“I don’t think there’s any question. Every coach I’ve talked to — now I’m not trying to stir the pot and I don’t think they’re trying to make me feel good — they said they love to watch her play. Last week was a week where the basketball eyes in the state of Indiana were on the Juniors game against Kentucky and the Senior-Junior games. She played very well and a lot of people saw her for probably the first and a lot of people had to take note of the performances she had. As far as Miss Basketball, that’ll be determined by the sportswriters and coaches voting. Who knows what they’ll come up with. I know this, she had to help herself just based on what I’ve heard.”
Whitney Jennings and next year’s Berry squad competed against Pike and Roncalli at Ben Davis on Saturday morning. Hoover said he attended the Pike game but had to leave early for the Roncalli game because of a camp he holds in Fort Wayne.
“Pike will play in the Hall of Fame Classic next year and they cleaned our clocks pretty well,” Hoover said. “But I was really pleased with what I saw. The people taking over for the five people we lost stepped up and played hard and played very well. [Samantha] Kain played very well. [Katrina] Neuendorf played well. The freshman played well. Everybody played well. I was pleased with how they responded to that kind of competition. Pike will win the state tournament, not this year but next year. They have a player that will be Miss Basketball that is being recruited by Notre Dame and Connecticut and everybody. We played them hard. It was rolling around on the floor, the kind of basketball I want to keep seeing. If we play like that we’ll have another good year.