The Times photos by Trevor Wilson // SENIOR SHOWCASE: Carmel's Amy Dilk was one of three Greyhounds who participated in Sunday's Hoosier Basketball Magazine Top 60 senior scrimmages. Hamilton County was well represented at the event, with elite players such as Noblesville's Emily Kiser and Toni Grace of Fishers on the roster.
The Times photos by Trevor Wilson // SENIOR SHOWCASE: Carmel's Amy Dilk was one of three Greyhounds who participated in Sunday's Hoosier Basketball Magazine Top 60 senior scrimmages. Hamilton County was well represented at the event, with elite players such as Noblesville's Emily Kiser and Toni Grace of Fishers on the roster.
Heritage Christian was the place to be Sunday afternoon for fans of Indiana high school girls basketball.

The school hosted the 37th annual Hoosier Basketball Magazine Top 60 scrimmages — two sessions consisting of the elite senior girls in the state.

Hamilton County was responsible for some of the best talent on display with Carmel’s Amy Dilk, Blake Smith and Tomi Taiwo, Toni Grace of Fishers and Noblesville’s Emily Kiser participating in the second session.

The moment was not lost on Dilk.

“It is definitely an honor,” she said. “Competing and playing with the top talent of the 2018 class — just a really great opportunity.”

The brainchild of the late Garry Donna, founder of the Hoosier Basketball Magazine, the event was created 36 years ago to serve as one last chance for the Indiana All-Stars game director (currently Charlie Hall) and coaches to view the best talent together in one place before deciding on the final roster.

Open to the public and media, the scrimmages can also play a factor in the race for Miss Basketball, said Heritage’s seven-time state champion coach, Rick Risinger.

Hall coordinated the event, handling the off-court formalities, and Risinger oversaw the action on the court. Risinger also had several of the state’s best coaches — Stephan Hamaker (Frankton), Kevin Merriweather (Tindley), Kristin Raker (Beech Grove) and Jason Simpson (Greensburg) — at his disposal.

“My responsibility is to run the workout by putting the girls through drills and assist with the scrimmages,” Risinger said. “It is a joy to watch all of these senior players compete as one of their last high school events for the year.”

The event, which brought out about 200 spectators, was filled with fast-paced action as the players tried to show what’s made them dominant throughout the year. A running clock on the scoreboard ensured that drills and scrimmages stayed on a tight schedule — it made for an enjoyable experience for the athletes.

“It’s been a lot of fun,” Grace said. “It was an honor to come here and play with all of this good talent, having fun playing with each other.”

Dilk, who led Carmel with 17.8 points and 6.7 assists per game, thought “it was awesome” she was able to share the floor with a pair of her fellow Greyhounds

“Both … Blake and Tomi, deserve it,” Dilk said. “It’s great seeing faces you know here.”

One face that the Michigan-bound Dilk will become more familiar with over her next several years — Kiser’s — was on-hand representing the Millers.

“There’s a lot of history behind (this event),” said Kiser, who is also heading to Ann Arbor. “To make the Top 60 in Indiana, a basketball state, is a big deal.”