Familiarity rules this year’s American Family Insurance All-USA Central Indiana high school girls basketball team.
Four of the five members of the first team are repeat members, including three-time state champion Tyasha Harris of Heritage Christian.
The 5-10 Harris, who is uncommitted for college, averaged 23.5 points, 5.6 rebounds, 4.5 steals and 3.8 assists as a senior and finished her career as the program’s all-time leader in points (2,004) and steals (487). She’s also third in career assists (426).
Harris is joined by four other seniors on the first team: Roncalli’s Lindsey Corsaro, Lawrence North’s Ae’Rianna Harris, Mt. Vernon’s Sydney Shelton and Lebanon’s Kristen Spolyar.
The 6-foot Corsaro, a Kentucky recruit and McDonald’s All American selection, averaged 25.3 points and 9.7 rebounds to lead Roncalli to a Class 4A regional title as a senior. She set seven school records, including career points (1,904) and points in a season (607).
Lawrence North’s Harris, a 6-1 Purdue recruit, was a defensive force for the Wildcats. Harris averaged 11.7 points, 10.4 rebounds and 4.2 blocked shots as a senior to help Lawrence North to a 20-4 record and sectional title.
The 5-9 Shelton, a Butler recruit, averaged 23.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 2.3 steals as a senior for Mt. Vernon. She is the all-time program and Hancock County leader for career points (1,985).
Spolyar, a 5-11 shooting guard, ended her high school career in record-setting fashion. The Butler recruit averaged 35.6 points, 9.1 rebounds, 5.1 steals and 3.8 assists and set a single-season state record with 1,031 points. Spolyar finished her career third on the state’s all-time scoring list with 2,882 points after leading Lebanon to the program’s first regional title in 15 years.
The lone junior on the second team is Greenfield-Central’s Madison Wise. The 6-foot forward averaged 22.7 points, 10.4 rebounds and 4.2 assists to lead the Cougars to a 23-5 record and the program’s first sectional title in 12 years.
The other four second-team selections are seniors. Lawrence North’s Lauren Dickerson, a 5-5 Miami (Ohio) recruit, averaged 15.5 points and 3.5 assists as she shot 42 percent from the 3-point line. Another guard, Greenwood’s 5-3 Holly Hoopingarner, averaged 23.6 points, 2.8 assists and 2.4 steals this season. Hoopingarner, an IUPUI recruit, led Greenwood to its best season in three years.
Also named to the second team were Pike’s Tyana Robinson and Noblesville’s Katelyn O’Reilly. The 5-9 Robinson, a Florida Atlantic recruit, averaged 15.2 points and shot 41 percent from the 3-point line. O’Reilly, a 5-11 forward, averaged 16.9 points and 8.8 rebounds and helped the Millers to back-to-back 23-win seasons.
There are two seniors on the third team – Carmel’s Emily Kmec and Noblesville’s Alexis Shannon. The 6-2 Kmec, a Lipscomb recruit, helped Carmel to its first sectional title in five years as she averaged 11.1 points, 7.0 rebounds and 2.5 steals. The 5-9 Shannon, a Florida Atlantic commit, averaged 17.4 points and 4.0 rebounds as a senior.
Plainfield’s Riley Blackwell, who averaged 12.1 points, 6.9 rebounds and 2.4 assists, was also named to the third team. The 6-1 junior helped the Quakers to a 24-3 season and the program’s first sectional title in a decade. Another junior, Covenant Christian’s Rachel McLimore, was also named. The 5-10 McLimore averaged 21.3 points, 6.4 rebounds and 3.4 steals to lead Covenant Christian to the Class 2A state finals.
The lone sophomore on the third team is Heritage Christian’s Katlyn Gilbert. The 5-10 Gilbert averaged 12.4 points, 6.2 rebounds and 2.8 steals to help the program to a 3A state championship.
There were 25 players named honorable mention. The seniors are Pike’s Alyssa Clay, Indian Creek’s Candace Danz, Roncalli’s Daesjah Ely, Heritage Christian’s Darby Foresman, Mooresville’s Morgan Matt and Lauren McBryar, Cathedral’s Maya Meredith, Danville’s Maleha Motter, Center Grove’s Lauren Rau, Westfield’s Haliegh Reinoehl and Allison Van Dyke, Cardinal Ritter’s Taylor Speckman, Greenwood’s Jae Taft, Brownsburg’s Aliyah Walker, Hamilton Southeastern’s Megan Walton and Ben Davis’ Erynn Young.
The juniors: Plainfield’s Kayla Casteel, Cardinal Ritter’s Abby Downard, Greenfield-Central’s Katie Helgason, Hamilton Southeastern’s Bre Lloyd and North Central’s Ajanae Thomas.
The sophomores: Whiteland’s Mackenzie Blazek, Carmel’s Amy Dilk and Blake Smith and Martinsville’s Kayana Traylor.
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2015-16 ALL-USA CENTRAL INDIANA GIRLS BASKETBALL TEAMS
Lindsey Corsaro, Sr., Roncalli
Ae’rianna Harris, Sr., Lawrence North
Tyasha Harris, Sr., Heritage Christian
Kristen Spolyar, Sr., Lebanon
Sydney Shelton, Sr., Mt. Vernon
Lauren Dickerson, Sr., Lawrence North
Holly Hoopingarner, Sr., Greenwood
Katelyn O’Reilly, Sr., Noblesville
Tyana Robinson, Sr., Pike
Madison Wise, Jr., Greenfield-Central
Riley Blackwell, Jr., Plainfield
Katlyn Gilbert, So., Heritage Christian
Emily Kmec, Sr., Carmel
Rachel McLimore, Jr., Covenant Christian
Alexis Shannon, Sr., Noblesville