Editor's note: Scott Kreiger is providing a daily blog about his experiences as the Indiana Girls All-Star coach.
This week is going by so fast; I can’t believe it’s Thursday already. We played our second exhibition game last night vs. the Junior All-Stars. The game was held at Pendleton Heights High School and it was a great environment – a full house.
We made a handful of adjustments from our loss on Monday, but still came up short 89-78. We were behind from the start and trailed by as many as 19 points midway through the second half before we hit our stride and rallied to tie the game inside of four minutes.
The Juniors had an answer, though, and they made plays down the stretch for the win. We still took away some positives and will continue to build for the Kentucky games Friday and Saturday.
Northeast Indiana was well-represented on Wednesday. In addition to Jessica Rupright and Akilah Sims on the Senior team, the Juniors sported four girls from our area: Lindsay Baker, Bailey Farley, Meredith Shipman, and Ariana Simmons. The quality of basketball in our corner of the state is outstanding and last night’s representation was proof.
Prior to the game, the All-Stars had a pregame meal at Hollyhock Hill in Indianapolis. It is a nice, quaint establishment that served us fried chicken, mashed potatoes, green beans, and ice cream sundaes. The specialty there is sugared beets, but I was not daring enough to try them. Everything was delicious and, as has become custom, we took a team picture outside the restaurant. This group has been a real treat to coach and spending time with them has been lots of fun.
After the late night return from Pendleton Heights, both the boys and girls coaches decided to skip this morning’s practice so the kids could have some time to rest and recuperate. We just had a team meeting after lunch to go over the scouting report for Kentucky and will be headed to the gym shortly to begin preparing.
Their squad and style of play is going to be radically different than what we have seen this week from the juniors, so it will be a challenge to shift gears and be prepared for a smaller, pressing team.
After practice, we will all be treated to the big meal of the week, a steak dinner at Ruth Crist’s downtown. We have been treated so well this week and there are dozens of sponsors who operate in the background to make sure the players and coaches have a great experience.
We’ll probably catch the second half of the NBA game tonight when we get back – that has become a pretty regular event – and then head to bed for a good night’s sleep before we climb on the bus for the drive to Freedom Hall in Louisville.
Hopefully, we can bring a couple wins back.