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Here are our SUPER SENIOR 25 pre-season picks for 2003-2004 in alphabetical order.  (Many thanks to over 15 high school coaches who helped us select these players for the first time at the RRR.) All of these players display outstanding skills and most carry exceptional statistics.  This class, especially in the Region, is deep and talented. HOW deep? So deep we had to pad our Top 25.  There are also lots of very good players who were Just Under the Cut.  These young ladies will be pushing our SUPER SENIOR 25 throughout the season, and don't be surprised if a few of them push their way near the front of the senior basketball class.  We will be updating this list with college choices as they are announced. (*Indicates players from the Northwest Indiana Region).   

Candace Bain (6'2) C, Clarksville  - Doesn't get as much press, but is considered one of the top post players in the state. Runs the floor well for her size. Can dominate when she wants to. An excellent rebounder who also has a good shooting touch around the basket. Averaged 20 points and 10 rebounds last season. A member of the Indiana All-Star South Team this past summer. (BUTLER)

Janese BanksJanese Banks (5'10) G/F, Ben Davis - A great athlete who excels on both offense and defense. One of the most sought after recruits in Indiana. Excellent shooting range. A member of the Indiana Junior All-Star Core Team this past summer, and a 2003-04 Tremendous Twenty-Six selection. Listed as #80 in the 2003-04 Blue Star Top 100 High School Player rankings. Averaged 19 points and 9 rebounds last season. Considered a favorite for Miss Basketball this year. (WISCONSIN)

Kiki BytnerKiki Bytnar* (5'6) G, Calumet - One of the quickest guards in the state. Helped Calumet to their first Sectional Championship since 1976. An excellent long-range shooter, who can also penetrate to score. Considered by some to be one of the top point guards in the Class of 2004. Selected 1st Team All-Area by The Times and the Post-Tribune. Was an RRR All-Region 1st Team selection last year and attended the IBCA/IHSAA Top 100. Averaged 14.0 ppg, 5.7 apg, and 3.7 spg last season. (EASTERN ILLINOIS)

Ashley CazeeAshley Cazee (5'6) G, Martinsville - Sees the floor extremely well. Can slash to the basket or hit the open three. Excellent shooting range. Great ball handling and passing skills. A tough defender with cat-quick hands. Another in a long line of outstanding Martinsville players. Averaged 18 points and 5 assists last season. A member of the Indiana Junior All-Star South team this past summer. (College undecided) Photo courtesy of strempkagallery.com

Christina Cunningham (5'9) G, Perry Meridian - One of the top players in the nation. Listed as #59 in the 2003-04 Blue Star Top 100 High School player rankings. A member of the Indiana Junior All-Star South Team this past summer. A prolific scorer who can score from the outside or take it to the hoop. Averaged 12 points per game last year. Makes others around her better players. Is recovering from a summer knee injury, but is still considered a Miss Basketball candidate this year. (College undecided)

Karima DaviesKarima Davies* (6'1) F/C, Gary West Side - An outstanding post player  who made a significant difference for the Lady Cougars over the last three seasons. One of the best shot blockers in the Region with an excellent touch around the basket. Her potential is unlimited. Averaged 11.2 points and 8.0 rebounds per game last year. Selected All-Area 2nd Team by The Times. Was an RRR All-Region 1st Team selection last season. Also, a 2003-04 Tremendous 26 selection. (IUPUI) Photo courtesy of strempkagallery.com

Julie DeMuthJulie DeMuth* (5'11) F, Highland - Has been a force for the Highland Lady Trojans since her freshman year. Helped lead Highland to their third straight semi-state appearance. Averaged 17.5 ppg, 7.9 rbg, and 3.5 spg. One of the top post players in the state, Julie was selected to play on the Indiana Junior All-Star Core Team this summer. A 2003-04 Tremendous 26 selection. Named to the LAC All-Conference First Team, The Times All-Area 1st Team, Post-Tribune All-Area 1st Team, and AP All-State Honorable Mention. Was also named Player of the Year by The Times and Post-Tribune. The RRR All-Region Player of the Year last season. Considered a top candidate for Miss Basketball this year. (BALL STATE) Photo courtesy of strempkagallery.com

Belinda DrakeBelinda Drake* (5'4) G, Gary West Side - The emotional and energy catalyst for a successful Lady Cougars team. Helped Gary West Side roll to a 20-4 record and a Sectional Championship. Defeated unbeaten #2 state-ranked East Chicago Central Cardinals in the Sectional. Averaged 8 points and 4.3 assists per game last year. Named Post-Tribune Honorable Mention All-Area and selected The Times 1st Team All-Area. Was an RRR All-Region 1st Team selection last year. (IUPUI) Photo courtesy of strempkagallery.com

