By Bob Flynn
Register Sports Writer
In theory, the Kentucky boys and girls all-star scrimmages at Madison Central High School Wednesday were tune-ups for the teams’ upcoming series against the Indiana All-Stars this weekend.
But in actuality, the games were a farewell tour for former Central players Larryn Brooks, Ashton Feldhaus, Ken-Jah Bosley and Dominique Hawkins.
The doubleheader between the senior and junior Kentucky all-stars gave the foursome one last chance to play in front of their home fans before heading off to continue their careers in college.
And the four didn’t disappoint, putting on quite a show in helping their respective senior squads to blowout wins over the juniors for the second time this week.
Feldhaus had a big first half, scoring eight of her nine points. Feldhaus’ defense helped jump-start the seniors as they came back from an early deficit on their way to the 88-75 win. She also gave the seniors their first lead of the game with a three pointer from the top of the key mid-way though the half.
Brooks, who came out sporting a new-look mohawk hairdo, did her damage in the second half. After scoring two points in the opening half, Brooks scored 11 in the second half.
The crowd reacted every time the two touched the ball, so it was no surprise that the biggest oohs and aaahs of the game came after plays by the two former Lady Indians.
The first one — a length-of-the-court pass from Feldhaus to a streaking Brooks for a lay-up — brought the Indians faithful to their feet. The second — a Brooks steal and an up-and-under reverse lay-up against a much taller opponent — brought the house down.
Feldhaus and Brooks said they had fun in the game, but it was “kind of bittersweet.”
“We weren’t with our normal team out there, which felt odd, but it was nice to get one more game in this building and we had fun,” Feldhaus said.
As for her new look, Brooks said she wanted to do something different as she begins a new chapter in her life at the University of Indiana.
“I thought I would do something different for college, so I got it last Friday,” Brooks said. “I’ve wanted a mohawk for more than a year now, so I thought I would do something spectacular and go for it.”
Feldhaus said she didn’t think she could carry off the look with her curly hair, but said she thought Brooks “really rocks it though.”
In the nightcap, Bosley and Hawkins capped off their amazing year in style, leading the seniors to a 104-80 blowout of the junior all-stars.
On a team full of stars, Bosley shined the brightest, Wednesday, finishing with a game-high 26 points, including six of the seniors’ first 11 points of the game.
Hawkins, meanwhile, did what he had done all season for the Indians, filling up the stat-line with 14 points, four rebounds, five assists and three steals in 25 minutes of play.
To no ones surprise, especially seniors all-stars coach Allen Feldhaus, when the two former Indians were on the floor together, the senior offense ran smoother and the defense was much tighter.
“I know what to expect from them and they know what I want so it is nice having them out there,” Feldhaus said. “It was good to get a chance for them to get to play at home one more time and it was even better that they both played so good tonight.”
Hawkins said playing with his friend was like old times.
“It was like a flashback to high school playing with Boz again. It felt like we were playing for Central again. It was fun,” Hawkins said. “And it feels good to come back and play for the fans here one more time because they are the ones who supported us everywhere we went. We have some of the best fans in the state of Kentucky, so it was fun playing for them one more time.”
Bosley said the game was icing on an incredible year and it was nice to get to end his career in front of the home fans.
“We’ve had a lot of battles together and it feels good to know that after winning the state championship at Rupp, that your last game as a high school players wasn’t at state. You get to play one last time at your place. It felt good. If felt real good,” Bosley said. “This was fun to get to play here one more time. I’m glad we got to play tonight and that we played well.
Bosley said he had dreamed of playing for the Kentucky All-Stars and the experience has been all he thought it would be.
“It has been fun. But it is definitely humbling,” Bosley said. “There have been so many NBA players who have played in this game, so it is a real honor to get to play in a game like this.”
Wednesday’s games were the final tune-up for the all-stars before their matchup with the Hoosier all-stars Friday at Freedom Hall in Louisville.
The girls game begins at 5:30 with the boys games following immediately after. The teams then move to Indianapolis for games Saturday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
Feldhaus said he knows his team is going to have its hands full with the much taller Hoosiers, but his guys are ready to go.
“This has been a special week. The kids have been good to be around and they are having fun and playing hard. I’ll be glad when Friday gets here because I think they are ready to play the game instead of these scrimmages,” Feldhaus said. “That team Friday night will be a lot different than this. They are really, really good. But were ready and we’ll see what happens.”