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UConn commit Ashlynn Shade is changing girls’ basketball in Indiana

Ashlyn Shade, a 5-foot-9 pride at Noblesville High School (India), was already in “Cloud Nine” on Saturday night when the tweet hit her news feed.

Shade scored just 31 points, leading to a record for the title game in 4A. No.21 Mirrors The basketball world, including Tyrese Haliburton, the latest acquisition of Indiana Pacers, drew attention after defeating the Franklin community 76-52 in the championship game.

“Look at it and put (me) on another level,” Shade said.

Shade’s performance in front of thousands of fans at Halliburton’s new home court, Gainbridge Field House, helped her win the JWS Player of the Week honor, but the guard’s personality. It rarely deviated from.

UConn’s commit is a five-star rookie per ESPN and the fifth-placed player in the 2023 class. She finished the season with an average of 20.9 points, 8.3 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 3.7 steals, but her influence is significant. She is well above the box score.

Shades helped create unprecedented excitement around women’s basketball in Noblesville. Within minutes of the championship game tickets being released, Director Dona Buckley said the Millers student section was sold out and fans were looking for ways to buy seats for other teams’ sections. ..

Shade is actually the most experienced kind of player with her unique combination of speed, ferocity and agility.

“She is a once-in-a-lifetime child,” Buckley said.

Her father, Matt, is a personal trainer who has been working on functional movements such as squat jumps, push-ups and pull-ups in the gym from an early age. Her athletic ability allows her to score from anywhere on the court, but it’s her midrange game that gives her the most pride.

“In today’s game, we have a lot of layups and 3 seconds,” Shade said. “My midrange game pulls me apart.”

Buckley often places shades on blocks, and that’s exactly where she was at the beginning of the fourth quarter to kill the momentum of the Franklin community. The Grizzly Cubs cut the Millers lead to 10, but Shade scored under intense defensive pressure, causing a foul and confirming that the run ended there. When she converted and-1, Buckley said Shade felt like “stolen Franklin’s soul.”

It was a common feeling among Noblesville opponents this season.Millers was the only team to defeat senior-led Homestead, Fort Wayne, and Indiana powers. Ayana Patterson, McDonald’s All-American and Shade’s future UConn teammates. Noblesville won both games with 21 points, including the team’s playoff match on February 12.

Shade gets another season to leave her mark at high school level while Patterson quickly heads to Connecticut. She’s progressing at a pace of over 2,300 points in her career and Buckley feels lucky to be on this ride.

“I’ve never had one before,” Buckley said.

Josh Needelman is a high school sports editor for Just Women’s Sports. Follow him on Twitter @JoshNeedelman..

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