Oldham County basketball standout Sam Powell got one final opportunity to represent the Colonels on June 10-11 in the Kentucky-Indiana All-Star Classic.

“I’m glad I was able to represent Oldham County one last time in my high school career. It was a really cool experience,” Powell said. “It just shows that all of the hard work I’ve put in has paid off. It’s really humbling.”

Powell, who was named to the all-region team this season, is fourth the Colonel to play for the Kentucky All-Star team.

“There’s been a lot of great basketball players that have come through OC, so that’s a big deal for this school for us to be able to claim that,” Oldham County athletic director David Letendre said. “Sam has always been OK with getting coached a little tough, and he’s just a great kid. He represents doing things the right way. We’re going to miss him here.”

The recent graduate made the most of the opportunity on the first night of the two-game series, scoring 17 points on 7-of-9 shooting from the field in a 104-77 loss in Owensboro.

“I was just able to find my rhythm later in the game. I didn’t really hit any shots in the first half aside from a layup and a floater, but once I saw that first jump shot go in from about 15 feet, I just got in a zone,” Powell said. “That instilled a lot of confidence in me. Coach drew up a play for me, and it worked out perfectly. The other guys were looking for me, and that’s how it played out.”

The Indiana All-Stars swept the series the next night in Indianapolis, holding Powell scoreless in 12 ½ minutes of action.

Both teams practiced separately for several weeks leading up to the series. Powell said the practices and games will help him in his transition to playing collegiately at Freed-Hardeman.

“Getting to go against our guys in practice every week and being able to be coached by some of the best coaches in the state really helped me get better,” Powell said. “Playing on a team full of guys that are going college is a lot different than playing in a high school game because everybody can score, and it becomes about the little things. That’s one thing I learned against this Indiana team.”