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SEYMOUR — Being one of only 13 high school girls basketball players from across the state chosen as an Indiana All-Star was a longtime dream come true for Amanda Moore.
The Seymour senior later learned that she would get to play on her home court one last time, as the Senior All-Star team was going to play an exhibition game against the Junior All-Stars at Seymour High School’s Lloyd E. Scott Gymnasium.
That game was Monday, but unfortunately, Moore had to watch from the sidelines because she is still recovering from a virus that she’s had since Wednesday. The Juniors beat the Seniors 86-75.
“It was horrible,” Moore said of not being able to play. “I love watching the girls, but at the same time, I wanted to be out there.”
On Wednesday, Moore developed a fever, felt sick and had swollen glands.
“I don’t have an appetite at all,” she said, “and with not eating, I’m weak, and so now, I’m just trying to get food in me and get back to it. It just has to run its course.”
If she feels better and her parents approve, Moore hopes to play in Wednesday’s exhibition game at Pendleton Heights High School. Today, she planned on going to watch the team practice at Marian University in Indianapolis.
“I’ve had blood work done three times, and I’ve tested negative for mono (nucleosis) twice,” she said, “but it’s only been five days, so they are saying it’s a possibility (she could still have mono). I have to go back and get more blood work to see if it is mono because it doesn’t always show up right away.”
The big games against the Kentucky All-Stars are Friday in Louisville, Ky., and Saturday in Indianapolis. Moore stressed that she’s going to play in those games.
“I don’t care what it takes,” she said. “I am playing. I don’t know how many minutes or how it’s going to go, but I’m going to get in there.”
In Monday’s game, the Juniors led 38-31 at halftime and eventually pulled ahead by double digits and maintained.
“We didn’t really play our game tonight. That’s not how we play,” she said. “We need to push the ball in transition, and rebounding was a problem, too, especially offensive rebounds and stuff like that.”
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