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The Journal Gazette

Thursday, April 27, 2017 10:40 pm

Homestead's McLaughlin wins Miss Basketball

JOURNAL GAZETTE

INDIANAPOLIS – Homestead's Karissa McLaughlin won the 2017 Indiana Miss Basketball Award, announced Thursday at the Indiana Sports Awards at Clowes Memorial Hall.

McLaughlin, a 5-foot-8 guard, led Homestead to the girls program's first state championship. She averaged 25.9 points, 5.6 assists, 3.6 rebounds and 2.7 steals per game and shot 46.1 (111 for 241) from 3. The Purdue recruit finished her career with 2,586 points. She recently won the Tiffany Gooden Award as the SAC's best basketball player.

Indianapolis North Central's Kris Wilkes, an UCLA recruit and McDonald's All-American, won Mr. Basketball. He recorded a 77-22 record over four seasons and averaged 22.1 points and 7 rebounds per game as a senior.

Snider's Malik Williams, a 7-foot center, was a finalist for Mr. Basketball. Williams led the Panthers to their first SAC regular season title since 2009. The Louisville recruit averaged 21.5 points, 12.5 rebounds and 4 blocked shots per game.

The other finalists for Miss Basketball were Gary West's Dana Evans and Greenfield Central's Madison Wise. Also up for Mr. Basketball were Cloverdale's Cooper Neese and Castle's Jack Nunge.

Other awards for local athletes came from: DeKalb's Tyler Schwartz, who won Cross Country Runner of the Year for her junior season. She finished undefeated throughout the postseason, including the Barons' first individual state championship in the sport.

Bishop Dwenger's Jared Lamothe was named Hockey Player of the Year. Lamothe scored five goals as the Saints won the 2A state championship 7-4 over Adams/Marian.

Also, Leo's Eli Steiner was nominated for Boys Tennis Player of the Year. Steiner helped the Lions to a semistate appearance where they fell to North Central, while Columbia City's Brittney Kinney was nominated for Girls Bowler of the Year, and Eastside's Matt David was nominated for Boys Bowler of the Year.