LOUISVILLE — Kentucky's bigs were outdone by Indiana's littles.
With the girls from the Bluegrass committing 30 turnovers, Indiana was in control nearly all the way en route to a 93-83 victory Friday in the Kentucky-Indiana High School All-Star Classic, held in Bellarmine University's Knights Hall.
The teams move to Indianapolis for a rematch Saturday night.
Indiana has won 10 of the last 13 meetings, taking a 39-30 lead in the series.
With six players 6-foot-1 or taller, Kentucky expected to dominated the backboards.
While Kentucky did outrebound Indiana 47-40, the Hoosiers had 22 offensive boards to Kentucky's 16. And Indiana's quickness simply flustered Kentucky, as seen in a 30-13 turnover differential. On the scoreboard, Indiana had a 33-20 edge in points off turnovers.
Courtney Moses, Indiana's Miss Basketball, scored 20 of her 29 points in the first half. The 5-foot-7 Purdue-bound point guard finished the game with three assists, three steals and two turnovers.
Jada Buggs, a 6-foot Wisconsin recruit, added 13 points. Bryonna Davis, 5-foot-7 and headed to Michigan State, had 12, and 6-1 Valparaiso signee Maegan Callaway had 10 points. Jasmine Penny, 6-1 and set to play for DePaul, had eight points and led Indiana in rebounds with eight, all but one off the offensive glass.
Kentucky was led in scoring by Nelson County's Samantha Drake, a 6-4 UK recruit, with 21. Antonita Slaughter (Christian Academy of Louisville, U of L) chipped in with 18 points, Portia Durrett (Seneca, Walter State) with 12 and Miss Basketball, Sarah Beth Barnette (Lexington Christian, UK) had 10. Ebony Rowe (Paul Dunbar, Middle Tennessee) had eight points and led all rebounders with 12.
After Moses scored the opening basket of the game, Kentucky reeled off the next 10 points to lead by eight with 15:23 left in the half.
"We came out very strong," Slaughter said. "After that first five minutes ... it just went downhill from there."
In a hurry.
Indiana scored the next 10 points as Kentucky turned over the ball four times in a row, then missed two shots.
"Miss Moses is what happened," said Tommy Adams, the Kentucky coach from Hart County. "But we knew that — she's a great athlete, uses her body well. We tried to contain her. We knew she could shoot the ball, but I think she did about everything but sell popcorn tonight.
"She shot free throws. She hit threes. She took us to the goal, big or little. And then our turnovers were the name of the game."
Said Moses of the short-lived 10-2 deficit: "We went through a drought, our bench came in and just lifted us right back up, tied it up. So it was a total team win today."
Kentucky led only once more, 31-29, when Durrett scored on a put-back with 5:26 left in the half.