ANDERSON, Ind. —
With the recently completed Madison County Boys and Girls Basketball Tournaments, Anderson’s girls and Pendleton Heights’ boys teams were crowned champions. The Herald Bulletin took time to hand out some highly unofficial awards for some of the outstanding performances and performers from last week’s action.
Most Outstanding Players
Boys — Kellen Dunham, Pendleton Heights
Pendleton Heights’ all-time leading scorer added another accolade to his resume by smashing the Madison County Tournament scoring record with 107 points in his three games.
He capped off the week with a 39-point effort against Anderson in the title game.
The previous mark was held by Lapel graduate Jason Holsinger, who scored 86 points in 2005.
Girls — Darien Thompson, Anderson
The Anderson junior came up big when it matter most. As balanced as Anderson’s scoring attack can be, Thompson was leaned on heavily and answered the call for her team with a game-high 26 points in the Lady Tribe’s 53-51 victory over Pendleton Heights in the girls championship game.
Boys — Chris Nunn, Liberty Christian
The Liberty Christian freshman surged onto the county tournament scene with a 34-point debut against Lapel in an 82-76 loss in overtime in the first round. He finished the tournament with 19 and 13 points for a total of 66 in three games.
Girls — Quincy Gary, Pendleton Heights
Opened the tourney with a career-high 19 points for the Arabians against Alexandria. She followed that with 15 points against Lapel in the second round.
Boys — Terrance Johnson, Anderson
Came off the bench for the Indians adding energy, defense and even a little scoring when Anderson needed it most. Johnson was especially effective in the semifinals against Frankton, filling in admirably when starting center Trey Boyd found himself in early foul trouble.
Girls — MacKenzie Boles, Lapel
The Bulldogs sophomore guard scored 19 points as Lapel beat Frankton for third place. She scored 21 points against Liberty Christian and 14 against Pendleton Heights in the semifinals.
Best Timing Award
Boys — Korbin Buster, Elwood
The Elwood senior put an early exclamation point on his high school career — which isn’t over yet — with a 51-point effort in a 75-68 victory over Madison-Grant in Wednesday’s consolation round. Buster finished with a three-game total of 86 points tying Holsinger for the second-most total points in tournament history.
Girls — Sharice Jones, Anderson
The Anderson junior only scored four points in the title game against Pendleton Heights, but they were the four biggest and timeliest of the evening.
Trailing 51-49 with 13 second left, Jones made a driving layup to tie the game. On the ensuing inbounds pass, teammate Jireh Hart knocked the ball away, Jones corralled it and was fouled with 6.3 seconds remaining. She calmly sank both free throws to give Anderson its first county crown since 2006.
Boys — The crowd at the boys final at Pendleton Heights
A throwback atmosphere to the halcyon days of Hoosier Hysteria was on hand to witness the boys final between Anderson and Pendleton Heights.
It wasn’t just fans of the Arabians and Indians that made the evening special. Supporters for Frankton and Lapel stayed in their seats after the third-place game between the Bulldogs and Eagles was completed to bolster a standing-room only crowd at Pendleton Heights on Friday.
Girls — A championship final that could be a rematch in the sectional
Another chapter in the burgeoning rivalry between Anderson and Pendleton Heights was authored in the girls championship game on Thursday.
The Lady Tribe held a 12-point lead at halftime, but the Arabians were able to mount a comeback and take the lead late in the game.
Anderson’s Sharice Jones would step into the spotlight at the end to win the game for Anderson.
The two teams could meet again in this year’s sectional.