Courtney Felke (5'6) G, Rochester - A quick and agile guard who can score from the perimeter or slash to the basket. Her quickness also makes her an excellent defender. An excellent athlete who broke into the starting lineup as a freshman. A member of the Indiana Junior All-Star North team this past summer. Averaged 19.2 points and 7 assists last year. Led Rochester to a 22-3 season and 2A Sectional Championship. (EVANSVILLE)

Whitney FrameWhitney Frame (5'9) G, Randolph Southern - Good athlete with excellent all-around skills. Fundamentally sound player who can penetrate to score or hit the outside jumper. A team player with the ability to make her teammates better players. A tough competitor who knows how to win. Finished in the Top 10 of the state in scoring averaging 25 points a game. A member of the Indiana Junior All-Star South Team this past summer. (College undecided)

Cassie Freeman (5'10) G, Heritage Christian - Very quick and athletic for her size. The 5'10 Freeman helped propel her team to a 23-2 record and a No. 1 ranking in 2A last season. Averaged 18 points, 9 rebounds and 4.5 assists as a junior. Will join Candace Bain at Butler University next year. A member of the Indiana Junior All-Star North Team last summer. (BUTLER)

Kaleigh Gossman (6'0) F/C, Castle - Much more athletic and talented than her father. (Sorry, just couldn't resist zinging my old college roommate -- just kidding Dave!) Considered one of the top post players in the state. Runs the floor well for her size. Can bang with the big girls inside or score from the perimeter. A member of the Indiana Junior All-Star South team this past summer and is a 2003-04 IHSBG Tremendous 26 pick. Will only get better at the collegiate level. Photo from the Warrick News. (LIPSCOMB)

Chelsea Gugliotta (5'11) F/C, North Knox -  Very physical player who finds a way to score. Excellent defender. A tough rebounder who has become one of the top post players in the state. She's the niece of NBA Star Tom Gugliotta. She averaged 17 points and 10 rebounds this past season. A member of the Indiana Junior All-Star South Team this past summer. Lots of potential and good basketball genes make her a good college prospect. (LAMAR)

Gretchen Haehl (5'5) G, Shelbyville - An excellent scorer who has the strength to penetrate and can put up big numbers in a hurry. Can nail it from the perimeter or slash to the basket. Good quickness makes her a tough defender. Selected 2nd Team All-State by Hoosier Basketball Magazine last year. Averaged 13.8 points and 5.0 assists last season. Photo from the Shelbyville News.  (College undecided)

Lauren Hutton* (5'6) G, Valparaiso - Had a great year for the Lady Vikings as a solid and calming presence for a very young team. Led the team in scoring while also being called on to defend the opponent’s best player. Always hit the big shots in big games last season. Led Valparaiso to a Portage Sectional Championship. Selected All-Area 1st Team by The Times and 3rd Team All-Area by the Post-Tribune. Was an RRR All-Region 1st Team selection last year and attended the IBCA/IHSAA Top 100. Averaged 8.8 ppg and 3.9 apg this past season. (College undecided)  Photo courtesy of strempkagallery.com

Amber Jackson (6'1) F, Brebeuf - Very quick and athletic for her size. Great ball handling skills for a big girl. Quick first step to the basket allows her to blow by slower post players. Considered by many in the know to be one of the top players in the state. Tons of potential at the college level. A member of the Indiana All-Star North Team last summer. (NORTH TEXAS)

Marshay JollyMarshay Jolly* (5'9) G, Merrillville - Helped lead the Lady Pirates to a great season advancing all the way to the Sectional Championship Game at Portage last season. Marshay (right) is one of the area’s top rebounding guards, and has an excellent all-around game. Selected to the Indiana Junior All-Star North Team. Named Duneland Conference MVP. Named All-Area 1st Team by The Times and Post-Tribune. Was an RRR All-Region 1st Team selection last year and is a 2003-04 IHSBG Tremendous 26 pick. Averaged 14.5 ppg, 5.4 rpg, and 1.8 spg this past season. (Lists Columbia, Valparaiso, Toledo, and Indianapolis)  Photo courtesy of strempkagallery.com

Rachel Kenney (6'0) F, Mooresville - Excellent post player who will only get better on the wing at the college level. Can post up or score from the perimeter. Has an excellent all-around game. She's a force in the paint. A member of the Indiana Junior All-Star Core team this past summer. Averaged 15 points and 6 rebounds a game last season. (IUPUI)

Jaclyn LeiningerJaclyn Leininger (6'0) F, Warsaw - An athletic forward (left) with good shooting range. Very strong, can play inside with the big girls or light it up from the perimeter. A tough defender who is quick and smooth for her size. A member of the Indiana Junior All-Star Core team this past summer. Averaged 21 points and 6 rebounds last season. Could be a top contender for Miss Basketball. (MIAMI OHIO) Photo courtesy of strempkagallery.com

