CULVER — Two basketball players in the Culver area were selected to Hoosier Basketball Magazine’s Top 100 seniors list.
Culver Community’s Gwen Zehner and Culver Girls Academy’s Kylee Shipley were both named to the annual list Thursday.
Players are chosen based on observation of games during the season as well as contact and discussion with numerous coaches, sportswriters, sportscasters and college recruiters throughout Indiana.
Further research and evaluation is occurring during the IHSAA state tournament to pare the list down to 60 seniors. Those 60 girls will be invited to Hoosier Basketball Magazine’s 30th annual Top 60 Senior Girls Workout on Sunday, March 13 on the campus of Marian University in Indianapolis.
Zehner, a 6-foot-1 Culver forward, owns 1,262 career points and a 16.7 per game average this season. She’s helped lead the 2A, No. 7 Lady Cavaliers to an undefeated Northern State Conference crown as well as Culver Holiday Tournament and Bi-County Tournament championships this season. The Cavs currently own a near-perfect record of 21-1 and will take on fifth-ranked Boone Grove at the North Newton Sectional tonight.
“What an awesome honor for Gwen. I’m so happy for her,” said first-year Culver head girls basketball coach Tony Scheub. “She’s been a great kid for me all season long. She was the focal point of the offense for three years and she’s kind of taken a reduced role this year with Patrice (McBee) and some of our guards stepping up, and she has never complained once. I couldn’t ask for a more coachable kid that’s willing to learn and wants to learn the game each day.”
“She’s been just a joy for me to coach all season long, and I’m very fortunate that I had the opportunity to coach her at least one year,” he added.
Shipley is a 5-11 point guard for the Eagles, boasting 1,190 career points with a 12.4 average this season. At point, she’s maneuvered her team to a 14-6 record. In CGA’s Sectional 19 win over three-time defending champion Plymouth Tuesday, Shipley played an all-around outstanding game with 12 points, eight assists, eight rebounds and two steals. The Eagles play New Prairie at the Rochester tourney tonight.
“Kylee has worked extremely diligently to improve herself in all facets and aspects of the game of basketball and is very deserving of this recognition as she has really put in the time to become one of the elite players in the state of Indiana,” said CGA head coach Gary Christlieb. “Teammates and coaches are all proud of her commitment and efforts, and we think it’s a most deserved honor.”