Floyd Central’s Madison Kaiser scored 27 points and grabbed 16 rebounds, earning the MVP honor and powering the East to a 90-84 victory over the West at Bloomington North. In the boys game, the East completed the sweep with a 115-98 triumph.
All-Star coaches have a tough, thankless role. They shuttle in lineups like hockey shift changes — until it’s time to win or lose. That competitive fire still burns, even in a meaningless All-Star showcase. In the last 10 minutes of the 40-minute game, the coaches were given the freedom to play their best.
Kaiser was the best, even if the other coaches from Class A programs — the West’s Mark Holt is the Indiana All-Star coach from Barr-Reeve, and East assistant Scott Smith coaches at Jac-Cen-Del — were not familiar with her game. Prichard knew.
“Before the game, they were asking ‘Who’s this girl?’” Prichard said with a sly smile. “I said you would know before the game is over. She’s as tough as nails. The other coach was saying ‘I think Madison needs a break’ during the second half. I was like, ‘No she don’t. She’ll be all right.’”
Kaiser was more than all right. She dominated the second half as the East battled back from a 36-30 hole at halftime. Brownstown’s Riley Wischmeier scored five key points in the overtime and finished with 11. Columbus North’s Sheyanne Street drilled four 3-pointers and scored 14, all in the second half.
Kaiser’s high school season ended in mid-February in the 4-A sectional, but she has stayed sharp with Sunday night games and free-time shooting. It showed.
“I just tried to work my butt off every play, tried to get everyone involved and keep the intensity up,” said Kaiser, who is destined for Campbellsville. “The competitive part of you always wants to win the game. You always want to pull through.”
Evansville Central’s Zuri Sanders, an Indiana All-Star, and Evansville Memorial’s Stephanie Sherwood both had 19 points for the West.
In the boys game, Columbus North’s Kooper Glick, named the MVP, scored 21 points while Batesville’s Blake Walsman had 20 points for the East. Columbus East’s Connor Umphress totaled 16 and Corydon’s Timothy Wiseman added 15.
Glick, wearing the #Joshstrong shirt and wristband in honor of former teammate Josh Speidel, hit four treys.
“Any time I can play for Josh, I’m excited,” said Glick, who visits Speidel at least once a week as the Indiana All-Star continues his slow recovery from a severe head injury suffered in an automobile accident during the regular season. “He inspires me every day.”
The East, which trailed by double digits in the first half before Orleans’ Cale Hall scored his 13 points, shot the ball as if inspired during the second half. With East coach Tom Bradley urging at least one pass, hopefully more, while running an offense that didn’t require a shot clock, the East hit 27 of 47 (57 percent) in the second half while pulling away.
“We just played great team ball,” Glick said. “We played like we had been playing together forever.”
The West, on paper, might have had more talent, especially with four members of Class 4-A state runner-up Evansville Reitz (including Indiana All-Star Jaelan Sanford) on the roster. But the West converted only 11 of 38 treys. Gavin Scharfer of Hertiage Hills had 15 points while Bedford North Lawrence’s Blaze Byrer added 13.
EAST (90) – Justice Burdin 3, Brooke Ebbing 9, Evelyn Galbreath 6, Kaitlynn Henning 12, Madison Kaiser 27, Kristen Nestor 4, Sheyanne Street 14, Claire Volpenhein 4, Riley Wischmeier 11.
WEST (84) – Olivia Carroll 2, Courtney Copp 10, Taylor Hopf 1, Sierra Hudson 3, Aubrey Main 5, Greer Neff 12, Zuri Sanders 19, Stephanie Sherwood 19, Jordan Voges 7, Allison Wininger 6.
EAST (115) – Will Brown 6, Ranger Caffrey 8, Alex Doebler 12, Kooper Glick 21, Cale Hall 13, Connor Umphress 16, Blake Walsman 20, Davon Winburn 4, Timothy Wiseman 15.
WEST (98) – Charlie Aimone 3, Blaze Byrer 13, Nate Hansen 8, Johnny Jager 10, Gannon Myers 2, Jacob Norman 9, Jaelan Sanford 11, Gavin Schaefer 15, Jacob Stauber 2, Alex Stein 12, Jacob Treadway 5, Addison Wagler 8.