Led by a 20-point performance from Central Noble sharpshooter Sydney Freeman (Ball State), the Indiana Senior All-Stars demolished the Indiana Junior All-Stars on Wednesday evening at New Castle High School in a friendly exhibition, 97-58.
The seniors were without both Marquette Catholic star forwards Emma and Sophia Nolan (St. John's), who did not make the trip to New Castle due to graduation festivities, but Michigan City center Hannah Noveroske (Indiana) and La Porte guard Riley Ott (Purdue Fort Wayne), the other two La Porte County representatives on the senior roster, both contributed in the 39-point rout for the senior group.
"We all played together as an entire team," Noveroske said after Wednesday's win. "There were five of our players in double figures. We focused on crashing the boards and not letting them get the offensive rebound."
Noveroske combined with 2019 Miss Basketball selection and future Indiana teammate Jorie Allen for 27 points and 17 rebounds in the blowout, while Ott contributed with six points, a pair of assists and finished with a plus-minus rating of plus-16 on the evening. Noveroske finished her night with a 13-point, 12-rebound double-double and two blocks.
"It was an amazing experience," Noveroske said on her first all-star game after partially tearing her ACL and missing all of the junior all-star games last year. "I will definitely remember these great memories for the rest of my life. It's amazing to play with such amazing girls and to end my senior year on a high note."
The seniors held a 60-26 interior scoring advantage over the junior group led by Northwestern duo Madison Layden (Purdue) and Kendall Bostic (Michigan State), and Oregon commit Sydney Parrish. On top of their dominance in the paint, the seniors held a 30-18 advantage in fast break points over their junior counterparts. The juniors shot just 29.5 percent from the field (23-for-78), while holding Layden, Bostic and Parrish to just 31 combined points on 40 total shots.
"Great defense was the key," Noveroske said. "We all knew who we needed to guard and the personnel on the other team due to our great coaching staff and our experience playing with or against the other girls in AAU or tournaments."
In the second game of the evening, the senior boys capped a sweep with a 127-116 victory over the juniors with some more future Indiana Hoosiers on the floor.
Trayce Jackson-Davis (Indiana), the 2019 Mr. Basketball selection, led the charge with 16 points, while future teammate Armaan Franklin poured in 15 more with six assists. Purdue commit and Valparaiso star Brandon Newman finished with 15 points with six rebounds. Isaiah Thompson, Newman's soon-to-be teammate in West Lafayette, scored 10 points and led both teams with seven assists.
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At New Castle
Seniors 97, Juniors 58
City's Hannah Noveroske and La Porte's Riley Ott combined for 19 points in the win.