The Times photo // Some of the best basketball talent in the Hoosier state was on display Friday night at the annual Indiana Hoosiers’ Reunion All-Star Classic Friday night at the historic Hoosier Gym in Knightstown. Noblesville’s Emily Kiser, and Carmel’s Amy Dilk, Tomi Taiwo and Blake Smith helped the Hickory Huskers defeat the Terhune Tigers 123-73.
The Times photo // Some of the best basketball talent in the Hoosier state was on display Friday night at the annual Indiana Hoosiers’ Reunion All-Star Classic Friday night at the historic Hoosier Gym in Knightstown. Noblesville’s Emily Kiser, and Carmel’s Amy Dilk, Tomi Taiwo and Blake Smith helped the Hickory Huskers defeat the Terhune Tigers 123-73.
The best athletes are competitive, yet the girls’ Indiana Hoosiers' Reunion All-Star Classic Friday night at the historic Hoosier Gym in Knightstown was anything but.

The Hickory Huskers, a team that featured Noblesville’s Emily Kiser, and Carmel’s Amy Dilk, Tomi Taiwo and Blake Smith, earned a 123-73 win over the Terhune Tigers in the annual showdown.

“Our primary focus was playing as a team,” said Dilk, this year’s Indiana Miss Basketball. “In games like these, there’s so much talent on each team, why not share the talent and work as a team? And that’s exactly what we did.”

Hickory ended the first half on a 32–5 run, taking a 64–28 lead. The second half was not much different as the Huskers outscored the Tigers 59–45.

Dilk helped open up the lead for the Huskers in the first half, scoring 13 points in the opening two quarters. Taiwo led all scorers with 26 points as she caught fire in the second half nailing multiple 3-pointers in a row.

Huskers head coach Joe Lentz expected a much closer game; however, he was happy with how his team created open shots and allowed the offense to flow well.

Lentz also enjoyed having the opportunity to coach Dilk and Kiser and thought they embodied the team-first mentality well.

“I like how hard they played and how well they shared the ball,” Lentz said. “They seemed to enjoy playing. They were a pleasure to coach. Whether it’s an All-Star game or kids you’re with all season long, you want to get to enjoy playing and play hard and they clearly did that.”

Lentz also said his team moved well on the court and stayed away from the one-on-one offense. Running the floor and getting out in fast breaks helped create some good opportunities for easy baskets.

Dilk said her and Kiser were on the same Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) team together for five years and, according to Kiser, most of the team had familiarity with each other already. This meant playing as a team was not an issue for the Huskers.

“I think a lot of (our scoring) had to do with our defense,” Kiser said. “We were playing pretty hard and we were playing really well together as a team. Sometimes in the All-Star games you get kind of one-on-one, but I thought all of us passed really well.”

Dilk and Kiser will continue to be teammates the next four years as they both head to Michigan for college in the fall. Kiser said she loves being with Dilk off the court and getting to build a strong friendship.

The Indiana All-Stars will face the Kentucky All-Stars next weekend at Bankers Life Fieldhouse with the girls’ game starting at 5 p.m. and the boys’ game starting at 7 p.m. Tickets are available online at bankerslifefieldhouse.com.