Indiana juniors sweep Kentucky

Guest Blogger, Coach Michael G. Moore Jr, of the JCTMS girls basketball team, gives a recap of Kentucky/Indiana Junior All Star weekend. 
This past weekend was the annual Kentucky vs. Indiana Junior all-star game featuring kids in the class of 2019, who will be seniors in the Fall. Indiana won both games to sweep the series. Both games showcased the impressive talent that was on the court for both teams.  Many of the kids have multiple D-1 offers and a couple of kids have already verbally committed to a college.

The Louisville area, which features the Sixth and Seventh Region were well represented this year on the team that was selected.

Game #1: Saturday, June 2nd at Trinity HS: 

Indiana 91
Kentucky 72

Don’t let the final score mislead you, this  game was very close and competitive throughout. It wasn’t until the final minutes due to fouling by Kentucky and made free throws by Indiana that allowed the final score to grow to a 19 point win for Indiana.

Indiana was led by Maddie Nolan of Zionsville with 18 points and 14 rebounds. Addy Blackwell of Bloomington South also had a big game finishing with 16 points.

Kentucky was led by Nila Blackford of Manual with 12 points and nine rebounds.

Game #2: Sunday, June 3, in Indianapolis, Ind. at Ben Davis High: 

Indiana 95 
Kentucky 90
Indiana had control of the game throughout until the fourth-quarter. Kentucky trailed by as many as 19 in the second half and made an incredible  rally late in the fourth quarter to cut the margin to five.

Indiana was led by Maddie Nolan of Zionsville with 22 points and 5 rebounds. Trinity Brady of Lawerence North also had a big game with 17 points and 8 rebounds.

Kentucky had strong performances by Jasmine Elder of Butler with 15 points. Mikayla Kinnard of Eastern with 10 points and 6 rebounds and Nila Blackford of Manual with 10 points and 9 rebounds.

I would say a lot of the kids we saw for Indiana and Kentucky over the weekend will be the same kids back playing next year at this time in the 2019 senior all-star game.

As we close this years Junior All Star weekend series, I would like to take an early look at next years Kentucky vs Indiana junior all-star game.  That will feature kids from the 2020 class, who will be juniors in the Fall.  The roster could possibly look like this:

  • Shelby Calhoun (Christian Academy)
  • Erin Toller (Sacred Heart)
  • Taziah Jenks (Mercy)
  • Kristen Clemons (Sacred Heart)
  • Lexi Taylor (Bullitt East)
  • Maddie Scherr (Ryle)
  • Kennedy Igo (George Rogers Clark)
  • Whitney Hay (Elizabethtown)
  • Kendall Wringler (Meade County)
  • Ally Collett (South Laurel)
  • Charlee Settle (Calloway County)
  • Gena Cravens (Casey County)