All-Stars set to do battle June 19th-20th

University of Kentucky and University of Louisville fans can get their final glimpse at what might have been in June, when Mason County's Chris Lofton and Sacred Heart's Crystal Kelly lead the Kentucky All-Stars into their annual battle against Indiana. The game will be played on June 20th at Owensboro's Sportscenter. Game time is slated for 5:30 & 7:30 respectively.

The format, which has not changed since 1976, features the best graduating high school seniors, both boys and girls, from Indiana and Kentucky. They meet in two annual doubleheaders, the first, being in Owensboro on the 19th.

The boys' team is led by recent Tennessee signee and newly crowned Mr. Basketball, Chris Lofton.

Lofton, who averaged 27 points as a senior, will be trying to beat an Indiana team that has defeated Kentucky 11 of their last 12 meetings since 1998. Kentucky's lone victory in that span was 2001, Owensboro's first year of hosting the All-star game. Since then, Indiana has won five straight, including a 73-70 overtime win last year.

In order to take down Indiana, Lofton will need help from the state's leading scorer in Ty Rogers from Lyon County. Rogers, who has signed to play for Darrin Horn's Western Kentucky squad, is the leading scorer in Lyon County history. He, along with Lexington Catholic's duo of Demetrius Green and Harrison Morton should make for an interesting challenge for the Indiana All-Stars.

The women's side will be coached by Sacred Heart's legendary coach Donna Moir;

"We're very happy and excited with the team we've got. We have a little bit of everything -- good post players, people who can defend, and people who can run and shoot."

The girls are led by Miss Basketball Crystal Kelly of Sacred Heart, along with high-profile stars Sarah Elliott of Jackson County and Jade Perry of Muhlenberg North. Kelly, whom will star at Western Kentucky next year, chose the Hilltoppers over Kentucky and Louisville in April as her college choice. Elliott chose Kentucky and Perry chose Maryland in the early signing period, last November.

Louisville signee Patrika Barlow of Barren County, as well as all-staters Aaron Richmond of Warren Central, Candyce Bingham of Manual, Nicole Chiodi of Newport Central Catholic and Corkey Stiger of Christian County also made the team.

The Kentucky Girls' All-stars have never lost in Owensboro since the city started hosting in 2001. Last year the Kentucky girls' dealt Indiana a surprising 75-60 loss in front of the home crowd. Since the All-star committee decided to add a girl's game in 1976, Indiana leads the series 29-27.

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