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All-Stars nearly toppled by juniors, 71-69

All-Stars nearly toppled by juniors, 71-69
All-Stars nearly toppled by juniors, 71-69
North Harrison's Tara Miller, left, takes the ball strong to the basket early on in the matchup against The Indianapolis Star Indiana All-Star Team last Wednesday night in Shelbyville. (Photos by Alan Stewart)

Only in Indiana would 1,650 fans flock to an insanely hot gymnasium on a Wednesday night in June to watch an exhibition basketball game.
Last Wednesday at Shelbyville High School, The Indianapolis Star Indiana All-Stars basketball teams took part in their first tune-up for the Indiana-Kentucky All-Star series by taking on some of the best juniors in the state.
The senior girls nipped the juniors, 71-69, while the older boys were upset, 88-85.
That’s the way Saturday’s All-Star game at Owensboro SportsCenter went, too, with the Indiana girls humbling what was supposed to be the strongest Kentucky team ever, 66-53. The Hoosier boys weren’t as fortunate, falling by just a couple of field goals to Kentucky and Chris Lofton’s 41 points, 89-81.
In Wednesday’s Junior All-Star game, a pair of seniors-to-be from Harrison County ‘ Corydon Central’s Dana Beaven and North Harrison’s Tara Miller ‘ proved their prowess.
Miller received a starting nod while Beaven provided a powerful punch off the bench.
Playing the point, Miller was 1-6 from the floor and hit 3-4 from the charity stripe for her five points. Beaven was perfect on her shots: she drained all three field goal attempts, was 2-2 at the line for her eight points, and pulled down five boards.
The senior all-stars nearly sealed their fate in the first half, missing a total of 11 three-pointers, 10 free throws and shooting just 9-of-30. They were much better in the second half, hitting 16 of 33 shots.
The juniors led nearly gate-to-wire in the first half, with the second half being anyone’s game.
The contest came down to the final minute.
Ben Davis’ Janese Banks put in a lay-up to put the seniors up 70-68, but Kiley Jarrett, a 5-3 junior from Bloomington North, was fouled with 20 ticks remaining. She made one of two free throws.
The seniors turned the ball over at the other end, and Jarrett took the ball the length of the court and ‘ after a couple of missed shots ‘ looked like she drew body contact from senior Rachel Kenney of Mooresville as the horn sounded. Kenney blocked the shot cleanly, and the official ruled that the buzzer sounded first, keeping Jarrett from redeeming her earlier miss at the stripe.
The winners were paced by 14 points from Rebekah Parker (Tippecanoe Valley) and 11 each from Janese Banks (Ben Davis) and Julie DeMuth (Merrillville). Indiana’s Miss Basketball, Jaclyn Leininger of Warsaw, scored six.
For the juniors, Kimberly Robertson of Cathedral scored 12 points and grabbed nine rebounds, and Cassie Kerns of Valparaiso put in 10 points.
New Albany’s Stephanie Lynch tacked on six points for the juniors.
The Junior All-Star girls were 19 of 54 from the field, 30-40 at the line, and out-rebounded the seniors, 43-37. The juniors were forced into 34 turnovers, while the seniors coughed up the ball 23 times.
The junior boys defeated the seniors for the first time since 1997 and only the second time ever.
The seniors cut the deficit to one, 86-85, with a late three by A.J. Graves of White River Valley. Deonta Vaughn of Arlington shook loose for a lay-up to push the advantage back to three, and then the Indiana All-Stars turned the ball over to end the game.
Vaughn was 9-of-14 from the field and dropped in five free throws in seven tries for 23 points to lead the winners. Jordan Armstrong of Muncie Central scored 13 and had 12 boards, and Luke Zeller of Washington had 12 points.
The Indiana All-Stars were led by the 17 points of Pike’s Courtney Lee.
Indiana Mr. Basketball A.J. Ratliff scored just seven points, hitting a dismal 3-16 from the floor.
The seniors were 32 of 83 on field goals, 12 of 20 at the line, and just nine of 39 on three-point tries. The juniors were 33 of 73 from the field, 17 of 34 at the line, and five of 17 attempts beyond the arc. Indiana won the rebounding battle, 55-45.
–The senior-junior shootout will continue tonight at Hamilton Southeastern High School in Fishers.
As a part of the ‘core’ team, North’s Miller will take part in the festivities, which get underway at 7 p.m. (fast time) for the girls game and approximately 9 for the boys.
To get to Hamilton Southeastern, take I-65 North until the I-465 split. Take I-465 East. Merge onto I-69 North via exit 37B toward Ft. Wayne. Take IN-238 exit towards Noblesville/Fortville, merging onto the ramp towards Fortville. Turn right onto Greenfield Ave./IN-238. Turn right onto Olio Road. Turn left onto East 126th Street, where Hamilton Southeastern is located. The entire 154-mile trip should take approximately 2:38.
Boys
JUNIORS ‘ James 2-6 2-3 7, Armstrong 6-11 1-4, 13, Zeller 4-11 3-6 12, McRoberts 4-8 1-4 9, Bassett 2-11 0-0 4, Vaughn 9-14 5-7 23, Ramey 3-5 0-0 7, Mattingly 2-4 2-4 8, Hughes 0-0 0-0 0, Holland 0-1 3-6 3, Stephens 1-2 0-0 2. Totals: 33-73 17-34 88.
INDIANA ‘ Ratliff 3-16 0-0 7, Passley 2-5 1-2 6, Lee 7-13 0-0 17, Sheckler 2-8 0-0 4, Hill 5-12 3-6 14, Graves 4-4 3-4 14, Duany 1-3 0-0 2, Patterson 0-1 0-0 0, Clemmons 2-8 3-4 7, Minchella 0-0 0-0 0, Angle 0-3 1-2 1, Barnard 2-4 0-0 4, Reitz 4-6 1-2 9. Totals: 32-83 12-20 85.
Halftime ‘ Indiana 44-42. 3-point shooting ‘ Juniors 5-17, (Mattingly 2-2, James 1-2, Zeller 1-2, Ramey 1-3, McRoberts 0-1, Bassett 0-4, Vaughn 0-2, Stephens 0-1); Indiana 9-39, (Graves 3-3, Lee 3-8, Ratliff 1-9, Passley 1-2, Hill 1-6, Sheckler 0-3, Patterson 0-1, Clemmons 0-3, Angle 0-2, Barnard 0-2). Rebounds ‘ Junior 45, (Armstrong 12); Indiana 55, (Clemmons 8). Assists ‘ Junior 18, (James 4); Indiana 15 (Ratliff 3, Lee 3). Turnovers ‘ Juniors 18, Indiana 20. Total fouls ‘ Juniors 16, Indiana 22. Fouled out ‘ None. Technicals ‘ None. Officials ‘ Todd Moistner, Jerry Middleton, Todd Ancelet. ATT: 1,650.

