EAST CHICAGO | When E.C. Central girls basketball coach Eric Kundich put Chesterton on the schedule, it was with the hope to see a Tiajaney Hawkins-Caroline Puntillo matchup in early December.
Tiajaney HawkinsSchool: E.C. CentralGrade: JuniorPosition: G/FNickname: Nae NaeColleges recruiting me/where I've committed: Have not yet committed; DePaul, UIC, IUPUI, Indiana State, Wright State, Toledo, AkronMy favorite basketball player, why: Kobe Bryant, because my dad was always watchin…
EAST CHICAGO | Tiajaney Hawkins woke up at The Community Hospital in Munster and asked first about her E.C. Central girls basketball team.
E.C. Central's Denitra Brown is a self-proclaimed "Mama's girl" who spends her holidays without her mother, Catherine Love, who died in 2010. Brown is the fourth, and youngest, of Love's children, all of whom played basketball for the Cardinals.
E.C. Central's Kiana Clark has undergone ACL surgery on each knee in her short high school career.
E.C. Central's Tiajaney Hawkins tied her career high with 27 points, all in the first half, earlier this season against Gavit. "Right now, she's starting to see the things and recognize when she has to take over a basketball game," coach Eric Kundich said.
E.C. Central sophomore Tiajaney Hawkins is averaging a double-double of 15.4 points and 10.7 rebounds per game.
E.C. Central's Shareese Billups is averaging 8.25 rebounds per game, good for second-most on her team.
E.C. Central's Shareese Billups spent the past two seasons at Bowman Academy before returning to East Chicago.
E.C. Central's Laniah Davis shoots against Gavit's Breanna Davis during Wednesday's game at E.C. Central.
E.C. Central's Tiajaney Hawkins drives to the basket against Gavit's Shanika Thorton on Wednesday at E.C. Central.
E.C. Central's Tiajaney Hawkins shoots against Gavit's Mikela Perkins on Wednesday at E.C. Central.
E.C. Central's Dariyelle Ricks shoots against Gavit's Mikela Perkins on Wednesday at E.C. Central.
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