Goshen News, Goshen, IN


March 21, 2013

PREP GIRLS BASKETBALL: Roster set for girls all-star game

GOSHEN — High school seniors Aimee Swihart of Goshen, Savannah Bley of NorthWood and KiLee Knafel of Wawasee will be among the players in the McDonald’s of Northern Indiana all-star girls basketball game that will be played Monday evening at Bethel College in Mishawaka.

The girls game tips off at 5 p.m. and will be followed by the boys game.

Tickets will be available at the door. Adults are $5 and students $2.

Swihart and Bley are members of the Red Team. Knafel is on the Grey Team.

Swihart was one of the key players for a Redskin team that finished with a 14-8 record. She scored 389 points this season and broke the GHS career scoring record, finishing with 1,189 points, Swihart is the first GHS player to go over the 1,000-point plateau in her career.

Bley was the second-leading scorer with 318 points for the Black Swish (22-4). She finished her career with 706 points. NorthWood won the Class 3A sectional title on its home floor this season before a 42-39 loss to Fort Wayne Concordia sidelined the team in the state tournament.

Swihart has signed a national letter of intent to play basketball at Bethel and Bley at Taylor University, both members of the Crossroads League.

Knafel netted 511 points this season as the Warriors finished 10-11. The IUSB-bound player tallied a total of 1,649 points in her career.

Also on the Red squad are Elkhart Memorial senior Monica Jones and Elkhart Central senior Tia Garnett. Memorial posted a 13-8 record this season as Jones scored 212 points to finish her career with 742. Central was 2-20 as Garnett tossed in 238 points to end her career with 737.

Others on the Red Team are Olivia Carlton and Taylor Lutz of Penn, Molly Hoover of South Bend Trinity, Michelle Adeniyi of South Bend Clay, Katie Barnard of Mishawaka Marian and Cam Tyler of Lakeshore.

Other members of the Grey Team are Toni Murphy and Keshyana Cooper of Michigan City, Kerria Columbus of South Bend Riley, Lindsey Baker and Jennifer Walker-Crawford of Warsaw, Amber Redinger of Plymouth, Christine Valentine, Erica Priebe and Lauren Brower of St. Joe (Michigan).

A pair of cousins will be coaching the teams. Sydney Smallbone, graduate of South Bend St. Joseph High School and the University of Tennessee, will coach the Red Team. Her cousin Katharine Stuppy is the Grey Team coach. She is a graduate of Dowagiac High School and Bethel College.

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