Louisville, KY June 13, 2015 (Analyzed Sports) By: Charron Elliott
Indiana Defeats Kentucky in Saturday’s Games
The first part of the 75th Kentucky Versus Indiana All-Stars Classic was held in Clive M. Back Center at Transylvania University on Friday night. The girls faced off first at 5:30 pm and the boys teams played at 8:00 pm. The Indiana Girls defeated the Kentucky Girls twice last year, once in Lexington and then again in Indianapolis. As for the Boys teams Indiana has won all of its games against Kentucky since 2001, where they lost to Kentucky in Owensboro 103-90.
Girls Game Summary: The first half of the girl’s game had a score of 30-25 in favor of Indiana. The leading scorer for the Indiana Girls All-Star team was Ali Patberg with eight points, she will be playing college basketball at Notre Dame. The leading scorer for Kentucky was Morgan Rich with six points, she will be playing college basketball at the University of Kentucky. In the second half the game wasn’t as close as the Indiana girls went on a 29-5 and only allowed 24 Kentucky points in the half. The Indiana Girls team went on to win 93-49, as they forced 31 Kentucky turnovers and shot 11-20 (55%) from the three-point line.
“I thought one through fourteen we got great production out of everyone tonight and I know that doesn’t always happen in an All-Star game,” said Indiana All-Stars head coach Mark Holt about his team. As for the defense they played against Kentucky Indiana’s Michal Miller had this to say: ” We have a team full of superstars and I felt like I had to come in with mindset to make an impact defensively.” Miller made that impact by getting four steals in the game and Indiana had 16 steals as a team. As for the success behind the three-point line Miller said, ” We all are pretty good shooters so it was definitely something we kept working on in practice this week and I think it helped out a lot.” Miller was responsible for two of those 11 made three-point field goals, as she will take her defense and scoring ability to the University of Arizona this winter.
Boys Game Summary: The Boys Game got off to a very gritty start as both teams came out aggressively. The first half ended with the Indiana All-Stars on top 42-34. Kentucky outrebounded Indiana 35-22 in the first half but shot just 23% from the field. Indiana made 6/17 of their three-point attempts while Kentucky made just 1-14 (7%) of their three-point attempts. The leading scorer for Indiana was Ryan Cline with 10 points, as he will play college basketball for Purdue University. The leading scorer for Kentucky was Dwayne Sutton with 10 points to go along with eight rebounds. Sutton will play college basketball for UNC-Asheville this upcoming season.
In the second half the Kentucky defense was stellar as they harassed the Indiana offense continuously to tougher shots. Kentucky went on a 16-2 run in the first few minutes of the second half and led it 57-53 at the 11:42 mark. A huge three by Cline got Indiana back on top 62-59 with 8:10 remaining, but Kentucky got the lead back 67-65 after a layup by Sutton with 6:45 remaining. Two free throws 5:47 by Justin Miller and a layup by James Bolden gave Kentucky a 71-67 lead with 4:25 left. Then Kentucky and Indiana traded leads continuously until a clutch layup by Cline gave Indiana an 81-80 lead with 25 seconds to go. James Bolden of the Kentucky All-Stars went to go for the last shot , but it ended up being blocked by Indiana and they scored again to make the final score 83-80.
Ryan Cline topped all scorers in the game with 23 points to go along with four rebounds and three assists. Kentucky was led in scoring by Sutton and Jalen Perry with 16 points a piece, Sutton also had 11 rebounds in the game. “One thing we had to work on was getting back on defense, but I think we will be able to do that against them tomorrow. We also want to get out in transition to get easier buckets tomorrow and then work our way outside,” said Perry about what the team needs to do to get a win tomorrow at Indiana.
The games for tomorrow will be played at Banker’s Life Fieldhouse, as the Kentucky teams are seeking to bounce back from a sweep of Friday night’s games. If The Indian Girls All-Star team wins it will be their second straight sweep against Kentucky. The Indiana Boys All-Star team would make it their 14th year in a row sweeping Kentucky in the All-Star Classic. Will Kentucky be able to bounce back or will this be the second consecutive year that both Indiana Boys and Girls All-Stars teams beat them twice?