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Class of '66 Old Fart

(2020) G Sydney Parrish to Oregon

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Yeah, she's pretty good. Made it to the last cut for the U18 #uswnt back in the summer and the only in-state girl to make the ESPN Top 20 list for this class.      Same school as '19 F Amaya Hamilton who we offered back in Feb.


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2 IU targets Sydney Parrish ('20)  of Carmel and Amy Dilk ('18) of Carmel battled last night.

CARMEL — Hamilton Southeastern coach Chris Huppenthal knew what his team was up against when the Class 4A No. 7 Royals faced top-ranked Carmel on Friday afternoon. When the game finished, there was just one question left — who isgoing to beat the Greyhounds?

The Royals came in averaging 78 points per game. Carmel held them to nearly half that total, winning 53-43.

“Amy Dilk is one of the best guards in the state,” Huppenthal said. “Blake Smith is one the best post players in the state. You have a shooter in (Tomi) Taiwo, (Jasmine) McWilliams comes in and is athletic and can shoot it.

“They’re the best team in the state for a reason. I don’t know who’s gonna be good enough to beat them. They just have too many weapons.”

Carmel played up to its billing during the first half. The Greyhounds jumped out to a 21-11 lead after one quarter and took a 39-21 lead into the locker room. The Royals shot just 8-of-23 from the floor in the half.

Royals freshman Sydney Parrish, who averages nearly 17 points per contest, was held scoreless in the first half and finished with seven points.

“Defensively I thought they did a good job on her,” Huppenthal said. “She was struggling to find seams at times and where to make the next pass. That’s going to come with learning.”

For Carmel, Dilk had 12 in the first half and finished with 19. Taiwo also had 10 points in the first half.

“There’s a lot of good players,” Carmel’s Tod Windlan said. “We’ve got six or seven kids that can probably get 20. When we get rolling like we did in the first half, we’re really good and fun to watch.”

Taiwo said the team’s unselfishness pays dividends.

“The nice thing about having a team with a bunch of assets and people who can play well is, instead of just focusing on yourself and saying, ‘I’m gonna score 20 each game,’ you can work the ball around,” she said. “Everyone can either shoot or post up the bigs.”

As good as Carmel was in the first half, it struggled to gain traction in the second half. Hamilton Southeastern cut the deficit to six points with 3:20 to go as Bre Lloyd started heating up. She scored 11 points in the second half and 14 in the contest, but Carmel was able to withstand the Royals' rally and ice the game at the free-throw line.

Carmel has faced tough competition early in the season, with games against ranked foes Heritage Christian and Zionsville. It has passed every test, winning every game by at least 10 points.

More talented teams are waiting, but the blueprint for success has been established.

“Right now, we think we have good potential,” Taiwo said. “But as we keep going and as we play even higher-caliber teams, we’ll know how far we can go.”


HSE — 11 10 13 9 — 43

CARMEL — 21 18 7 7 — 53

HSE — Tayah Irvin 2-8 1-1 5, Amayah Hamilton 2-8 2-3 6, Bre Lloyd 6-13 2-5 14, Sydney Parrish 3-10 7, Malea Jackson 1-7 2, Haydn Braun 2-3 6, Molly Walton 1-2 1-2 3, Shelby Ford 0-3, Team totals: 17-37 6-11 43.

Carmel — Amy Dilk 4-7 11-14 19, Blake Smith 3-8 2-3 8, Tomi Taiwo 3-6 3-3 10, Jasmine McWilliams 1-5 2, Olivia Christy 2-4 4, Mackenzie Wood 2-5 4, Reagan Hune 3-4 0-1 6, Teams totals: 19-39 16-26 53.

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HSE phenom Sydney Parrish 'not your typical freshman'

FISHERS — Rushing back in transition, Sydney Parrish chases down a dribbling Warren Central guard and gets a hand on her as she goes for a layup. Before the foul whistle even blows, Parrish’s face drops. She knows what she did.

Over on the sideline, Hamilton Southeastern coach Chris Huppenthal knows, too. He shakes his head and immediately calls for a substitution, pulling his 15-year-old freshman out of the game after her third foul. He talks to her right away, while the rest of the Royals girls continue to show the Warriors why they are ranked No. 5 in the state.

The conversation between player and coach isn’t a new one, so it doesn’t last very long. But it ends with a short smile and a pat on the back from Huppenthal, who knows Parrish understands what he expects from her.

“I did another freshman-type move again,” Parrish said after Thursday night’s 68-56 win over Warren Central. She finished with 21 points. “(Coach) tells me all the time, ‘Just watch your fouls, be smart and keep playing smart.’”

