Victoria Schaefer was almost late to Friday night’s Clash on the Wabash all-star basketball game at Spencer Sports Center. She was stopped by a train between her Huntingburg, Ind. home and Mt. Carmel.
Her Indiana all-star teammates must have been saying ‘better late than never.’ Because once on hand, the Southridge senior dominated with 20 points in her team’s 56-42 win over Illinois.
“Maybe I should start showing up late more often,” Schaefer said after finishing as the only double-digit performer on either team. “It’s nice to be back on the court again after the high school season.
“The first couple of shots felt kind of tight, but once I got moving up and down, I felt normal again.”
Veteran coach Charlie Mair, with big win totals at North Posey and current stop Princeton, earned a win in his first start at Clash. “They weren’t too bad, were they? They worked the ball well and shot the ball well,” he said.
Without a single practice, Mair called the girls together before the tipoff to set up a game plan. Sort of.
“I said if we score, we’ll go to a zone defense because we’ll have time to get back and get set up. If we don’t score, we’ll go man. Then, we just threw that out and said let’s go man the whole time,” Mair said.
Illinois was led by three players with eight points apiece, Nicole Kiger of Palestine, McKenzi Kelly of Lawrenceville and Sydney Clark of Carmi.
Mt. Carmel’s Jessica Gill and Alyssa Lang were both listed on the Illinois roster. Gill, headed to St. Mary of the Woods this fall, was 0-for-2 from the field but collected a couple of rebounds. Lang did not play in the game.
Amy Brandenstein of North Posey, added nine points for the Hoosiers, followed by seven by Pike Central’s Jordan Like.
Tonya Conrad of Fairfield coached Illinois.