There are five names in the annals of East Chicago girls basketball lore who only needed a last name on the back of their jerseys: Pollard, Pettis, Adams, Maxwell, Jerningan.
All played on the Indiana All-Star team for E.C. Roosevelt or E.C. Central.
One more earned her way on the wall. Cardinals senior Jenasae Bishop will represent the Region in June when she wears the All-Star jersey, one of 12 players around the state named to the team.
"Since my freshman year, I've wanted to be an Indiana All-Star," Bishop said. "To be able to reach that goal, and to score 2,000 points — I also wanted to score 2,000 points — to accomplish that this season means everything to me."
Bishop was named to the Junior All-Star Core team last season, but missed the games after tearing her ACL during her AAU season. She played 14 games this season, joining the team late after she waited to receive clearance from her doctors to play.
"After the disappointing end to last season, with the lost to Lake Central (in the sectional) and the eventual ACL tear, and then not being able to participate in the Junior All-Star game in 2017, then fast forward to this year and the disappointing end to the season losing in the sectional championship, it was nice to hear her excited about accomplishing one of her goals," E.C. Central coach Eric Kundich said. "I think she's done just about everything she put her mind to in her four years, so I was really happy to hear from her when she called with the news."
The Indiana All-Stars play against the Kentucky All-Stars in a home-and-home series on June 8 in Kentucky and on June 9 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. They will also play a game against the Junior All-Star team on June 6. The Junior All-Stars will play against the Kentucky Junior All-Stars on June 1 and 2.
Bishop will graduate with 2,011 points, the final points necessary to reach 2,000 scored in the sectional loss to Lake Central in February.
She said that her AAU career is over, not worrying about an injury prior to the All-Star series against Kentucky in June.
"I finally get to play this year," Bishop said. "Last year I was disappointed, but I'll finally play."
Jermaine Couisnard played for E.C. Central on the boys All-Star team last year. Dee Dee Jernigan was the last player from the Cardinals' girls team in 2006 to earn an All-Star jersey.
"Just to be a part of that elite group at E.C. Central is impressive," Kundich said. "She's made a huge impact on our program."