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Indiana defends home turf, 65-49

Indiana defends home turf, 65-49
Indiana defends home turf, 65-49
Indiana's Tara Miller (6), who graduated from North Harrison and will attend Indiana University, and Dana Beaven (9), who graduated from Corydon Central and will attend Bellarmine University, team up to guard Ashley Bell of Kentucky. The Indianapolis Star Indiana All-Stars dominated Kentucky on Saturday night at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, 65-49. (Photo by Alan Stewart)

One week after being belittled by Kentucky, the Indianapolis Star Indiana All-Stars girls basketball team did some humbling of its own on Saturday in a 65-49 victory at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.
Kahla Roudebush of Hamilton Southeastern was the key cog in Indiana’s win, going 8-14 from the field, including a perfect 5-5 from beyond the arc, and sinking all four of her free throws. She also had six rebounds, two assists and two steals in 26 minutes of action.
In Indiana’s loss to Kentucky on June 18, Roudebush was 9-20 shooting, 0-3 on triples and had five turnovers.
‘Every minute in the games against the Junior All-Stars, I thought about how I came out in the first game against Kentucky and how that affected the team,’ the University of Cincinnati-bound Roudebush said. ‘I thought about how my playing individually was hurting the team. I don’t like losing, especially to the Kentucky All-Stars.
‘By playing against the Junior All-Stars, it gave us the chance to play better, and we were able to be prepared for Kentucky tonight.’
The win pushed Indiana’s lead in the all-star series to 32-28.
North Harrison’s Tara Miller and Corydon Central’s Dana Beaven each logged 10 minutes, with Miller knocking down a pair of second-half free throws for her ‘ and the duo’s ‘ only points.
Miller, the daughter of Nate and Teresa Miller, also had two rebounds and three steals. Beaven, who twisted an ankle in a shoot-around earlier in the day, was held scoreless and had two rebounds.
The night wasn’t a sour one for Beaven, however, because she won the John Wooden/MCL Cafeteria All-Star Citizenship Award.
She was given a plaque by Game Director Pat Aikman at halftime, joined on the court by her parents, Kris and Anthony Beaven.
Indiana built a 10-point lead by that halftime and was never seriously challenged the rest of the way.
Thanks to a better defensive effort by the home team, Kentucky’s Miss Basketball, Carly Ormerod, was held to eight points after putting in 23 points last week.
‘The game was a lot more fun to play because we were winning. We played a lot better defensively,’ Beaven said.
Beaven came into Saturday riding a pair of strong outings against the Junior All-Stars on Tuesday and Thursday.
On Tuesday at Pendleton Heights, Beaven was the team’s leading scorer with 14 points on 3-4 shooting, an 8-10 effort at the line and two rebounds. On Thursday, she had 10 points, was 3-5 from the floor and 4-4 at the line, while grabbing four boards.
‘My teammates just kept giving me the ball, and I kept hitting the shots and my free throws,’ Beaven said. ‘I just got the ball and I scored. I got to play a lot more than I had before, so that helped, too. It was pretty awesome.’
Miller, who had major knee surgery in November, showed plenty of hustle in all of her outings, but couldn’t get many shots to fall: On Tuesday she was held scoreless and had one rebound; on Thursday she scored two points, had four rebounds and three assists.
‘I played hard every minute I was out there, so I have no regrets,’ the Indiana University-bound guard said.
‘I love beating Kentucky. The difference was team. We played better on both ends of the floor tonight. We played horrible last week. It was dribble, dribble, dribble and individual. Tonight, you could tell, it was totally different. I’m really happy we won.’
Beaven said stepping back on the Conseco Fieldhouse floor one last time was refreshing. The last time she was there, she fouled out late in the game in a 70-57 loss to South Bend St. Joseph’s in the Class 3A final.
‘It brought back a lot of memories from the state final,’ Beaven mused. ‘Aimee (Litka of South Bend St. Joseph’s) and I talked about the game, and she joked about it with me. At one of the all-star games this week, Melissa Lechlitner had a ball she wanted to have autographed, and I told her, ‘I don’t sign autographs for state champions.’ That was pretty funny.’
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The two 2005 Indiana All-Stars from Harrison County were asked to reflect on their two-week tour of duty in a rapid-fire question session.
Dana Beaven (Corydon Central, Bellarmine University)
Best moment: Driving this week to practice, Coach Haley (Beauchamp) and Tara (Miller) pretended like they were fighting and we got a kick out of watching peoples’ reactions.
Worst moment: Rolling both of my ankles this week; one of them (Saturday).
Funniest moment: See ‘Best moment.’
Best place you ate for free: Outback Steakhouse; we ate there twice.
Teammate you bondest with most: Jodi … we were buddies.
Best Kentucky player: (Kentucky Miss Basketball) Carly Ormerod, she’s real good.
Indiana Miss Basketball Jodi Howell: Awesome.
Indiana Mr. Basketball Luke Zeller: Tall.
All-Stars Coach Jack Campbell of Chesterton: Quiet.
Being on the Indiana All-Star Team: Awesome.
Kentucky All-Stars: Boo.
Conseco Fieldhouse: Awesome! I love it.
All-Stars Game Director Pat Aikman: Nicest guy ever.
Team bus: Hot!
High school: Over.
College: Exciting.
Tara Miller (North Harrison, Indiana University)
Best moment: There’s a lot of them! Cutting up with Haley; Hanging out with Kim (Roberson) and studying. We stayed in the hotel and did homework and we had room service.
Worst moment: Coaches always spying on us and making sure we were in our rooms on time and stuff for curfew. We called them (Beauchamp and Marilyn Coddens), ‘Eagle Eye.’
Funniest moment: Joking with Haley; joking with Kiley (Jarrett) on the court; and a lot of things I probably don’t want to say in the newspaper.
Best place you ate for free: Rafferty’s.
Teammate you bonded with most: Kim, of course, and Kayla (Roudebush) and just about everybody, really. We all had fun. Dominic (James) and Armon (Bassett) were fun, too.
Best player: (Kentucky’s) Miss Basketball. I played against her a couple of times.
Indiana Miss Basketball Jodi Howell: Great player.
Indiana Mr. Basketball Luke Zeller: Huge.
All-Stars Coach Jack Campbell of Chesterton: Quiet.
Being on the Indiana All-Star team: A dream come true.
Kentucky: All-Stars: Losers.
Conseco Fieldhouse: Love it.
All-Stars Game Director Pat Aikman: Great guy.
Team bus: Oh my gosh, it was so hot!
High school: I’ll miss it.
College: Can’t wait.