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By LARRY GOFFINET
LYNNVILLE—Tell City senior McKenzie Hayes had 10 points, 11 rebounds, two blocked shots, one assist and one steal to help the West trounce the East 77-57 in the Hoosier Basketball Coaches Association girls basketball all-star game Sunday.
Hayes played 15 minutes, 57 seconds, as there were 12 players on the West team.
She was the fourth leading scorer on the team and was probably the leading rebounder. She hit 5 of 12 shots from the field.
Sullivan post player Rhagen Smith, who scored 22 points, was named the game’s Most Valuable Player. She has signed to play college basketball for Indiana State.
Hayes looked like the second best player on the West team. Usually she and Smith alternated shifts at center, but Coach Julie Meeks played them together the first 3:38 of the second half.
Hayes grabbed five rebounds in that span and made a rebond basket to put the West up 41-27.
She may have been more dominant in one of her first-half stints, when she blocked two shots on one possession and then grabbed the rebound of the second one.
Her team outscored the East 34-16 in the time she was on the floor.
“I would have loved to have a player who rebounds like that on my team,” said Meeks. “And she’s hustling and picking up loose balls, and what a nice (shooting) touch she has.”
Hayes gave herself a grade of 75 percent for the game. “I’m a little rusty right now.”
Her preparation for he game was limited to she and her dad shooting in the gym for a half hour last Thursday.
This was probably her last organized basketball game, as she plans to play volleyball at the University of Memphis.
“It’s kind of a bittersweet moment,” she said of leaving basketball behind. “I know I’m going to miss it, but I’m kind of ready to move on and focus on one sport and do what I need to do to improve in it.”
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Hayes was the only Perry County boy or girl to play in the HBCA games this year. But four were selected for the second annual Indiana Elite North vs. South All-Star Basketball Challenge games in Lebanon Sunday.
The Elite series has senior and junior games for each class.
Tell City’s Trent Zuelly played for the Class 2A South junior boys team.
Tell City’s Logan Flannagan was selected to play for the Class 2A South junior girls team. She attended the game but did not play due to an ankle injury, which she and her track coaches did not want to exacerbate.
Zuelly scored eight points for the South in his game, including a last-second three-point basket to force a second overtime.
The second overtime was sudden death, with the North scoring the first basket to win.
Perry Central’s Tanner Cassidy and Derek Thomas were invited to play for the Class 2A South senior boys team but did not due to other commitments.