Editor's note: Scott Kreiger is providing a daily blog about his experiences as the coach for the Indiana Girls All-Stars.
Headed for the Bluegrass State
It all begins Friday, this quest we’re on. We climbed aboard the charter bus at 1:45 p.m. and headed to Louisville to play in Freedom Hall, once home to the University of Louisville basketball teams.
Thursday was the first day we had our full contingent of players as Seymour’s Amanda Moore joined us at practice for the first time as she tries to recover from illness.
We turned our attention to Kentucky and the style of play they are going to bring to the games this weekend. We spent time at practice working on some of the most basic concepts: passing and catching the basketball.
We had far too many turnovers Wednesday, particularly in the first half, and Kentucky thrives on turning you over and scoring easy baskets. Their style reminds me a lot of the relentless pressing attack we’ve seen from the South Side girls teams of recent years, a vision made more unsettling by the fact that Kentucky has a roster full of recruits going to Florida, Cincinnati, Purdue, and other quality D-1 programs. It’s going to be a challenge, but that’s why we’re here.
Last night was a real treat as the team was hosted for dinner at Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse in downtown Indy. Rob New, a former college player at Huntington University, picked up the tab for the amazing meal provided. New’s company, Best Choice Home Health, is assuming the role of corporate sponsor of the All-Star Series for the next four years.
For many of us, this was the first visit to Ruth’s Chris and it was phenomenal. Charlie Hall presented Most Valuable Teammate awards to Mount Vernon’s Jessica Brown and Kellen Dunham of Pendleton Heights, honors that were voted on by their peers.
The coaches were also presented with All-Star rings courtesy of the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association. We took a bunch of group photos outside the restaurant, something that continues to be a traditional part of this week – lots of people taking lots of pictures.
The goal is to bring back two victories tonight. We’re all looking forward to the opportunity.