Miss Basketball Ivy Brown expected to lead girls' All-Star team

mfields@herald-leader.comJune 12, 2014 

Miss Basketball Ivy Brown, from LaRue County, is expected to lead the Kentucky All-Star team.

  • Kentucky roster

    Name School Height College

    Ivy Brown LaRue Co. 6-2 Western Ky.

    McKenzie Cann Anderson Co. 5-1 Cincinnati

    Danielle Lawrence Butler 5-10 IUPUI

    Javonna Layfield Ballard 5-10 Undecided

    Eriel McKee Anderson Co. 5-10 Morehead St.

    Essence Gray Danville 5-5 Cumberlands

    Jamie Castle Magoffin Co 5-4 Pikeville

    Abby Owings Simon Kenton 5-2 Thomas More

    Raven Merriweather Sacred Heart 5-6 Bellarmine

    Brooke Todd Paul L. Dunbar 6-2 Morehead St.

    Sarah Cooley Lafayette 6-1 Canisius

    Shalika Smith Glasgow 6-1 Western Ky.

    Head Coach: Jennifer Parsons (Corbin)

    Assistant coaches: Scott Sivillis (Calloway County); Christy Clark (Butler County)

    Indiana roster

    Name School Height College

    Whitney Jennings Logansport 5-5 Iowa

    Maura Muensterman Evans. Mater Dei 5-11 Indiana

    Alex Hochstedler Fishers 5-7 Walsh (Ohio)

    Lauren Whitlatch Bloomington S. 5-11 Penn

    Sydney Buck Homestead 5-8 Butler

    Destiny Washington Lawrence North 5-11 Loyola (Ill.)

    Tayler Goodall Columbus North 5-9 Fla GC

    Kayla Brown Westfield 6-2Miami (Ohio)

    Danielle Cuttino Ben Davis 6-2 Purdue

    Ana Owens Lawrence North 5-6 Cincinnati

    Kindell Fincher F.W. Canterbury 5-10 Xavier

    Erica Moore Mt. Vernon 6-0 Purdue

    Caroline Buhr Penn 6-1 San Diego

    Head coach: Eric Thornton, Norwell

    Assistant coaches: Amy Brauman, Brownsburg; Gretchen Miles, Washington

Jennifer Parsons stepped down as girls' basketball coach at Corbin after leading the Lady Redhounds to the 2013 Sweet Sixteen.

Parsons, who gave up hoops to become a middle school principal, is back on the sidelines this week to coach the Kentucky girls' all-star team against Indiana.

"I was a little nervous coming in because I hadn't coached in a year," she said. "But it's like riding a bicycle. It all comes back to you."

Parsons, an assistant with the all-stars the previous two years, hopes the winning continues, too. Kentucky's girls have won five of the last seven games against Indiana.

"I feel like we can match up with them," Parsons said. "If we play at our ability level we should be able to come away with a win."

[Read about Kentucky boys' upcoming game against Indiana all-stars.]

Ivy Brown of LaRue County, Miss Basketball, thinks Kentucky's recent success should help this year's team.

"Knowing that history, we should come out, play with confidence and use that to our advantage," she said.

Parsons expects Brown, a 6-foot-1 swing player and WKU signee, to lead the way.

"Ivy does so many things. She rebounds, she shoots well, she shares the basketball. She's an all-around team player," Parsons said.

Danielle Lawrence of state champion Butler is encouraged by how much the all-stars have improved since losing a scrimmage against the junior all-stars Monday night. The seniors won a rematch Wednesday night.

"The first game we weren't clicking, but the second game we were," she said. "We're really coming together."

Parsons said a lot of players have taken turns stepping up, including Raven Merriweather of Sacred Heart, Javonna Layfield of Ballard, Essence Gray of Danville and Abby Owings of Simon Kenton.

Anderson County's Makenzie Cann and Eriel McKee have had their moments, too. Parsons also noted the rebounding contributions made by Sarah Cooley of Lafayette and Brooke Todd of Paul Laurence Dunbar.

"When you've got a bunch of great players, coming together to be one of 12 is a challenge every year for an all-star team," Parsons said.

"Having been part of this three years in a row, I've seen what it takes. I hope we can get there as a team, and get to the intensity level we'll need to beat Indiana."

The Hoosiers are led by Miss Basketball Whitney Jennings, a 5-5 guard who's headed to Iowa.

Indiana's major college signees also include Maura Muensterman (IU), Danielle Cuttino (Purdue) and Ana Owens (Cincinnati).

Parsons thinks the keys to beating the Hoosiers are rebounding and playing under control.

"We're not a real big team, so we've got to crash the boards," she said. "And offensively, we can't get in a hurry. We can't get in an all-star mode. We've got to realize we're at our best when we execute."

Mike Fields: (859) 231-3337. Email: mfields@herald-leader. Twitter: @MikeFieldsNotes. Blog: fieldsnotes.bloginky.com.

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