Kentucky senior all-stars beat juniors by 32

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Juniors lead early, but older players earned the victory

By Stephen Lega

The Kentucky Junior All-Stars landed the first blow against the Kentucky Senior All-Stars in a girls basketball exhibition Monday night at Marion County High School.
But it was the senior all-stars who won by technical knockout, 94-62.
China Dow of Christian Academy set the pace for the seniors with 30 points, but Marion County’s Makayla Epps helped put the game away with 25 points. Epps, this year’s Miss Basketball, scored 21 points, including five three-pointers, in the second half.
Larryn Brooks of Madison Central was the only other senior to reach double figures, scoring 12 points in the win.
Aundrea Matchen of Ballard led the juniors with 14 points. Daijia Ruffin of Sacred Heart chipped in 13 points, and Eriel McKee of Anderson County added 12 points for the juniors.
Epps said it felt good to play one more game in the Roby Dome, especially since she was not able to play in the Lady Knights’ senior night game this past season.
“This was like my senior night to myself,” she said.
The juniors jumped out to a 10-2 lead, forcing the seniors’ coach, Chris Souder of Mercer County, to call a timeout less than four minutes into the game.
The seniors turned the game around shortly thereafter, and by the half they had opened a 15-point lead.
“The second half is where we really turned it on,” Epps said.
Epps wasn’t the only Lady Knight on the court in Monday’s game. She was joined on the senior all-star team by Kyvin Goodin-Rogers and Logan Powell. Their Marion County teammate, Alexus Calhoun, was on the junior all-star roster.
Goodin-Rogers and Powell finished with two points apeice. Calhoun scored all five of her points at the free throw line.
Calhoun said it was weird playing against other Lady Knights, but she appreciated the support from the local fans.
She said the introductions felt the same as it did during Marion County home games.
“It was fun to hear the people clap for me in the stands,” Calhoun said.
Powell agreed that it was strange playing against Calhoun in a game.
“We were out there laughing the whole time,” Powell said.
She did give Calhoun credit, however, pointing out that “Lex” beat her off the dribble.
Goodin-Rogers enjoyed playing one more game on her high school court, but she also knows this is likely her final game at the Roby Dome.
“It was bittersweet,”
she said.
The seniors and juniors will play one more exhibition at 5:30 tonight at Madison Central High School.
The scrimmages are intended to help the seniors prepare to face the Indiana All-Stars in a pair of games this weekend.
The senior all-star teams will play this Friday at 5:30  p.m. at Freedom Hall in Louisville. The girls will play first, and boys teams will close out the evening.
Saturday, the teams will play another double-header at 5 p.m. at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.
Epps said they know the Indiana all-stars are a talented squad with phenomenal individual players.
“We’re just going to have to bring it,” she said.


Junior all-stars fall to Indiana
If the junior all-star games are any indication, the Kentucky seniors could be in for a pair of rough games with Indiana’s senior squads.
The junior all-stars from Kentucky and Indiana played twice this past weekend.
Friday night, the Indiana junior girls defeated their Kentucky counterparts, 79-67. The Indiana junior boys followed that with a 108-102 overtime win in the second game of the double-header.
On Saturday, the Indiana girls topped the Kentucky girls, 77-57, in a game played at St. Xavier in Louisville. In the boys game, Indiana won again, 86-73.