LEXINGTON — One night after falling into a sizable first-half deficit, the Kentucky girls basketball junior All-Star team jumped out to a 37-33 advantage at the intermission of Saturday’s second game of the Indiana-Kentucky High School All-Star series at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School in Lexington. However, the hosts could not overcome deficits in rebounding, free-throw shooting and turnovers as they fell to Indiana, 84-61.
The two teams traded leads throughout Saturday’s contest, but the Kentuckians outscored the visitors 10-2 over the final 3:20 of the first half to grab hold of the lead at the break of the 40-minute game.
Yet, Indiana turned up the heat early in the second half and behind a 13-4 run surged to a 64-50 advantage from which it did not look back. The visitors gradually stretched out their lead, holding the hosts without a point over the final two and a half minutes.
Indiana finished with a 68-53 advantage in rebounds and committed just 13 turnovers to Kentucky’s 25. The hosts also shot just 29.4 percent from the field and 54.2 percent from the free-throw line.
Ashland Blazer’s Alexis Robinson, one of six core team members who will suit up for all four games in the series, paced the locals with six points, four assists and three rebounds. The only other area athlete to compete on Saturday, Lewis County’s Emily Frye, was held scoreless, but grabbed two rebounds in 15 minutes of action.
Elizabethtown’s Reauna Cleaver led Kentucky with 16 points and 14 rebounds. Indiana had four players score in double figures, led by Jordan Hankins with 13. Jenna Allen added 11 points and 11 rebounds.
The Kentucky junior team will return to action to face the Kentucky seniors on Monday at Lexington Christian Academy at 6 p.m. The series will conclude with another contest against the seniors on Tuesday at Bryan Station High School. Tipoff is also scheduled for 6 p.m.
Indiana's boys also won on Saturday, 113-101.
Other locals who will participate in the series are Boyd County's Logan Fraley, Ashland's Haley-Sue Foutch and Ashland's Nick Miller.