Homestead senior Karissa McLaughlin has added another honor to her stellar season by being named an All-American by MaxPreps. The website, known as a prep sports authority nationwide, named their Girls Basketball All-American team this past Saturday. The website honored the top 30 players in the country from a first team through sixth team as All-Americans.
McLaughlin was named to the All-American fifth team with North Carolina's Mikayla Boykin (Duke), New York's Andra Espinoza-Hunter (UConn), New York's Danielle Patterson (Notre Dame) and Texas' Nalyssa Smith (Undecided).
Gary West's Dana Evans, third team, was the only other player from Indiana named as one of the top 30 by MaxPreps. Greenfield-Central's Madison Wise was noted as an honorable mention selection.
Evans and McLaughlin, with Wise in contention, are the two favorites for Indiana's Miss Basketball crown, which will be given out on April 27. While Evans edged McLaughlin to be the state's only McDonald's All-American, McLaughlin was recently named the state's Gatorade Girls Basketball Player of the Year and was the leading vote getter for the Associated Press All-State team.
The last area Miss Basketball was Jessica Rupright of Norwell in 2012 and the last to come from the Summit Athletic Conference was Snider's Tiffany Gooden in 1994.