tessa Brouillette and forward Evonnie Payne. However the Lady Bison have a formidable frontcourt that starts with juniors Kaylan Coffman and Katie Shields. Coffman is a versatile 6-2 forward who can play inside or out. Shields is a powerful 6-0 post who loves contact and plays with a good motor. She’s been a varsity starter since her freshman year. On the perimeter, look for 5-8 sophomore guard Madison Tolen to really improve her scoring output this season, as she’s a very accurate knock-down shooter. Also in the backcourt look for 5-5 junior point guard Bayley Goodman to contribute, as well as some other underclassmen.
8.) NorthWood (19-6 in 2013-2014)
NorthWood is still a very formidable team in Northern Indiana in Class 3A, though they did graduate front-liner Morgan Olson, wing Taylor Fielstra, post Tiffanie Alexander, and forward Inger Yoder. The former three were all starters, and Olson is currently playing at Youngstown State. The Black Swish does return arguably their most talented player in 6-0 senior wing Jordyn Frantz, a Saint Louis commit. Frantz is versatile and can play either guard or wing. The other returning starter is 5-6 senior guard Haley Roe, who is as tough as they come and has a real nose for the ball at both ends of the floor. Looking to step into key positions this year will be 5-11 senior post Shyla Southern, 5-9 senior forward Ashley Yoder, 5-4 sophomore point guard Taitlyn Trenshaw, and 5-6 senior guard Tori Schwartz.
9.) Rushville Consolidated (19-5 in 2013-2014)
The Rushville Lady Lions haven’t had a losing season since 2002-2003, and I wouldn’t anticipate anything close to one this season, despite the loss of three key graduates. Out the door went Mackenzie Campbell, Keragan Niehoff, and Kelsi Ash, and they took with them approximately 35 points, 22 rebounds, and 6 assists per game. However the Lady Lions welcome back 5-9 senior wing Sarah Cook, who missed much of last season after a severe knee injury sidelined her. She was at 13.7 points and 6.3 rebounds in her only three games of the year. Look for her to be back to form leading the charge, along with a nice group of youngsters who have been waiting their turn. The best of the bunch is probably 5-2 sophomore point guard Kaitlyn Howe, but also look for 5-8 junior wing Makayla Herbert, 5-6 sophomore guard Brooke Ash, 5-2 junior guard Lilly Cramer, 5-5 junior wing McKenzie Woolston, and 5-8 sophomore forward Brandi Adkins to join the rotation this year.
10.) Fort Wayne Concordia Lutheran (19-4 in 2013-2014)
Coach David Miller always has his Concordia Cadets ready to play come tournament time, and they won state titles in 2010 and 2012 under his charge. This year they’ll have to take the floor without do-everything wing Courtney Smith and forward Taylor Sparks, both 2014 graduates. However look for a couple of regulars last year to step into more prominent roles this season. 5-9 senior wing De’Jour Young is a tough, physical, and strong athlete who can play multiple positions and score in a variety of ways. 5-11 sophomore forward Shania Kelly is another physical athlete who is a monster on the boards. Throw in there 5-9 senior wing Erin Adair, 5-4 senior guard Rachel Kammeyer, and a host of other newcomers, and Concordia will again be a tough “out” in the Summit City region.
11.) Madison Consolidated (17-3 in 2013-2014)
Madison is a team who is dealing with a lot of graduation losses. Out via the diploma are Whitney Wynn, Macky Hecox, Alex Thurnal, Ireland Falconberry, and Delanie Jones. That group combined to average over 36 points, 16 rebounds, and 11 assists a game. They do however return their leading scoring in 6-1 senior forward Olivia Crozier, a Southeast Missouri State commit. Crozier is a do-everything forward who can put this team on her back at times. 5-8 junior guard Katie Hartman and 5-11 sophomore forward Sage Sproles showed signs over the summer of being able to step into bigger roles this season. Hartman is a smooth combo guard, while Sproles is a high-energy power forward who likes physicality. If someone else like 5-8 junior forward Delanie Liter or 5-2 senior guard Raven Lee can step up as well, look for Madison to maintain its winning ways in the Southeast portion of the state.
