One of the 13 Indiana Girls All-Stars that were announced Thursday is the daughter of two former Clark County standouts.
North Harrison’s Lilly Hatton is the daughter of Steve Hatton, who scored more than 1,400 points and remains the all-time leading scorer at Clarksville since graduating there in 1990. Emily Hatton was an all-state high jumper for the Generals.
The 6-foot-1 Lilly reached 1,992 points during her high school career. She averaged 24.8 points and 10.2 rebounds as a senior and led North Harrison to back-to-back Class 3A semistate titles in 2016 and 2017.
“It means the world to her. When the director called her, she teared up and was so excited,” Steve Hatton said. “Any male or female in the state of Indiana aspires to be an Indiana All-Star. With only 13 kids being selected every year, you start out with dreams of that happening. It’s not something you ever expect to happen.”
Steve said his daughter’s passion for the game grew along with her.
“Lilly has really worked hard since she’s been a little kid. She’s put in a lot of time,” Steve said. “She clearly has a lot of ability. Her work ethic is second to none. What she’s accomplished is because she’s put in so much time. She’s really competitive. She’s had a really good run at it.”
Lilly, whose 6-foot-9 brother is a sophomore at North Harrison, will play Division I basketball at Wofford in Spartanburg, South Carolina.
Those chosen to the team will play three games in June — one exhibition game against the Indiana Junior All-Stars as well as home-and-home contests against the Kentucky All-Stars.
The other Indiana All-Stars, listed alphabetically, are: Jorie Allen of Bedford North Lawrence, Shaila Beeler of Warren Central, Sydney Freeman of Central Noble, Carissa Garcia of Fort Wayne Concordia, Amaya Hamilton of Hamilton Southeastern, Rikki Harris of North Central, Emma Nolan of Marquette Catholic, Maddie Nolan of Zionsville, Sophia Nolan of Marquette Catholic, Hannah Noveroske of Michigan City, Riley Ott of LaPorte and Cameron Tabor of New Castle.
The head coach for the 2019 Girls All-Stars will be Debbie Guckenberger of Brownsburg. She will be assisted by Mike McBride of Eastern (Pekin) and Chris Seibert of Crown Point.
The 2019 IndyStar Indiana Miss Basketball will be announced from within the group of All-Stars listed above at The Star’s Indiana Sports Awards program on May 5 at Clowes Memorial Hall in Indianapolis.
The Junior-Senior exhibition game is set for June 5 at a site to be announced. The first game against Kentucky will be June 7 at Bellarmine University’s Knights Hall in Lousville. The final game against Kentucky will be June 8 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.
All three dates will be doubleheaders with the IndyStar Indiana Boys All-Stars.
The Indiana Junior All-Stars, boys and girls, also will play home-and-home doubleheaders against the Kentucky Junior All-Stars. Those games tentatively are set for June 1 at a Kentucky site to be announced and June 3 at an Indiana site to be announced.
The Indiana All-Stars program was founded in 1939 when the Indiana Boys All-Stars played the state champion Frankfort Hot Dogs. The series with Kentucky began in 1940, and the girls portion of the All-Stars was added in 1976. The Junior All-Stars, boys and girls, were added in 1996.
The Indiana portion of the All-Star Games is organized and produced by the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association. The Indianapolis Star, with its IndyStar brand, is a title sponsor.
Miss Basketball is selected through a balloting process of coaches and media overseen by game organizers from the IBCA. The remainder of the team is finalized by All-Star game director Mike Broughton after observing numerous games and events throughout the season, conferring with coaches, school officials and media across the state and reviewing votes submitted by coaches and media who each could recommend up to 10 players.