t’s the dream basketball matchup no one ever got to see: Tyra Buss versus Maura Muensterman.
It may happen soon.
Buss has already agreed to play in the first Tri-State All-Star game Saturday, April 12 at Spencer Sports Center on the campus of Wabash Valley College.
Muensterman was considering playing, but confirmation of her appearance could be not be confirmed.
WVC has a long history of hosting spring all-star games, but this newly-renamed version organized by Warrior coaches Mike Carpenter and Zach Loll promises to be an instant classic, and buoyed by the presence of Buss and perhaps Muensterman, an instant sellout.
“We wanted to continue the tradition but expand on it and broaden the reach,” Carpenter said.
The girl’s game will tipoff at 6 p.m. followed by the boy’s game at 7:30 p.m. Ticket information has not been finalized.
The pairing of Buss, the Illinois state scoring champ and two-time Ms. Basketball, and Muensterman, the Indiana all-stater who led Evansville Mater Dei to two state championships during her time on the city’s westside, will be a first since the Lady Aces and Lady Wildcats never met on the court.
“We wanted to try and send Tyra out with a big hurrah,” Carpenter said.
In the boys matchup, Princeton and Mt. Carmel will each supply five players to the rosters. Coming together for one last time will be Golden Aces seniors Reece Metcalf, C.J. Diel, Thomas Allen, Riley Raber and Austin Thompson.
Other standouts who have agreed to play in the boys game include Class 2A all-stater Brandon Wolfe, the all-time leading scorer at Casey-Westfield, Audie Temples of Paris and Kourtlandt Martin of Evansville Central, who averaged 19 points per game.
The response has been so good that “we had to turn some kids away,” Carpenter said.
It’s developing into an all-star weekend at WVC, because Carpenter and Loll have also lined up a junior high all-star game Friday, April 11, also at Spencer.
The featured attraction there will be 6-foot-4 eighth grader Jackson Marcotte of Allendale, who set a school record with a 57-point game during the recently-completed season.
The schedule of events will remain the same, with a 6 p.m. girls game tipoff followed by the boy’s game at 7:30 p.m.