Juniors, Miller roll past All-Stars, 88-82
The Indiana Junior All-Stars’ main reason for existence is to prepare the Indianapolis Star Indiana All-Stars basketball team for its twin battle against Kentucky’s best seniors.
After last Wednesday night’s junior-senior game at Hamilton Southeastern High School in Fishers, it’s safe to say the underclassmen did their job.
Or overdid it.
Powered by a 21-point performance by Kahla Roudebush in the girls game, the Junior All-Stars trimmed the seniors, 88-82.
Then, on Saturday, the Indiana All-Star girls completed a sweep against what was alleged to have been the most talented Kentucky team ever, 66-60, at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.
Taking part in the game at Fishers as part of the core junior team was North Harrison senior-to-be Tara Miller.
Miller, who has already signed to play Big Ten ball at Indiana University, played 10 minutes in the contest, scoring six points on a 2-2 effort at the line and 2-4 shooting from the field. She handed out a pair of assists and had two steals.
The two-week experience of playing with and against some of the best basketball players in the state was nothing new for Miller, who spends nearly the entire summer playing AAU basketball with Mohr Magic or team ball with North Harrison.
‘It was awesome. I loved it. It was fun playing with everyone on the team. We had fun on and off the court. It was good to meet people from all around the state,’ Miller said.
Miller had a steal and lay-in with 5:04 left in the first half that gave the juniors their biggest lead, 27-18.
The seniors trailed at the half, 37-30. They came back to lead five minutes into the second half, 44-43, but still wound up falling by an 88-82 margin.
The juniors shot 31 of 55 from the field, drained 8-17 from beyond the arc, and were nearly perfect from the line, hitting 18 of 19.
The Indiana All-Stars were 29 of 55 from the floor, 6-18 on threes and sank 18 of 27 frees.
‘Last week we seemed kind of nervous. This week we came out knowing we could win and that we should win. We’re just out there to help out the seniors in beating Kentucky,’ Miller said. ‘It was fun. I loved it.’
In the first prep game against the seniors two weeks ago at Shelbyville, Corydon’s Dana Beaven took part. Beaven is Miller’s teammate on Mohr Magic.
So are the two girls who are natural county rivals becoming like peas in a pod?
Depends on which side they’re sitting on, Miller said. ‘We’ll never be friends on the court. Off the court, it’s fun to play with her. I really like Dana, and she’s fun to play with. Hopefully, she’ll be on the (All-Star) team with me next year.’
Miller said she knows that being a part of the Junior All-Star Team doesn’t necessarily make her a lock for the Indiana All-Stars next year.
‘I have to push myself. I have to show everybody that I can play at this level and with all of my teammates. I have to keep up the intensity all year,’ she said.