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North throttles South in Reebok All-Star Classic

Out-matched offensively and defensively and out-gunned at nearly every position on both the girls and boys rosters, South’s All-Stars at the Reebok North-South Classic had a rough go of things Sunday afternoon at Forest Park High School in Ferdinand.
In the first tilt, the North girls raced to a 26-7 lead before the South closed the gap to 30-20 with about four minutes left in the first half. North’s best answered with a 22-4 run to the intermission and were never seriously challenged the rest of the game. The score? 111-62.
Leading the way for the winners was Sarah VanMetre of Noblesville, who scored 23 points. She has signed to play ball at Eastern Michigan. Ball State-bound Kelsey Corbin of Fort Wayne Northrop notched 18.
Perry Meridian’s Laura Gaybrick and Carrie Smith of Indianapolis Brebeuf Jesuit each scored 15 for the South.
North Harrison’s Kim McMillin scored one point on a free throw in the first half and also had a couple of steals, rebounds and assists. South Central’s Rachel Dixon put in six points with three steals, a rebound and an assist.
“This was much better than Top 40,” McMillin said. “This is more structured and feels more like a game than the workout did. I wasn’t as tired as I was up there, either. I had a lot of fun today. There’s some real talent here.”
Dixon agreed.
“(The game) was great. I didn’t think we’d get beat like that, though,” South’s star senior said. “They were really good.”
The Indianapolis Star’s Miss Basketball, Katie Gearlds of 3A state champion Beech Grove, was not eligible to play because she participated in the McDonald’s All-American game late last month. The IHSAA only allows for players to take part in two all-star games (with the Indiana-Kentucky games counting as one event).
The boys game was expected to be as equally lopsided and, for the most part, it was.
South buried six treys in the early going to build a 24-16 lead on a triple by Jeffersonville’s Matt Pait.
After the initial flurry of bombs, North regrouped and held a 71-56 score at the intermission, thanks to a 13-point explosion midway through the opening half.
In the second half, things didn’t get any better for the Southern stars as the North outscored the hosts by 15 and cruised to a 139-109 triumph.
“We knew we were going to be in for a fight. They had a ton of good players over there,” Miller said after scoring an admirable 10 points with two threes. “The state’s Mr. Basketball will probably come from that team, too.”
Miller’s ball-handling was a much-needed commodity against the physically superior North club.
North’s Justin Cage (Pike), Kenneth Harris (Griffith) and Parnell Smith (Pike) each put in 16 points for the winners. Cage will head to Xavier next season, and Harrison has signed to play at Valparaiso. Smith is undecided.
Between the boys and girls teams, North had 17 players heading to NCAA Division I schools. The South had just eight.
Matt Webster of Sheridan scored 16 and Robert Barker of Greensburg had 15 for the hosts.
Brian Mercer, a senior from South Central, scored two points for South’s stars.