By Justin Sokeland
BEDFORD – Jorie Allen’s name has been etched among the greats in Bedford North Lawrence history.
Allen, who finished as the program’s career scoring leader, joined an elite list when she was named to the 2019 Indiana All-Star team on Thursday afternoon. She will become the ninth Star to wear the Indiana jersey for the annual June series with Kentucky.
Her uniform number will be determined. Allen is expected to be one of the finalists for Miss Basketball, which will be announced in early May. For the moment, she doesn’t care what digit she dons, as long as Indiana is stitched across the front.
“Oh my gosh, what an honor,” Allen said. “When you look at all the good players to come out of this state, all the talent in my class, what an honor. I’m so excited. I never played basketball for the individual awards or recognition, but it’s a great feeling, a great perk.”
Allen averaged 18.1 points and 8.0 rebounds while leading the Stars to a 23-6 record and an eighth consecutive sectional championship. She joins her sister Jenna, now at Michigan State, as one of the rare sibling duos to make the All-Star squad.
Allen, an Indiana University recruit, totaled 1,930 career points. Her selection capped an outstanding four-year career while playing for her father Jeff.
“As an All-Star, It’s always a dream for young girls when they decide to play basketball in Indiana,” Jeff Allen said. “Fulfilling her dream, you have to be happy as a father first, as a dad. You always want to see kids have dreams and aspirations, and when you see them succeed you’re thrilled for them.
“She’s put in a lot of hard work, she’s been dedicated, she’s done the things that are deserving to be on the All-Star team. She has the individual talent, but I’m all about the team as a coach. I think she always put the team first. All great players do. They have the ability to put up great numbers, but great team players are focused on the success of the team. That’s what separates kids.”
Indiana will face Kentucky on June 7 (at a site to be determined) in the first game of the back-to-back series, then return to Bankers Life Fieldhouse on June 8 for the finale. The All-Stars will also meet the Junior All-Stars on June 5.
“Representing your state is unique,” Allen said. “Yes, I will be at Indiana, but for the All-Stars I will be with high school girls, representing Indiana. I’m looking forward to that.”
The rest of the 13-member squad included some familiar names:
Shaila Beeler, Warren Central
Sydney Freeman, Central Noble
Carissa Garcia, Fort Wayne Concordia
Amaya Hamilton, Hamilton SE
Rikki Harris, North Central
Lilly Hutton, North Harrison
Emma Nolan, Marquette Catholic
Maddie Nolan, Zionsville
Sophie Nolan, Marquette Catholic
Hannah Noverokse, Michigan City
Riley Ott, LaPorte
Cameron Tabor, New Castle
BNL’s INDIANA ALL-STARS
1978 – Rhonda Hillenburg
1983 – Kelly Fitzgerald
1991 – Amy Walker, Carrie Mount
1992 – Marla Inman (Miss Basketball)
2015 – Dominique McBryde, Jenna Allen, Alexa Bailey
2019 – Jorie Allen