12.) Gibson Southern (14-8 in 2013-2014)
Gibson Southern might be a real sleeper in Sectional #32, as they return a wealth of experience to the roster. They graduated only a pair of forwards in Vailey Eberhard and Jordan Robinson. Returning to the lineup are three double-figure scorers in 6-0 junior forward Maddie Raley, 6-0 senior center Hannah Cosby, and 5-3 senior point guard Kiana Smith. Raley is a talented perimeter forward, Cosby cleans up underneath, and Smith can score from the perimeter or get into gaps and create offense. Potentially looking to also contribute this season are 5-5 senior guard Emily Simpson, 5-8 senior forward Alyssa Bright, and 5-8 junior forward Lora Barton.
13.) John Glenn (15-4 in 2013-2014)
John Glenn is a team who could be a real surprise this winter. They return four starters and their 6th man from a team that really only regularly played six players. The lone graduate was wing Erin Patterson. On the frontline 6-0 senior center Loren Vukovits controls things. She’s a strong, tough-nosed post with a good motor and some skill away from the basket. Also up front is 5-10 senior forward Morgan Eggleston, a hard-working forward who is a blue-collar kid. Two more seniors lead the perimeter attack in 5-4 wing Kyler Columbia and 5-3 wing Natalie Shetler. They are very accurate perimeter shooters who can be absolutely lethal at times. But it was the addition of 5-4 sophomore point guard Kyannah Stull last year that likely helped the Lady Eagles the most. Stull is a jet on the floor and can cause problems both offensively and defensively.
14.) Evansville Reitz Memorial (9-13 in 2013-2014)
Reitz Memorial Head Coach Bruce Dockery always has a trick up his sleeve, and last season it helped the Lady Tigers knock off Princeton in the sectional semifinal. Despite not posting a great record last season, Memorial was very young and took their lumps as they went. They played as many as four freshmen and two sophomores on a regular basis. This season, anticipate them being much stronger. They are led by versatile 5-10 senior forward Stephanie Sherwood, who is one of the most complete forwards in the state. Helping her up front is 6-4 junior post Emily Sullivan, a long shot-blocker who has also improved her ability to score the ball. In addition to those two, look for 5-6 sophomore guard Kendall Falkenstein, 5-4 sophomore guard Caroline Newland, 5-10 junior forward Cheyenne Warren, 5-7 sophomore guard Allie Murphy, 6-0 senior post Lindsey Barnes, and 5-10 sophomore forward Carlie Nussmeier to turn a weakness (young team) into a strength (deep bench).
15.) Lebanon (17-6 in 2013-2014)
The Lebanon Tigers were another team who played with a lot of youth last season, and they are hoping it culminates into a deep run in the state tournament the next couple of years. The Tigers are led by 5-10 junior Kristen Spolyar, a Butler commit who scored 22.5 points a game a year ago. She can bury shot after shot with range well beyond the 3-point line. Junior classmate Peyton Terrill is a strong and aggressive 5-11 post who battles on the boards and can score some inside. 5-6 sophomore point guard Brooke Montgomery got a great deal of experience last season, and her role should expand this season. 5-5 sophomore guard Kassidi Cadle and 5-6 senior guard Mallory Cast are both very capable guards who will help on the perimeter as well. At some point this season look for 5-9 freshman forward Tori Harker.
15 More Teams in Class 3A to Keep an Eye on This Season:
Bishop Chatard, Bishop Dwenger, Charlestown, Columbia City, Eastbrook, Fairfield, Heritage, Leo, Rochester, Southridge, Tippecanoe Valley, Tri-West, West Lafayette, Western Boone, Whitko
15 Prospects Who Stand Out in Class 3A:
Kaylan Coffman, 2016, 6-2 F/C, Benton Central
Kaylan is a little under-the-radar right now, probably because of her location. She is a versatile, skilled, fairly physical kid who can knock down perimeter jumpers or bury you in the paint and finish with a variety of post moves. She’s sort of a face-up ‘4’ who spends a bit more time in the post taking advantage of her size. Either way, she’s a mismatch nightmare at times, and colleges are taking notice.
