Lutz’s calm crucial to Indiana All-Star win over Kentucky
Taylor Lutz's grace under pressure landed her a starting spot in Saturday's game.
INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana girls All-Star coach Mark Hunt thought Taylor Lutz was one of the team’s best guards in Friday’s loss to Kentucky.
So Hunt awarded her with a place in the starting lineup 24 hours later.
The Penn graduate started at point guard in Indiana’s 100-86 win over Kentucky at Bankers Life Fieldhouse Saturday, June 15. Lutz finished with one point, two assists and two rebounds in 11 minutes of playing time.
Though Lutz didn’t make much of an impression on the final box score, Hunt said she was a crucial piece in breaking Kentucky’s press early in the game, especially after Indiana lost a close game at Kentucky on Friday.
“Taylor’s play was really important,” Hunt said. “It enabled us to get back in the ballgame last night, but tonight (Lutz and Dakota Weatherford) were influential in us getting off to a good start.”
Lutz played for five minutes in the first half, recording one rebound and one assist as Indiana fought to stay ahead of visiting Kentucky. Indiana led 38-32 at the half.
Hunt, who had been routinely rotating players in throughout the first half, found a group of five that expanded Indiana’s lead to 20 before he put Lutz and other players on the bench back in.
Lutz’s highlight of the night came when she chased down a ball that was bouncing toward the sideline and made a Hail Mary throw to teammate Taya Reimer under the basket. Reimer touched the ball off the glass to give Lutz her second assist of the night.
Bridget Perry from Roncalli led the Indiana girls with 23 points, while Reimer (Hamilton Southeastern) had 19. Miss Basketball Stephanie Mavunga (Brownsburg) was sidelined with a sprained knee.