Patberg shines in All-Star game

If Ali Patberg had jet lag Sunday, she certainly didn’t show it.

Two days after playing with the nation’s best in Brooklyn, New York, the Columbus North senior played with the state’s best in the North-South All-Star Classic at Indiana Wesleyan.

She posted game-highs of 26 points and six assists and hit the game-winning free-throws with 13 seconds remaining to lift the South to an 83-81 victory.

“I was a little tired today, but I played my hardest,” said Patberg, who led the Bull Dogs to the Class 4A state title last month.

Patberg, who scored five points to help her East team to a win in Friday’s Jordan Brand Classic, flew from Newark, New Jersey, to Indianapolis on Saturday morning.

She then rode with her grandparents to Marion, where she had two practices Saturday.

After playing only 13 minutes in the Jordan Brand game, Patberg played a game-high 26 minutes Sunday.

The Notre Dame-bound point guard went 11 of 16 from the field and 4 of 5 from the free-throw line and added eight rebounds and a steal.

“Being out there more, I was able to get in the flow more,” Patberg said. “I’m familiar with these girls more, so that helps, as well. We shared the ball really well today. We got a lot of people involved.”

The victory made Patberg 4 for 4 in All-Star Games this spring.

She previously played on the winning team in the McDonald’s All-American Game in Chicago, the South Central All-Area All-Star Game at Columbus Christian and the Jordan Brand Classic.

Patberg, this year’s Indiana Miss Basketball, will lead the Indiana All-Stars in two games against the Junior All-Stars and two games against the Kentucky All-Stars in June.

“I always want to win, so getting another win in a basketball game is always a good feeling,” she said.

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Ted Schultz is sports editor for The Republic. He can be reached at tschultz@therepublic.com or 812-379-5628.