Selected to showcase

Maaliya Owens will take a few more shots to wrap up her high school career. She has been picked to play in the Kentucky/Indiana all-star games in June.

Maaliya Owens’ career as one of the premier players in Scott County girls’ basketball history isn’t quite over yet.

Owens, who finished as the No. 3 leading scorer in SC history behind Ukari Figgs and Rebecca Gray Dyer, of course is signed, sealed and delivered to Tennessee Tech University in the fall.

A busy weekend has earned her a few more measures of notoriety on the high school hardwood, however.

Saturday began with a successful tryout at Elizabethtown High School for the 79th annual Kentucky/Indiana all-star games, which will be played June 7 in Louisville and June 8 in Indianapolis.

Then it was off to John Hardin High School, where Owens lit it up for 22 points along with five assists in the Kentucky Association of Basketball Coaches East/West all-star game.

Owens will be part of a supremely talented senior team in the interstate classics, which will be held at Bellarmine University and Bankers Life Fieldhouse, respectively.

Savannah Wheeler of Boyd County, Kentucky Miss Basketball, joins Owens on ths squad along with Cameron Browning of Male, Ashlee Harris of Sacred Heart, Jada Higgins of Knott County Central, Haylee Harrison of George Rogers Clark, Joelle Johnson of Male, Mackenzie Keelin of Owensboro Catholic, Emma King and Kaitlynn Wilks of Lincoln County, Emma Ralph of Bullitt East and Lauren Schwartz of state champion Ryle. 

In the all-star game this past weekend, Owens rained down six of her 10 3-point attempts in the game, propelling the East to a 165-99 win.

The double-dose of good news Saturday continued an off-season that has been overflowing with such plaudits for Owens.

She was named to the Louisville Courier-Journal all-state team two weeks ago. Both Owens and Michael Moreno of the Scott County boys’ program were first team selections.

Owens also was chosen to the first team for Kentucky’s all-state squad by USA Today. Moreno, who missed 18 games of his senior season due to a broken foot, was named to the second team.

Scott County won the 11th Region title in both Owens’ junior and senior seasons, posting a combined record of 65-4 over that stretch. 

The Lady Cards lost to Owensboro Catholic in the quarterfinals of this year’s Sweet 16.

Ticket sales for the Kentucky/Indiana games will begin in May. 

Information about game times and other affiliated events (such as the Junior All-Star game, for which Scott County’s Malea Williams has been selected) will be released online at

Fans may follow on Twitter @KYAllStarGame for more information about the event.

Kal Oakes can be reached via email at

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