A new name at the top

January 7, 2019

Coming into Saturday’s matchup with Bowman Academy, Michigan City star center Hannah Noveroske was 39 points away from tying former City guard and Eastern Illinois graduate Ta’Kenya Nixon’s mark of 1,610 career points.

With a lack of depth to clear the bench in a game that was decided pretty early on because of a scheduled junior varsity game elsewhere, the Wolves rolled 85-28 over Bowman thanks to Noveroske getting off to an excellent start and with a couple of balls bouncing her way, the 6-foot-5 gentle giant scored an even 40 on the day to sit atop the all-time leaderboard for scoring at Michigan City High School.

“She means so much to Michigan City High School,” Wolves coach Mike Megyese said. “She represents everything that our administration and our whole Michigan City community wants to be about. She really does. She’s a great student, a great basketball player and a great athlete in general. She’s a great kid coming from a great family. What more could you want representing your school’s community?”

Noveroske followed up her 20-point, 13-rebound, seven-block performance against Duneland Athletic Conference leader Crown Point on Friday with one of her highest scoring outputs of her career to break the record held by Nixon. The 2009 City graduate finished her career a year before Megyese arrived at the school after a successful run at South Bend St. Joseph’s that saw him coach four Indiana All-Stars, all Division-I players, and coach in two state title games.

“I didn’t have the pleasure of coaching Ta’Kenya, but she was just another amazing kid,” Megyese said. “When I took the job here, she reached out to me, e-mailed me and said, ‘Coach, good luck this season. I hope everything goes well for you.’ Here’s a kid that doesn’t know me or didn’t play for me, but she’s reaching out to me and wishing me the best. That shows me the type of kid she is.”

Reach Michael Whitlow at mwhitlow@thenewsdispatch.com or (219) 214-4169. Follow him on Twitter @couldbelikemike.

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