As a 6-1 wing, Parrish is one of the top freshmen in the state, and can knock down 3s as well or better than just about any guard in the Hoosier Crossroads Conference — even more impressive considering her size. She wowed scouts and media alike over the summer at the USA Basketball U17 scrimmages, and is currently the only Indiana player listed in ESPN’s Class of 2020 recruits.

Parrish’s talent has only grown more evident in her first season with Hamilton Southeastern (15-3), leading the state-contending Royals with 16.8 points and 6.0 rebounds per game.

“There’s nothing 15-year-old about that,” Huppenthal said. “A girl like that comes around once in a many moons. You have the pleasure of coaching every kid, and every kid brings her own unique ability to the team, but her talent is just something you don’t see often. No, she’s not a typical freshman. That’s obvious. I don’t even think she’d be a typical senior.”

But here’s the catch: Hamilton Southeastern doesn’t need Parrish to be a star to be a great team. The Royals’ roster is already packed with talented players, such as senior Bre Lloyd or sophomores Amaya Hamilton and Malea Jackson.

So instead, as simplified as it sounds, the Royals just need Parrish to learn how to fit in.

“She’s learning how to be a great teammate,” Huppenthal said. “She hasn’t really always had to do that. Her teammates have always looked up to her. Well, she’s got kids she’s got to look up to now. She’s got kids she’s got to rely on, and she’s learning how to do that and deflect some of the responsibility to the older kids.”

Parrish already knew Hamilton and Jackson from playing AAU basketball together, but not everyone was as well acquainted — or so keen on letting a freshman waltz in and take starting minutes they were eyeing for themselves before the season.

Though, you wouldn’t guess it based on how many encouraging text messages from teammates Parrish’s mother, Aimee, said she saw on her daughter’s phone after she scored a career-high 33 points in the Royals' 58-49 win over Plainfield on Dec. 22.

“We couldn’t have asked for a better team,” said Aimee Parrish, who played basketball at Ball State. “That’s why it’s not been such a hard transition (into high school) because they’ve been so welcoming.”

As much as they can, the Parrishes filter out the attention their daughter receives from college recruiters at this point. Huppenthal helps because he, like the Parrishes, understands there are more important things for a 15-year-old to be worried about than a college coach sitting in the stands.

“Syd doesn’t really get rattled by much … but I don’t think she even knows what the challenges (of being a college recruit) are yet," Parrish said. "She’s still so young she doesn’t even know what to worry about.”

No doubt, a time will come when the college attention Sydney Parrish receives will be unavoidable. Somewhere near 30-40 schools have already expressed interest in seeing how her talent develops. And Parrish wants to be a college basketball player — but now, she knows, is not the time to worry about it.

“It’s special to be this young and having those opportunities, but all the other girls on our team have that same attention,” Parrish said. “I just try to stay as humble as possible and keep relying on my teammates to keep me humble and not get a big head with everything.”

There are things Parrish still does that make Huppenthal shake his head. He teases her all the time about still being a freshman — mentally more than physically. But she’s learning how to be good at filling her role, how to be a good teammate and how being good at the right moments can lead to greatness.

“One of the best thing I love about Sydney is Sydney is always where her feet are,” Huppenthal said. “She’s right there in the moment all the time. She’s with her teammates.”


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Girls sectionals preview article.

Sydney Parrish, Hamilton SE

The freshman is making a big impact for the Royals this season, averaging 16.1 points and 5.7 rebounds per game. She uses her 6-1 frame to work for buckets inside, but is also a threat from the perimeter. She is shooting 39 percent from behind the arc and has four games with three or more triples. Her presence opens up opportunities for other players like Bre Lloyd (14.6) and Malea Jackson (8.9).



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American Family Insurance All-USA Indy Area Girls Basketball Super Team

Third Team:

Sydney Parrish – Hamilton Southeaster (Fr.):  Parrish led the Royals in scoring (16.2 points per game) and rebounding (5.7) and scored a season high 33 points in the team’s win over Plainfield in December.

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Mason Asher - 2020 6’2 W Sydney Parrish (@sydney_parrish) kind of did tonight what she should.  This was the best I’ve seen her play within herself and not press the issue. Really good off-the-catch and good ball IQ.  Scored 1000th point tonight. - 23 points (8-11 FG, 5-6 3FG), 6 rebs, 4 asts

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Hamilton Southeastern defeated Fishers 65-4.  At one point HSE went on a 26-4 run over a nine-minute span that started midway through the first quarter and ended late in the second.  Parrish racked up 16 of her game-high 27 points on the night during that span.  Last Tuesday at New Castle, she reached the 1,000 point mark for her career.

But the bigger story was the tragic death of Parrish teammate Molly Walton's grandfather who suffered a fatal heart attack as he was entering the gym.  https://www.indystar.com/story/sports/high-school/2018/12/16/hse-players-grandfather-dies-outside-gym-team-rallies-behind-her/2329194002/

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