Martinsville — For four years, Andy Maguire was able to coach Maddie Nolan, and the Lady Eagles were able to have the most successful run in Zionsville girls basketball history.
Saturday afternoon in the North-South All-Star Classic at Martinsville, Maguire got the opportunity to coach Nolan one more time.
Maguire was the head coach of the Nolan and the North team in the game, which they won 93-84.
“It was a of fun,” Maguire said. “All the girls are really talented, and it was really neat to see how much these kids root for each other too. They know each other a lot from AAU and high school seasons, but it was fun to see both teams play hard, but root for each other. Both teams were loaded with a lot of talent.”
The four years that Nolan played for Maguire at Zionsville, the Eagles went 85-21, winning the school’s first ever HCC title, four-straight sectional titles, and made a run to the state championship game in 2018.
Maguire said it is always fun and a honor to be selected to coach in all-star games, but being able to coach Nolan one more time was special.
“It was a lot of fun,” Maguire said. “It is still hard for me to believe that her four years are over. Anytime I get to coach her and be on the same court as her is an honor and something that I look forward to.”
Nolan said Saturday that it is always fun to get back on the court and play in all-star games.
But when she found out Maguire would be coaching this one, she was looking forward to it even more.
“They told me a couple weeks ago that he was going to be coaching and I was just super excited,” Nolan said. “He is a great coach and when of my favorite coaches that I have ever gotten a chance to play for.”
Nolan knew Maguire even before she got to high school basketball, with her mom being on Maguire’s coaching staff for several years while Maddie was growing up.
Nolan said she loved having Maguire as her high school coach.
“He has taught me so much, along with the other coaches at Zionsville,” Nolan said. “He is such a great person, and that is rare to find in high school basketball coaches. I have a lot of friends who have told me stories about their high school coaches, and I just can’t imagine some of it because coach Maguire is the nicest guy and he has so much respect for his players. During the season, he would ask for our opinions about things and I think that is really rare. He was a great coach to have.”
Saturday was Nolan’s first game since the high school season ended in February.
Since then, she has continued to work on her game, continuing her rehab on her knee injury that forced her to miss most of her senior year.
And while her shot was a little off Saturday, she finished with five points, she said it was just good to get back on the court.
“It felt good,” Nolan said. “I was excited I got to play with my best friend that I played AAU with, Ella Thompson (Center Grove), and was excited we got to be on the same team one last time. Just to play against a lot of the talent we have seen for the last four years was really fun.”
Nolan and the North team got off to a 22-point lead in the first half of the game Saturday.
The South got as close as six in the third quarter, but the North used an 8-0 run to grab control of the game for good. Nolan played a part in the game-clinching spurt, picking up assists on baskets by Hannah Noveroske (Michigan City) and Samantha Matthews (Charlestown) that pushed the lead to 78-64.
The South got no closer than eight after that.
“We got off to a great start,” Maguire said. “We had a set rotation for the first three quarters, but in the fourth we were just going to go with what was working. You could see the competitiveness, these girls wanted to win. That was nice to see that competitive drive.”
Nolan will play in the Hoosier Reunion Classic in Knightstown on Saturday, April 13.
Thompson scores 17 in North’s loss
In the boys game, Zionsville’s Isaiah Thompson scored 17 points, but it wasn’t enough in a 154-135 loss on Saturday.
It was the first of three-straight weeks of all-star events for Thompson.
“This was the first game I have played since the last game of the high school season,” Thompson said. “Just getting out there, working on my conditioning a little bit and playing with all these great players, it was a fun experience and I am happy to be a part of it.”
Thompson and the North team trailed most of the first half.
Thompson scored eight-straight points late in the first half to bring the North within 64-62 and he had 15 points at the intermission.
In the second half, the North took a 97-96 lead, but the South countered with a 7-0 run and never looked back.
One of the highlights for Thompson was the opportunity to play with future Purdue teammate Brandon Newman in the game. Fellow Purdue signee Mason Gillis also was on the bench, but is still coming back from injury.
“We played with each other in AAU a couple years ago, but being able to play with him again before we are teammates again in a couple of months was cool,” Thompson said. “He is a great player, I love playing with him and we play well off each other.”
Thompson will play in the Hoosier Reunion Classic on Saturday, along with Zionsville teammate Nathan Childress.
The following week, Thompson will represent Indiana in the Prep Ball Stars Midwest Challenge, which will feature all-star teams from Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin.