Prep basketball | Indiana All-Stars Notebook

Jennings leads Indiana to sweep of Kentucky

2014-06-14T20:10:00Z 2014-09-09T23:07:13Z Jennings leads Indiana to sweep of KentuckySteve Hanlon steve.hanlon@nwi.com, (219) 933-4198 nwitimes.com

INDIANAPOLIS | It was a crowning achievement for one of Indiana's best girls basketball players in state history.

Logansport's Whitney Jennings scored 14 points, had five assists and four steals to lead Indiana to an 83-56 win over Kentucky on Saturday night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

Indiana now leads the series that dates back to 1976 with 43 wins and 35 losses.

Homestead's Sydney Buck also scored 14 points for Indiana, while Lawrence North's Ana Owens scored 10. Jennings was named Miss Basketball in April and the game's MVP as well.

Hebron's Heath gets honored: Hebron senior Daisy Heath walked in front of the crowd at Bankers Life Fieldhouse and was awestruck by the size. She received the Pat Aikman Character and Leadership Award from the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association.

“This is the biggest crowd I've ever been in front of,” Heath said. “This is a great experience.”

Heath was the Hawks boys basketball and baseball manager for four years, along with running track and cross country. Now, it's on to IU for college.

Local Juniors Honored: The 2014 Indiana Junior All-Stars were brought out on the court and given an applause as well.

Merrillville's Victoria Gaines and Michigan City's Michal Miller were on the girls side. On the boys, it was Marquette's Ryan Fazekas, Chesterton's Chris Palombizio for Chesterton player Matt Holba (Guerin Catholic), and Munster's Drew Hackett.

The region's two core players -- E.C. Central's Hyron Edwards and Bowman Academy's Davon Dillard -- did not come to the game.

Former All-Stars honored: In a tradition as old as the Indiana-Kentucky series itself, former Indiana All-Stars in years ending in the number '4' were brought back to be introduced at halftime of the boys game.

From 1984, Merrillville's Shari Moore was in attendance along with former Crown Point girls coach Tom May, who coached the All-Stars in 1984. Lew Wallace standout Angela Hamblin was there representing the 1994 team.

On the boys side, Hammond's Larry Moore represented the 1974 team, where he was a teammate of Larry Bird.

May sat with Bobby Plump and two other members of the 1954 Milan state championship team that shocked the world.

“That's what they made Hoosiers about,” said May. “That tells you a little something about Indiana high school basketball.”

Moore, who played for May on the team that swept Kentucky, had her two children in the crowd and was happy to see former teammates.

“My kids don't know much about my basketball days,” Moore said. “So I'm glad they got to experience this.”

IU fans get ready: Marion's James Blackmon Jr. scored 41 points in Friday's win over Kentucky at Transylvania University in Lexington. The Hoosiers won 104-94. The IU-bound Blackmon's scoring number is third in the Indiana-Kentucky series, tied with Oscar Robertson who did the same in 1956.

His father, James Blackmon Sr., is an All-Star assistant coach, who led Marion to state championships then starred at Kentucky. The Blue Grass fans gave him a cheer before the game.

The most points scored in an Indiana-Kentucky All-Star game were by Indianapolis Washington's George McGinnis, who scored 53 in 1969. Kentucky's Jim McDaniels scored 42 in 1967.

Wooden Award winners: Columbus North's Taylor Goodall was named the John Wooden Citizenship Award winner in the girls game. Kokomo's Tayler Persons won the Wooden Award in the boys game.

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