Trimble County senior guard Paige Black (above) is leading the Courierarea in scoring by almost four points per game. Black has a 17.1 points per game average through 19 games. (Courier file photo by David Campbell)
Trimble County senior guard Paige Black (above) is leading the Courierarea in scoring by almost four points per game. Black has a 17.1 points per game average through 19 games. (Courier file photo by David Campbell)
With just a few weeks left in the basketball season, Trimble County's Paige Black is cruising toward her second-straight Courierarea scoring title.

The 5-foot-9 senior guard currently sits at 17.1 points per game, nearly 3 points ahead of her nearest competitor. Through 19 games, Black has scored 324 points with a game-high of 27.

Switzerland County junior Eve Galbreath is second on the list at 14.2 points per game and Carroll County junior Lauren Moore is third at 13.3. A pair of Madison Lady Cubs, Olivia Crozier and Whitney Wynn, rounded out the top five at 12.9 and 12.4, respectively.

Black's scoring average this season is remarkably close to the 16.9 she averaged last year. Like this year, Black ran away with the title, besting Crozier by just over 2 points per game. As a sophomore, she was fourth in the area at 11.8.

Those high scoring totals have already allowed Black to join Trimble's 1,000-point club. And while she has virtually no chance of catching Marcia (Haney) Dunaway's career scoring mark of 2,030, she is less than 20 points from moving into second place on the Lady Raiders' career scoring list.

Galbreath has been a steady presence inside all season for Switzerland County, which has gone 11-3 since an 0-3 start to the season. She has finished in the top 10 in the area in each of her three varsity seasons.

Moore is currently scoring a third of her team's points and has been Carroll County's go-to scorer in the post all season. She has nearly doubled her scoring average from her sophomore campaign.

Crozier and Wynn share the scoring load for the Class 3A seventh-ranked Lady Cubs with nearly identical seasons. Crozier has scored 168 points in 13 games with a game-high of 24. Wynn has 173 points in 14 games with a game-high of 13.

Rounding out the rest of the top 10 are: Debbie Hardy, Southwestern, 12.1; Claire Higgins, Shawe, 11.4; Brooke Todd, Switzerland Co., 11.2; Jessie Dunlap, Trimble Co., 10.7; and Miranda Groseclose, Carroll Co., 10.7.

Led by Black and Dunlap, Trimble County has the most players in the top 20 with five. Freshman Kaylee Clifford is 11th at 9.9 and fellow freshman Shelbe Black is 13th at 8.9 while senior Erin Gonterman is 19th at 6.6.

Madison is next with four players in the top 20. Seniors Macky Hecox and Alex Thurnall are 16th and 17th, respectively, at 8.0 and 7.8 per game.

Switzerland County, Shawe and Southwestern each had three players in the top 20. Carroll County has two.

Higgins is the highest scoring freshman, Todd leads the sophomore class, Galbreath top all juniors and Paige Black heads up the seniors.

Black and Todd are also authors of the highest-scoring games to date with each netting 27 with Todd's coming just four days ago in a loss to Jac-Cen-Del.

This week marks the end of the regular season for the four Indiana high schools with the sectional tournament beginning next week. Carroll County and Trimble County still have two more weeks left in the regular season before starting their respective district tournaments.