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Hoosier girls edge Bluegrass girls in OT

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Indiana’s Cameron Tabor (6) of New Castle looks for a teammate to pass the ball to while defended by Kentucky’s Maaliya Owens (3) from scott County during Saturday evening’s Indiana vs. Kentucky Girls Basketball All-Star Game at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. Indiana won in overtime 76-71.
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Indiana’s Cameron Tabor (6) of New Castle looks toward teammate Amaya Hamilton (9) of Hamilton southeastern to make a pass while defended by Kentucky’s Mackenzie Keelin (7) from Owensboro Catholic during Saturday evening’s Indiana vs. Kentucky Girls Basketball Game at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. Indiana won 76-71 in overtime.
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Kentucky Miss Basketball Savannah Wheeler (1) fom Boyd County is defended by Indiana’s Sydney Freeman (10) from Central Noble during Saturday evening’s Indiana vs. Kentucky Girls Basetball All-Star Game at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.
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Indiana’s Cameron Tabor (6) of New Castle defends against a Kentucky in-bounds pass during Saturday evening’s Indiana vs. Kentucky Girls All-Sate Game at Bankers life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. Tabor had two points, two rebounds, and two assists in Indiana’s 76-71 overtime win.
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Kentucky Miss Basketball Savannah Wheeler (1) from Boyd County races downcourt with the basketball as teammate Lauren Schwartz (11) from Ryle trails the play and Indiana’s Carissa Garcia (4) from Fort Wayne Concordia moves in to defend during Saturday evening’s Indiana vs. Kentucky Girls All-Star Game at Banker Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. Wheeler scored a game-high 19 points, but Indiana won in overtime 76-71.

By DAVID RISLEY - drisley@thecouriertimes.com

INDIANAPOLIS — After seeing a 12-point first-half lead disintegrate into a five-point loss Friday evening in Louisville, the Indiana Girls All-Star Basketball Team wanted to make amends for that in the return match-up Saturday evening against Kentucky at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

It took them an extra session to accomplish it, but the Indiana girls did gain a split in the annual series with the Kentucky girls by posting a 76-71 victory in overtime.

Friday evening at Bellarmine University, Kentucky got off to an 8-0 start, but that didn’t happen in Saturday’s contest. The two teams battled pretty evenly throughout the first quarter and Indiana grabbed a 10-6 advantage.

New Castle’s Cameron Tabor had entered the game for the first time with 5:18 remaining in the opening period and sank a pair of free throws to give the Hoosier girls a 12-10 lead. Indiana outscored the Bluegrass girls 4-3 the remainder of the quarter to grab a 16-13 advantage after one.

“Getting the win is the most important thing,” Tabor said after the game. “We felt we let one slip away last night and wanted to make sure we won tonight. This has been a great experience and honor for me, and I got to meet a lot of great and talented girls during my time with the team.”

Indiana’s Hannah Noveroske from Michigan City scored six points for the Hoosier girls in the first frame, while Louisville Male’s Cameron Browning had six for Kentucky.

Indiana scored the first four points of the second quarter to expand its lead to 20-13 and prompt a Kentucky timeout with 8:57 remaining in the period. After the short break, the Hoosier girls continued to expand their advantage to 25-15 with 6:58 left in the first half.

Tabor re-entered the game with 4:43 remaining in the second period and Indiana up 25-17. Kentucky whittled away at the Hoosier girls’ lead and cut it to 31-29 by intermission.

Each squad’s Miss Basketball led their respective teams in the second period. Kentucky’s Savannah Wheeler from Boyd County scored six points while Indiana’s Jorie Allen from Bedford North Lawrence tallied five.

Neither team shot well in the opening 20 minutes. Kentucky was 9-of-36 (25 percent) from the field and 1-for-9 (11.1 percent) from three-point land, while Indiana hit 11-of-35 (31.4 percent) from the floor but missed all 12 of its attempts from behind the arc. Both teams committed nine turnovers.

The Hoosier girls’ biggest surge in this game was during the third quarter as Indiana outscored Kentucky 14-6 to begin the period for a 45-35 advantage, prompting another timeout by the Bluegrass girls with 5:03 left in the quarter.

Tabor came back into the game with exactly one minute left in the third period and Indiana up 54-43, and that was the score at the end of three.

Amaya Hamilton of Hamilton Southeastern and Sydney Freeman of Central Noble led the Hoosier girls in the third quarter with five points apiece (including Indiana’s only made three-pointers in the contest), and Browning scored four points for Kentucky.

The Bluegrass girls rallied in the fourth quarter, as they did in Friday’s third quarter, to get back into the game, outscoring Indiana 16-6 in the first 6:31 of the period to pull to within 60-59 with 3:29 left in the game.

