COLUMBUS – The Indiana Senior All-Star teams had their final tune-up before this weekend's pair of matchups with Kentucky on Wednesday night, earning a pair of victories over the Junior All-Stars at Columbus North High School.
After losing big on Monday night at Logansport, the Senior Girls All-Stars rebounded with a 73-71 victory over the juniors on Wednesday.
The Senior Boys All-Stars made it two straight routs of its junior opponents with a 124-102 victory.
On the girls' side, Ben Davis High School product and Purdue signee Danielle Cuttino hit two free throws over the final 15 seconds to push the seniors to victory.
Canterbury's Kindell Fincher saw action in 11 minutes, finishing with two points and two rebounds. The Xavier signee went 0-for-4 from the field but hit both of her free throws.
Soon-to-be Butler Bulldog Sydney Buck played 10 minutes and finished with three points and a pair of rebounds.
Used to being on the floor throughout the game, the All-Star Series has been an adjustment for players now coming off the bench.
“It's definitely different,” said Homestead's Buck. “But I just try to be supportive and keep the energy up on the bench and everything.”
Concordia Lutheran product and IUPUI signee D.J. McCall shrugged off his fall on Monday that resulted in four staples to post a stat line Wednesday of one point, six rebounds and five assists. McCall did not attempt a shot from the field in 13 minutes but contributed in other ways.
“Coming off the bench, I can focus on one thing and that's playing hard,” McCall said. “When I play hard, I look to rebound and play as unselfish as I can. When you have guys like (James Blackmon Jr (Trevon Bluiett) on the perimeter it makes the game that much easier.”
Park Tudor's Bluiett dropped 44 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in the victory. The Xavier signee shot 19-of-26 from the field.
Blackmon Jr. added 28 points on 11-of-19 shooting.
The Indiana Senior All-Star teams will take on their Kentucky counterparts on Friday at Transylvania University in Lexington and Saturday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.
Tip-off for the doubleheader Saturday in Indianapolis is 5 p.m. for the girls' game with the boys to follow.