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Larson selected to 2011 Indiana All-Stars
March 25, 2011Columbus North High School
A 5-9 guard, Larson was one of 14 players selected to the unit that will face the Kentucky All-Stars in a home-and-home series in June, All-Star game director Charlie Hall announced in Friday's editions of the sponsoring Indianapolis Star.
The first All-Star game will be June 10 at Bellarmine University in Louisville, and the rematch will be June 11 at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. The All-Stars also will play exhibition games against the Indiana Junior All-Stars on June 6 and June 8 at sites to be determined.
Larson -- who has signed to attend Miami University in Oxford, Ohio -- averaged 13.2 points, 7.5 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 2.2 steals and 1.2 blocks in leading the Bull Dogs to a 19-7 record in 2010-11. She earlier was honored as team MVP, first-team all-Conference Indiana, first-team IBCA Senior All-State, IBCA and ICGSA first-team Academic All-State and Montini Catholic Invitational all-tournament.
In addition, Larson was a nominee for this year's McDonald's All-American Game.
Now, she becomes the sixth Columbus North girls basketball player to earn a spot on the All-Stars. She joins a prestigious group that includes Debbie Law (1981), Teri Staker (1984), Karen McCaa (1989), Missy Wade (1992) and Brittany Bowen (2007).
"Ever since I was a freshman ... it's always been one of my goals," Larson told the Columbus Republic. "You know, you get your picture on the wall. It stays up there forever."
Columbus North coach Pat McKee told The Republic that he was excited for Larson and proud of her.
"She's so well-rounded," McKee told the newspaper. "She's a team-first player who will look to give the ball up. If she's covered, she passes to the open player. If she's open, she's good enough to hit the shot and make people pay."
Others joining Larson on the 2011 team are Miss Basketball Bria Goss of Ben Davis and 12 other players -- Jessica Carr of Hamilton Heights, Akyah Taylor of Elkhart Memorial, Jama Sharp of Mooresville, Shelbie Justice of Rushville, Lacia Gorman of Fort Wayne Wayne, Jessica Valley of McCutcheon, Liza Clemons of Fort Wayne Snider, Liz Stratman of Heritage Christian, Kaila Hulls of Bloomington South, Mallory Ladd of Evansville Memorial, Tori Thornton of Carmel and Amanda Corral of Hobart.
David Miller of Fort Wayne Concordia Lutheran, the 2010 Class 3A state champion, is the coach of this year's All-Stars. He will be assisted by Candy Wilson of Boone Grove and Larry Winters of Bloomington South.
Larson completed her high school career with 1,018 points to stand seventh on the school's all-time scoring list. She also finished second on Columbus North's career rebound list with 630, second in career assists with 329, second in 3-pointers made in a career with 81 and third in career steals with 209.
As a senior, Larson also set school records with a streak of 27 consecutive free throw makes and free throw accuracy in a game (100 percent, 10-for-10 against Bloomington North).
During 2010-11, she also placed in the top 10 of several all-time season lists -- second for free throw accuracy (84.6 percent), fifth in 3-pointers made (35), seventh in assists (95), ninth for rebounds (194), ninth for steals (57) and 10th for 3-point accuracy (36.1 percent).
The roster for the 2011 Indiana Girls All-Stars follows.
2011 INDIANA GIRLS ALL-STARS
# Name, Ht., PPG, High School, College Choice
1 Bria Goss, 5-10, 21.6, Ben Davis, Kentucky
2 Jessica Carr, 5-7, 15.3, Hamilton Heights, Valparaiso
3 Akyah Taylor, 5-11, 19.8, Elkhart Memorial, Michigan State
4 Jama Sharp, 5-8, 21.9, Mooresville, Stetson
5 Shelbie Justice, 5-10, 17.8, Rushville, Ball State
6 Lacia Gorman, 5-7, 16.7, Fort Wayne Wayne, Wisconsin
7 Jessica Valley, 5-11, 14.4, McCutcheon, Indiana State
8 Liza Clemons, 6-2, 16.3, Fort Wayne Snider, Purdue
9 Courtney Larson, 5-9, 13.2, Columbus North, Miami (Ohio)
10 Liz Stratman, 6-2, 16.8, Heritage Christian, Xavier
11 Kaila Hulls, 5-11, 20.1, Bloomington South, Bowling Green
12 Mallory Ladd, 6-1, 22.7, Evansville Memorial, Valparaiso
13 Torrie Thornton, 6-1, 14.5, Carmel, Purdue
14 Amanda Corral, 5-6, 17.8, Hobart, Northern Illinois
Head coach: David Miller, Fort Wayne Concordia Lutheran
Assistant coaches: Candy Wilson, Boone Grove, and Larry Winters, Bloomington South