The 13-player girls IndyStar Indiana All-Star roster features four players who have played on a state championship team.
The Homestead duo of Karissa McLaughlin and Madisen Parker led the Spartans to the program’s first state championship this season. Homestead finished 28-2 with a 61-54 win over Pike in the Class 4A title game.
Nicole Konieczny led South Bend St. Joseph to the 3A state championship last month, the second for the Indians. Maliah Howard-Bass of Columbus North was a starter as a sophomore on the Bull Dogs’ 3A state title team in 2015 and played for another state title as a junior.
“We have a lot of girls on this team who know how to win,” Indiana All-Star game director Charlie Hall said. “That’s a big deal. We’re not overly tall. In fact, this might be the smallest team we’ve had in my nine years. But we do have a lot of versatility.”
The Indiana All-Stars will look to extend their seven-game winning streak over Kentucky when the teams meet in June. The first game will be played at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on June 10 (girls game at 5 p.m.) and the second game on June 11 at Central Hardin High School in Elizabethtown, Ky. (girls game at 1 p.m.).
Gary West’s Dana Evans is the lone McDonald’s All-American on this year’s roster. The 5-6 Evans, a Louisville recruit, averaged 35.8 points, 7.6 rebounds, 6.2 assists and 4.8 steals as a senior, leading Gary West to a 19-7 record and third sectional title in four years.
Evans figures to be in the mix for IndyStar Miss Basketball, which will be announced at the second annual Indiana Sports Awards banquet on April 27 at Clowes Memorial Hall. Other top contenders for the award are likely the 5-8 McLaughlin and Greenfield-Central forward Madison Wise.
McLaughlin, who opened her recruitment this week after a coaching change at Florida, averaged 25.9 points and 5.6 assists as a senior. She also played for a state title as a sophomore in 2015 when Homestead lost to Columbus North in the 4A game.
The 6-1 Wise, an Iowa State recruit, averaged 23.5 points and 10.1 rebounds as a senior. She led Greenfield-Central to the program’s first sectional title in 12 years as a junior.
“The three of them (Evans, McLaughlin and Wise) will be the captains,” Hall said. “They all have the skills with the ball to make the other 10 players better. If those three can have good chemistry together, it’s going to be really good for the rest of our team. All three of them can create opportunities for themselves and others.”
As previously announced, Plainfield’s Curt Benge will coach the team. He’ll be assisted by Martinsville’s Vince Cerbone and Warsaw’s Michelle Harter. The locations of the exhibition games against the juniors will be announced at a later date.
Here’s a closer look at the 13 players on the Indiana All-Star roster:
Chyna Anthony, New Albany
The 6-1 Anthony led a resurgence at New Albany, averaging 13.2 points as a senior to lead the Bulldogs to a 15-7 record. Anthony has signed with Northern Kentucky.
Riley Blackwell, Plainfield
The 6-1 Blackwell missed eight games due to injury, but averaged a team-leading 15.1 points and 6.2 rebounds to help the Quakers to an 18-7 record. She is headed to Northern Illinois.
Dana Evans, Gary West
After averaging 35.8 points a game as a senior, Evans finished her career with 2,832 points to rank fifth on the state’s all-time list. Evans has signed with Louisville.
Maliah Howard-Bass, Columbus North
The 5-9 Howard-Bass averaged 16.9 points and 3.3 steals as a senior to help Columbus North to a 21-8 record and third consecutive regional championship. Howard-Bass has signed with Ball State.
Nicole Konieczny, South Bend St. Joseph
The 5-9 Konieczny averaged 14.4 points and 3.1 assists to help the Indians to a 26-2 record and 3A state championship. Konieczny has signed with Valparaiso.
Karissa McLaughlin, Homestead
The 5-8 McLaughlin helped the Spartans to an 80-8 record in three seasons, including a state championship as a senior, a regional title as a junior and semistate title as a sophomore. She averaged 25.9 points and 5.6 assists as a senior.
Rachel McLimore, Zionsville
The 5-10 McLimore led Covenant Christian to the 2A state finals as a junior. After transferring to Zionsville, she averaged 20.7 points and 3.8 assists and helped the Eagles to 25 wins and a sectional title. She’s headed to DePaul.
Madisen Parker, Homestead
The 5-8 Parker averaged 16.8 points and 4.4 assists to help Homestead to the 4A state championship and was named the 4A Mental Attitude Award winner. Parker has signed with Bowling Green.
Destiny Perkins, Lawrence North
The dynamic 5-6 Perkins, an Akron commit, averaged 17.1 points, 4.3 rebounds and 3.8 assists for the Wildcats as a senior. She helped Lawrence North to a sectional title as a junior.
Zion Sanders, Evansville Central
The 5-8 Sanders, a core Junior All-Star last year, returned from knee surgery over the summer. She played a reserve role after returning, averaging 6.9 points in 10 games as a senior. The Bears finished 23-2 and won a sectional title.
Ajanae’ Thomas, North Central
The 5-9 Thomas averaged 14.4 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.3 blocked shots per game to help North Central to a 27-1 record and No. 1 ranking most of the season. Thomas has signed with Indiana State.
Macee Williams, Fountain Central
The 6-2 Williams averaged 26.2 points, 16.2 rebounds and 5.7 steals to lead 2A Fountain Central to a 16-6 record. Williams has signed with IUPUI.
Madison Wise, Greenfield-Central
The 6-1 Wise averaged 23.5 points, 10.1 rebounds and 3.1 assists as a senior to lead the Cougars to a 17-win season. Wise finished her career with 2,109 points. She has signed with Iowa State.
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