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Indiana senior girls roll over juniors

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The Indiana Seniors’ Cameron Tabor (6) from New Castle shoots over the Indiana Juniors’ Keegan Sullivan (13) from South Bend St. Joseph during Wednesday evening’s game in New Castle Fieldhouse.
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New Castle’s Cameron Tabor (6) shoots for the Indiana Seniors over the Indiana Juniors’ Jasmine McWilliams (11) from North Central of Indianapolis as the Seniors’ Riley Ott (13) from LaPorte breaks for a possible rebound during their game Wednesday evening in New Castle Fieldhouse. Tabor scored five points, pulled down six rebounds, and dished out four assists in the Seniors’ 97-58 win.
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The Indiana Seniors’ Carissa Garcia (4) from Fort Wayne Concordia keeps pace with the Indiana Juniors’ Sydney Parrish (15) from Hamilton Southeastern during Wednesday evening’s game in New Castle Fieldhouse. Garcia scored 17 points for the Seniors and Parrish had 14 for the Juniors. The Seniors won 97-58.
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The Indiana Seniors’ Cameron Tabor (6) of New Castle drives the ball toward the right corner against the Indiana Juniors’ Sydney Jacobsen (22) of Harrison (West Lafayette) during their game Wednesday evening at New Castle Fieldhouse. The Seniors won 97-58.
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The Indiana Seniors’ Cameron Tabor (6) of New Castle brings the ball up the floor against the Indiana Juniors during Wednesday evening’s game in New Castle Fieldhouse.
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The Indiana Seniors’ Sydney Freeman (10) of Central Noble works the ball against the defense of the Indiana juniors’ Sydney Jacobsen (22) from Harrison (West Lafayette) during Wednesday evening’s game in New Castle Fieldhouse. Freeman scored a game-high 20 points in the Seniors’ 97-58 victory.
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The Indiana Juniors’ Kendall Bostic (35) of Northwestern shoots a three-pointer over the Indiana Seniors’ Hannah Noveroske (3) of Michigan City during Wednesday evening’s game in New Castle Fieldhouse. Bostic led the juniors with 17 points and Noveroske scored 13 pints for the Seniors. The Seniors won 97-58.

By DAVID RISLEY - drisley@thecouriertimes.com

Based upon the talent they brought to the table to Wednesday night’s Indiana Girls Juniors vs. Seniors Basketball All-Star Game in New Castle Fieldhouse, the Juniors figured to give the Seniors a pretty good test.

That just didn’t turn out to be case, as the Seniors burst out of the gate to a 7-0 lead, never trailed, and rolled to a 97-58 victory over the Juniors in the first game of a basketball doubleheader.

What made the victory even more impressive for the Seniors was that four of their players never saw a second of action. Emma and Sophia Nolan of Michigan City Marquette plus Warren Central’s Shaila Beeler were attending their high school graduations Wednesday night while North Harrison’s Lilly Hatton still was recovering from an injury.

Per the college game, the girls contest was four quarters of 10 minutes apiece, adding up to a 40-minute game.

After the Seniors jumped out to that 7-0 advantage, Northwestern’s Kendall Bostic got the Juniors’ first bucket with 7:32 left in the first quarter.

New Castle’s Cameron Tabor entered the game for the Seniors after the media timeout at 4:43 of the first period and played the remainder of the quarter. She did miss her first field goal attempts but grabbed a rebound in the frame.

The Juniors managed to trim their deficit to six points, 21-15, by the end of the first quarter. Homestead’s Sydney Graber had one-third (five) of the Juniors’ points in the opening quarter.

Meanwhile, Michigan City’s Hannah Noveroske and Central Noble’s Sydney freeman scored five points apiece to lead the Seniors in the first period.

The Seniors’ lead still was six points at 29-23 when the Juniors called timeout with 7:40 remaining in the second quarter. Tabor re-entered the contest at that time and buried a three-pointer at the 6:42 mark that gave the Seniors a 10-point lead at 35-25.

Tabor added a bucket later in the period, and the Seniors zoomed out to a 44-27 advantage with about two minutes left in the first half before settling for a 46-34 lead at intermission.

“I thought the game with them (Juniors) would be a lot closer because they have several Division 1 players going to major conferences,” Tabor said after the game. “But we played really well as a team. I didn’t shoot very well, so I tried to help us win in other ways. It was great getting a win in front of the fans in my last game here.”

Tabor, Indiana Miss Basketball Jorie Allen from Bedford North Lawrence, and Fort Wayne Concordia’s Casissa Garcia scored five points apiece to lead the Seniors in the second period, while Bostic tallied nine points in the quarter and Sydney Parrish of Hamilton Southeastern six to lead the Juniors in the quarter.

