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CN's Cunningham named MVP in HBCA All-Star Classic

April 28, 2014
Columbus North High School

    LYNNVILLE, Ind. -- Kelsey Cunningham scored a game-high 18 points en route to game MVP honors Sunday (April 27), lifting the East squad to an 86-70 victory in the HBCA All-Star Classic girls basketball game at Tecumseh High School.
    The Columbus North senior -- and University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee signee -- added four rebounds, four assists and five steals while helping the East squad outscore the West 51-27 in the second half to pull out the decision. Cunningham converted 7-of-10 shots from the field and was a perfect 4-of-4 on free throws.
    East Central's Brooke Packer chipped in 16 points for the winners. Edgewood's Vanessa Brown tallied 12 points and Annie Thomas of Southwestern (Shelby) had 11 points for the East.
    Maria Gugliotta of North Knox scored 14 points and Emily Lueken of Northeast Dubois netted 12 points to pace the West.
    Lueken scored 11 points while Gugliotta and North Daviess' Sabra Smith each had seven points as the West claimed a 43-25 lead at the midpoint of the game played in two 20-minute halves.
    The East, coached by East Central's Kevin Moore and Borden's Terry Rademacher, used a full-court press and half-court trap to turn the tables early in the second half. Brown scored 10 quick points, some off Cunningham penetration and kick-out passes, as the East surged to a 51-47 edge.
    The teams battled through the middle portion of the second period, but the East used another burst from about the eight-minute mark to the four-minute mark to hold a 77-66 advantage when it made its last round of substitutions.
    Cunningham scored 12 of her game-high total after the break, while Brown had all 12 of her points in the second half. Packer had nine points in the first half and seven in the second.
    In the boys' game that followed, Greensburg's Collin Rigney scored 21 points on 7-of-8 3-point shooting to earn MVP honors and propel the East to a 120-97 victory over the West.
    Dre McBirth of New Albany shared game-high honors with 21 points for the East. West Washington's Lane Hoover and New Albany's Javen Reeves each added 12 points, Corydon Central's Brayden Lander and West Washington's Ty Bolten tallied 11 apiece, and Brownstown Central's Chaz Schneider scored 10.
    For the West, Bloomington South's Keaton Hendricks scored a team-high 17 points. He was supported by 13 points from Bloomington North's Saikou Jallow and 12 points apiece from Princeton's Colton Wilder, Barr-Reeve's Micah Bullock and Southridge's Cody Thompson. Also, Cayman Meier of Castle chipped in 10 points.
    The Hoosier Basketball Coaches Association (or HBCA) is a coaches organization that covers the southern half of Indiana.
At Tecumseh High School
Girls Game
    West (70) -- Rachel Breitwieser (Northeast Dubois) 3 0-1 6, Mia Burton (Mitchell) 1 1-2 3, Maria Gugliotta (North Knox) 6 1-2 14, Ashley Reckelhoff (Forest Park) 3 1-4 7, Emma Werry (North Posey) 0 0-0 0, Bailey Dreiman (Vincennes Rivet) 3 2-5 8, Ally Hunsinger (Washington) 2 0-0 5, Jenna Knepp (Barr-Reeve) 3 0-0 6, Emily Lueken (Northeast Dubois) 4 2-4 12, Sabra Smith (North Daviess) 3 3-7 9, Valley Eberhard (Gibson Southern) 0 0-0 0. Totals: 28 10-25 70.
    East (86) -- Trinity Booher (Brownstown Central) 0 3-4 3, Vanessa Brown (Edgewood) 5 0-2 12, Kendra Lambert (North Harrison) 1 0-0 3, Brooke Packer (East Central) 6 4-6 16, Shelby Springer (West Washington) 0 0-0 0, Mackenzie Campbell (Rushville) 1 0-0 2, Kelsey Cunningham (Columbus North) 7 4-4 18, Abby Ellis (Borden) 3 0-0 7, Taylor Fredrick (Corydon Central) 1 0-2 2, Ashley Johnson (New Washington) 3 0-0 7, Shelby Kirchgessner (Borden) 2 0-0 5, Annie Thomas (Southwestern-Shelby) 5 0-0 11. Totals: 34 11-18 86.
    Halftime score: West 43, East 35.
    3-point goals: West 4 (Lueken 2, Gugliotta 1, Hunsinger 1), East 7 (Brown 2, Lambert 1, Ellis 1, Johnson 1, Kirchgessner 1, Thomas 1).
    Total fouls: West 12, East 20.
    Fouled out: None.
    Technical fouls: None.
Boys Game
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