Girls
JUNIORS ‘ Kerns 3-7 4-4 10, Pruzin 1-4 1-2 4, Lynch 3-5 0-0 6, T. Miller 1-6 3-4 5, Jarrett 1-5 3-5 5, Roberson 3-10 6-8 12, Roudebush 1-4 4-5 6, Thomas 1-2 4-6 6, Beaven 3-3 2-2 8, Workman 0-1 2-2 2, Rudolph 0-2 1-2 1, Freshour 2-5 0-0 4. Totals: 19-54 30-40 69.
INDIANA ‘ Leininger 2-5 2-2 6, Banks 3-12 5-6 11, DeMuth 4-7 3-6 11, Haehl 0-3 0-0 0, Parker 5-10 4-4 14, Freeman 0-0 0-2 0, Jackson 2-4 1-4 5, K. Miller 0-0 0-2 0, Felke 0-7 1-2 1, Kenney 4-5 1-1 9, Frame 0-0 0-0 0, Squire 4-9 0-0 10, Gugliotta 1-1 2-4 4. Totals: 25-63 19-33 71.
Halftime ‘ Juniors 32-25. 3-point shooting ‘ Juniors 1-12 (Pruzin 1-2, Kerns 0-1, Lynch 0-1, T. Miller 0-2, Jarrett 0-1, Roberson 0-2, Roudebush 0-2, Rudolph 0-1); Indiana 2-21 (Squire 2-7, Leininger 0-1, Banks 0-2, Haehl 0-3, Parker 0-1, Felke 0-6, Kenney 0-1). Rebounds ‘ Juniors 43 (Roberson 9), Indiana 37 (Banks 11). Assists ‘ Juniors 15 (Roberson 3, Thomas 3), Indiana 14 (Haehl 4). Turnovers ‘ Juniors 34, Indiana 23. Total fouls ‘ Juniors 24, Indiana 31. Fouled out ‘ DeMuth. Technicals ‘ None. Officials ‘ Jocelyn Coffee, Kevin Moore, Todd Moistner.

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