The Juniors scored the first six points of the third quarter to pull within six points again at 46-40. Tabor re-entered the lineup at the 7:39 mark of the frame and helped the Seniors re-establish their dominance, as they went on a 13-3 run to grab a 59-43 advantage with 4:43 left in the period, prompting a timeout by the Juniors.

Tabor didn’t score in the third quarter, but grabbed two rebounds and had an assist as the Seniors built a 71-49 lead after three.

Freeman was on fire for the Seniors in the third period with a trio of three-pointers and a regular basket for 11 points, and Garcia added six points. Sydney Watkins of Heritage Christian led the Juniors in that frame with five points.

The Seniors outscored the Juniors 16-6 to open the fourth quarter to boost their lead to 32 points at 87-55 with five minutes remaining in the contest. The Seniors then proceeded to outscore the Juniors 10-3 the rest of the way for the final 39-point margin of victory of 97-58.

Amaya Hamilton of Hamilton Southeastern started the game for the Seniors but did not score until the fourth quarter, when she poured in 10 points. Noveroske added six more in the final frame.

Tabor did not score in the fourth period, but had some rebounds and assists to finish her night with five points, six rebounds, and four assists.

“We want to get two wins against Kentucky,” Tabor added. “After that, I go down to Davidson for a couple weeks, but I come back up here for most of the rest of the summer before starting the fall term down there.”

The Seniors out-rebounded the Juniors 60-41 and committed three fewer turnovers.

The Seniors shot 42-for-84 (50 percent) from the field, including 10-of-27 (37 percent) from the three-point line, but were a sub-par 3-for-8 (37.5 percent) from the free throw line.

All five of the Seniors’ starters scored in double figures. Freeman led the way with 20 points, followed by Garcia 17, Allen 14, Noveroske 13, and Hamilton 10. Noveroske led in rebounding with a game-high 12, Rikki Harris of North Central (Indianapolis) had 11 boards, Garcia and Hamilton seven apiece, and Tabor collected six caroms.

“It’s always fun winning,” said Freeman, a Ball State recruit. “We have a lot of girls on this team who can shoot, and my shots were going in tonight. We want to beat Kentucky twice. I’m excited about going to Ball State because they run an up-tempo offense, and that’s the kind of basketball I like to play.”

The Juniors finished a woeful 23-for-78 from the field (29.5 percent), which included 6-for-27 (22.2 percent) from behind the arc. They did can 6-of-9 charity tosses (66.7 percent).

Only two Juniors scored in double figures. Bostic had 17 points and Parrish 14. Parrish led the Juniors in rebounding with eight, Jasmine McWilliams of North Central (Indianapolis) grabbed seven boards, and Bostic had six.

The Indiana Seniors play the Kentucky Seniors this evening at 6 p.m. at Bellarmine University in Louisville and Saturday evening at 5 p.m. at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

Indiana Seniors 97, Indiana Juniors 58


Ella Collier 1-2 0-0 2, Madison Layden 0-5 0-0 0, Jasmine McWilliams 1-9 0-0 2, Sydney Parrish 6-20 0-0 14, Kendall Bostic 7-15 1-3 17, Sydney Watkins 2-9 3-4 8, Keegan Sullivan 1-7 0-0 2, Ra’Shaya Kyle 2-2 2-2 6, Sydney Graber 2-3 0-0 5, Nan Garcia 1-3 0-0 2, Sydney Jacobsen 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 23-78 6-9 58.


Jorie Allen 6-10 2-4 14, Hannah Noveroske 6-10 1-2 13, Carissa Garcia 8-15 0-0 17, Amaya Hamilton 4-10 0-0 10, Sydney Freeman 8-14 0-0 20, Maddie Nolan 2-5 0-0 5, Cameron Tabor 2-9 0-0 5, Riley Ott 3-6 0-0 6, Rikki Harris 3-5 0-2 7. Totals 42-84 3-8 97.

Indiana Juniors 15 19 15 9 -58

Indiana Seniors 21 25 25 26 -97

3-point goals – Indiana Juniors 6 (Parrish 2, Bostic 2, Watkins, Graber), Indiana Seniors 10 (Freeman 4, Hamilton 2, C. Garcia, Nolan, Tabor, Harris). Rebounds – Indiana Juniors 41 (Parrish 8, McWilliams 7, Bostic 6, Watkins 5, Sullivan 5, N. Garcia 4), Indiana Seniors 60 (Noveroske 12, Harris 11, C. Garcia 7, Hamilton 7,Tabor 6, Allen 5, Nolan 4). Total fouls – Indiana Juniors 16, Indiana Seniors 11. Turnovers – Indiana Juniors 19, Indiana Seniors 16.