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December 30, 2012

Rachel Jennings enjoys great day at the HOF Classic

Berries play in Region Rumble on New Year’s Day.

She might sometimes get overshadowed by her younger sister, but make no mistake, Rachel Jennings is an outstanding high school basketball player and is having a big senior season.

Jennings is one of the best long-range shooters in the state, and her shooting ability was on full display on one of the state’s biggest stages Friday at the Hall of Fame Classic at the New Castle Fieldhouse.

Jennings scored 12 points on 4-of-6 shooting from 3-point range in the opening 83-54 loss to Evansville Mater Dei, and she had 18 points on 5-of-8 shooting in the 50-40 win over Hamilton Southeastern. She was 3 of 6 from 3-point range and 5 of 6 from the foul line against HSE.

Her play earned her one of the top honors in the most prestigious in-season tournament in the state, as she was named to the all-tournament team. She joined her sister, junior Whitney Jennings, Mater Dei junior Maura Muensterman and sophomore Tori Schickel and Columbus North sophomore Ali Patberg on the all-tourney team. Columbus North junior Tayler Goodall was named the tournament MVP. A glaring omission from the all-tourney team was Hamilton Southeastern senior Taya Reimer, who’s a favorite to win Miss Basketball, a Notre Dame recruit and the fourth-ranked player in the nation on ESPN.com.

“There’s some really good teams and some really great players out here, so just to be among them is really cool, I thought,” Rachel Jennings said.

The all-tournament team honor wasn’t the only award that Rachel earned on the day, as she was named a 2012 Richard P. Jennings Scholar along Jay County boys player Tyler Back. The $1,000 Jennings Scholarship is named for an outstanding gentleman, successful businessman and dedicated citizen to the City of New Castle, Richard P. Jennings, who was the first volunteer coordinator for the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame. His countless volunteer hours and tireless spirit are remembered by fellow volunteers each year as they raise scholarship funds. His wife, Gloria, and his entire family have continued to generously support the Hall of Fame since Richard’s death in 1995.

“That’s such an honor,” Rachel said. “There are a lot of great girls, a lot of smart girls in this tournament, so to be picked is really awesome.”

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