Switzerland County senior<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->forward Austin Clark is averaging 23.2 points per game. (Courier file photo by David Campbell)
Switzerland County senior

forward Austin Clark is averaging 23.2 points per game. (Courier file photo by David Campbell)
Austin Clark has carried Switzerland County on his big shoulders all year long and with a month left in the season, the 6-foot-6 senior is closing in on his second consecutive Courierarea scoring title.

Clark has averaged 23.2 points per game through 12 games this season for the Class 2A No. 18 Pacers. It is a rare game indeed in which he is not in the 20s.

Clark holds a considerable lead over Madison senior Landon Perry, who is averaging 19.8 points for the 11th-ranked Cubs. Madison junior Nick Macon is third at 16.1 followed by a pair of Trimble County Raiders, sophomore Michael Dunaway at 15.6 and junior Evan Long at 14.3.

Clark and Perry, best of friends off the court, have battled on the court for three years. Perry was the Courier's Player of the Year two years ago and Clark took the honor last year.

For much of this season the two have been neck-to-neck in the scoring race. But while Perry plays on a loaded Madison team which has three players in the top 10 in scoring and four in the top 20, the only other Switzerland Pacer in the top 20 is senior Chase Ritch in 11th.

Clark won the scoring title last year when he averaged 18.2 points per game in 22 games. Carroll County senior Dallas Gibson, whose season was cut short by a knee injury, averaged 19.1 points but played in only 14 games.

Perry has been a sharpshooter all season and has burned teams not only with his 3-pointers, but pull-up jumpers all over the floor. He scored 30 points against Scottsburg early last month and had 27 points - 19 in the first half - in the Cubs' upset of No. 1 Greensburg two weeks ago. He was named the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association Player of the Week after the Scottsburg game.

Macon has battled both a sore back and illness this season but is getting healthy at the right time. He torched Greensburg for 34 points in the overtime upset win and was also named the IBCA Player of the Week.

Dunaway, a bruising 6-foot-5 center, has been a double-double machine for the Raiders. He is also adept at passing out of the post with Long, among others, the main recipient of his good looks.

A pair of Shawe sophomores come in at sixth and seventh. Brad Koehler is averaging 13.9 while Kaelan Jines is at 12.7. Carroll County's Jacob Wise is seventh at 12.2 and teammate Dakota Corbin is 10th at 11.3.

Madison senior Carson Wattenbarger is ninth at 12.0 points per game to give the Cubs three players in the top 10 - more than any other local school.

Trimble County has the most players in the top 20 with five. Along with Dunaway and Long, Dusty Wyssbrod is 13th at 9.7, Andrew Young is 14th at 9.5 and Josh Rexroat is 20th at 7.7.

Madison and Carroll County are next with four in the top 20, Southwestern has three and Switzerland County and Shawe have two each.

Macon and Perry have authored the only 30-point games to date but every member of the top 10 has gone for more than 20 at least once.

Southwestern's Tryston Wheatley is the only freshman in the top 20, coming in 15th at 9.1. Dunaway is the highest scoring sophomore and Macon leads the juniors.

Both Carroll County and Trimble County have two weeks left in the regular season before beginning their respective district tournaments. All four Indiana schools will begin sectionals the first week of March.