KNIGHTSTOWN — Erica Moore didn’t watch the movie “Hoosiers” until she was an underclassman at Mt. Vernon High School. Part of a team-bonding day with the girls varsity basketball team three years ago, Moore immediately latched onto two lessons from the film.
To this day, they continue to motivate her.
“It showed me, there is always hard work to come, and you have to take advantage of every opportunity,” the Purdue-bound Moore remarked.
As part of the fabled Hickory Huskers during the Hoosiers Reunion All-Star Classic on Friday night, she accomplished both.
Scoring seven points to go with two rebounds in limited minutes, Moore impressed onlookers, including her showcase coach, despite the Huskers falling to the Terhune Tigers 116-101.
Logansport’s Whitney Jennings, the 2014 Indiana Miss Basketball winner, led the Tigers with 23 points. At one point, Terhune built their largest lead at 17 points in the first half behind Jennings’s strong performance, but Moore and the Huskers cut into the deficit in the second half.
Moore scored five of her seven points after halftime as Hickory trailed 63-56 in the third quarter before Terhune finished out the night on top.
“She’s going to have a great career at Purdue,” Knightstown head coach Dawn Basicker said. “Moore is a very physical and very skilled player. Her footwork is amazing, and she is surprisingly quick for being an inside presence. Plus, she works really hard.”
Since enduring surgery on Nov. 1 to remove a cyst and repair cartilage in her right knee, Moore has been trekking uphill to regain her form. Her appearance at the Historic Hoosiers Gym was another solid step.
“It definitely takes a lot of hard work to come back from an injury and be at a certain place to be really good,” Moore said. “I still have a long way to go, but I think I’ll get there.”
As a junior, Moore led Mt. Vernon to the Class 3A state title in 2013. That same season, she returned from a mild knee injury, which cost her seven games. Despite missing time, she averaged 17.8 points and 8.3 rebounds.
Her recent injury kept her sidelined until Jan. 18, when she played only a handful of minutes the final few weeks prior to the postseason. Ramping up her time to nearly two quarters, she averaged 8.0 points and 4.0 rebounds per game.
Unfortunately, the Marauders lost to Anderson 43-41 in the Class 4A Connersville Sectional nearly a month later before she could get back to speed.
Friday’s effort was the opportunity the 6-foot-2 forward wanted, in addition to playing with the Indiana All-Stars this month. Moore and the All-Stars play in Lexington, Kentucky on June 13 and at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis on June 14.
“The experience was amazing,” Moore said. “The Indiana All-Stars is just another one of those opportunities to get back to where I want to be. I’m very excited about those games.”
Terhune completed the sweep in the boys game, winning 118-117.
A total of 18 lead changes, with nine in the second quarter alone, highlighted the frenzied nightcap.
Brebeuf Jesuit’s P.J. Thompson scored a game-high 26 points for Terhune while Park Tudor’s Trevon Bluiett added 23.
Hickory was led by Speedway’s Jordan Furlow and Arsenal Tech’s Jeremie Tyler with 16 points, respectively.
Indiana Mr. Basketball Trey Lyles didn’t participate in the event. It marked the third time in the showcase’s history that the award-winner didn’t play in the game. Lawrence North’s Greg Oden didn’t play in 2005 due to injury. In 2010, Fort Wayne Bishop Luers graduate Deshaun Thomas didn’t participate.
Hoosiers Reunion All-Star Classic
Hickory 23 15 33 30 — 101
Terhune 25 29 27 35 — 116
Hickory (pts): Allison Nash 4, Chelsea Bentley 4, Haley Cook 4, Erica Moore 7, Maura Muensterman 19, Kellie Kirkhoff 4, Natalie Orr 5, Emily Thomas 13, Lauren Whitlatch 15, Sydney Buck 8, Kelsey Cunningham 8, Kayla Brown 10.
Terhune: Whitney Jennings 23, Kirstin Alexander 6, Alex Hochstedler 22, Tayler Goodall 15, Annie Thomas 13, Alicia Wilson 4, Abbey Titzer 4, Shannon Gavaghan 10, Sammy Dillman 3, Mackenzie Campbell 12, Allyson Bunch 4.
Hickory 33 24 30 27 — 117
Terhune 29 30 34 25 — 118
Hickory: Jordan Furlow 16, Jeremie Tyler 16, Mack Mercer 4, Aaron Brennan 11, Zach McRoberts 14, Bryce Lienhoop 4, Aaron Korn 18, Jaren Hornsbeck 17, Keaton Hendricks 12, Tyler Arens 5.
Terhune: Sean Sellers 2, Bryant McIntosh 10, Trevon Bluiett 23, Tyler Wideman 12, P.J. Thompson 26, Tyler Jenkins 10, Elliot Welmer 11, Nate Ritchie 4, Troy Spears 4 , Jacob Johnson 10, Devin Chaudion 6.