Kyle Guy watched “Hoosiers” all the time as a kid.
Friday night, he got to play in the Hoosier Gym where part of the iconic movie was shot. While Guy didn’t need any last-minute heroics to carry Hickory to a win, he channeled his inner Jimmy Chitwood to score 23 points in the Hoosiers Reunion Classic.
“This was one of the All-Star games I looked forward to playing in most,” Guy said. “There’s a lot of rich history here. It was just amazing to be a part of it.”
There was no shortage of scoring for either team, as 13 players scored in double-figures. Franklin Central’s Marcus Burk led all scorers with 25 points while Cathedral’s Jordan Walker scored 22. Tech’s C.J. Walker scored 18, Southport’s Joey Brunk posted a double-double with 19 points and 15 rebounds, Cathedral’s Eron Gordon scored 12 points and had four assists, and Martinsville’s Keegan Northern scored 12 points.
While many players on both teams spent the past four years playing against each other, all-star games before players head off to college provide a unique opportunity to play together.
“It’s pretty fun being able to play with people I’ve never played with before,” Gordon said. “It’s a great experience to enjoy.”
Brunk added: “I grew up watching these games, so it was fun to be out here and get the chance to play. I grew up playing against them in AAU and middle school and high school, so it was fun getting to play with them at the very end.”
In the girls game, Notre Dame-bound Jackie Young showed once again why she was IndyStar Miss Basketball. She scored a game-high 38 points on 15-of-19 shooting. She also grabbed eight rebounds.
Corie West, girls basketball coach at New Castle, has spent the past four years coaching against Young. He coached against her for the final time Friday night, and faced a familiar dilemma: How do you stop the unstoppable?
“We kept telling them we had to stop her and couldn’t let her get in the paint, because then she’s unstoppable,” he said. “Jackie is a unique talent that doesn’t come along but every now and then. You can do whatever you want to try to stop her, but I haven’t seen anybody do it yet.”
Lawrence North’s Lauren Dickerson, who is headed to Miami (Ohio), scored 22 points to go along with six rebounds and five assists.
“She has incredible speed and she’s a great ballhandler,” West said of Dickerson. “She has a great knowledge of basketball.”
“It was truly an honor,” Dickerson said of playing in the game. “It was great. It was something I never thought I would be in. The crowd was amazing.”
Butler-bound Kristen Spolyar of Lebanon scored 18 points and grabbed six rebounds.
“It was a really cool feeling with all the history being involved,” Spolyar said. “It’s a small gym, the crowd is loud. It was a good time. We all had fun.”
Noblesville’s Katelyn O’Reilly and Heritage Christian’s Tyasha Harris each scored 17 points. Pike’s Alyssa Clay had nine points.
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