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June 25, 2014 | 11:19 AM
The IndyStar.com Indiana All-Stars completed a successful run against Kentucky in its annual series for 2014.
For the first time, Indiana has swept its Bluegrass neighbors in all four series — the Senior boys, the Senior girls, the Junior boys and the Junior girls — in a single year.
Indiana's James Blackmon Jr. of Marion and Kentucky's Quentin Snider of Louisville each scored 64 points during two games to move into a tie for third place in two-game scoring in the Senior boys' games that date to 1940. Their total ranks behind only George McGinnis (76 points in 1969) and Oscar Robertson (75 points in 1956).
Blackmon's output of 41 points in Indiana's 104-94 victory on June 13 tied Robertson for third in single-game scoring. The only players to score more have been McGinnis (53 in 1969) and Kentucky's Jim McDaniels (42 in 1967). Snider scored 37 points in the June 13 game to now stand sixth for a single game. Indiana's Luke Recker is now fifth with 38 points in a 1997 game.
Snider dropped in six 3-pointers in his 37-point effort, tying the record for 3-pointers in a game. He joins Indiana's Evan Seacat (2002) and Kentucky's Matt Walls (2007) atop that category.
In the girls' game the same night, an 83-70 Indiana victory, Ana Owens of Lawrence North dropped in 26 points to tie for 10th place in the single-game scoring list in a series that dates to 1976. The girls' single-game record is 31 points by Indiana's Tiffany Gooden in 1994.
Another highlight was a crowd of 6,520 for the games at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. That attendance was a 30-percent increase over the attendance at the 2008 games.
Here is a brief recap of each 2014 series:
Blackmon poured in 41 points, while Trevon Bluiett of Park Tudor chipped in 18 points as the Indiana boys took a 104-94 victory on June 13 at Transylvania University's Clive Beck Center in Lexington, Ky. A day later at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Bluiett scored 32 and Blackmon had 23 as Indiana captured a 111-99 win. Bluiett and Blackmon shared Player of the Game honors in Indianapolis. Indiana now leads the Senior boys' series 91-42.
Owens scored 26 points, and Miss Basketball Whitney Jennings of Logansport scored 21 as Indiana took the opening game 83-70. Jennings and Sydney Buck of Homestead each scored 14 points, while Owens chipped in 10 as Indiana won the rematch 83-56. Jennings was awarded Player of the Game honors in Indianapolis. Indiana now leads the Senior girls' series 43-35.
Hyron Edwards of East Chicago Central tossed in 20 points, and Jordan Geist of Penn and K.J. Walton of Brownsburg each contributed 17 points as Indiana posted a 127-104 victory on June 6 at Greenfield-Central. Geist scored 19 points, and Walton added 17 as Indiana prevailed 113-101 on June 7 at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School in Lexington. Indiana now leads the Junior boys' series 5-1.
Lamina Cooper of Lawrence North scored 14 points to lead Indiana to a 98-67 win in the June 6 opener. Jordan Hankins of Lawrence North tallied 13 points, and Cooper had 12 as Indiana won 84-61 in the second game. Indiana now leads the Junior girls' series 6-0.
In addition to the games above, there also were two nights of exhibitions where the Indiana Seniors played the Indiana Juniors with an estimated 3,000 fans on hand at both Logansport on June 9 and at Columbus North on June 11.
The Senior boys swept the Junior boys 140-91 and 124-102. Bluiett scored 30 points, while Sean Sellers of Greensburg added 23 points and Blackmon had 22 in the opener. Edwards scored 16, and Walton put in 15 for the Juniors. Bluiett poured in 44 points, and Blackmon had 28 in the second exhibition. Josh Speidel of Columbus North scored 17 points, and Geist had 13 to lead the Juniors in the second game.
The girls split their series. Ali Patberg of Columbus North scored 14 points, and Jenna Allen of Bedford North Lawrence added 13 as the Juniors won the first game 82-61. Maura Muensterman of Evansville Mater Dei paced the seniors with 16 points. In the rematch, Danielle Cuttino of Ben Davis made two late free throws to give the Senior girls a 73-71 victory. Jennings scored 17 points, and Owens had 15 in the win. Brittany Ward of Pike scored 15 points, and Patberg netted 14 for the Junior girls.