AP All-State teams filled with local talent

From Herald Staff Reports

It became rather obvious this past season just how many talented basketball players there are in the area. It’s safe to say that the Associated Press voters agree.

On Monday afternoon, the AP announced their All-State teams and honorable mention selections for both boys and girls basketball with several area players receiving honors.

For the boys, Southridge’s Colson Montgomery and Heritage Hills’ Murray Becher were high honorable mention selections while Jasper’s Jared Englert and Jackson Kabrick, Forest Park’s Curt Hopf, Northeast Dubois’ Reece Bauer and Heritage Hills’ Simon Scherry and Blake Sisley were all honorable mention selections.

On the girls side, Jasper’s Kortney Ruhe was the lone local selection as she was selected to the AP’s girls basketball honorable mention roster.

The boys first team All-State selections were Center Grove’s Trayce Jackson-Davis, Zionsville’s Isaiah Thomspon, Valparaiso’s Brandon Newman, Carmel’s John-Michael Mulloy and New Castle’s Luke Bumbalough.

First team All-State selections for the girls were Northwestern’s Madison Layden, North Harrison’s Lilly Hatton, Bedford North Lawrence’s Jorie Allen, Hamilton Southeastern’s Sydney Parrish and Northwestern’s Kendall Bostic.

Montgomery scored a total of 527 points during his sophomore campaign to break his own single-season scoring record. He averaged 21.1 points per game, 6.6 rebounds per game and 1.8 assists per game. He shot 62 percent from the field, 71 percent from the free-throw line and scored in double-figures every game. He’s just 12 points away from joining Southridge’s 1,000-point scoring club.

Becher averaged 20.4 points per game last season and joined Heritage Hills’ 1,000-point scoring club as just a junior. He scored in double-figures in all 24 of the Patriots games last season and scored over 20 points in 16 games. He also shot 65 percent from the free-throw line, averaged 4.6 rebounds per game, 1.8 assists per game and 1.7 steals per game.

Englert averaged 11.5 points per game during his senior campaign while also averaging 8.1 rebounds per game, 1.8 assists per game and 1.1 steals per game. He notched eight double-doubles on the season including the Wildcats sectional semifinal and championship victories over Evansville North and Evansville Reitz.

Kabrick averaged 12.7 points per game along with 3.3 rebounds per game and 3.1 assists per game and was often Jasper’s scoring leader. He emerged as an offensive threat during his junior campaign after only starting for about half of the season during his sophomore year.

Hopf scored 404 total points during his sophomore year as he averaged 16.2 points per game, 8.6 rebounds per game and 1.3 assists per game. He had six double-doubles including three of the Rangers final five games.

Bauer was third in the Blue Chip with an average of 17.3 points per game and led the Jeeps with 325 total points scored. He also led the way with 99 free throws made and had the highest-scoring single-game performance of the season with a 24-point outburst in a loss against Perry Central.

Scherry was a juggernaut for the Patriots as he averaged 15.6 points per game, 5.1 assists per game, 3.0 steals per game and 2.6 rebounds per game. He scored in double-figures in all but two games and shot 52 percent (53-of-101) from the three-point line.

Sisley had an impressive sophomore season for the Patriots and even picked up his first Division I offer (University of Evansville). He averaged 12.8 points per game, 7.6 rebounds per game and 1.6 assists per game. He had seven double-doubles for the Pats and was a premier post player throughout the season, throwing it down with authority when given the opportunity.

Ruhe finished her senior year as Jasper’s leading scorer with 12.8 points per game, including a 34-point outburst against conference foe Boonville. She also shot 31 percent from three-point, 74 percent from the charity stripe, grabbed 104 total rebounds, chalked up 50 assists, 30 steals and 36 pass deflections.

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