Senior staff writer
Cameron Cardenas, the No. 2 scorer in school history, returned to Beech Grove High School where she was honored earlier this month with the retirement of her North-South All-Star jersey. Cardenas, a freshman at Marian University, also received a plaque listing her accomplishments as a four-year Hornets girls basketball standout.
The 5-10 player scored 1,709 points, second only to 2003 Miss Indiana Basketball Katie Gearlds, her coach at Marian. Cardenas averaged 23 points per game during her senior year and 19 points for her career. She ranks third in all-time Hornet steals (403) and assists (307).
During the presentation ceremony, Beech Grove coach Kristen Raker said, “She brought back a passion for the game that had been missing. Cameron was the ultimate team player… She put Beech Grove girls’ basketball back on the map.”
Cardenas has played in 19 games this season for the Knights. She is an elementary education major. During her senior year in high school, she served as a cadet teacher with coach Raker. Her North-South All-Star jersey is part of a display in the high school’s athletics lobby along with Gearlds’ Indiana All-Star jersey and memorabilia.
The lobby also features Gary Raker who played at Beech Grove and was an Indiana All-Star. He is the father of coach Raker. Cardenas was a four-time Indiana Crossroads all-conference team selection. She was a two-time IHSAA state finals qualifier in the 200-meter dash as a freshman and sophomore before she focused solely on basketball.
She was a four-year honor roll student at Beech Grove and a National Honor Society inductee. At Marian, she has played in 19 games for the Knights with former Hornet teammate Katie Giller.