Knightstown — The fantastic prep career of Western Boone’s Madison Jones came to an end Saturday afternoon.
The Star senior played in the 14th Annual Hoosier Reunion Classic in the historic Knightstown gym.
“I never thought I would get a chance to play in a game like this,” Jones said. “I am from a small school, but I really enjoyed the experience. I thought the gym would be a little bigger, but it is really tiny. But I am happy I got a chance to play in the game.
Last week, she played in the North-South All-Star Classic in Martinsville. The Hoosier Reunion game was much more competitive throughout, with Jones’ Terhune team falling 90-88 to the Hickory team on Saturday.
Jones admitted it can be a mixed bag with all-star games, but said it was good to see the teams take it seriously Saturday.
“It can depend on the scenario,” Jones said. “Sometimes girls can think it is all about them and they have to score points because it is an all-star game. I think people wanted to see more defense, and playing hard defense is just good. What I liked about today is there were a lot of talented girls who were good offensively and defensively, and you had to step up your game.”
Jones finished the game with 10 points, six steals and three rebounds.
Her second half helped bring Terhune back from nearly a 20-point deficit in the second half. She had eight points and five steals in the second 20 minutes of the game.
“I decided to step it up a little bit,” Jones said. “We were down like 20 points or something like that, and we needed someone to step up on offense and defense. I felt like I needed to step up on defense to create some offense for my teammates.”
It was the last scheduled time for Jones representing the Stars on the basketball court.
She will go down as one of the best players in Western Boone history, scoring a school record 2,125 points in her career, which is good for 25th all-time.