Olivia Crozier, 2015, 6-1 F, Madison Consolidated, Committed to Southeast Missouri State
Olivia is another solidly built forward who can take advantage of her size around the lane, and she can stretch defenses with her perimeter shooting ability. She has spent a lot of time working on developing her handle, so at times she can take post players outside and beat them off the dribble. She is typically a double-double waiting to happen each time out.
Alex Davison, 2015, 5-11 F, Salem, Committed to Southern Indiana
Alex is already a very nice basketball player and a solid talent, but her best days are probably ahead of her because she’s still developing her frame. She is somewhat slender, long, fluid, and pretty smooth with the basketball. She plays a “point forward” position and runs offense for her team. She has a developing perimeter jumper, but it’s her ability to blow by defenders that makes her dangerous.
Jordyn Frantz, 2015, 6-0 G/F, NorthWood, Committed to Saint Louis
Jordyn is one of the most talented kids in the state who gets forgotten about quite often. She is very skilled, long, fluid, and she can score in a variety of ways. She could stand to improve her lateral quickness and overall speed, but she handles like a point guard, shoots it like a 2-guard, and she has the size to battle inside for rebounds. She’s also versatile defensively and can defend multiple positions.
Maddie Raley, 2016, 6-0 F, Gibson Southern
It seems like 3A has a lot of versatile forwards, and Maddie is no different. She is long, athletic, and skilled inside or out. She can knock down perimeter jumpers or drive by you to the basket and finish. She is still developing her overall strength, but her skillset is already very solid. As she gets stronger she should be able to post more effectively around the lane and take better advantage of mismatches.
Madeline Raster, 2015, 5-8 G, South Bend Saint Joseph, Committed to Harvard
First of all, when a kid is headed to the Ivy League to play their college ball, it should tell you a lot about their work ethic. With regards to Madeline, it probably doesn’t say enough. Madeline might have the motor of all motors in Indiana right now. She is a skilled kid, tough as nails, but she just goes, and goes, and goes. She is just fun to watch, and she’s a part of the reason Saint Joseph is very good this year.
Aly Reiff, 2017, 5-11 G, Whitko
in the Class of 2017, Aly is the definition of versatility. She can play any of the perimeter positions and could probably play power forward as well in some cases. She handles it like a point guard, can hit perimeter jumpers with consistency, and now she’s attacking the rim much stronger and finishing through contact. She also plays with a good motor and uses her length well defensively.
Jayla Scaife, 2016, 5-11 F, Muncie Central, Committed to Dayton
Jayla is a very talented individual who just wows you at times with her incredible fluidity and bounce off the floor. She plays with a tremendous motor, rebounds the ball extremely well, and she can play multiple positions. Actually you can’t define her by position other than to see she’s just a ballplayer. As her perimeter jumper and handle steadily improve, her offensive game is expanding rapidly.
Tori Schickel, 2015, 6-2 C, Evansville Mater Dei, Committed to Butler
Tori has been a name in Indiana for some time now, probably because of Mater Dei’s regular trips to the State Finals. At the same time, her popularity is justified. Tori might be one of the most skilled kids in the state inside of 15-feet. She can really stick the mid-range jumper, she can put it on the floor 2-3 dribbles, and she’s very good with her back-to-the-basket. She’s just a nice all-around ballplayer.
Stephanie Sherwood, 2015, 5-10 F, Evansville Reitz Memorial, Committed to Maryville-MO
Stephanie might be the most skilled, most versatile forward in the state in the Class of 2015. She isn’t necessarily the most explosive or tallest for her position, but she is a fierce competitor, she is a smooth shooter from all levels, and she loves physicality and will rebound the ball aggressively. As a high school program, if you have a girl like this you’re going to win a lot of basketball games.
