Often overshadowed by the lack of success from their male counterparts, the Kentucky girls’ All-Stars have been competitive in the series with Indiana in recent years.
This year’s roster, which boasts a top-five national prospect along with the state’s top scorer, figures to be a worthy foe in both games this weekend.
“This definitely is a showcase where they can show their talent,” Kentucky All-Star Coach Mike Harper said. “I just hope we can have a good crowd at our event in Kentucky, I’m sure they will in Indiana as well.”
The Kentucky-Indiana All-Star Game, a showcase for the top players in each state, represents “one last high school hurrah” before the players head to college, Harper said. The event also offers players some experience in accepting a lesser role, something they likely will have to do as freshmen at the next level.
One player in particular, former Jenkins star Whitney Creech, has to adjust from being Kentucky’s all-time leading scorer to role player on a team full of the state’s top players.
In an event that features two Notre Dame signees in Kentucky Miss Basketball Erin Boley and Indiana’s Jackie Young, the rosters are full of players that are used to doing everything for their teams. “It takes a lot of pressure off you, having that type of high-caliber player that can help you out and make shots,” Creech said.
With teammates capable of making shots, Creech is expected to do less scoring. Harper said she is flourishing in the role.
“She has impressed us with some of the things she can do,” Harper said. “She’s got some game to her besides just scoring.”
With other scoring options on the team, Creech is free to do whatever the team needs in order to win. The Western Kentucky signee’s passing ability — a luxury she did not always have in her high school career — has stood out in practice.
“Usually at my high school I had the ball in my hands at all times,” Creech said. “So now I’m just adjusting and learning how to move without the ball and trying to get my teammates open.”
With everybody’s place on the team set, Creech and the rest of the girls’ All-Stars have set their sights on trying to overcome Indiana. The teams play at Indianapolis on Saturday and at Bellarmine University on Sunday. .
“I hope that (Creech) has a good game these next couple days because I think she deserves that,” Harper said. “She’s a good kid and I think she’s going to be successful and surprise a lot of people down there at Western.”