The Kentucky-Indiana All-Star series is quickly approaching, with games in Indianapolis (June 10) and Frankfort (June 11) set to decide whose seniors are stronger: the Hoosiers’ or the commonwealth’s.
Twelve girls from across the state were selected after tryouts at Franklin County on April 22. On the roster are a Miss Basketball winner, three state champions and five first-team All-State selections.
Butler head coach Larry Just will lead the All-Star girls’ coaching staff, which consists of Joey Thacker (Franklin County), Hager Easterling (East Carter) and Amy Siegel (Assumption).
Let’s get to know the dozen girls who will represent Kentucky.
Jordan Brock, Harlan
2017 PPG: 25.1
College: Tennessee Tech
Claims to fame: Two-time state tournament participant was also a two-time All-State selection, finishing as a top-five vote-getter as a senior. Led Harlan to three straight All “A” Classic appearances and its first finals trip while setting the single-tournament record for points in 2017.
Kaylee Clifford, Trimble Co.
2017 PPG: 19.8
College: Kentucky Wesleyan
Claims to fame: All-State honorable mention as a senior. Eighth Region Player of the Year became the first Raider to make the All-Star team since 1981.
Mackenzie Coleman, Metcalfe Co.
2017 PPG: 19.3
College: Tennessee Tech
Claims to fame: A two-time All-State second-teamer who scored more than 3,000 points, setting the school’s all-time scoring record for any basketball player. Led the Hornets to back-to-back appearances in the 4th Region Tournament.
Rebecca Cook, Franklin Co.
2017 PPG: 12.1
College: Western Kentucky (track and field)
Claims to fame: Cook earned a third-team All-State selection in her final season with the Flyers, her first time being picked among the state’s top 30 players. Won the 400-meter race at the Class 3A state championships in her first season as a track-and-field participant.
Tonysha Curry, Manual
2017 PPG: 11.3
Claims to fame: Third-team All-State choice was named the 7th Region Player of the Year by the Kentucky Association of Basketball Coaches. Played in the 2016 state tournament and in four 7th Region Tournaments.
Lindsey Duvall, Bullitt East
2017 PPG: 23.6
Claims to fame: The 2017 Miss Basketball winner underwent surgery to remove a tumor from her left leg in November of her junior season but returned for the playoffs. Finished as the state’s 10th-leading scorer and second in three-pointers made per game (behind Brock) as a senior.
Tasia Jeffries, Butler
2017 PPG: 10.2
College: Saint Louis
Claims to fame: Led the Bearettes in three-point makes (57) and percentage (41) as a senior. Was part of two state championship teams and four 7th Region champions.
Kristen Mayo, East Carter
2017 PPG: 13.2
Claims to fame: Became the first basketball player in school history to eclipse 2,000 points for their career. Was an All-State second-teamer each of the last two seasons.
Jaelynn Penn, Butler
2017 PPG: 14.7
Claims to fame: Was the leading scorer (21) and rebounder (11) in Butler’s 2016 state championship win over Franklin County. Finished second in the Herald-Leader’s Player of the Year voting behind Duvall.
Princess Stewart, Franklin Co.
2017 PPG: 15.5
Claims to fame: Finished fourth in Herald-Leader Player of the Year voting and was the Flyers’ leading scorer in her final three seasons. Played in back-to-back state championship games and was the 11th Region Player of the Year this season.
Jada Stinson, Elizabethtown
2017 PPG: 18.1
Claims to fame: Played in three straight state tournaments starting with her freshman season. The 5th Region Player of the Year had several triple-doubles during her time as a Panther and averaged 5.9 assists and 4.3 steals her senior season.
Bre Torrens, Butler
2017 PPG: 7.6
Claims to fame: Rounds out a trio of Bearettes on the team who were among a group that went 119-17 in their four seasons with the program.
Ky.-Indiana All-Star series
What: Annual All-Star basketball series pitting Kentucky’s best seniors against Indiana’s best seniors. Girls’ games played first followed by a boys’ game each day.
Where: Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis; Frankfort Convention Center
When: 5 p.m. Saturday, June 10 (Indianapolis); 2 p.m. Sunday, June 11 (Frankfort)
Coming next week: The Herald-Leader will examine the Kentucky boys’ roster.