Posted On: 11/28/21 11:50 AM

The featured image is of Jaylah Lampley Jaylah Lampley 6'1" | SF Lawrence Central | 2025 State IN (2025) of Lawrence Central High School.

There are 13 weeks of regular season games scheduled during the IHSAA girls’ basketball season each year, and Thanksgiving weekend represents roughly the first third of the season by weeks. Most teams have played four, six, even eight or more games at this point, so it’s time to look back at the first third of the 2021-2022 season and look at which teams are hot, who’s trending up, and who’s playing unexpectedly, along with some additional notes from Class 4A.

 

The Usual Suspects

The trio of Crown Point, Noblesville, and Franklin Community were expected to be top teams this season, and they have proven their worth through four weeks. #1 Crown Point did fall to a loaded Mount Notre Dame (Ohio) team yesterday in a shootout at Brownsburg High School, but otherwise they are 6-1 overall and 6-0 versus Indiana opponents. They are allowing just 22.3 points per game to their Hoosier foes, and they look to be playing better together this season. Senior guard Jessica Carrothers Jessica Carrothers 5'7" | CG Crown Point | 2022 State IN (18.9p, 3.6r, 5.0a, 3.6s) continues to be their floor general, but Senior forward  Jaylah Lampley Jaylah Lampley 6'1" | SF Lawrence Central | 2025 State IN (2025) of Lawrence Central High School. There are 13 weeks of regular season games scheduled during the IHSAA girls’ basketball season each year, and Thanksgiving weekend represents roughly the first third of the season by weeks. Most teams have played four, six, even eight or more games at this point, so it’s time to look back at the first third of the 2021-2022 season and look at which teams are hot, who’s trending up, and who’s playing unexpectedly, along with some additional notes from Class 4A.   The Usual Suspects The trio of Crown Point, Noblesville, and Franklin Community were expected to be top teams this season, and they have proven their worth through four weeks. #1 Crown Point did fall to a loaded Mount Notre Dame (Ohio) team yesterday in a shootout at Brownsburg High School, but otherwise they are 6-1 overall and 6-0 versus Indiana opponents. They are allowing just 22.3 points per game to their Hoosier foes, and they look to be playing better together this season. Senior guard Jessica Carrothers Jessica Carrothers 5'7" | CG Crown Point | 2022 State IN (18.9p, 3.6r, 5.0a, 3.6s) continues to be their floor general, but Senior forward  Lilly Stoddard Lilly Stoddard 6'4" | PF Crown Point | 2022 State #73 Nation IN (12.0p, 8.7r, 3.1b) has also gotten off to a strong start. Senior forward  Nikki Gerodemos Nikki Gerodemos 5'11" | PF Crown Point | 2022 State IN (6.3p, 5.0r) continues to be an unsung hero for this group with her energy and versatility, while Junior wing Brooke Lindesmith (4.6p, 4.6r) returns this season from an injury to add more depth to an already strong lineup. With no Seniors in the lineup, Noblesville is getting strong play from a talented group of youngsters. Junior guard Ashlynn Shade Ashlynn Shade 5'10" | CG Noblesville | 2023 State #33 Nation IN (20.1p, 8.4r, 5.3a, 4.4s) has been good against the state’s third toughest schedule thus far, per Jeff Sagarin’s ratings. Sophomore guard  Reagan Wilson Reagan Wilson 5'7" | PG Noblesville | 2024 State IN (11.4p, 3.7r, 5.6a, 3.1s) and Freshman guard  Meredith Tippner Meredith Tippner 5'9" | CG Noblesville | 2025 State IN (10.9p, 5.9r, 2.0a, 2.4s) help make up one of the state’s best backcourts. Throw in feisty Junior guard  Kaitlyn Shoemaker Kaitlyn Shoemaker 5'4" | PG Noblesville | 2023 State IN (9.6p, 2.1a, 2.0s), and the Millers are going to be tough to pressure and turn over all season. The Grizzly Cubs of Franklin Community showcased an offensive explosion last year, and they are even deeper this time around. Last season they started 11-0, and right now they sit at 8-0 