Mt. Vernon grad aids rout of Kentucky

INDIANAPOLIS — Erica Moore didn’t have any time to waste on Saturday night. Set to leave for West Lafayette on Monday after playing in her final high school basketball game, the plan was simple and to the point.

Find a rhythm. Get buckets. Finish strong.

Moore, a 6-foot-2 Purdue recruit, accomplished all three with a perfect shooting night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse to help the Indiana All-Stars sweep Kentucky 83-56.

“It really came together for her tonight,” Norwell coach Eric Thornton said after his Indiana All-Stars swept Kentucky for the first time since 2009. “That’s been really good about this week, seeing her really stick with it. She’s fought through a lot of adversity, and tonight, she made so many nice plays.”

Moore shot a flawless 3-for-3 from the field to finish with six points, three rebounds, a block and a steal as Indiana improved to 43-35 in the overall series.

Iowa recruit Whitney Jennings, the 2014 Indiana Miss Basketball winner, scored 14 points and was named the Player of the Game.

Homestead’s Sydney Buck (Butler) added 14 while Lawrence North’s Ana Owens (Cincinnati) had 10 to extend Indiana’s winning streak to three games in the series.

Moore scored her first basket within seconds of checking into the game midway through the first half. The forward’s second layup put Indiana ahead 32-18 as the lead ballooned to 27 points just prior to halftime.

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