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Norwell star on All-State 1st team

Panthers, Bruins each get a player on second teams

Rupright
Bryson Scott

Miss Basketball Jessica Rupright of Norwell led the Associated Press All-State girls basketball team announced Wednesday.

Rupright, who led Norwell with 21.2 points and 8.0 rebounds per game, was the top vote-getter for the girls.

“It’s overwhelming,” Rupright said about the honors and awards coming her way. “I would never have imagined all this. But it’s cool to go through this experience, and I am honored for everything that has happened to me. I have played all year-round, and it shows that your hard work pays off, and that’s what is going on right now.”

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.

The AP’s All-State teams were chosen by media members.

Also on the girls first team are Indianapolis North Central’s Nariah Taylor, Brownsburg’s Stephanie Mavunga, Mount Vernon’s Jessica Brown and Hamilton Southeastern’s Taya Reimer.

Snider’s Akilah Sims and Northrop junior Bryson Scott both made the All-State second team for the girls and boys respectively.

“It’s a good feeling,” Scott said of the second-team honor. “I have worked hard all season for it.”

For Scott, it was a validation of sorts after the Junior All-Star snub of a week ago when he was left off the Core team and will only play for the North team. Scott was the lone junior on the top two All-State teams.

“It is definitely exciting and rewarding to see it for him,” Northrop coach Barak Coolman said. “I am glad Bryson is going to get his just dues. He is one of the top players in the state and one of the top in his class. He will feel good about it.”

An Indiana Basketball Coaches Association panel of 18 coaches decided the Junior All-Star teams.

“The past two weeks and hearing about the Core team and being the only junior on the All-State team kind of gives me mixed feelings,” Scott said. “I try to stay out of all that and just play basketball. It’s something I have been working on (motivation to improve game) since I heard I wasn’t on the Core team.”

The first team for the boys consisted of Park Tudor’s Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell, Hamilton Southeastern’s Gary Harris, Lawrence Central’s Jeremy Hollowell, Pendleton Heights’ Kellen Dunham and North Central’s Ronnie Johnson.

Also on the boys second team are Lake Central’s Glenn Robinson III, Broad Ripple’s Ron Patterson, Pike’s R.J. Hunter and Indianapolis Tech’s Trey Lyles. The rest of the girls second team are North Central’s Rachael Gregory, Eastern’s Jocelyn Mousty, Evansville Mater Dei’s Maura Muensterman and Logansport’s Whitney Jennings.

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