April 14, 2014

Sports briefs for Monday, April 14


---- — 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.

“I got to coach her one last time. It was fun.”

Jennings enjoyed playing for her Logansport coach.

“It was neat to be able to play for him again. He did a good job,” she said.

She added Hoover, like usual, shared some good stories at the event.

“I think the girls got a kick out of him. It’s always story time,” she said.

Next up in basketball for the Iowa-bound Jennings is the Hoosiers’ Reunion All-Star Classic on June 6, which will be played on the movie home court of the “Hickory Huskers” in Knightstown. The Indiana All-Stars will then convene for practice on June 7.

Pistons dumping Dumars as team president

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — Joe Dumars tried to push the Detroit Pistons back toward the playoffs with a couple of big moves last offseason.

That didn’t work, and now the Pistons will be hiring someone else to replace him.

Detroit has decided not to renew Dumars’ contract as president of basketball operations, a person familiar with the situation said Sunday. The person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the team has not made any announcement on Dumars’ future, says Dumars will remain with the Pistons as an adviser.

Dumars was named the 2003 executive of the year, and the Pistons won the title the following season, adding the 2004 crown to the two they won when Dumars was a player.

But Detroit hasn’t made the playoffs since 2009, and the retooled Pistons flopped badly this season.