Jennings, Hoover lead North to win
VINCENNES — Whitney Jennings and Jerry Hoover teamed up one more time and had a familiar result: a lopsided victory.
Jennings had 14 points and seven assists in the North’s 114-81 win in the girls game Sunday at the Hoosier Basketball Magazine’s North/South All-Star Classic at Vincennes University.
“It was a good game. It was a little more lopsided than you would expect in an All-Star game. It was fun,” Jennings said. “We shared the ball really well and got a lot of open 3s for people.”
Hoover was the head coach for the North squad. Jennings’ father, Doug, was an assistant for the team.
“We had 11 players on our team so we let them play. The plan was to give them an equal amount of playing time,” Hoover said. “We had them down. They had the best team. We had the quickest team.”
The North jumped to a 67-26 lead at halftime. The game consisted of two 20-minute halves.
“We just pushed the ball all the time and got steals and run outs on them and put them away pretty early,” Hoover said.
Hamilton Heights’ Haley Cook (Kentucky Wesleyan) led the North with 20 points. Roncalli’s Kellie Kirkhoff (Marian) had 16, Fort Wayne Canterbury’s Kindell Fincher (Xavier) scored 15 and Jennings and Homestead’s Sydney Buck (Butler) added 14 apiece.
Mount Vernon (Fortville’s) Erica Moore (Purdue) led the South with 16 points. Columbus East’s Allyson Bunch (IPFW) and Columbus North’s Tayler Goodall (Florida Gulf Coast) added 10 apiece.
Hoover said Jennings played about half the game.
“She played well. We were up 40 so we didn’t play her much in the second half,” he said. “I talked to a lot of coaches and everyone said they saw why she’s Miss Basketball. It’s pretty apparent she’s the best player in the state.