Girls' Kentucky All-Stars might be without both All-Americans

tlashbrook@herald-leader.comJune 13, 2013 

Bowling Green Marion County Basketball

Marion County's Makayla Epps drove to the basket against Bowling Green's Brittany Vaughn in the Sweet 16. Before the season, the Lady Knights set a goal to go 39-0 and they did, topping it all off with the title.


The Kentucky All-Stars girls' basketball team will have its work cut out for it in this year's series against Indiana.

The Kentucky roster — loaded with two McDonald's All-Americans — will have only one of those All-Americans available, and her status is uncertain.

Makayla Epps, a 5-foot-11 guard from undefeated state champion Marion County, tweaked her knee in a scrimmage this week. All-Stars Coach Chris Souder said he hopes to have the University of Kentucky signee back for Friday's and Saturday's games but won't jeopardize her career for an all-star game.

Kentucky's other All-American, Becca Greenwell of Owensboro Catholic, is still recovering from surgery to repair a torn ACL.

Greenwell, who has signed with Duke, will be missed by a Kentucky team that will look to spread out Indiana with shooters. Greenwell set a state record with 17 three-pointers in one game, and her type of production is impossible to replace.

Indiana's roster is packed with talent and size.

"Our objective is to spread the floor and really try to bring their bigs out and create off the dribble," Souder said. "but on the other hand we're going to have our work cut out for us rebounding the basketball."

And rebounding may be a challenge with Indiana's two best players thriving inside.

Stephanie Mavunga, 6-foot-4, and Taya Reimer, 6-3, are the team's two McDonald's All-Americans but unlike Kentucky's All-Americans, they are expected to play.

Reimer, who will be playing her college ball at Notre Dame, earned the Morgan Wootten Award this year as McDonald's top All-American female player.

Muvunga, who will attend North Carolina, is a machine inside and will give the Kentucky team trouble on the boards.

Souder said his Kentucky team is game-planning to win but that representing the state is what it's all about.

"There's a lot of good personalities on this team," Souder said. "We're having a good time.

"That's what I want them to leave here with is to say 'Hey, Coach I had a good time.'"

Tyler Lashbrook: (859) 231-1447. Twitter: @lashy

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