Times Sports Editor
Clay City rising senior basketball player, Carmela Roeschlein, will lace up her basketball shoes on Friday afternoon to take part in the third Indiana Class Basketball All-Star Classic that will be held at New Castle High School.
Roeschlein was named as Honorable Mention All State Underclassmen by the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association. She was also selected to participate in the IBCA Indiana High School Girls Basketball Showcase at Ben Davis High School on July 12.
Roeschlein exploded onto the statewide scene this season as she averaged 20.3 points per game for Clay City, which reached the regional championship game before losing to Jac-Cen-Del, 42-31.
In that game, Roeschlein still reached 20 points on eight-for-21 shooting and kept the offense under control with a total of just eight turnovers in the contest.
Roeschlein reached a high point of 34 points against North Central (Farmersburg) in a conference battle that the Eels won.
What makes the rising senior so valuable is her dynamic ability to contribute in a variety of ways.
Roeschlein averaged over four rebounds per game despite being listed at just 5'6 on the roster. She also had five or more rebounds in 10 games and used her quickness to record at least four steals in a game, 14 times. Roeschlein averaged 3.9 steals per contest for the Eels.
This season, Roeschlein was fearless in getting to the basket, shooting 196 free throws and hitting 155 (79 percent). She ranked fourth in the entire state in free throw attempts and free throws made. Only Fort Wayne Blackhawk Christian's Allison Kauffman (163), Mallory Ladd of Evansville Reitz (160) and Wabash's Kaleigh Hensley (157) had more.
She also hit more than 31 percent (42-of-134) from beyond the 3-point arc.
In the postseason, Roeschlein bumped up her production with a 32-point game against Eminence and 22 in the sectional title game against Shakamak.
The Eels finished the season with a 17-8 mark overall.
Roeschlein is slated to play with team 3 at 2 p.m.
Friday afternoon at New Castle High School, 2 p.m.
Team 3 (White Jersey): #3 Brionna Barnett, 5'6, Elkhart Memorial, #14 Miracle Woods, 6'1, Fort Wayne Bishop Luers, #16 Jocelyn Mousty, 6'3, Eastern Pekin, #12 Ariel Tourner, 5'10, Bloomington South, #6 Elizabeth Keller, 5'8, Vincennes Rivet, #4 Alexandria Morton, 5'9, Penn, #5 Courtney Kvachkoff, 5'9, Crown Point, #7 Haley Bechtel, 5'8, Fairfield, #9 Laura Friday, 5'9, Marion, #2 Kamaren Cole, 5'4, New Albany, #15 Ashley Klass, 5'7, Evansville North, #8 Lakan Hasser-Smith, 5'8, McCutcheon and #13 Carmela Roeschlein, 5'6, Clay City.
Team 4 (Red Jersey): #8 Jessica Brown, 5'5, Mount Vernon Fortville, #5 Lakin Roland, 6'1, Jeffersonville, #9 Akilah Sims, 5'10, Fort Wayne Snider, #12 Natalie Cohlmeyer, 5'9, Evansville Memorial, #6 Princess German, 5'8, Thea Bowman Academy, #10 Raveen Murray, 5'6, Merrillville, #11 Nicole Rogers, 6', Western Howard, #14 Carmen Lowe, 5'9, Homestead, #2 Rosie Lewis, 5'7, Fort Wayne Anthony Wayne, #7 Kelcey Swisher, 5'8, Seeger, #4 Taylor Miller, 5'5, Hauser, #3 Alex Kubsch, 5'9, South Bend St. Joseph's and #15 Kelly Kunkel, 6'1, Franklin County