Local seniors shine at HBCA all-star games
The annual Hoosier Basketball Coaches Association East-West All-star games were played Sunday afternoon at Chambers Gymnasium on the campus of Paoli High School.
A quintet of girls from Harrison and Crawford counties took part in the four-game event, which featured nearly 75 athletes from across Southern Indiana.
In the battle between the best seniors from District III and District IV (which included the locals), District IV fell behind early but was able to come away with a thrilling, 97-90 victory.
Corydon Central’s Stannye Wolfe, who will play collegiate hoops at Bellarmine University next fall, was named as the game’s Most Valuable Player after scoring 21 points and pulling down a slew of rebounds.
Teammates Megan Greer and Megan Bates also shined, with Greer burying seven three-pointers for her 21 points and Bates knocking down a pair from downtown en route to an eight-point afternoon.
Crawford County’s Kara Parr added four points as well.
The III’s had their opponent doubled-up, 14-7, in the first four minutes, but the IV’s came back to tie it at 25-all with 10:10 left in the opening half on a three-ball by Bates.
Just after that, District III went on a bit of a run and eventually opened up an eight-point lead.
Greer hit a three, which was followed by a free throw and a field goal by Wolfe.
Wolfe had another charity toss with eight seconds left to set the score at 46-41 at the intermission.
The contest was tight in the second half, with another explosion by Wolfe and Whitney Bridgewater of Scottsburg sparking a big run by the eventual winners.
Bates sank a three to tie the game at 84-84, then over the final 4:50 of the affair, District IV, which was coached by Crawford County first-year skipper Eric Toney, outscored District III by a margin of 13-6 to post the victory.
The winners also got 22 points from Cassidy Lambring (Brownstown Central).
Rachel Nolting, a guard from Columbus East, led all scorers with 30 points and she hit five three-point bombs.
District IV 97, District III 90
District IV (97) — Greer 21, Bates 8, Wolfe 21, Steele 5, Parr 4, Lambring 22, Holland 6, Pease 0, Bridgewater 10.
District III (90) — Nolting 30, Allen 5, Whitted 9, Hogan 6, Singleton 4, Gauck 11, Lamb 5, Hardesty 6, Huss 14.
3-point goals — Greer 7, Bates 2, Lambring, Holland 2, Bridgewater 2, Nolting 5, Whitted, Gauck 3, Lamb, Huss 4.