LOUISVILLE – Clay Yeo did his part to help the Indiana All-Stars dominate their Kentucky counterparts Friday night.
The Triton High School star tossed in 12 points as Indiana rolled to a 114-60 win in the first game of the annual series in Freedom Hall.
Yeo, who led Triton to a Class 1-A state runner-up finish in March, hit 5-6 shots, including 2-2 from long range in the rout. The 6-6 Yeo, who will play at Valparaiso University, also had three rebounds in 14 minutes of action.
Demetrius Jackson, a Mishawaka Marian product and Notre Dame recruit, had six points, two assists and two steals in 18 minutes of playing time for Indiana.
V.J. Beachem, who starred at New Haven High School, tossed in 22 points. Beachem, who has signed with Notre Dame, was 9-9 from the field and drained four treys.
Indiana, which has now won the last 10 games in the series, dominated in every way. The Hoosier squad, which led 44-29 at halftime, had a 51-23 edge in rebounds, a 22-4 advantage in assists and a 16-8 margin in steals.
Indiana shot a sizzling 59.5 percent from the field, including 13-22 from three-point range. Kentucky was just 31.1 percent from the field and hit only 2-19 on threes.
Zak Irvin, Indiana’s Mr. Basketball who will play at Michigan, scored 14 points Friday night. Fort Wayne Northrop’s Bryson Scott, who will play at Purdue, also had 14 points.
Indiana will host Kentucky tonight at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. The boys contest will follow the girls game, which starts at 5 p.m.
Injury Hurts Hoosier Ladies In Loss
A key injury and foul trouble proved to be too much for the Indiana girls All-Star squad to overcome Friday night.
Indiana, which lost Miss Basketball Stephanie Mavunga to an injury, lost 84-78 in the opener at Freedom Hall.
Mavunga, a 6-4 center bound for North Carolina, injured her knee in the first three minutes of the game and did not return. Her status for tonight’s game is uncertain.
Indiana star Taya Reimer, a Notre Dame recruit, had 10 points and five rebounds, but was hampered by foul trouble.
Both Mavunga and Reimer, the runner-up for Miss Basketball honors, were McDonald’s All-Americans.
Taylor Lutz, a former star at Penn High School, had five points, three rebounds and three assists in 15 minutes.
Andrijana Cvitkovic, who starred at Culver Academies, had one point and three rebounds in six minutes.
Indiana, which trailed 48-35 at halftime, had 26 turnovers and shot just 4-20 from 3-point land in the loss.
Bridget Perry, who is bound for Purdue, led Indiana with 19 points.
Makayla Epps, Kentucky’s Miss Basketball, had 17 points, seven rebounds and 10 assists. Ashton Feldhaus led the winners with 20 points. Feldhaus hit 6-8 from deep as Kentucky drained 12-25 from 3-poiint land.
Kentucky has now won the last three games in the series.
Indiana will host Kentucky tonight at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis at 5 p.m.