INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana All-Star girls basketball team led for the majority of the game versus Kentucky Saturday night.
The guests from the Bluegrass State though led when it mattered most.
Kentucky rode a hot-shooting second half effort to top Indiana 75-67 in the first game of the annual series at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
Indiana, which led for more than 28 minutes of the 40-minute contest, was outscored 50-34 in the final half. Kentucky, which trailed by as many as 14 points and was down 33-25 at halftime, shot 20-33 from the field in the final 20 minutes. The winners also hit 6-11 shots from 3-point range in the second half.
Indiana shot an abysmal 26-82 overall from the field in the loss, including 5-28 from distance. The hosts were 10-15 from the free throw line.
Kentucky finished 30-74 from the field, including 11-31 from deep, and 4-5 from the line. The squad won despite committing 24 turnovers.
Dana Evans of Gary West Side led Indiana with 18 points, but had nine of her team’s 18 turnovers in the game.
Misss Basketball Karissa McLaughlin scored 12 points, but had a tough shooting night for the home team. The former Homestead High School star, who is bound for Purdue, was 4-16 from the field. McLaughlin hit 2-10 from 3-point range on the night.
Former Warsaw girls basketball coach Michelle Harter is one of the assistant coaches for the Indiana team. The former Wawasee High School standout player resigned at WCHS back in March. Harter, who was the Warsaw head coach for nine years and spent 25 years coaching in the girls’ program, was hired last Monday night as the new girls basketball coach at Evansville Central High School.
Jaelyn Penn scored a game-high 20 points to lead five players in double figures for Kentucky. Penn, an Indiana University recruit, also had nine rebounds and five steals in earning Player of the Game honors.
Kentucky won despite being without Miss Basketball winner Lindsey Duvall. The Louisville recruit missed the game due to recent knee surgery.
The win by Kentucky snapped a seven-game losing streak to Indiana in the series.
The two teams meet again Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Frankfort (Ky) Convention Center.