headed into this week. Senior wing  Kuryn Brunson Kuryn Brunson 5'10" | SF Franklin Community | 2022 State IN (13.6p, 3.3r, 2.7a, 2.1s) continues to be their facilitator, and the 2021 Junior All-Star is one of their top offensive options. Senior guard  Ashlyn Traylor Ashlyn Traylor 5'8" | SG Franklin Community | 2022 State IN (14.6p, 6.3r, 2.3a, 3.6s) and Junior wing  Adelyn Walker Adelyn Walker 5'8" | SF Franklin Community | 2023 State IN (9.3, 2.9r, 2.6a), who are sisters, moved in from Martinsville this Fall and having given this group a huge boost at both ends of the floor. Sophomore Erica Buening Erica Buening 5'8" | SF Franklin Community | 2024 State IN (10.7p, 4.0r) has stepped up in a big way as well and given this team a nice, versatile forward. Add to them elite shooters  Lauren Klem Lauren Klem 5'0" | PG Franklin Community | 2024 State IN (4.7p, 3.0r, 2.3a, 2.6s), Scarlett Kimbrell Scarlett Kimbrell 5'11" | SF Franklin Community | 2024 State IN (5.6p, 4.9r), and  Kyndell Jochim Kyndell Jochim 5'11" | SF Franklin Community | 2023 State IN (5.6p, 2.7r), and this team gives opposing coaches matchup nightmares. Klem and Kimbrell are Sophomores, while Jochim is a Junior.   Early Arrivals While we figured Lake Central and Columbia City would be good, they are relying on talented young guards and have likely exceeded early season expectations to this point. Valparaiso has also sped out of the gates to a 7-0 start, and they have been clicking on all cylinders. Back to Lake Central, though, and the Indians have two Sophomores and two Freshmen in their starting lineup that has seen them race out to a 6-1 record with wins over Penn and Hammond Noll, while their lone loss was by nine points to the aforementioned South Bend Washington Panthers. Sophomore wing  Aniyah Bishop Aniyah Bishop 5'9" | SF Lake Central | 2024 State IN (15.3p, 4.2r, 2.8s) is healthy and playing at a high level. Sophomore Riley Milausnic Riley Milausnic 5'7" | PG Lake Central | 2024 State IN (10.5p, 3.3r) is one of Northwest Indiana’s better guards. Freshman point guard  Vanessa Wimberly Vanessa Wimberly 5'6" | PG Lake Central | 2025 State IN (9.5p, 4.0r, 3.0a, 3.8s) is a dynamic young playmaker who is getting things done early, and Freshman forward  Ayla Krygier Ayla Krygier 5'10" | PF Lake Central | 2025 IN (6.3p, 3.8r) has been a nice addition to the frontline because of her versatility and energy. Columbia City has several nice, young guards of their own, and they have helped the Eagles to a 7-0 start, including big wins over Carroll, Snider, and Luers. Senior wing Rebekah Marshall Rebekah Marshall 5'10" | SF Columbia City | 2022 State IN remains the leader of this group, and the skilled shooter welcomes the help from her underclassmen. Sophomore point guard  Kyndra Sheets Kyndra Sheets 5'6" | PG Columbia City | 2024 State IN is extremely tough-nosed and competitive, plus she controls tempo well and can knock down shots consistently. Freshman point guard  Addison Baxter Addison Baxter 5'8" | PG Columbia City | 2025 State IN is quick/fast and dynamic off the bounce, she can create or score it herself, and she uses her length and athleticism well defensively. Valparaiso is off to their first 7-0 start this century, and it’s their best start to a season since the early 2000s when they won four consecutive Sectional titles. They do have a date in a couple of weeks with Crown Point. For the Vikings, they are getting tremendous balance out of their lineup, with five girls averaging eight or more points per game. Sophomore wing Becca Gerdt (10.0p, 3.3r, 3.7s) leads the way with her hustle, and Junior guard Kristin Bukata Kristin Bukata 5'7" | PG Valparaiso | 2023 State IN (9.2p, 2.0a, 3.4s) has created opportunities offensively and defensively as well. Senior wing  Amelia Benjamin Amelia Benjamin 5'8" | SF Valparaiso | 2022 State IN (8.2p, 3.7r, 2.5a, 3.5s) brings tremendous energy and toughness, Senior forward  Bolanle Ayangade Bolanle Ayangade 5'10" | PF Valparaiso | 2022 State IN (8.2p, 4.7r, 2.7s) is a talented athlete who creates problems at the top of their 1-3-1, and 6-1 Senior forward Emma Gerdt (8.0p, 3.8r, 2.3a, 3.0s, 1.7b) has been a nice weapon at both ends of the floor.   