Event raises $23,000+ for March 2 tornado victims
Players from across four counties came together at Silver Creek High School to participate in the Night of Hoops and Hope for Southern Indiana, a fundraising benefit to assist March 2 tornado victims.
The events ‘ a Legacy Tournament, a boys and girls All-Star game and a silent and live auction ‘ helped raised more than $23,000 that will be directly sent to those affected by the storms, according to event director Matt Denison.
On the court, Harrison County seniors Emily Giles (North Harrison) and Kayla Smith (Lanesville) were on the winning side of the girls’ All-Star game. The game featured seniors from affected schools Henryville, Eastern (Pekin), Borden and New Washington, along with rounding out the roster of All-Stars from Harrison, Floyd, Washington and Clark counties.
‘I was excited I was asked to play because I’ve never played in an All-Star game before,’ Giles said. ‘I think it’s good because not only could I have fun, but it also is about helping people.’
Giles tallied eight points to help Team Rebound to a 63-58 win over Team Rebuild.
‘I miss basketball already,’ Giles said of getting the opportunity to lace up basketball shoes again. ‘We just had fun and didn’t really have plays. I’d screen for somebody, and they’d screen for me.’
Smith poured in four points in a winning effort.
‘It wasn’t that much different than a regular game other than the chemistry wasn’t there because we don’t normally play with each other,’ Smith said. ‘Towards the end, it got better.’
Being asked to play in the game brought excitement to Smith.
‘It means a lot to get selected as a senior. There was only two from Harrison County, which was big,’ she said. ‘I had the chance to play with and against girls I don’t normally play against. They were all nice, and it was fun.’
Borden’s Erin Mikel led Team Rebound in scoring with 13 points and was named the Most Outstanding Player.
Team Rebound was coached by Providence girls’ coach Brad Burden, while Team Rebuild was led by Silver Creek coach Scott Schoen. Both previously served as assistant coach at South Central before taking their respective jobs.
In the boys’ All-Star game, Clarksville’s Billy Edelen was named MOP for his 20-point effort to lead Team Rebuild to a 112-89 win. Clarksville’s Jason Connell (Team Rebuild) and Borden’s Doc Nash (Team Rebound) coached their respective teams.
The benefit also featured an auction of basketball memorabilia between games, with autographed basketballs donated by Kentucky’s John Calipari, Indiana’s Tom Crean and former Louisville coach Denny Crum.
In the Legacy Basketball Tournament ‘ a double elimination 16-team tournament comprised of local high schools represented by alumni ‘ Jeffersonville came away with the title.
Corydon Central and South Central fielded teams for the event. The South Central alumni included four Schoens: Scott, Craig, Chad and Brittany.
For more information about the event, visit www.hoosierhillshoops.com.
Team Rebuild (58) ‘ Kaira Doherty (New Washington) 2, Kierstin Hall (Clarksville) 14, Jenna Harrell (Henryville) 2, Allison Knox (Henryville) 2, Mandi Martin (Silver Creek) 3, Lindsey Mudd (New Washington) 2, Jalynn McClain (Jeffersonville) 12, Lavada Roberson (Jeffersonville) 8, Lakin Roland (Jeffersonville) 11, *Kasie Doherty (New Washington) 0.
Team Rebound (63) ‘ Stephanie Combs (Christian Academy of Indiana) 11, Emily Giles (North Harrison) 8, Erin Mikel (Borden) 13, Jocelyn Mousty (Eastern Pekin) 7, Emily Newcomb (Eastern Pekin) 4, Tionna Peters (New Albany) 7, Allison Rademacher (Borden) 4, Kaylyn Rodewig (Eastern Pekin) 5, Kayla Smith (Lanesville) 4, Leah White (Providence) 0.
Team Rebuild (112) ‘ Trey Albertson (Eastern Pekin) 4, Jacob Brooks (Silver Creek) 13, Billy Edelen (Clarksville) 20, De’Jon Garner (Rock Creek Academy) 11, Jake Hartlage (Clarksville) 10, Curtis Howard (Eastern Pekin) 8, Grant Meyer (Silver Creek) 20, A.J. Schmidt (New Albany) 20, Caleb Sprigler (Silver Creek) 7.
Team Rebound (89) ‘ Brad Baker (New Washington) 9, Brandon Beam (Borden) 8, Brad Everage (Henryville) 8, Bryce Roland (Jeffersonville) 13, Matthew Smith (Borden) 5, Clayton Sullivan (West Washington) 9, Kendall Thompson (Charlestown) 11, Trice Whaley (Jeffersonville) 21, Brandon Willis (New Washington) 3.
*injured, did not play