Girls Varsity Basketball · Jones finishes prep career at Hoosier Reunion Classic

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.

It was the second-straight week that Jones had been involved in a high-level all-star 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.

Monday, she was named second-team AP All-State after averaging 28.3 points, 5.1 rebounds, 4.2 steals and 3.4 assists.

She said looking back at her journey through her four years at Western Boone, she is proud of everything she was able to accomplish.

“I am happy with the last four years,” Jones said. “My freshman year, it started a little slow, being a freshman starting on varsity with four seniors. Sophomore year started to get better, playing with my cousin (Olivia Hole) a lot and I really knew those girls. And the last two years have been amazing. Those were my best two years because I improved the most, I became more mature and was more of a vocal leader.”

She said the thing she will remember the most about being a Lady Star was how close she was with the team the past two years.

“I am going to remember my family; the girls have been my family through think and thin,” Jones said. “The first couple of years were a little rough, and when these girls came up and started playing varsity basketball it got better. Throughout the years, they stuck with me and that means more to me than anything.”