Girls Varsity Basketball
Game Summaries & Headlines.
Columbus North senior Alexa McKinley has been invited to play in the 2021 HBCA East-West All-Star Classic, it was announced Thursday (Feb. 18).
McKinley was voted to the HBCA Girls’ East team after previously being voted HBCA girls All-District 3.
The 5-8 McKinley provided a team-high 11.8 points plus 4.6 rebounds, a team-high 3.8 assists and 1.7 steals in leading the Bull Dogs to a 13-6 season that included a Conference Indiana championship at 5-0. For the season, McKinley shot 41 percent from the field (65-of-157), including 45 percent on 3-pointers (23-of-51), while converting 88 percent on free throws (60-of-68).
McKinley will become the ninth Columbus North player to play in the HBCA All-Star Classic since 2013. She will join a group that includes Hanna Ballard in 2013, Kelsey Cunningham in 2014, Sheyanne Street and Debie Gedeon in 2015, Paige Littrell and Elle Williams in 2016 and Maliah Howard-Bass and Imani Guy in 2017. Columbus North coach Pat McKee also was a coach in the game in 2013.
Cunningham was named game MVP in 2014, and Littrell was selected game MVP in 2016.
Over the nine-year span, three or four other Columbus North players were invited to play in the game but were unable to accept their spot for one reason or another.
The HBCA is a coaches’ group that serves the southern half of Indiana. The HBCA East-West All-Star Classic divides top southern Indiana seniors into two teams from southeastern Indiana against southwestern Indiana. The game is played in a girl-boy doubleheader format.
The 2021 games will be played on April 25 at Barr-Reeve High School in Montgomery, Ind. The girls’ game is set for 2:15 p.m., and the boys games should follow about 4 p.m. There will be an 2021 HBCA Hall of Excellence program at 12:15 p.m., prior to the games.
The list of the girls invited to this year’s game are below. It is possible there will be roster changes if players decline and alternates are added. The list of boys for the game will be announced later.
2021 HBCA EAST-WEST ALL-STAR CLASSIC
East Team Invitees
Gracie Adams, Lanesville
Katherine Benter, Brownstown Central
Jaclyn Emly, Silver Creek
Marissa Gasaway, Silver Creek
Sydney Jaynes, Trinity Lutheran
Addyson Kent, Jennings County
Paige Ledford, Jac-Cen-Del
Alexa McKinley, Columbus North
Jade Nutley, Madison
Alana Striverson, Silver Creek
Karly Sweeney, Salem
Jasmine Walker, Clarksville
Zoe Zellers, Scottsburg
West Team Invitees
Addison Ainscough, Barr-Reeve
Ryleigh Anslinger, Evansville Memorial
Aubrey Burgess, Linton-Stockton
Kalea Fleming, Loogootee
Anya Friend, Bloomington South
Rebecca Gordon, Heritage Hills
Maycee Lange, Vincennes Lincoln
Peyton Murphy, Evansville Memorial
Haley Rose, Linton-Stockton
Vanessa Shafford, Linton-Stockton
Amaya Thomas, Evansville Central
Pa’Shence Walker, Martinsville
PHOTO: Columbus North senior Alexa McKinley (20) heads up court during the Bull Dogs' regular-season game against East Central on Jan. 14, 2021. McKinley scored 22 points in the 61-51 victory that day. McKinley has been voted to the East Team of the 2021 HBCA East-West All-Star Classic.