The wait is over Hamilton Southeastern!
Sydney Parrish is Hamilton County’s 2020 Indiana Miss Basketball.
The announcement was made early Friday afternoon, where Anthony Leal of Bloomington South was named Mr. Basketball.
Parrish, the 6-2 shooting guard, becomes Hamilton Southeastern’s first Miss Basketball. The senior is a McDonald’s All-American and the Indiana MaxPreps Player of the Year. She was named the Indiana Female Gatorade Player of the Year in 2019.
She’s also only the second Hamilton County player to be so honored as the Miss Basketball recipient. Carmel’s Amy Dilk earned the title in 2018.
Parrish, who has signed with the University of Oregon, was selected IndyStar Indiana Miss Basketball for 2020 through voting of media and girls varsity coaches.
Leal, a 6-5 senior guard from Bloomington South, was named IndyStar Indiana Mr. Basketball for 2020 in online voting of media and boys varsity coaches conducted and overseen by the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association and All-Star game director Mike Broughton.
The Mr. Basketball and Miss Basketball awards go to the respective top boys basketball senior and top girls basketball senior in the state. The Mr. Basketball award is part of the IndyStar Indiana All-Star program that dates to 1939. The Miss Basketball award, along with the girls All-Stars, was added to the All-Star program in 1976.
Parrish received the girls accolade after receiving 102 votes in balloting that occurred in February. Madison Layden of Northwestern was second with 83 votes. Kendall Bostic, also of Northwestern, finished third with 22 votes.
Parrish accomplished all she could while leading the Hamilton Southeastern girls to a four-year 84-18 ledger. Her career with the Lady Royals was highlighted by a 27-1 record and a Class 4A state championship as a junior in 2018-19.
She followed by leading HSE to a 22-3 mark as a senior. She also became Hamilton County’s career female scoring leader this past season, scoring 1,925 points and breaking the 31-year-old record set by the late Courtney Cox of Noblesville.
Leal earned the boys honor after being named on 103 ballots submitted to Broughton during late March and early April. Tony Perkins of Lawrence North was runner-up in the voting with 37 votes. He was followed by Trey Galloway of Culver Academy with 33 votes, Johnell Davis of Gary 21st Century with 22 votes and Dre Davis of Lawrence Central with 15 votes.
Mr. Basketball and Miss Basketball traditionally wear No. 1 jerseys for the respective Indiana Boys All-Stars and Indiana Girls All-Stars in the annual series with Kentucky. However, the 2020 All-Star games have been canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic that has prompted government officials to implement stay-at-home mandates in Indiana, Kentucky and much of the nation. The All-Star games were to have been played June 5 in Georgetown, Ky., and June 6 at Southport Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.
Leal, an Indiana University recruit, averaged 18.2 points, 4.3 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 2.2 steals in leading Bloomington South to a 26-0 record and a Class 4A No. 1 ranking. His Panthers won the Columbus North Sectional and were set to face Floyd Central in a Seymour Regional semifinal when the IHSAA state tournament series initially was suspended and ultimately canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Leal is the second player from Bloomington South to win Mr. Basketball, joining Jordan Hulls in 2009. Leal also is the third consecutive Mr. Basketball to be headed to IU. He follows New Albany’s Romeo Langford (2018) and Center Grove’s Trayce Jackson-Davis (2019).