Miss Basketball Whitney Jennings knew the Junior All-Stars would present her Indiana All-Star team a big challenge.
“We knew the Juniors are a really great class. They have a lot of great players,” she said. “We knew it was going to be a challenge coming in here.”
The Juniors took Round 1 of the two-game exhibition with an 82-61 win over the Seniors on Monday at the Berry Bowl.
“We’re just going to take this game and try to improve upon it this week in practice,” Jennings said, “and get ready for Wednesday and ultimately our main goal is to beat Kentucky on Friday and Saturday.”
The Seniors face the Juniors again at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Columbus North.
In the boys game the Seniors set a record for most points and largest margin of victory since the series started in 1996 in their 140-91 win over the Juniors.
Jennings (Iowa) had 11 points, five rebounds and two assists in 29 minutes. She was 3 of 7 from the field and 5 of 6 from the foul line.
Her Logansport teammate Nakeya Penny (Ball State) had six points on 2-of-2 shooting from 3-point range to go with two rebounds and two steals in 14 minutes in her final game playing for the Junior All-Stars, who swept Kentucky’s Juniors in a pair of games last weekend.
“It was a big game for me too,” Penny said. “I just went out and played the best I could.”
Both Logansport players got a nice ovation from thousands of home fans in attendance.
“It was a good crowd, just kind of like it was the last four years,” Jennings said. “It was nice to have one final game here.
“I want to win but obviously it’s take in all this experience and enjoy this opportunity.”
Jennings scored the first points of the game on a pair of free throws and the Seniors jumped out to a 10-1 lead in the game’s first five minutes.