After a one-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, the Kentucky-Indiana High School All-Star Classic will tipoff tonight at the Owensboro Sportscenter.
Kes Murphy, the head coach at Notre Dame Academy, will take the reigns of the Kentucky Girls’ All-Stars and will be assisted by legendary Danville head coach Judy Mason.
Indiana holds a 50-38 edge in the series and Murphy will look to close the gap despite not having a full roster as announced when the roster was put together.
Murphy will be without the services of Miss Basketball Brooklynn Miles, Tiarra East and Harley Paynter, who have already started summer classes and workouts with their respective university teams in preparation for the 2021-22 season.
Miles, a graduate of Franklin County High School, is attending the University of Tennessee while East (Butler High School) is a Temple signee and Paynter (Boyd County) is at Tennessee Tech.
Below will be the active roster for the Kentucky Girls’ All-Stars along with some information about the prep career for each athlete:
Lara Akers, Danville
Akers is a four-sport student-athlete starring not only in basketball but soccer, swimming and tennis as well. She recently won the 12th Region doubles tennis crown with her sister Jenna for the third time in as many chances (2018, 2019 and 2021).
Akers was first-team selection of the All-12th Region Girls Basketball Team after leading the Lady Ads to a 16-6 record in 2021. Akers averaged 13.4 points and 2.5 rebounds per game.
Macey Blevins, Wayne County
An All-12th Region Girls Basketball Team Co-Player of the Year, Blevins finished a storied career at Wayne County with 2,636 points and will be taking her talents to Western Kentucky University this fall.
Blevins led the Lady Cardinals to a 19-4 record this season averaging team-highs in points (18.3) and rebounds (7.4). Blevins saw significant action for Wayne County as a seventh-grader before being a primary starter the next five seasons.
Amber Dunn, Apollo.
Dunn is no stranger to the Owensboro Sportscenter after leading the Apollo E-Gals to the 3rd Region crown with a 52-37 victory over Meade County in the storied arena on March 30.
Dunn finished her career at Apollo with 915 career points and 707 career rebounds and battled through a nagging ankle injury that plagued her senior season. She was only able to play in 14 games this season and averaged 8.5 points and 4.4 rebounds per contest.
Despite the limited action, she rose to the occasion in Apollo’s region title win by scoring 23 points and hauling in nine rebounds.
Aubrey Hill, Russell
Hill’s career with Russell High was riddled with knee injuries early on but was able to capitalize this season leading the Red Devils to a 16th Region championship victory over Boyd County by a 72-61 score.
Hill totaled 1,170 points and 728 rebounds during her career at Russell with 764 points and 419 rebounds coming in her final two seasons. She notched 22 points and nine rebounds in Russell’s 58-44 victory over Dixie Heights in the Girls Sweet 16.
Amelia Hodges, Bethlehem
A Lindsey Wilson College signee, Hodges helped lead the Banshees to back-to-back All A Classic championships and an appearance in the Girls Sweet 16 quarterfinals this season.
Hodges averaged 15.1 points and 3.3 rebound per game this season and amassed a total of 1,498 points and 310 rebounds during her time at the small school in Bardstown. Her 17-point, seven-rebound performance in the 5th Region title game helped lead Bethlehem past Central Hardin by a 67-39 tally.
Marie Kiefer, Bishop Brossart
A 6-for-3 center for the Lady Stangs, Kiefer averaged a double-double during her senior season with 19.6 points and 11 rebounds per contest. A Ball State signee, Kiefer led Brossart to a 10th Region championship by scoring 22 points and hauling in 12 rebounds in a 61-47 victory over Montgomery County for the team’s first region crown since 2001.
Kiefer led Brossart in scoring all four years of her career at the small school in Alexandria and poured in a whopping 1,768 points and gobbled up 1,058 rebounds.
Taylor Price, Central
Price is just the second girls basketball player in Central High School’s history to be named a Kentucky All-Star and led the Yellow Jackets to a 14-1 record in 2021.
Price averaged 9.6 points and 4.8 rebounds per contest during her senior season and nearly led Central to a 7th Region title, but a 54-51 setback to eventual state champion Sacred Heart in the region finals ended the team’s bid for an undefeated season.
Alexa Smiddy, Southwestern
Smiddy was named the All-12th Region Girls Basketball Team Co-Player of the Year alongside Blevins after leading Southwestern to a 20-4 record and a 12th Region championship in 2021.
Smiddy averaged 15 points per game in 2021 and totaled 1,491 points in six seasons on the varsity team. Smiddy is a Trevecca Nazarene signee and was a standout on the softball diamond as the Warriors’s catcher batting .411 during a senior campaign that ended with a region runner-up finish.
Ella Thompson, Bethlehem
Thompson has signed with the University of Tennessee at Martin Skyhawks to further her academic and basketball careers. Thompson nearly joined the 1,500-1,000 club for her career after totalling 1,540 points and 934 rebounds in her three seasons on the varsity roster at Bethlehem.
Thompson led the team in points (17.9) and rebounds (9.5) per game as a senior. Bethlehem was 82-15 during Thompson’s three-year tenure including back-to-back All A Classic titles in 2020 and 2021 as well as two 5th Region crowns in 2019 and 2021.
Dynastee White, Butler
A Georgetown College signee, White averaged 12.5 points and 4.9 rebounds per game this season and was a First Team All-6th Region selection.
The Bearettes were 13-3 in 2021 including a 6th Region runner-up finish to Bullitt East.