INDIANAPOLIS – Norwell's Jessica Rupright and Indianapolis Park Tudor’s Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell were the top vote-getters for the Associated Press's Indiana All-State boys and girls high school basketball teams.
Rupright, the Indianapolis Star's Miss Basketball, led Norwell with 21.2 points and 8.0 rebounds per game. The Miami of Ohio recruit is Norwell’s all-time leader in points (1,591) and rebounds (728). She was on the third team last year.
Ferrell, an Indiana recruit who was on the first team last year, led Park Tudor to its second consecutive Class 2A title. He nearly had a triple-double in the title game against Gary Bowman Academy.
Just as important, he constantly broke Bowman Academy’s press in the title game, something that he has been doing since his early days at Park Tudor.
“We prepared to go against pressure defense from the first day of practice when (Yogi) was a little sophomore,” Park Tudor coach Ed Schilling said after the final.
“We knew in order to win a championship or be able to win against the competition we play, we have to be able to handle pressure. Obviously when you have Yogi, that makes that more successful.”
The AP’s All-State teams were chosen by a combination of media members and observations by the Associated Press.
Hamilton Southeastern’s Gary Harris, a Michigan State recruit, was a close second in the voting. Harris was on the second team last year.
Other first teamers are Indiana recruit Jeremy Hollowell of Lawrence Central, Butler recruit Kellen Dunham of Pendleton Heights and Purdue recruit Ronnie Johnson of Indianapolis North Central.
Ronald “R.J.” Hunter, who led Pike to the Class 4A final, is on the second team. He will play college ball for his father, former IUPUI coach Ron Hunter, at Georgia State.
Other seniors on the second team are Gary Lake Central’s Glenn Robinson III (Michigan), and Indianapolis Broad Ripple’s Ron Patterson (Indiana). Fort Wayne Northrop’s Bryson Scott (Purdue) is a junior and Indianapolis Arsenal Tech’s Trey Lyles (Indiana) is a sophomore.
The third team has four seniors -- Kokomo’s D.J. Balentine (Evansville), Gary Bowman Academy’s DeJuan Marrero (DePaul), Center Grove’s Joe Reed (IPFW) and Carmel’s Ben Gardner. Gardner scored 31 points in the Class 4A final, a win over Hunter’s Indianapolis Pike squad. The final member of the third team is Park Tudor’s Trevon Bluiett. Even with Ferrell on the team, Bluiett was Park Tudor’s leading scorer.
On the girls side, Auburn recruit Nariah Taylor of Indianapolis North Central was a close second in the voting. Brownsburg’s Stephanie Mavunga, a junior who was named Indiana’s Gatorade Player of the Year, is a first-team choice. Jessica Brown of Mt. Vernon (Fortville) and Taya Reimer, a junior from Hamilton Southeastern, round out the first team.
Seniors on the second team are Indianapolis North Central’s Rachael Gregory (Buffalo), Fort Wayne Snider’s Akilah Sims (IUPUI) and Jocelyn Mousty, a Ball State recruit from Eastern (Pekin);
A pair of sophomores join the seniors on the team -- Maura Muensterman of Evansville Mater Dei and Whitney Jennings of Logansport.
Seniors on the third team are Kasey Johnson of Plainfield (Indiana State), Amanda Moore of Seymour (Loyola Marymount), Alex Morton of Penn (Western Michigan) and Jordin Alexander of Hamilton Southeastern (Brown). Bridget Perry, a junior from Indianapolis Roncalli (Purdue), is the only non-senior on the third team.