By PETE SWANSON
For the Daily Clarion
Not close to her usual playing time. Even farther from the numbers she usually amasses.
Nonetheless, a treasured experience for Jackie Young, Friday afternoon’s Jordan Brand Classic All-American Game in the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn, New York.
“It definitely was a fun experience,” the 18-year-old Princeton Community senior said Sunday afternoon, about 24 hours after her return home.
“Just getting out on the court and playing with the best girls in the nation was fun. It’s an honor to play with the nation’s best players.’
Five weeks after receiving the Atlanta Tipoff Club’s Naismith Trophy as the nation’s best high school girl player the past season, and 16 days after authoring 15 points and 10 rebounds in 28 minutes for the West in a 97-88 overtime win in the McDonald’s All-American Game in Chicago, Young played just 13 minutes as an East sub in Friday’s 100-94 loss to the West.
She scored three points, shooting 1-for-2 afield and 1-for-2 on free throws, while taking four rebounds, dishing two assists and committing one turnover. Her free throws and a drive-in shot miss came the first half, when the East led 46-44 in a game that would have 11 ties and 21 lead changes. She converted a layup the second half in a game that consisted of four 10-minute quarters, the structure undertaken by college women’s basketball the past season.
“I don’t worry about whether I start,” Young said. “The coaches substituted players every four minutes, and I went in after four minutes had been played.
“When I was on the bench, this was a fun game to watch. It had a lot of the same players and the same competition as in Chicago. Friday the West was getting rebounds and they had fewer turnovers than we had.”
Erin Boley, 6-foot-2 Elizabethtown, Kentucky, resident who will team at Notre Dame with the Princeton protege, earned the East’s Most Valuable Player award Friday by scoring 21 points and taking 15 rebounds while playing 24 minutes. Boley shot 9-for-21 afield and also made 3 steals. “Erin played great. This was her usual game,” said Young.
Joyner Holmes, 6-3 Cedar Hill, Tex., resident and University of Texas recruit, gained the West’s Most Valuable Player Award after authoring 16 points and 12 rebounds.
“We’ve all seen Joyner play before, so what she did Friday wasn’t a surprise,” said Young, who March 30 in Chicago’s United Center outscored Boley by two points and Holmes by five.
Amber Ramirez, 5-8 San Antonio Wagner guard and Texas Christian recruit, scored a game-high 23 points for the West. Lauren Cox, 6-4 Flower Mound, Texas, headed for Baylor, scored 14 points and matched Boley’s 15 rebounds.
Four players scored in double-figures for the East. Kaile Charles, 5-8 Marlboro, Maryland, and University of Maryland recruit, hit 14. Leanna Odom, 6-1 West Hills, California bound for Duke, shot 6-for-6 afield and scored 13. Six-four Ohio State recruit Tori McCoy of Champaign, Illinois, scored 11.
Lindsey Corsaro, 6-0 Indianapolis Roncalli guard who will join Young on the Indiana All-Stars in June, played 14 minutes for the East. Corsaro scored 4 points on 1-for-2 shooting and 2-for-5 free throwing; she also took 8 rebounds.
Charles and McCoy were joined as East starters by 5-6 Crystal Dangerfield, Murfreesboro, Tennessee, headed to NCAA champion Connecticut; 6-1 guard Natalie Chou, Plano, Texas, headed to Baylor; and 6-4 Louisville recruit Cierra Johnson of Duncanville, Texas. Johnson did not score.
Young’s 13 minutes were the second-fewest among the East’s 12 players. Chassity Lea Carter, 5-11 Vanderbilt recruit from Dickson County, Tennessee, played nine minutes, scored seven points and took two rebounds.
Ironically, the game’s least-used player was the tallest, 6-9 Oklahoma recruit Nancy Mulkey of Cypress Woods, Tex., getting just five minutes for the West’s 11-player team.
Though she won’t play another basketball game until the June 3 Hoosiers Reunion All-Star Classic in Knightstown, Young will stay in the spotlight. Sunday she’ll become the first player inducted into the Greater Evansville Basketball Hall of Fame during the inaugural induction dinner at Evansville’s Holiday Inn Airport. On April 28 she’ll be introduced in Lucas Oil Stadium, home of the Indianapolis Colts, as a Miss Basketball finalist along with Corsaro, Lebanon’s Kristen Spolyar and Heritage Christian’s Tyasha Harris. A moment after those four introductions, one will be crowned Miss Basketball.
After the Hoosiers Reunion All-Star Classic, the player whose No. 3 has been retired at Princeton Community will join the Indiana Senkior All-Stars for June 6 and 8 games vs. the Indiana Junior All-Stars. Those will serve as tuneups for the Senior ‘Stars’ games. vs. Kentucky on June 10 and 11.