Photo Credit: Andrew Trisler //
Noblesville High School grad Emily Kiser (center) accepts the John Wooden MCL Restaurant All-Star Citizenship Award with her parent, Brian (left) and Chris (right), Saturday at halftime of the annual Indiana vs. Kentucky All-Star game at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. Kiser finished with six points and 10 rebounds in Indiana’s 83-70 win.
Photo Credit: Andrew Trisler // Noblesville High School grad Emily Kiser (center) accepts the John Wooden MCL Restaurant All-Star Citizenship Award with her parent, Brian (left) and Chris (right), Saturday at halftime of the annual Indiana vs. Kentucky All-Star game at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. Kiser finished with six points and 10 rebounds in Indiana’s 83-70 win.

A Noblesville High School graduate put a stamp on an outstanding high school career over the weekend at the annual Indiana-Kentucky All-Star series.

Emily Kiser scored six points and grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds in Indiana’s 83-70 victory over Kentucky Saturday at Banker’s Life Fieldhouse. The victory helped Indiana salvage a split, as Kentucky won 92-87 Friday in Frankfort, much to Emily Kiser’s delight.

“We did not play well as a team Friday, so it was good to come back and get the win Saturday in Indiana,” she said. “I felt I played well but being on an all-star team where 13 other players were the star of their team, it is important to learn how to play with them and just focus on doing other things, like rebounding, that will help your team win, and that was nice to contribute in that way.”

Emily Kiser, who will continue her playing career at the University of Michigan, was honored at halftime by being named the John Wooden MCL Restaurant All-Star Citizenship Award. The award goes to the All-Star who has demonstrated outstanding citizenship in athletics and academics. Emily Kiser earned a 4.2 GPA in the classroom.

“My high school coach had asked me to fill something out that also highlighted my accomplishments off the court, too, so I didn’t know this was happening,” she said. “It was definitely a surprise, and I’m honored to get that award.”

Emily Kiser’s father, Brian Kiser, said the award helps cap an amazing experience with his daughter being selected as an Indiana All-Star.
“We are very proud, very honored,” Brian Kiser said. “We are just very blessed with all our kids in how they’ve done in school in both academics and athletics.”

Brian Kiser said the All-Star experience has been fun for the entire family.

“It has been a busy and fun week,” he said. “From dropping her off at camp to going to watch them play (Friday) in Frankfort to tonight. And she has really enjoyed it. You get impressions of people as you play and compete against them, then you meet them and get to spend time with them, you make great friendships.”

Emily Kiser got on the scoreboard Saturday at the 16:23 mark in the first half with a rebound put pack that gave Indiana a 6-3 lead. She scored again with 9:56 to play in the first half, giving Indiana a 20-18 lead. She also dished out two assists in the game. Her first came with about 9-minutes to play in the opening half on a beautiful pass to a cutting Cassidy Hardin. That gave Indiana a 23-20 lead.

The girls’ roster also included two Carmel players – Indiana Miss Basketball Amy Dilk and Tomi Taiwo. The night ended bittersweet for Dilk, who will join Kiser at Michigan. Dilk twisted her ankle about two-minutes into the game. She played just four minutes total, including the final minute when coach Pat McKee subbed her in so she could dribble out the final seconds of Indiana’s victory.

Taiwo, who will continue her basketball career at the University of Iowa, scored 10 points on 4-of-7 shooting, including a pair of 3-pointers.
Noblesville girls’ basketball coach Donna Buckley was thrilled to have Emily Kiser represent Noblesville in the annual series.

“Emily had a great All-Star experience,” Buckley said. “She enjoyed getting to represent our school as well as our state, and she also really enjoyed getting to play with her teammates. It was fun to see so many Hamilton County girls playing together. Our team, coaches and the many members of our community who go to watch her play one last time really enjoyed it. We were all very excited to have her win the John Wooden Citizenship Award. She is an incredible young lady who represents all you could ask for in a student-athlete. We are extremely proud of her.”