Ashley McGee (5'7) G, Hamilton Southeastern - One of the top guards in the state this year.  Excellent quickness and ball handling ability make her difficult to guard. A solid defender with quick hands and feet. Averaged 12 points and 8 assists last season. A member of the Indiana Junior All-Star North team this past summer. (College undecided)

Kristin Miller (6'0) F/C, Tri-Central - Another one who doesn't get much press, but has outstanding skills. A bring your lunch bucket, blue-collar type player, who has good size and strength. Has excellent offensive skills. Scored 25 points and hauled in 15 rebounds and was named MVP of the 1A State Champion Game last year. Averaged 13 points and 10 rebounds last season. Was an alternate for the Indiana Junior All-Star North team. (College undecided)

Brittany MyersBrittany Myers (5'9) G/F, Madison - One of top players down south is getting looks from some high-level DI programs. Recovering from a knee injury that kept her second-half stats below normal last season. Still managed to average 19.8 points a game last season and could contend for the state scoring title this season. (BELMONT)

Becca PapachBecca Papach* (5'10) G/F, Whiting - Led NWI in scoring last season at an amazing 21.8 points-per-game clip to go along with 10.8 rebounds per game. A hard-working, blue-collar player that is a threat in the paint but who can drop it in from anywhere on the floor. Whiting's all-time leading scorer will graduate as the best player ever to come out of the 1A Whiting system. Honors include IBCA/IHSAA Top 100, The Times 2nd Team All-Area, Post-Tribune 2nd Team All-Area and 1st Team RRR All-Area. (Listing Illinois State, Michigan State, Dartmouth, IUPUI) Photo courtesy of strempkagallery.com

Rebekah ParkerRebekah Parker (5'10) G/F, Tippecanoe Valley - An athletic forward with good shooting range. Very strong, rebounds well inside holding her own among the big girls. Good outside scoring touch makes her a threat to score from the perimeter. A tough defender, she played football in junior high. A member of the Indiana Junior All-Star North team this past summer. Averaged 18 points and 6 rebounds last season. Led Tippecanoe Valley to a 3A Sectional Championship. (EVANSVILLE)

Amanda Quattrocchi (5'6) G, Brebeuf Jesuit -  Considered by many as the best "pure" point guard in the state. Broke the school record for assists at Brebeuf early in her junior year. Will join high school teammate Amber Jackson on the roster at North Texas next year. (NORTH TEXAS)

Adrienne SquireAndrienne Squire (6'0) G/F, Indian Creek - She can dominate when she wants to. Excels on both offense and defense. One of the most complete players in the state. Has excellent court awareness and is also a great rebounder. A member of the Indiana Junior All-Star Core team this past summer. Averaged 26 points a game last year. A leading candidate for Miss Basketball. (PENN STATE)

Robyn Stone (5'6) G, Lawrence North - An excellent athlete with a smooth style of play. Has the speed to beat the defender off the dribble. Her lightening quick speed on defense creates nightmares for opposing teams. A member of the Indiana Junior All-Star Core Team last summer. Averaged 16 points, 11 rebounds, and 4 assists last season. Another Miss Basketball candidate. (College undecided)

Jennifer VanderZanden* (5'11) F, Lake Central - Helped lead the Indians to a great season against a brutal schedule. Despite her size, she is one of the area’s top post players. Has an excellent all-around game. Selected All-Area 1st Team by The Times, 3rd Team by the Post-Tribune and attended the IBCA/IHSAA Top 100. Was an RRR All-Region 1st Team selection last season. Averaged 13.5 ppg and 7.6 rpg this past season. (College undecided) Photo courtesy of strempkagallery.com
 

UNDER THE CUT

From the Region:

Alyse Bruszewski* (5'8) F, Wheeler - A tough competitor that has been an impact player for the Bearcats since her freshman season. Averaged 10.1 points over 21 games last season and will be an important leadership factor for a Wheeler team that is expected to make waves in their first season with the Lake Athletic Conference.  Was a Times Honorable Mention in 2002-03.  (College undecided)

Cat CampbellCat Campbell* (5'7) G, Chesterton - The last of a long line of talented daughters for successful and respected Coach Jack Campbell at Chesterton. Cat is a smart player that gives 100% every game. Averaged 8.0 points as the savvy floor leader for the Trojans last season and should have a great senior season. Was a Times Honorable Mention in 2002-03 and attended the IBCA/IHSAA Top 100. (Indiana Wesleyan) Photo courtesy of strempkagallery.com

