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Law, Kyle enjoy all star experience

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TEAMMATES: Oak Hill coach Todd Law (right) and Marion’s RaShaya Kyle (left) applaud during pregame introductions Wednesday evening in New Castle Fieldhouse. Law was an assistant and Kyle a player for the junior girls’ Indiana All Star team.
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ALL STARS: Marion's rising senior RaShaya Kyle works towards the basket against 2019 Indiana Miss Basketball Jorie Allen of Bedford North Lawrence Wednesday evening in New Castle Fieldhouse. Kyle scored six points for the junior all stars, but the senior Indiana All Stars earned a 97-58 win.

BY SCOTT HUNT - shunt@chronicle-tribune.com

NEW CASTLE — For the past three basketball seasons, Marion’s rising senior RaShaya Kyle and Oak Hill girls' basketball coach Todd Law have been on opposing benches during the annual regular season meeting between the Giants and Golden Eagles.

In the famed New Castle Fieldhouse Wednesday evening, Law and Kyle shared the same bench as part of the Indiana All Star junior team as it wrapped up a week preparing the senior Indiana All Stars to face Kentucky’s best seniors in the annual border battle this coming weekend.

For the record, Indiana’s senior girls, led by recent Central Noble graduate Sydney Freeman did a number on their junior counterparts with a 97-58 win. Freeman led all scorers with 20 points, including 11-straight in the third quarter to help the seniors extend what was only a six-point advantage at the time.

But this week and the all star experience wasn’t necessarily about wins and losses. It was an honor and an opportunity for Law and Kyle to help showcase basketball in Grant County.

“It’s been awesome actually, getting to play with girls just as good as me,” said Kyle, who is committed to play at Purdue starting in the fall of 2020. “The chemistry we’ve got and being able to connect with them has been fun.”

Kyle scored six points, connecting on both field goal and free throw attempts in the game. She also added and assist and a steal before picking up her fifth foul midway through the fourth quarter.

Kyle, and rising Oak Hill senior Taylor Westgate, each had a chance this week to join the ‘core’ group of junior all stars on different nights.

Law, an assitant for the juniors through the whole program, said the experience has been memorable and enjoyable.

“It’s been a lot of fun. It’s a tremendous honor just to be considered for this and be able to work with two really great coaches,” Law said. “Being able to work with this kind of talent has been a lot of fun.

“For me, some of the local kids that we play against on our schedule like RaShaya and (Madison) Layden and (Kendall) Bostic from Northwestern, it’s really been enjoyable getting to know them being on our team instead of just being on the other team,” he added.

Law said Westgate played very well when Indiana’s juniors lost to Kentucky’s team, 111-107 on Monday in Jeffersonville. Westgate connected on 4-of-5 field goals to finish with eight points and also had five rebounds.

“I thought Taylor played really well, she played in three segments,” Law said. “The first one you could tell she was trying to feel things out and settle in a little bit then. I though she played excellent the second segment.

“That game Monday was probably a big confidence boost for her to see that she deserved to be there,” he added. “She definitely belonged there and she showed that in the game. That will do nothing but give her more confidence as she goes into next year.”

Kyle spent most of Wednesday evening matched up against 6-5 Hannah Noveroske from Michigan City as well as against Miss Basketball Jorie Allen from Bedford North Lawrence. She worked well in the paint with few touches, and was limited mostly because of the perimeter pressure applied by the senior guards.

“RaShaya did a nice job in our practice and she did well tonight. We just couldn’t get her the ball,” Law said. “She made a nice strong drop step move, she got that offensive foul, but that’s a good strong move for her. The sky is the limit for that girl. She’s got a chance to be a really great player.”

Kyle will rejoin her Marion teammates on Friday for a shootout at Indiana Wesleyan and then resume regular summer activities. She also has some specific goals of where she wants to improve, including becoming more of a leader for what will be a very young Giants’ team this winter.

“I’m going to work on running the floor and keeping a positive attitude,” Kyle said.

“It’s very important,” she added about being a leader. “I had to learn the hard way, because like I said, I need to work on my attitude. With them being younger, it helps for me to talk to them but not like in an angry manner. It means a lot to me to be able to help them.”