Kristen Spolyar, 2016, 5-10 F, Lebanon, Committed to Butler
Kristen is another rugged, tough-nosed competitor who exemplifies being highly skilled. While she isn’t the most athletic kid in her class, she’s really developed her handle and has figured out a way to use it to create space or to get defenders on her hip and get to the free throw line. And if she has any space, watch out, because she is a deadly 3-point shooter with range approaching 30-feet.
Daly Sullivan, 2017, 5-8 G, South Bend Saint Joseph
Daly is another member of the trio of elite guards at South Bend Saint Joseph. She has an already-strong frame that should continue getting stronger, she plays with a poise above her years, and she is very skilled with the basketball. She handles it going either direction well, she sets up her teammates regularly, and she is a good perimeter shooter with consistent range to about 23-feet.
Emily Sullivan, 2016, 6-4 C, Evansville Reitz Memorial
Emily moved into Memorial from North Carolina last year, and she was only about 6-1 when she arrived. She is actually young for her age and still developing physically. She is very long, fairly fluid, and just needs to get stronger and more explosive vertically. Skillfully she is a nice-looking face-up ‘5’ who can step back and hit 15-footers all day against low-post defenders. She also blocks a lot of shots.
Michelle Weaver, 2015, 5-8 G, South Bend Saint Joseph, Committed to Butler
The third member of that Saint Joseph backcourt is Michelle. She is a versatile and skilled combo guard who does a little of everything well. She can really shoot the basketball from the perimeter, she handles it well, and she’s starting to go the rim off the dribble much better. She also plays with a very good motor and is a willing defender who can take on multiple types of opponents.
Jackie Young, 2016, 6-0 G/F, Princeton Community, Committed to Notre Dame
Jackie is one of the most versatile, most talented prospects in the entire state, regardless of class. She is long, fluid, very athletic, and highly skilled. A lot of times people comment that she’s not going hard, but in reality she makes things look so effortless. She can handle it like a point guard, shoot it like a 2-guard, rebound like an athletic power forward, and defend just about every position well, except maybe center.
25 Additional Prospects in Class 3A to Keep an Eye On:
Taya Andrews, 2016, 5-8 G/F, Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger
Arielle Blankenship, 2017, 5-11 F, Boonville
Taylor Boyd, 2017, 6-3 C, Hamilton Heights
Sarah Cook, 2015, 5-9 F, Rushville Consolidated, Committed to IU-East
Brianna Cumberland, 2017, 5-8 G, Whitko
Brooke Ebbing, 2015, 5-11 F, Brownstown Central
Lacey Garrett, 2015, 5-7 G, Crawfordsville, Committed to Taylor
Lauren Godfrey, 2015, 5-6 G, Blackford
Tattenai Hall,2015, 6-0 F/C, Heritage, Committed to Evansville
Kaitlynn Henning, 2015, 5-6 G, Charlestown
Karen Jones, 2015, 5-10 F, Tri-West
Shania Kelly, 2017, 5-11 F, Fort Wayne Concordia Lutheran
Kendall Knapke, 2015, 6-0 F, Heritage, Committed to Indiana Tech
Anna Logan, 2015, 6-0 F/C, Bishop Chatard
Laurhen Pickett, 2015, 5-10 F, Twin Lakes
Mikayla Rowan, 2015, 6-0 F/C, Northview, Committed to Southern Indiana
Anne Secrest, 2017, 6-0 F/C, Tippecanoe Valley
Hanna Smith, 2015, 5-9 F, Norwell, Committed to Trine
Iyanna Turner, 2016, 5-10 F, Gary Roosevelt
Maddison Ubelhor, 2015, 5-9 G, Jasper
Loren Vukovits, 2015, 6-0 C, John Glenn, Committed to IU-South Bend
Greta Winkeljohn, 2015, 6-1 C, Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger, Committed to Saint Francis-IN
Aubrey Wright, 2015, 5-7 G, Columbia City, Committed to Taylor
De’Jour Young, 2015, 5-9 G/F, Fort Wayne Concordia Lutheran