Maci Morris and Morgan Rich have had lots of practice playing together.
The two have been AAU teammates with Kentucky Premier since they were freshmen in high school.
The pair donned the same uniform for the Ohio-Kentucky All-Star Game in April and will be representing the commonwealth again this weekend in the Kentucky-Indiana all-star basketball games.
Morris, Kentucky's Miss Basketball from Bell County, and Rich, an all-state performer from Allen County-Scottsville, will join forces again later this year as freshmen at the University of Kentucky.
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But there is business to attend to first.
After a larger and more physical Indiana All-Star team swept last year's games, the two guards want to reverse Kentucky's woes in this weekend's two games.
"I think we can do it," Morris said. "If we play the way we know how to."
With a Kentucky roster comprised more of size and an Indiana roster that revolves around guards, Rich believes this Kentucky team has the talent to overwhelm Indiana.
"Unlike the Ohio game, we didn't have a lot of bigs with us that weekend and this time we have a lot of our bigs with us," Morris said of Kentucky's 90-80 loss, in which she scored six points and Morris had 10. "I'm really looking forward to it. Indiana has a lot of shooting guards, so if we can keep them from knocking down their shots and keeping them out of the paint then we'll be fine."
Rich was Allen County-Scottsville's all-time leading scorer with 2,433 points despite missing her junior season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament. She committed to UK in 2014 after fielding an offer from Louisville and receiving interest from Connecticut and Notre Dame. She tweeted the message, "Kentucky girls belong at UK" after she declared.
"They picked up a new coaching staff, which I loved," Rich said about her decision. "The atmosphere, being from Kentucky, it's just a great feeling to play for a school that's so looked up to."
The prospect of playing for head coach Matthew Mitchell was another reason.
"I love him, he's crazy and he's goofy but he'll get onto you," she said. "During practice he's all about business. He's just a really good community person, and he likes to do things for other people, and he's just a great all-around person."
Morris was the first player to commit to UK in the 2015 recruiting class when Mitchell nabbed the Bell County star in 2013. Rich made her choice last year in May.
"We've grown a lot over the years with each other," Rich said. "We're really excited to see how good we can progress over summer workouts and we're really excited to play with each other."
Morris wowed scouts with her ball-handling skills in high school. She averaged 25.6 points and 7.9 rebounds during her senior season and helped lead Bell County to the Sweet Sixteen. She joined the varsity team as a seventh-grader and finished her career with 3,368 points, which is sixth in state history.
She hopes to bring an offensive skill set to a Cats team that prides itself on defense.
"My scoring ability is what they told me is going to help," said Morris, who admitted she worries about her defense. She talked to UK assistant coach Adeniyi Amadou about her concerns. He told her as long as she works hard she'll be fine.
"I'm not the best defender, but I can play defense," Morris said. "He was like, 'As long as you're smart and you know your position on the court then you'll be fine defensively.'"
With summer camp at UK around the corner for the two best friends, this weekend will be the last time they face high school competition.
"This all-star game is going to be fun," Morris said. "I'm just ready to play."