Indiana All-Star girls basketball players Hannah Noveroske and Riley Ott learned something about themselves on Monday night that confirmed they made the proper decision to play basketball growing up.
During their first experience at Topgolf's driving range right outside of Indianapolis, they had an exciting time with their teammates before this week's all-star festivities, but realized that golf isn't and probably never will be their game.
"We had a blast with our teammates and stuff, but we really suck at golf," Ott said with a nearby Noveroske laughing Monday.
"I'm pretty sure I swung and missed, like five times in a row," Noveroske said. "I'm pretty terrible at it."
The good news is for two of the four La Porte County representatives during this week's Indiana-Kentucky All-Star basketball games is that they're not only really good basketball players, they'll finally be on the same team instead of playing against each other as county rivals from La Porte and Michigan City.
"I'm super excited about it," Noveroske said, noting she'll not only get to play with Ott and two-time Class A state champions Emma and Sophia Nolan from Marquette Catholic, but with two of her future teammates at Indiana University in guard Shaila Beeler and Jorie Allen, the Bedford North Lawrence star that was selected as 2019's Miss Basketball in the state of Indiana.
"We've had some team bonding time with all of us together during this time with the All-Stars and we've grown closer as friends. I'm really looking forward to it all."
Ott is just as excited and relieved for the upcoming games this week because she won't have a 6-foot-5 powerhouse in the paint in Noveroske waiting for her on one end and "giving her team a whole bunch of buckets" on the other end of the floor.
"It'll be nice because she's on my team this team," Ott said. "You can just throw those long passes downcourt to me this time."
"And I won't have to worry about Riley's quick self coming into the paint all the time either," Noveroske added.
Noveroske and Ott shared a hotel room during their training sessions at Marian University this week prior to today's Junior-Senior All-Star Game between the two Indiana classes. The duo will get their first run of the week against the likes of state champions Sydney Parrish from Class 4A state champion Hamilton Southeastern and two-time state champions Kendall Bostic and Madison Layden from Northwestern.
"They're 1-1 in their first couple games against Kentucky," Noveroske said. "Kentucky doesn't have a lot of height and they don't have a lot of people that guard our team's height. I think we'll have the advantage there up front and we have someone like Riley Ott at the guard position that can manuever around someone like Sydney Parrish. It'll be a fun game for sure."
The main takeaway from the laughter-filled conversation with Noveroske and Ott is the blast the two are having with each other and with their teammates has been endless since the top-60 camp that was part of the team's selection process.
"We're just having so much fun together," Noveroske said. "It's been so much fun. It's still kinda surreal that we're all here. We almost all went to the same school (Marquette). It didn't work out, so we had to play against each other, but now we get to play with each other and it's been a totally different experience. We don't have to be archenemies anymore."
Noveroske knows Ott won't waste any time when they get on the floor together for the first official time this week.
"She knows that I'll be posting up and ready," Noveroske said. "Don't worry. I'm gonna give her the ball. It's not gonna be a problem at all."
"She'll get the ball," Ott added with a laugh.