FORT WAYNE – New Havens V.J. Beachem went 9 of 9 from the floor, including 4 of 4 from the three-point line, to score 22 points in leading Indiana to a 114-60 trouncing of Kentucky in a high school All-Star game Friday at Freedom Hall in Louisville.
The 6-foot-7 Beachem, who has committed to attend Notre Dame, added two assists, two blocked shots and two steals as Indiana defeated Kentucky for the 10th consecutive time in the annual All-Star series.
Indiana led 44-29 at halftime, then outscored Kentucky 70-31 in the final half.
Former Northrop standout Bryson Scott, who is headed to Purdue, and Mr. Basketball Zak Irvin of Hamilton Southeastern, bound for Michigan, each scored 14 points for Indiana, which dominated Kentucky on the glass, 51-23. Clay Yeo of Triton added 12 points, and Devin Davis of Warren Central had 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Indiana grabbed an early 14-4 lead, watched Kentucky get within 16-10, then went on an 11-0 run that was helped fueled by a three-pointer and blocked shot from Beachem and a jumper from Scott.
In the girls game, Kentucky defeated Indiana 84-78.
Indiana Miss Basketball Stephanie Mavunga of Brownsburg was sidelined with a knee injury with 16:03 remaining in the first half and never returned. She made her only field goal attempt for two points.
Former South Side standout and IPFW recruit Ariana Simmons did not play due to her high school graduation ceremonies.
The Kentucky girls, led by Miss Basketball Makayla Epps 17 points, seven rebounds and nine assists, scored the games first nine points and never trailed. Kentucky connected on 12 of 25 three-point attempts, whereas Indiana hit 4 of 20 from long range.
Bridget Perry of Indianapolis Roncalli led Indiana with 19 points. Ally Lehman of Indian Creek had 10 points and 10 rebounds.
The series for the boys and girls resumes today at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.