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 Terhune Stars Sweep Hickory Huskers

June 11, 2008 - A jam-packed Hoosier Gym was the site of thunder dunks, slick passes and a statewide television audience Friday night at the third annual Hoosier’s Reunion All-Star Classic held at the Hoosier Gym in Knightstown.

All-star teams comprised of 22 boys and 22 girls from Indiana High School basketball teams across the state suited up and competed fiercely in games that are a tune-up for the annual charity all-star game against Kentucky.

The players didn’t disappoint the fans who came from far and wide to witness the competition. In the girls contest, the Terhune Lady Tigers defeated the Hickory Huskers, 101-97, in a game that went down to the wire. Terhune made it a sweep by defeating Mr. Basketball Tyler Zeller and the Hickory Boys, 118-111.

The Terhune girls led most of the way until Hickory’s Betsy Adams, from Twin Lakes, nailed a three-pointer to tie the game at 74 in the fourth quarter. Hickory led early in the contest but never again after the first quarter.

The Terhune girls, coached by Knightstown Lady Panther head mentor Dawn Basicker, took a 23-17 lead after one quarter and never looked back. They were led by Kayla Drake, a spunky 5-5 guard from Kokomo, who scored a team-high 22 points. Deja Mattox, a 6-0 forward from Maconaquah, scored 18 points. Also getting double digits for the Tiger girls were Brownsburg’s Lauren Taylor with 16 markers, Westview’s Tiffany Fisher with 14 points, and Betsy Adams of Twin Lakes with 11 points. Lebanon’s Maggie Boyer scored seven points, North Montgomery’s Ashley Buis had six, and Lawrence North’s Felisha Johnson scored three.

The Huskers were led by Alex Guyton, a talented 6-3 center from Bloomington North High School. She scored 27 points and will be taking her talents to Purdue University next year.

Miss Basketball Brittany Rayburn didn’t disappoint, although she didn’t appear to show up in the first half. At the break Rayburn had hit just one shot and accounted for only two points. But she dominated the game in the second half for the Huskers.

Rayburn hit three trays in the third quarter, scoring 10 points. She added 10 more points in the fourth frame, when the Huskers scored 31 points to make a game of it. Rayburn will also be going to Purdue next season. Rayburn and Guyton combined for nearly half of the Hickory points.

Also getting double figures for the Lady Huskers were Carmel’s Danielle Havel with 12, South Bend Washington’s Emily Phillips with 11 and Avon’s Kaley May with 10. Evansville Harrison’s Kiara Butler scored seven points and Evansville Memorial’s Chelsea Falkenstein scored five. Greenfield-Central’s Jordan Lewis knocked down a trey in the second quarter for three points.

Hickory managed to tie the game at 88 on a bucket by Phillips, but Martinsville’s Taylor hit a trey that returned the lead to Terhune for good.

The boys game highlighted several key match-ups, including the 7-0 Mr. Basketball Zeller, for Hickory, going against 6-9 Broad Ripple center Robert Goff and 6-10 Yorktown center Emerson Kampton.

Players with local connections well represented their communities. Rushville’s Kyle Morgan scored 16 points, and New Castle’s Casey Stigall had 12 markers. Eastern Hancock’s Caleb Kennedy also scored seven points.

Zeller pretty much dominated the game when he was in there, scoring 21 points for the Huskers. Evansville Memorial’s Kyle Kuric tallied 17 points and Chesterton’s Zach Novak had 14.

Terhune had too much depth and balance for the Hickory all-stars. Kampton more than held his own against Zeller & company and led the Tigers with 20 points, scoring 10 in each half. Brownsburg’s Gordon Hayward had 18 points and got 13 of those in the second half. Stuart Douglass of Carmel scored 15 points and Batesville’s Alex Grimley had 14. Plymouth’s Randy Davis and Beech Grove’s John Hard both scored 11 points and Muncie Central’s John Peckinpaugh hit double figures with 10.

Terhune had eight players in double figures. Hickory hit 11 three-pointers in the first half, when they built a 57-54 lead. But their long-range shooting wasn’t as hot over the second two quarters and their defense was lackluster when they hit just seven treys and allowed 65 points.

Terhune hit seven threes in each half, but got its transition game into gear and scored several baskets off of fast breaks with thunderous dunks that were more than crowd-pleasers.

The game was nearly a sellout and the temperatures inside exceeded those outside the historic gymnasium. Problems with the air conditioning at the Hoosier Gym made for sweltering conditions, but the all of the players appeared to adjust much better than the fans.


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