Domination is the best way to describe the events at the Louisville Gardens this afternoon. The Kentucky vs. Indiana All-Star classic was a lopsided affair from the get go. And to the delight of the local fans in attendance the players they wanted to see the most stepped up to be recognized.
From the start of the game the Kentucky girls took it to Indiana scoring the game’s first 18 points. Kentucky Miss Basketball Tia Gibbs set the tone early with her decision making and tenacious defense. And that mantra of defense was the calling card all afternoon for Kentucky as they forced the Indiana girls into several turnovers and frustrated possessions. Arkansas signee C’eira Ricketts also helped set the tone defensively with her ball pressure make a number of steals and deflections leading Kentucky to a 45-19 lead.
After halftime the two University of Louisville’s dynamic duo took over the game. First it was Monique Reid using her aggressive physical style of game to get into the lane and draw several fouls and opportunities for her teammates. Reid was very versatile on the court playing both on the interior and also attacking the basket from the wing. Then Louisville signee Janae Howard took over the game. Using her long athletic build Howard was a big time presence on in interior altering several shots and blocking others. She also showed outstanding range knocking down a triple from the wing in the first half.
The defensive dominance continued for the duration of the game. The speed, athleticism, and quickness were evident from the start and it was too much for the Indiana girls to overcome. Monique Reid paced the Kentucky girls finishing the game with 16 points, 4 rebounds, and 1 assist. Janae Howard added 17 points 1 rebound and an assist. The Indiana girls were lead by Purdue signee and Miss Basketball Brittany Rayburn paced Indiana with 11 points and 2 rebounds.
Scouting the Signees
Monique Reid 6’ 1” PF
University of Louisville
Monique plays the game in attack mode. Using her well built frame Reid has the ability to bully opponents to draw lots of contact in the lane. She has great footwork in the paint and is very aggressive on the catch. Monique also displayed an above average handle as well attacking the basket from the wing or in transition. Defensively Reid did a good job of playing position defense and help defense as well. She will need to learn to use her teammate better because she tended to become a black hole with the ball in her hands. Also continuing to work on her perimeter shooting will her to enhance the other parts of her game.
Janae Howard 6’1” PF
University of Louisville
Janae is more of the yang to Monique Reid’s ying. Howard made her hay on the boards and defensive end. Possessing a long wing span and very good athleticism Howard uses her body well to play defense. A great shot blocker she controlled the paint all game for the Kentucky girls. Offensively Janae scored mostly in transition and off the offensive boards. As previously mentioned Howard stroked a flawless three pointer from the wing and showed flashes of attacking from the perimeter. Continuing to work on her ball handing and offensive package will help Janae to become a force at the collegiate level.