INDIANAPOLIS -- State career girls scoring leader Shanna Zolman of Wawasee was selected Saturday as Indiana's Miss Basketball for 2002.
Zolman, who led the state in scoring this season with 33.8 points, received 205 of 256 votes cast by the state's coaches and media to earn the right to wear the No. 1 jersey in the annual Indiana-Kentucky All-Star series this June.
No other player received more than eight votes in the balloting conducted by The Indianapolis Star.
Zolman, who is coached by her father, Kem, hit 55.6 percent from the field, 49.5 percent from 3-point range and 94.7 percent from the free-throw line this season on her way to an Indiana high school girls career record 3,085 points.
She fell just 52 points shy of Damon Bailey's overall record of 3,134 career points.
"Every girl or every guy who plays Indiana basketball, the dream is to get Mr. or Miss Basketball," said Zolman, who averaged nine rebounds, five assists and 4.6 steals per game. "Being able to accomplish this goal of mine is a neat experience."
She didn't get to experience another major goal -- to make it to the state finals. Wawasee lost to Columbia City 44-42 in the Warsaw Sectional last month. The Warriors were 22-3 this season and 74-19 during Zolman's four years on the team.
Though some may think the University of Tennessee-bound Zolman has seemed destined for this honor since she averaged 31.2 points as a freshman, her father said she's pushed herself all the way.
"It's self-induced. My wife and I are wondering when she's going to come home (from the gym) for supper, so she can eat," Kem Zolman said.
Shanna will have some time on the court before the All-Star series, set for June 15 in Owensboro, Ky., and June 22 at Conseco Fieldhouse. The finalist for the Naismith National High School Player of the Year will play in the McDonald's All-American Game on April 4 in New York and the Women's Basketball Coaches Association All-America game April 6 in Hartford, Conn.