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."
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."
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