Meek POW

Maddy Meek (15, far right) buries a free throw against visiting Eastern Hancock as Jayci Reeves (24) and Brooklyn Willis (11) wait along the foul lane during Tuesday night’s girls basketball game in the Fieldhouse. Meek has been named District 2 girls IBCA/Franciscan Health Player of the Week for her 32-point, 18-rebound performance against visiting Wapahani on Jan. 6.

INDIANAPOLIS — With nearly everyone returning to school last week, the high school basketball season took its turn toward the second half, as conference title races are tightening up.

The six players we have chosen as the Week-10 IBCA/Franciscan Health Players of the Week each performed at a high level, and nearly all of those performances proved crucial to their team’s success.

Chesterton senior Travis Grayson, Westfield senior Braden Smith, Austin senior Brysen Montgomery, Maconaquah senior Lilly Maple, New Castle senior Maddy Meek, and Cannelton junior Kendall Hale have been selected as recipients for Jan. 3-Jan. 8 in the recognition program coordinated by the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association.

Grayson is the boys’ winner, while Maple is the girls’ winner in District 1. Smith and Meek are the boys’ and girls’ honorees, respectively, in District 2. Montgomery is the boys’ recipient, and Hale is the girls’ recipient in District 3.

New Castle senior Maddy Meek had a career performance Thursday against a good Wapahani squad. The 5-8 forward scored 32 points on 10-of-19 shooting, plus she was dangerous outside, knocking down seven shots from three-point range in the 66-49 win.

Additionally, Meek grabbed 18 big rebounds in the victory, helping the Lady Trojans to their fourth win in their last five tries.

Meek is the second local girl named IBCA/Franciscan Health District 2 Player of the Week in consecutive weeks.

Last week, Blue River Valley senior Ally Madden was chosen for her play in the Union City Girls Holiday Tournament, which the Vikings won.