INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana convincingly won both of this year’s contests on the girl’s side. A night after earning a 93-49 blowout victory in Lexington, Indiana used an early second half spurt to take control.
After leading 38-28 at halftime, Indiana saw its lead cut to 39-36 on a Kentucky Mrs. Basketball Maci Morris jumper 2 minutes into the second half. But Indiana responded with a 9-0 run that featured three fast break baskets and a Darby Maggard 3-pointer. Indiana never looked back.
“The goal was to win, and we did,” Indiana Mrs. Basketball Ali Patberg said. “We intended to win. We just wanted to play our best and have fun. Winning by 30, if that happens, that’s good.”
Patberg, who will play at Notre Dame next season, finished with 16 points. She also grabbed 8 rebounds. Maggard added 13 points and Jenna Allen scored 14 and dished out 3 assists.
Kentucky Mrs. Basketball Maci Morris and Alexis Brewer each scored 14 for Kentucky. Morris also grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds.
The streak continues for the Indiana boys All-Star basketball team.
Indiana ran its winning streak in the annual summer doubleheader series with the Kentucky boys All-Star team to 15 with a 88-77 win Saturday night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.
But it wasn’t easy.
Friday’s game was decided in the final minute with Indiana earning an 83-80 win at Transylvania University in Lexington. And Saturday’s meeting felt much closer than the final score.
Devin Cannady won game MVP honors with 17 points, 14 of which were in the second half.
“I don’t know if we dominated — they were up in both games,” Cannady said. “Winning consecutively is something to be proud of, but it just has to be one game at a time. Keeping that streak alive is great.”
Matt Holba scored 16 and Purdue recruit Ryan Cline added 11 for Indiana. James Bolden scored 14 for Kentucky and Dwayne Sutton scored 13 and had a team-high 9 rebounds.
Indiana Mr. Basketball Caleb Swanigan, a Purdue commit, did not play. He is participating in USA Basketball activities for the under-19 division. It’s the second consecutive year Indiana’s top player did not play in the annual rivalry game. Last season, Trey Lyles sat out with meningitis.
Kentucky Mr. Basketball Camron Justice also did not play, as he is enrolled in summer classes at Vanderbilt where he will play collegiately. The university’s compliance department would not release Justice for the game.
Attendance for the boys game was 6,533, the largest crowd in 10 years. With the game tied a 53-53 with 11:14 remaining, Indiana used a 15-8 spurt to seize control. Tahjai Teauge’s breakaway dunk with 5:10 left put Indiana up 74-62 and Kentucky never threatened again.
Indiana coach Brent Chitty boasted about helping the Hoosier state’s top prep boys basketball players avoid losing the best the Bluegrass state produced in 2015.
“As long as it’s not on my watch,” Chitty said with a laugh.