Voyles part of Indiana All-star sweep
Keeping with a similar pattern, the Indiana All-stars completed another summer of competition, defeating Kentucky in a four-game sweep across girls’ and boys’ basketball.
Played during the early part of June, typically a time when high school teams are involved in summer workouts, games or camps, some of the best parting seniors from the 2016 class suit up for one last game representing their high school.
North Harrison girls’ basketball coach Missy Voyles was among three coaches to guide the Indiana All-stars to a pair of wins: 106-69 on June 11 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis and 81-62 on June 12 at Knights Hall at Bellarmine University in Louisville.
‘Very talented and not at all arrogant,’ Voyles said of the 13-member senior group after the series-capping win in Louisville. ‘They are a fun group of people to be around and spend time with.’
The experience of coaching the Indiana All-stars is different than the usual meet after school at the gym. There is a team breakfast, lunch and dinner with practices sandwiched in between.
‘It’s an all-day thing,’ Voyles said. ‘It’s tiring … It’s almost 24 hours a day with one group of kids. Thank God they were a good group of kids.’
To say the 2016 class in girls’ basketball is special may be an understatement. The state’s all-time scoring leader ‘ Jackie Young ‘ ended her career with 3,268 points while playing out west for Princeton. Third on the all-time list is Lebanon’s Kristen Spolyar (2,882). Both are the only players to score 1,000 points in a single season, Young with 1,003 as a junior and Spolyar with 1,031 as a senior. Both players are staying in state for college; Young will head to the University of Notre Dame, while Spolyar will play for Butler University.
Voyles coached against Spolyar in the Class 3A semi-state match-up when North Harrison made its first run at a state title. (The Lady Cats finished as the 3A runner-up earlier this year.) Among the 13 players on the Indiana All-star roster, the Lady Cats and Voyles saw four ‘ Evansville Memorial’s Emily Sullivan (University of North Carolina bound), Heritage Christian’s Tyasha Harris (University of South Carolina bound), Heritage Christian’s Darby Foreman (Indiana University bound) and Spolyar ‘ during the postseason.
At Bankers Life, Young put her talents on display, scoring 30 points. The Indiana Miss Basketball was opposite future Notre Dame teammate and Kentucky Miss Basketball Erin Boley (Elizabethtown, Ky.). Boley scored 27 points in Indianapolis, but an injury allowed her to only play 10 minutes at Bellarmine.
Young went on to put up 22 points in game two, while Lindsey Corsaro (Roncalli High School, UCLA bound) scored 18. Everyone on the Indiana roster scored in the game-one win.
‘We talked about how many of them are capable of putting 30 points on the board, and we probably wouldn’t see too many at 20,’ Voyles said of the group.
The head coach for the Indiana girls was Heritage Christian’s Rick Risinger, assisted by McCutcheon’s Jeff Knoy and Voyles.
‘Jeff is very knowledgeable, and (I) enjoyed working with him,’ Voyles said. ‘I learned some new drills from Rick I’m going to put in. One we will start right off the bat Monday.’
Young, wearing the No. 1 jersey designated for Miss Basketball, was unselfish on the court as well. Quick passes near the paint caught a few teammates off-guard. When not dishing, she was knifing through defenders for layups or hitting jumpers.
‘She’s a very disciplined and quiet kid,’ Voyles said of Young. ‘When she comes to practice, it is all serious. It’s fun to watch her.’
One player drawing Voyles’ attention was Lawrence North’s Lauren Dickerson (Miami of Ohio University bound).
‘If I can get to a college game to watch her play, I will,’ Voyles said. ‘She’s 5-2 and a game-stopper. At Bankers Life, she went length of the court and put a nice offensive move around a 6-2 kid and shot the layup. The whole crowd cheered. You expect to see those things out of Jackie or Ty (Harris), but when the little kid is out there firing it up … she had the crowd cheering.’
North Harrison has sent three players to the Indiana All-star game as players: Julie Swarens, Tara Miller and Kim McMillin. Could the Lady Cats land another future Indiana All-star with a talented group returning from a state-runner up team?
‘It’s a goal for a few of our girls,’ Voyles said. ‘I had several of our players come out and watch (at Bellarmine). I hope it’s what they want to do. It’s a lot of work these girls put in.’
Voyles said she confidently turned the high school’s summer program over to Hall of Fame coach Joe Hinton during the first few weeks of summer basketball.
‘We have to get off our cloud. We are still there a little,’ Voyles said of the Lady Cats. ‘It’s a new team. We lost two kids (to graduation) that did a lot of rebounding for us. Stevi (Burns) is hurt now, but they are feeling their way around a little bit. We’ll get back after it.’
The Indiana boys won 106-84 at Bankers Life and 99-96 at Bellarmine.
at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis
Kentucky Girls All-Stars 32 37 ‘ 69
Indiana Girls All-Stars 43 63 ‘ 106
Kentucky Girls All-Stars ‘ Boley 27, Berry 14, Young 9, Creech 9, Price 4, Martinn 3, McClendon 2, Turner 1.
Indiana Girls All-Stars ‘ Young 30, Corsaro 12, Spolyar 12, Dickerson 10, Scaife 9, T. Harris 7, Shelton 7, Burh 6, Hoopingarner 4, Sullivan 4, A. Harris 2, Foresman 2, Onken 1.
3-point goals ‘ Kentucky All-Stars 9 (Boley 3, Berry 3, Young 3); Indiana All-Stars 5 (Young 2, Dickerson 2, Corsaro).
at Knights Hall,
Bellarmine University, Louisville
Indiana Girls All-Stars 38 43 ‘ 81
Kentucky Girls All-Stars 26 36 ’62
Indiana Girls All-Stars ‘ Young 22, Corsaro 18, Onken 9, Scaife 8, Buhr 8, T. Harris 5, Dickerson 4, Hoopingarner 4, Spolyar 3.
Kentucky Girls All-Stars ‘ Berry 17, Creech 15, Frank 7, Price 7, Cotton 7, Green 5, Young 2, Boley 2.
3-point goals ‘ Indiana All-Stars 3 (Onken 2, Scaife); Kentucky All-Stars 6 (Berry 4, Creech, Cotton).