Boyd County's Savannah Wheeler (4) puts up a shot over St. Joe's NeNe Hickman (2) during a girls high school basketball game on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019, at St. Joseph Central Catholic High School in Huntington.

HUNTINGTON - Marshall University knew that it had signed a special player when Boyd County standout Savannah Wheeler inked to play with the Thundering Herd as part of the Class of 2019.

On Friday night, Wheeler showed exactly what she can do against the best competition around.

Wheeler, winner of the 2019 Kentucky Miss Basketball award, scored 19 points and grabbed six rebounds to lead Kentucky to a 79-74 win over Indiana in the first game of the Kentucky-Indiana All-Star Classic at Bellarmine University's Knights Hall.

"Everyone had to start calming down, start concentrating and start making our shots," Wheeler said to Nate Bryan, who was covering for the Louisville Courier-Journal. "I felt like that's what we did in the second half. We were more patient with ourselves and we felt a little bit more comfortable."

The Kentucky team trailed 40-32 at halftime, but Wheeler hit four 3-pointers while scoring 14 of her game-high 19 points in the second half to lead the comeback.

As a team, Kentucky hit 12 3-pointers in the contest, using the outside shooting of Wheeler and Scott County's Maaliya Owens to overcome a 12-point first-half deficit. Owens added 18 points on 5-of-11 shooting from 3-point range.

Prior to the game, Wheeler was presented with her commemorative ring for winning Kentucky's Miss Basketball.

Wheeler averaged 29.6 points per game for the Lions, who finished the season 28-5 overall while advancing to the Kentucky Girls Basketball State Tournament after winning the 16th Region.

After Friday night's Kentucky win at Bellarmine, the two teams locked up again on Saturday night in Indianapolis.


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