Records were made to be broken — and another just happened over the weekend.

Take a bow Sydney Parrish!

I remember when Zach Gunn broke the Hamilton Southeastern boys career career scoring record, set by  2012 Indiana Mr. Basketball Gary Harris. Gunn surpassed the current NBA star’s all-time scoring record in 2017. Gunn 1,660 points . . . Harris 1,552 points.

That was big. 

So is Parrish’s accomplishment, adding a page in the school’s girls record book.

The Oregon-bound Hamilton SE senior has totaled 1,404 points so far for her career. That broke the school mark last weekend for HSE girls basketball, held by 2013 graduate and Indiana All-Star and Naismith Award winner Taya Reimer, who had 1,374 points.

Parrish, the reigning Indiana Gatorade Player of the Year, scored 404 points as a freshman, 316 as a sophomore and 589 as a junior. 

And keep in mind that as a sophomore she missed several games because of a concussion.

Parrish has scored 95 points in her first four games this season as the 6-2 shooting guard prepares to start defense of her Hoosier Crossroads Conference scoring championship in Friday’s HCC opener against visiting Franklin Central.

Parrish averaged 21-plus points last season, and so far is averaging 24.0 in the 2019-20 season.

No one I know has ever heard Sydney Parrish say she’s chasing records. So, doubt there’s any reason to think otherwise now.

Still, she needs 256 points to tie Gunn and 257 points to become the school’s career scoring leader among all boys and girls players. That would be quite an accomplishment.

Can it happen? Oh yeah. She just needs to continue her normal game and make her normal contribution. And, of course, stay healthy.

The all-time scoring record for Hamilton County girls was set by the late Courtney Cox Cole of Noblesville, a member of the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame and the first female basketball player to be honored by the Hamilton County Basketball Hall of Fame. She leads all County female basketball players in scoring with 1,869 points.


The MIC is assured to have at least one school in the Class 6A state football finals at Lucas Oil Stadium in two weeks.

The Center Grove (7-5)—Ben Davis (8-4) winner is in one semistate bracket this Friday, and Carmel (9-3) plays host to Merrillville (11-1) in the other bracket.

Carmel has won an incredible seven straight regional football championships.

The Greyhounds, state finalists last season, have won five straight games and allows only 14.3 points per game. 

They pounded No. 2 and unbeaten Homestead 31-7 in last week’s regional. Merrillville advanced to the semistate with a 42-28 decision over Warsaw.

The MIC, of course, will be seeking a ninth straight big-school championship.

Will we see another battle between MIC schools?

I think there’s a good chance of that happening.

Go Hounds!


*—Earlier this month, Lindsey Syrek became the first University high school player to sign a letter of intent to play Division I college basketball. The high-scoring senior will attend the New Jersey Institute of Technology. She scored 27 points that evening and added 13 rebounds in a 68-23 win over Clinton Central on Nov. 15. She does a lot of things well, and certainly would appear to have a shot at making the Indiana Girls All-Star team. The Lady Trailblazers were off to a 4-0 start. They were scheduled to visit Waldron on Nov. 19.

*—Freshman Ashlynn Shade proved she can do more than just score. Against Hamilton Heights, a 20.1 scorer through her first three games as a freshman, Shade was held to 10 points, though she pulled down 8 rebounds. Those 10 points tied for team high that night (Nov. 15). Just shows how well the Lady Millers spread the wealth around.

*—The Fishers girls basketball team, off to a 6-0 start for the second straight season, begins HCC play on Friday night at Westfield (3-1), while Noblesville (3-2) has an HCC date at Brownsburg (4-1) on Friday.


*—The Hamilton Southeastern high school boys basketball team has added Homestead and Mishawaka Marian to their schedule this season, and they will play in a tournament in Cincinnati (vs. Hilliard Bradley) over the Thanksgiving break.


Check out a capsule look at Hamilton County boys basketball teams and players in Friday’s Noblesville Daily Times!

*—Mark Morrow, a Hall of Fame Indiana sportswriter, has resided in Hamilton County since 1989. You can follow him in The Times, and on Twitter at mmediamarko12. He can be reached at or by calling 317 460-8018.