Don’t Be Surprised Keep an eye out for Jennings County, Fort Wayne Snider, and Lawrence Central as this season progresses. Jennings County probably doesn’t get the publicity they deserve being down South, but they have posted 16 wins two of the last three seasons, and now they are leaning heavily on a pair of Sophomores. The Panthers currently sit at 7-0, and they have put together strong outings against Scottsburg (5-2), Charlestown (4-2), Salem (4-2), and Jeffersonville (5-3). 6-foot Sophomore front-liner  Juliann Woodard Juliann Woodard 6'0" | PF Jennings County | 2024 State IN is a powerful forward who can control the paint or play in the mid-post effectively. Sophomore wing  Alivia Elmore Alivia Elmore 5'8" | SF Jennings County | 2024 State IN plays with a nonstop motor and is a willing defender/rebounder type who can also score it at all three levels consistently. Two Seniors do contribute, and they are versatile forward  Lily Ernstes Lily Ernstes 5'8" | SF Jennings County | 2022 State IN and guard Kali Thompson. Ernstes is a jack-of-all-trades type who can play inside or out, while Thompson can knock down an outside shot or run offense when necessary. Fort Wayne Snider began the year just 1-2, but since then they have responded in a big way, with a 15-point win over Indianapolis North Central, and a 5-point win yesterday against a tough Fishers squad. It seems they have figured out a way to integrate California transfer  Jyah LoVett Jyah LoVett 5'7" | CG Fort Wayne Snider | 2022 State IN (14.0p, 4.7r, 2.8s) into the lineup. The 5-7 Senior guard is an explosive offensive weapon who had games of 61 points and 55 points last year on the West Coast. She was rated #9 in the 2022 class on our sister PGH California site. At the same time, the Panthers return a trio of standout Sophomores in point guard Jordyn Poole Jordyn Poole 5'6" | PG Fort Wayne Snider | 2024 State IN (13.5p, 2.5r, 3.2a, 2.0s), forward  Destini Craig Destini Craig 5'10" | SF Fort Wayne Snider | 2024 State IN (13.2p, 4.8r, 3.3s), and guard  Joh’nea Donahue Joh’nea Donahue 5'7" | SG Fort Wayne Snider | 2024 State IN (7.0p, 5.3r, 2.3s). Poole is a dynamic playmaker who has already drawn several mid to high-major Division-I offers. Craig is a tough-nosed, physical wing who can play inside out, while Donahue is another physical guard who can score it and defend all over the floor. The Bears of Lawrence Central started their season just 1-3, but they’ve also responded with three consecutive wins over Marion County rivals Pike, Heritage Christian, and Ben Davis, all by double-figures. 6-1 Freshman wing Jaylah Lampley Jaylah Lampley 6'1" | SF Lawrence Central | 2025 State IN (16.7p, 6.2r, 3.2a) has certainly lived up to her expectations as a top National prospect, and she is giving opponents a handful every night. Senior guard  Tori Smiley Tori Smiley 5'7" | CG Lawrence Central | 2022 State IN (15.3p) is an athletic scorer who can fill it up in bunches from everywhere, while Sophomore wing Denyah Jacobs (13.3p, 4.3r, 3.5s) is a strong and physical point forward type who give the Bears a third double-digit scoring threat. Senior wing  Montasia McAllister Montasia McAllister 5'10" | SG Lawrence Central | 2022 State IN (8.0p, 4.8r) has a smooth stroke outside and the potential to erupt at any time as well. 6-1 Sophomore front-liner  Natalia Franklin Natalia Franklin 6'1" | PF Lawrence Central | 2024 State IN (2.8p, 5.2r) possesses a great deal of upside, and she will likely only get better with more experience. As this group continues to grow together, look for them to be a real threat in Sectional #10 in February.

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