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Junior girls top Seniors in opener

Senior boys win by largest margin ever

– Josie Fisher and Darby Maggard will have some bragging rights over former teammates Sydney Buck and Kindell Fincher – at least for a couple of days.

Fisher, from Homestead, and Maggard, from Canterbury, were part of the Junior All-Stars that beat the Senior All-Stars, with Buck and Fincher, 82-61 in the girls portion of the exhibition basketball games Monday at Logansport.

“Definitely the competitiveness starts from the tip-off because both teams wanted to win, and we all know each other and have played against each other,” Fisher said. “There’s a little rivalry between all of us.”

Fisher started for the Juniors and finished with two points, two steals and an assist. Maggard had two points, two steals and three assists.

“I thought it was going to be a good game,” Maggard said. “We are talented, but the Seniors are talented too. I just had a lot of fun. We all played hard, and it was a good game.”

Buck had two points, two rebounds and three steals, while Fincher had was scoreless with two steals and two assists.

The Seniors and Juniors will play the second exhibition doubleheader Wednesday at Columbus North.

The Seniors lead the 18-year series 30-10.

“I hate losing like this, obviously, so it gives us some motivation (to come) out strong Wednesday,” Buck said.

The Seniors made only 22 of 60 (37 percent) from the field, while the Juniors were 31 of 68 (46 percent).

“We just have to be tough about every situation,” Fincher said. “It’s a learning experience, and we are going to learn from it.”

The Seniors jumped out to a 10-1 lead before the Juniors took over.

“I really liked our start,” said Seniors coach Eric Thornton, the girls coach at Norwell. “Our kids were intense, and we were physical. We rebounded well, and they didn’t get any second chance points.

“When they went to a zone, we got on our heels a little bit, and they went on a run. Then our defense took a step backward. That’s our message right now is we have to get a lot tougher on that end of the floor and make it more difficult.”

Together, Maggard and Fincher had two Class A state championships and a 2A state runner-up in the last three years.

There were several times the two would guard each other, while Fisher and Buck were rarely on the court at the same time.

“There were a couple of times down the court when I was looking for Sydney to get a 3,” Fisher said. “I have played against her before, so it was too different for me.”

The Senior boys beat the Juniors 140-91.

It’s the most points ever scored in the 18-year history of the series, beating the previous best of 133. It is also the largest margin of victory (49).

Concordia’s D.J. McCall had nine points and nine rebounds, while Marion’s James Blackmon Jr. had 22 points. Blackmon played the first three years of his high school career at Bishop Luers.

The Seniors played without three players.

Mr. Basketball Trey Lyles, P.J. Thompson and Mack Mercer all missed the gameThompson and Mercer are injured, while Lyles is under a doctor’s care and awaiting a medical release to play. All three were at the game, but not dressed to play.

“It is a real talented group,” Blackmon said. “There are a lot of guys who are injured, but we still feel like we should go out there and win every game.”

gjones@jg.net

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