High School Basketball

Indiana All-Star girls roll over Kentucky for series split

Indiana Miss Basketball and UK signee Bria Goss tried to fight through Mechael Guess, left, and Caprisha Rogers in the first half. Goss led her team with 25 points after scoring 23 the night before.
Indiana Miss Basketball and UK signee Bria Goss tried to fight through Mechael Guess, left, and Caprisha Rogers in the first half. Goss led her team with 25 points after scoring 23 the night before. AP

INDIANAPOLIS — Turnabout was foul play Saturday in the girls' Kentucky-Indiana All-Star Classic.

A night after Kentucky won 64-57 in Louisville, Indiana gained revenge with a 69-56 decision in Conseco Fieldhouse.

The girls from Indiana shot 34-for-50 from the free-throw line, while Kentucky made seven of 12. Kentucky was whistled for 33 fouls, Indiana 17.

By gaining a split, Indiana improved its lead in the all-time series to 40-32.

Kentucky was trying for its first sweep since 2008 and only its second since 1991.

Also gaining a split was Bria Goss, the 5-foot-10 University of Kentucky signee who is Indiana's Miss Basketball.

Goss, named player of the game, finished with 25 points, six rebounds, three assists and five turnovers. She shot 5-for-8 from the field, sinking her lone three-pointer, and drained 14 of 17 free throws.

"It's a great feeling winning home games," Goss said. "It would have been nice if we would have swept them, but we get what we get."

Kentucky's Miss Basketball, 6-2 Louisville signee Sara Hammond of Rockcastle County, drew two fouls in the first 2:14. She finished with four points, 10 rebounds, three assists, a block and three turnovers.

"They just doubled me a lot more from the high post and even in the low post, too," said Hammond, who had 21 points and 14 rebounds a night earlier. "I give credit to their post players. They were a lot stronger and more aggressive today. After last night's loss, I'm sure they were ready to come out fired up."

The 14 free throws by Goss tied the Classic record set by Indiana's Tiffany Gooden in 1994. Indiana's 34 free throws were two shy of the record set in 2001, when Kentucky sank 36 of 53.

Indiana shot 15-for-56 (26.8 percent) from the field, while Kentucky was 22-for-66 (33.3 percent).

Kentucky Coach Chris Stallings, from Bullitt East, took the high road when asked about the free-throw totals.

After a pause to bite his lip, he said, "I'm not going to comment on that."

Indiana counterpart David Miller, from Fort Wayne, saw competition in the paint as a key.

"We talked at halftime (that) we were a couple rebounds less than them (27-25). ... We beat them in the second half in that regard (26-19). We thought that was critical," he said. "Last night ... the second-chance points were really lopsided, 18-2, and tonight it was nice. Second-chance points were almost even (11-10 for Indiana)."

Indiana scored the first four points and led all the way.

Goss had 10 points to help the Hoosiers to a 29-23 halftime lead.

Kentucky's Averee Fields (Calloway Co./West Virginia) scored the first bucket of the second half, but Indiana scored the next 10 points to lead by 14. The lead grew to 17 at 46-29 with 12:30 left.

Five consecutive points by Carla Booth (Sheldon Clark/Eastern Kentucky) pulled Kentucky to within nine, 52-43, but that's as close as Kentucky would come.

Booth led Kentucky with 13 points. Chasity Gooch (Franklin-Simpson/Western Kentucky) added eight.

After Goss, Indiana got 12 points each from Kaila Hulls (Bowling Green) and Akyah Taylor (Michigan State). Hulls and Liza Clemons (Purdue) grabbed seven rebounds each.

Hulls, Taylor and Clemons also did most of the dirty work in keeping Hammond under control.

"Yesterday when we played them, that's all they did — they were so physical with us, and we tried to give it back to them," Hulls said. "Tonight, our focus was being just as physical as they were yesterday and, by doing that, we really got into their heads."

Said Stallings: "Indiana's pressure really bothered us and forced us out on the floor more today than it did yesterday. I thought they did a nice job again closing off driving lanes, and it made us uncomfortable in our half-court sets. I thought they rebounded the ball a lot better today than they did last night. And they obviously shot free throws better."