Kentucky-Indiana Senior All Star Game (Girls)
June 12, 2021
Kentucky coach Kes Murphy started the following lineup: 5-11 Ella Thompson (Bethlehem), 5-10 Macey Daniels (Wayne County), 6-2 Maria Kiefer (Bishop Brossart), 5-7 Dynastee White (Butler), and 5-7 Alexa Smiddy (Southwestern). Indiana coach Jeff Allen countered with 6-0 Jayla Smith (Lawrence North), 6-3 Bridget Dunn (Carmel), 6-3 Meg Newman (North Central), 5-6 Kaitlyn Costner (Penn), and 5-7 Ariana Wiggins (Heritage Christian).
Kentucky rallied from a 44-35 half time deficit to defeat Indiana by the score of 78-76. The score was tied seven times and there were eight lead changes in the game. This was especially impressive because Kentucky for the two games were missing Brooklynn Miles (Franklin County) who was named Miss Basketball, Harley Paynter (Boyd County), and Tiarra East (Butler). Kentucky shot 41.2% from the field including seven of 18 from the three point line. They connected on 15 of 27 free throws, pulled down 51 rebounds, and scored 14 points off 14 Indiana turnovers. Indiana shot 37.8% from the field including two of 17 from beyond the arc. They connected on 18 of 26 free throws, pulled down 44 rebounds, and scored 16 points off 22 Kentucky turnovers.
Dynastee White led Kentucky with 21 points including seven of 12 free throws and two steals. Macey Blevins added 20 points including four three point baskets, 12 rebounds, and two blocked shots. Ella Thompson recorded 13 points, 11 rebounds, and three assists. Maria Kiefer chipped in with 11 points, nine rebounds, and five blocked shots. 5-7 Amelia Hodges added eight points including two three point baskets and three rebounds. Alexa Smiddy recorded five points, eight rebounds, and 12 assists.
Ariana Wiggins led Indiana with 18 points and three assists. Meg Newman added 10 points, 11 rebounds, and three steals. Jayla Smith recorded 10 points, five rebounds, six assists, and three steals. 5-7 Courtney Blakely chipped in with nine points including five of six free throws and three steals.
Kentucky (78) – Thompson 13, Daniels 20, Kiefer 11, White 21, Smiddy 5, Hodges 8.
Indiana (76) – Smith 10, Dunn 2, Newman 10, Costner 4, Wiggins 18, Becki 4, McKnight 6, Bischoff 2, Blakely 9, Burton 3, Thompson 2, Shoup-Hill 2, Jaynes 4.
A special thanks to the event staff for providing the comprehensive statistics for tonight’s game.