FORTVILLE — A healthy Erica Moore was too much for the Indiana All-Stars to pass up.
Moore, a Mt. Vernon senior, was selected for the 2014 All-Star squad on Thursday. The six-foot center missed most of the Marauders’ season recovering from knee surgery, then returned for the team’s final nine games.
“By the sectional, she wasn’t quite there, but she made a huge improvement from the time she first came back,” MV coach Julie Shelton said. “By sectionals, she was looking pretty good.”
Moore, a Purdue commit, was under a minutes limit when she rejoined the lineup, and she averaged 8 points and 4.6 rebounds. She played roughly 20 minutes in the Class 4A Marauders’ 43-41 sectional final loss to Anderson.
Moore will join Miss Basketball Whitney Jennings (Iowa) of Logansport and 11 other Hoosiers in a weekend tilt vs. Kentucky June 13-14, with the opener at Transylvania University in Lexington followed by a visit to Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
The seniors will face the Indiana Junior All-Stars in a pair of warmups June 9 and 11 at sites to be determined.
All four dates will be doubleheaders with the Indiana Boys All-Stars.
Moore missed seven games of her junior campaign with a meniscus tear in her right knee, but she came back in time to help the Marauders win a Class 3A state title. Moore was a member of the Junior Core Six All-Stars.
Cysts developed in Moore’s right knee prior to this season, leading to the second surgery that kept her sidelined.
Moore’s successful rehab and her unique skill set resulted in a spot on the All-Star squad, her coach said.
“I just think that she is such a big and strong player, you’re just not going to find someone with that kind of body and ability very often,” noted Shelton, who coached the 2006 Indiana All-Stars.
Moore is the fifth Girls All-Star from Mt. Vernon following Jessica Brown (2012), Johna Goff (2000), Barb Skinner (1979) and Liz Skinner (1978).
Eric Thornton of Norwell is this year’s All-Stars coach. Boys All-Stars selections haven’t been announced.
Indiana All-Stars from Hancock Co. schools
Girls (1st year for girls All-Stars was 1976)
Erica Moore, Mt. Vernon, 2014
Jessica Brown*, Mt. Vernon, 2012
Johna Goff**, Mt. Vernon, 2000
Sarah Haynes, New Palestine, 1994
Janet Meeker, Greenfield-Central, 1989
Beth Davis, Greenfield-Central, 1988
Barb Skinner, Mt. Vernon, 1979
Elizabeth Skinner, Mt. Vernon, 1978
*3rd place in Miss Basketball voting
**Miss Basketball runner-up
Boys (beginning in 1939)
Daniel Turner, Mt. Vernon, 2010
John Hamilton, Greenfield-Central, 2000
John Allison, New Palestine, 1998
Brian Gilpin, Mt. Vernon, 1992
Mike Edwards, Greenfield, 1969
2014 Indiana All-Stars
1 Whitney Jennings*, Logansport, 5-5, G, 32.0, Iowa
2 Maura Muensterman, Evansville Mater Dei, 6-0, G, 22.7, Indiana
3 Alex Hochstedler, Fishers, 5-7, G, 16.1, Walsh (Ohio)
4 Lauren Whitlatch, Bloomington South, 5-11, F, 15.6, Penn
5 Sydney Buck, Homestead, 5-8, G, 17.8, Butler
6 Destiny Washington, Lawrence North, 5-11, F, 10.9, Loyola (Ill.)
7 Tayler Goodall, Columbus North, 5-9, G, 16.3, Florida Gulf Coast
8 Kayla Brown, Westfield, 6-2, G, 18.0, Miami (Ohio)
9 Danielle Cuttino, Ben Davis, 6-2, F, 12.8, Purdue
10 Ana Owens, Lawrence North, 5-6, G, 14.7, Cincinnati
11 Kindell Fincher, Fort Wayne Canterbury, 5-10, G, 25.8, Xavier
12 Erica Moore, Mt. Vernon, 6-0, F, 8.0, Purdue
13 Caroline Buhr, Penn, 6-1, F, 11.2, San Diego
Head coach: Eric Thornton, Norwell
Assistant coaches: Amy Brauman, Brownsburg; Gretchen Miles, Washington