Photo provided // DEEP BALL: University senior Natalie Nickless hopes to represent Indiana at the High School 3-point Championship at this year's Final Four in San Antonio. After the first round of voting, the field has been narrowed to eight players from across the nation.
Photo provided // DEEP BALL: University senior Natalie Nickless hopes to represent Indiana at the High School 3-point Championship at this year's Final Four in San Antonio. After the first round of voting, the field has been narrowed to eight players from across the nation.
Your vote can help University High School senior Natalie Nickless represent Indiana through the High School 3-point Championship, held during this year’s NCAA Final Four in San Antonio.

After the first round of voting, the field has been narrowed to eight players from across the nation, with two Hoosiers remaining in the competition. The winner is determined through the #DreamFearlessly Fan Vote Competition — and a trip to Texas would make Nickless’ dreams come true.

“Being able to participate in the national 3-point contest has been a dream of mine since I was a little kid,” Nickless said. “I'm not sure I ever really felt it was attainable, considering I go to a 1A high school with only about 300 students. So, when Intersport, the company running the competition, contacted me about an opportunity to compete for a spot, I was ecstatic.”

Nickless defeated Sydney Johnson from Plant High School (Tampa, Florida) in the first round with a final vote percentage of 53.85 percent to 46.15 percent. She now faces off against Lexy Lake from Mercer County High School (Harrodsburg, Kentucky). At the time of print, Nickless trailed Lake 64.04 percent to 35.96 percent.

Voting can be done online at highschoolslam.com, and people can vote once per day on multiple devices between Feb. 21-28.

Nickless appreciates every single click.

“It honestly means the world that people are willing to take time out of their day to vote for me,” she said.

Nickless finished her career at University with 158 made 3’s, including 85 this season. She set the school record for most 3-pointers made in a career (129) against Scecina Memorial on Jan. 4.

People also have the option to vote for the boys’ 3-point competition and the boys’ slam dunk contest.

Carmel’s Tomi Taiwo is the other Indiana girls basketball player who remains in the competition.