Senior staff writer
A trio of Southside basketball standouts launched the next stage of their hardwood careers after helping the Indiana All-Stars extend their winning streaks against the Kentucky All-Stars over the weekend.
Lindsey Corsaro (Roncalli), Holly Hoopingarner (Greenwood) and Joey Brunk (Southport) looked ahead to their collegiate careers Saturday night after triumphs at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
Corsaro started, scored 12 points, grabbed eight rebounds and had three assists in 21 minutes Saturday. Hoopingarner, Greenwood’s first girls all-star, had four points, three rebounds and one assist in 12 minutes in a 106-69 win fueled by 63 second-half points.
Corsaro is Roncalli’s all-time scorer with 1,904 points and is the school’s fifth Indiana All-Star, following Diane Hoereth (1986), Sarah Hurrle (1996), Jenna Hayes (1999) and Bridget Perry (2013). This was the first time since 2003 that two girls (Miss Indiana Basketball Katie Gearlds of Beech Grove and Laura Gaybrick of Perry Meridian) from the Southside were on the team.
After decommitting from the University of Kentuky, Corsaro announced last week that she will play at UCLA.
“They (UCLA) have a very strong program,” she said. “I just felt very comfortable all during my visit there. It’s far away from home, I know, but I want to help their program grow. I just felt that it was the right place.”
UCLA does have a couple of Hoosier connections. Ed Schilling is an assistant men’s basketball coach to Hoosierland’s Steve Alford. Schilling’s wife, April, was Corsaro’s varsity coach as a freshman at Roncalli.
Corsaro plans to leave for UCLA this weekend.
Hoopingarner, a 5-4 backcourt dynamo, will play college ball at IUPUI. “I thought I might play farther away but playing tonight this close to home and seeing the support here, I’m very happy that I’m staying this close so they can support me at IUPUI,” she said. “It was a big relief (signing) early in my senior year; it took a lot of pressure off.”
She is convinced size also won’t matter in college basketball. “I’m used to it because I’ve been outsized every game. I’m comfortable with that: I know what to do.”
Hoopingarner said becoming an all-star was her goal when she played for Greenwood Middle School. A three-time all-Mid-State Conference and all-Johnson County selection, she scored a school career record 1,614 points.
“It was great to represent the state but also to fully represent the city of Greenwood that has been great to me,” Hoopingarner said. “I was able to give back to them and to represent the sport of basketball on this stage is truly awesome.”
The 6-10 Brunk, for whom Kentucky had no answer, helped lead the boys to a 106-84 triumph with 16 points, 14 rebounds and two assists in 26 minutes.
The Southport product will play college ball at Butler University and has been working hard to prepare for the rugged Big East Conference. He moves into Butler June 26 and has been training at St. Vincent’s Sports Performance to gain more strength and to improve his agility.
“It’s definitely a different beast,” Brunk said of the challenge ahead. “I’ll be playing just down the street. I know I will have to take it a day at a time as a freshman. I’m looking forward to a great time. I can’t wait to get there and learn more under coach Holtman and everyone there.”
He reflected upon his days as an Indiana All-Star.
“This is, for sure, the biggest individual honor you can receive as a senior athlete; this is something I dreamed about. It was awesome to play in front of all these people and represent the state.”
The all-stars wrapped up the annual series Sunday against Kentucky at Bellarmine University in Louisville.
The Indiana girls defeated Kentucky 81-62 with Corsaro scoring 18 points and making four steals. Hoopingarner added four points. Indiana has won its seventh game in a row against Kentucky.
In the boys game, Brunk scored 10 points as Indiana won 99-96 to extend its streak to 16 wins.