The Hoosier girls scored the next four points to go up 64-59, but Kentucky tallied the next five including a pair of charity tosses by Emmy Ralph of Bullitt East for a 64-all tie with 27 seconds remaining in the contest.

Indiana had two chances to win and Kentucky one in the closing seconds of regulation, but Indiana’s shots didn’t fall through the net and the Bluegrass girls turned the ball over, and the game went into the five-minute overtime tied at 64 apiece.

Emma King of Lincoln County with eight points and Wheeler with six led the Kentucky comeback in the final period of regulation, while Noveroske scored five points for Indiana.

After trading points in the first two minutes of overtime, Kentucky’s Lauren Schwartz from Ryle hit a free throw and King added two more at the 2:44 mark to give the Bluegrass girls a 71-68 advantage. Those proved to be the final Kentucky points of the game.

Allen converted a traditional three-point play with 2:02 left, and Browning fouled out, as Indiana tied the score at 71-all. Allen later added another bucket and a charity toss and Carissa Garcia of Fort Wayne Concordia sank a pair of free throws in the final minute to close out the scoring and account for the final score of 76-71.

Kentucky won the battle of the boards 69-57 and committed 17 turnovers to 15 for the Hoosier girls.

Indiana ended the game shooting 25-of-80 (31.3 percent) from the field, 5-for-27 (18.5 percent) from three-point range, and 21-of-37 (56.8 percent) on free throws.

Kentucky shot just 18-of-79 (22.8 percent) from the floor and 3-of-22 (13.6 percent) from behind the arc, but stayed close by sinking 32-of-43 (74.4 percent) of its charity tosses.

The Hoosier girls had three score in double figures. Allen and Noveroske tallied 18 points apiece and Hamilton, who hit a big three-pointer in overtime, had 11.

Garcia led Indiana in rebounding with 11 boards, Emma Nolan of Marquette Catholic had nine, Allen and Noveroske six apiece, and Hamilton five.

Tabor’s stats in the contest were two points, two rebounds, and two assists.

“I’ll be going down to Davidson for a couple weeks to help out with camps and get more familiar with the campus and the area,” Tabor added. “Then I’ll be back up here for the rest of the summer before I go down and start classes for the fall semester.”

The Bluegrass girls also had three score in double digits. Hamilton led with a game-high 19 points, Browning had 13, and King 10. Browning had a monster game on the boards with 18 rebounds before fouling out, Schwartz had eight, King six, and Maaliya Owens of Scott County five.

Indiana Girls 76, Kentucky Girls 71 (OT)

KENTUCKY GIRLS (71)

Savannah Wheeler 6-15 6-7 19, Maaliya Owens 0-6 0-0 0, Emma King 1-17 7-8 10, Browning 3-7 7-8 13, Lauren Schwartz 0-9 5-6 5, Ashlee Harris 1-3 2-2 4, Joelle Johnson 0-5 0-0 0, Emma Ralph 2-4 2-2 7, Jada Higgins 0-2 0-2 0, Mackenzie Keelin 0-1 0-0 0, Kaitlynn Wilks 4-8 1-2 9, Haley Harrison 1-2 2-6 4. Totals 18-79 32-43 71.

INDIANA GIRLS (76)

Jorie Allen 5-9 8-17 18, Shaila Beeler 0-5 2-4 2, Carissa Garcia 2-12 4-4 8, Sydney Freeman 2-13 0-0 5, Emma Nolan 2-7 0-0 5, Maddie Nolan 0-2 0-0 0, Hannah Noveroske 7-10 4-8 18, Rikki Harris 0-3 0-0 0, Cameron Tabor 0-3 2-2 2, Amaya Hamilton 4-9 1-2 11, Riley Ott 2-5 0-0 4, Sophia Nolan 1-2 0-0 3. Totals 25-80 21-37 76.

Kentucky Girls 13 16 14 21 7 -71

Indiana Girls 16 15 23 10 12 -76

3-point goals – Kentucky Girls 3 (Wheeler, King, Ralph), Indiana Girls 5 (Hamilton 2, Freeman, E. Nolan, S. Nolan). Rebounds – Kentucky Girls 69 (Browning 18, Schwartz 8, King 6, Owens 5), Indiana Girls 57 (Garcia 11, E. Nolan 9, Allen 6, Noveroske 6, Hamilton 5). Total fouls – Kentucky Girls 28, Indiana Girls 28. Turnovers – Kentucky Girls 17, Indiana Girls 15. Fouled out – Browning. Records – Kentucky Girls 1-1, Indiana Girls 1-1.