Daily Reporter staff reports
Mt. Vernon’s Sydney Shelton and 12 more of the state’s top senior high school girls basketball players have been selected as 2016 Indiana Girls All-Stars.
Those chosen to the team will play four games in June with two exhibition games against the Indiana Junior Girls All-Stars as well as two contests against the Kentucky Girls All-Stars.
Shelton, a Butler signee, is Hancock County’s all-time leading scorer in girls basketball history with 1,985 points in her career. The All-State point guard averaged 23.5 points per game as a senior and was a member of the 2015 Indiana Junior All-Stars core group.
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In her career, Shelton won a Class 3A state championship at Mt. Vernon in 2012-13 and has been named All-Hancock County and All-Hoosier Heritage Conference multiple times.
Shelton is the ninth Indiana Girls All-Star to be selected from the county since 1976 and the sixth from Mt. Vernon overall. She joins Mt. Vernon’s Elizabeth Skinner (1978), Barb Skinner (1979), Johna Goff (2000), Jessica Brown (2012) and Erica Moore (2014).
The other 2016 Indiana Girls All-Stars are: Camryn Buhr of Penn, Lindsey Corsaro of Roncalli, Lauren Dickerson of Lawrence North, Darby Foresman of Heritage Christian, Ae’Rianna Harris of Lawrence North, Tyasha Harris of Heritage Christian, Holly Hoopingarner of Greenwood, Cameron Onken of Lafayette Central Catholic, Jayla Scaife of Muncie Central, Kristen Spolyar of Lebanon, Emily Sullivan of Evansville Memorial and Jackie Young of Princeton.
The head coach for the 2016 Indiana Girls All-Stars will be Rick Risinger of Heritage Christian. He will be assisted by Jeff Knoy of McCutcheon and Missy Voyles of North Harrison.
The 2016 Indiana Miss Basketball winner will be announced from within the group of All-Stars at The IndyStar’s Indiana Sports Awards Dinner set for 6 p.m. April 28 in Indianapolis.
The Junior-Senior exhibition games are tentatively set for June 7 and June 9 at sites to be announced. Greenfield-Central’s Madison Wise, the 2015-16 Daily Reporter Player of the Year, is a 2016 Indiana Junior All-Star core team member.
The first game against Kentucky will be June 11 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. The final game against Kentucky will be June 12 in Kentucky at a site to be announced.
All four dates will be doubleheaders with the 2016 Indiana Boys All-Stars.
The Indiana All-Stars program was founded in 1939 when the Indiana Boys All-Stars played the state champion Frankfort Hot Dogs. The series with Kentucky began in 1940, and the girls portion of the All-Stars was added in 1976.
The Indiana portion of the All-Star Games is organized and produced by the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association.
Miss Basketball is selected through a balloting process of coaches and media overseen by game organizers from the IBCA. The remainder of the team is finalized by All-Star game director Charlie Hall after observing numerous games and events throughout the season, conferring with coaches, school officials and media across the state and reviewing votes submitted by coaches and media who each can recommend up to 12 players.
Name, School;Height;Pos.;PPG;College Choice
Camryn Buhr, Penn;6-1;F;19.5;Lehigh
Lindsey Corsaro, Roncalli;6-0;G;25.3;Kentucky
Lauren Dickerson, Lawrence North;5-3;G;15.5;Miami (Ohio)
Darby Foresman, Heritage Christian;6-3;C;9.0;Indiana
Ae’Rianna Harris, Lawrence North;6-1;F;11.7;Purdue
Tyasha Harris, Heritage Christian;5-10;G;23.5;undecided
Holly Hoopingarner, Greenwood;5-4;G;23.6;IUPUI
Cameron Onken, Lafayette Central Catholic;5-10;G;20.6;Villanova
Jayla Scaife, Muncie Central;5-11;F;23.5;Dayton
Sydney Shelton, Mt. Vernon;5-9;G;23.5;Butler
Kristen Spolyar, Lebanon;5-11;G/F;35.6;Butler
Emily Sullivan, Evansville Memorial;6-4;C;18.2;North Carolina
Jackie Young, Princeton;6-0;G;34.9;Notre Dame
Head coach: Rick Risinger, Heritage Christian
Assistant coaches: Jeff Knoy, McCutcheon, and Missy Voyles, North Harrison