Holly Martin (5'7) G, North Newton - An excellent penetrating guard who kicks the ball out for wide open shots by her team mates. Selected Honorable Mention by The Times and averaged 11.0 points per game last season. (College undecided)

Kim McCloskey* (5'10) G/F, Andrean - The answer to Andrean's offense last season, averaging 9.5 points and 8.0 rebounds per game. The 'Niners will be depending on her more than ever this season and our best guess is that she is up to the challenge. Was a Times Honorable Mention in 2002-03.   (MONMOUTH)

Nikki McDonald* (5'7) G, Portage - Was a contributing factor for the Indians early on as a freshman and has had to help carry the load for Portage ever since. A good floor leader who has matured greatly in skills and confidence. She will be the emotional leader and main offensive threat for a young and rebuilding Portage team this season. Was a Times Honorable Mention in 2002-03 and attended the IBCA/IHSAA Top 100. Averaged 10.5 points over 22 games last season.  (College undecided)

Jill McElmurry (5'9) G, Hanover Central - She has good size for a guard and can score from anywhere on the floor. Voted to the PCC All-Conference Team last season and All-Area Honorable Mention by The Times and Post-Tribune. Averaged 13.7 points per game in 2002-03. (College undecided)

Blayre ReevesBlayre Reeves* (5'10) F, Crown Point - A strong inside player that started for the Bulldogs as a sophomore and a junior. The best of CP's Class of 2004, this should be her best season yet as a senior leader for a young Bulldogs team. Attended the IBCA/IHSAA Top 100.  (College undecided) Photo courtesy of strempkagallery.com

Lisa Schulfer* (6'0) F/C, Lowell - An impact player since her frosh season, Schulfer has helped carry the Red Devils program for the past three years. A good defender around the basket, Schulfer is athletic and hard-working. A Times Honorable Mention in 2002-03.  (College undecided)

Linsey Smith* (5'10) G, Lake Central - A deadly threat from 3-point range, Smith has been a staple in the Lake Central lineup since her freshman season. Averaged 11.2 points per game last season while shooting 77% from the free throw line. Was a Times 2nd Team All-Area and RRR 2nd Team in 2002-03. (College undecided)

Megan Walczak* (5'9) G/F, Hobart - A much overlooked player in NWI, but she produces every time out on the floor. A natural 2 or 3, but pitched in as point guard for a young Brickies team last season. Averaged 12.0 points per game and shot 87% from the free throw line as a junior. Was All-Duneland Conference, a Times Honorable Mention and 2nd Team All-RRR in 2002-03.  (College undecided)

From around the state:

Kelli Agness (5'1), G, North Central

Amy Austin (5'7) G, Jeffersonville

Jasmine Baines (5'11) F, Jeffersonville

Byrdwell, Kim (5'9) F, Danville

Ashley Conner (5'7) G, North Central (BUTLER)

Nora Didrick (5'8) G, Fort Wayne Northside  (BETHEL)

Kristin Drabyn (5'6) G, Avon

Jenny Fitzwilson (6'2) G/F, South Dearborn

Jessica Grove (5'6) G, Danville

Kelsey Gurganus (5'9) G/F, Perry Meridian (SOUTHERN MISS)

Sarah Harper (6'3) F/C, Mooresville (VALPARAISO)

Jessica Hathaway (6'0) G/F, Fort Wayne Luers

Bianca Haverstock (5'5) G, Crawford County

Melissa Hawkins (5'10) F, Huntington North

Jessica Henn (6'0) C, Huntington North

Allison Hughes (5'9), G/F, North Vermillion

Vanessa Jackson (6'0) C/F, Culver Academy

Amie Joyal (6'0) C/F, Cannelton

Molly Land (5'11) G/F, Hauser

Laura McClintic (5'8) G/F, Tell City

Whitney Medworth (5'10), G/F, Northview

Anne Morningstar (5'10), G/F, Seeger

Ginna Napier (5'8) G/F, Scottsburg

Leslie Ricker (5'9) G/F, North Posey

Jackie Rogers (5'6) G, Jeffersonville

Tamesha Scotton (5'10) F, Fort Wayne Carroll

Angela Smith (5'9) G/F, Floyd Central

Katy Stephenson (5'7) G, Madison-Grant

Hannah Stivers (5'11) F, Scottsburg

Emily Strandmark (5'8) G/F, Madison

Laura Thiem (5'8) G/F, East Noble

Brittanie Thompson (5'10) F, New Castle

Deanna Thompson (6'0) F/C, Center Grove

Sarah Thompson (5'10) C/F, Edgewood

Kylee Wood (5'7) G, South Vermillion

Sarah Wilson (5'9) G/F, Bloomington South

Natalie Young (5'11) C/F, Adams Central (BETHEL)

Hannah Zimmerman (6'1) G/F, Cass

 

 
 

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