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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Norwell’s Jessica Rupright is The Indianapolis Star’s Indiana Miss Basketball.
Norwell’s career leader in points (1,591) and rebounds (728), received 41 votes of the 206 total cast by media and coaches. North Central’s Nariah Taylor (19 votes) and Mt. Vernon’s Jessica Brown (17) were second and third, respectively, the Star announced in its Wednesday editions. A total of 36 players received at least one vote.
In Rupright’s four seasons at Norwell, the team was 84-10 and won two sectional championships. This season, the 6-foot-2 center had 21 points and 19 points in a regional semifinal loss to NorthWood.
Rupright picked Miami of Ohio after her junior year despite the fact that she was getting interest from schools like Indiana, Michigan State and Notre Dame at the time.
Rupright grew up in Ossian, a town of about 3,500 residents located 15 miles south of Fort Wayne. Her family played a big role in her development as a Division I prospect. Her uncle, Chris Hoffman, was a standout 6-5 post player at Norwell in the early 1980s. The two of them, uncle and niece, worked together often on her post moves. Her older brother, Adam, graduated from Norwell in 2007 and was a standout football and baseball player.