Mike Moore | The Journal Gazette Ohio Haley Doehrman scores under the basket over Indian guard Logan Rowles in the first half during the 26th Nancy Rehm Border Wars Classic at Hutzell Athletic Center on Sunday.
Mike Moore | The Journal Gazette Indiana coach Juanita Goodwell speaks with her team during a time out in the first half against Ohio during the 26th Nancy Rehm Border Wars Classic at Hutzell Athletic Center on Sunday.
Mike Moore | The Journal Gazette Ohio Heather Lammers, left blocks a shot taken by Indiana Logan Rowles under the basket in the first half during the 26th Nancy Rehm Border Wars Classic at Hutzell Athletic Center on Sunday.
Sunday, April 29, 2018 7:10 pm
Ohio 98, Indiana 80
Border Wars: Ohio girls beat Indiana, even all-time series
AUBREE REICHEL | The Journal Gazette
The Ohio All-Stars evened the all-time series with a 98-80 win over Indiana in the girls game of the 26th annual Nancy Rehm/Border Wars Classic at Saint Francis on Sunday.
Interestingly enough, Sunday marked the first time all 10 players on the Ohio roster were together as attempted practice sessions conflicted with some players' schedules.
"We attempted to practice a couple times going into this game but with everyone having different schedules and working things out with spring sports, we weren't able to practice at all," Ohio coach Brian Schroeder said. "We didn't really know what to expect coming in today.
"The first half, they were feeling each other out, learning spacing, knowing where each other were going to be and I thought the second half for a variety of reasons, we were able to kind of figure it out and score some points."
Indiana led 36-35 at halftime and 43-40 with 17 minutes left in the second half. Ohio went on a 9-0 run to go up 49-43 with 15:30 left and another 14-3 run made it 78-62 with six minutes remaining.
Ohio shot 55.9 percent (19 of 34) from the field in the second half and was 5 of 9 on 3-pointers to Indiana's 15 of 37 and 5 of 15.
"They just outshot and were able to hit some shots that we just weren't able to make," Indiana coach Juanita Goodwell said. "Toward the middle, we were playing a little less controlled and more panicked because of the deficit so we just had to tighten that up.
"Obviously having the group of girls that we had trying to get them to play a little bit more together, I think was a little challenging at times."
Bre Douglas led Indiana with 16 points, Kathryn Knapke added 14, Taniece Chapman had 11 points and 10 rebounds and Kelli Damman scored 10.
All but one player on the Ohio roster scored in double figures led by Kamryn Hostetler's 19 points.
Indiana Tech recruit Paige Motycka added 16, Heather Lammers and Kdie Hempfling each scored 13, Kierra Meyer 12, Emmily Poling 11 and Maddie Mattimore 10.
Mattimore won the 3-point competition at halftime of the boys game.
Despite the loss, the Indiana girls enjoyed playing with teammates and former foes one last time.
"It was fun," Chapman said. "A lot of us know each other and that's the thing with the SAC and Indiana, we're very close and there aren't that many schools so it's fun to play with a lot of the girls that we played against during basketball season."
Goodwell enjoyed the opportunity to coach Chapman, Mikeba Jones and Shamari Tyson one final time, as well, even if it wasn't in a South Side uniform.
"It was something I had been anticipating all week long so just getting that last feel, that last touch and enjoying the talents that they had," she said. "It was nice going out there and competing one last time together. Also just to display their talents and see what they're going to be able to do that at the next level and compete with new players and new teammates.
"Overall, I think we did well, the team played tough and I think we just got outshot in the second half. They hit shots, we didn't."
Note: The Central Noble girls basketball team was named the winner of the 2018 Nancy Rehm Award for contributions to women's athletics.