Hyron Edwards of East Chicago Central poured in 20 points to pace eight players in double figures Friday night, leading the Indiana Junior All-Stars boys to a 127-104 victory over Kentucky in the first of two basketball home-and-home doubleheaders.
Edwards added six rebounds and four assists while converting 8-of-10 shots overall and 4-of-5 3-pointers as the Hoosier boys extended their series edge to 4-1 over Kentucky in the third-year event.
Earlier, Lamina Cooper of Lawrence North scored 14 points and Darby Maggard of Fort Wayne Concordia added 13 points as the Indiana girls defeated Kentucky 98-67 to move to 5-0 in their series against the Bluegrass girls.
The Indiana Junior All-Stars will square off in another doubleheader against Kentucky on Saturday (June 7) at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School in Lexington. The girls' game begins at 5:30 p.m., and the boys' game will follow.
In the boys game Friday, Jordan Geist of Penn and K.J. Walton of Brownsburg each added 17 points for Indiana, which set records for points in a game, field goals in a game (49) and 3-pointers in a game (16) in the fledgling series.
Four players -- Davon Dillard of Bowman Academy, Ryan Cline of Carmel, Ryan Fazekas of Marquette Catholic and Josh Speidel of Columbus North -- each contributed 12 points for the Hoosiers. Tahjai Teague of Pike chipped in 10 points, while Matt Holba netted seven points for Indiana.
Speidel grabbed a team-high 11 rebounds, while Geist dished six assists and Cline dealt five assists.
James Bolden of Holmes scored a team-high 17 points for Kentucky, which took an early 8-0 lead but then saw Indiana rally for a 50-43 edge at the half. Jalen Perry of Louisville Ballard added 14 points, while Jaqualis Matlock of Hopkinsville tallied 13 points and Aric Holman of Owensboro had 11 points.
Indiana took complete control in the second half, outscoring the visitors 77-61 at the break in the game played in two 20-minute halves at Greenfield-Central High School.
In the girls game, Homestead's Josie Fisher, Michigan City's Michal Miller, Merrillville's Victoria Gaines and NorthWood's Jordyn Frantz all joined Cooper in Maggard in double figures for Indiana, which used a big surge in the middle of the first half to lead 45-28 at intermission.
Columbus North's Ali Patberg and Evansville Mater Dei's Tori Schickel each added nine points, while Bedford North Lawrence's Jenna Allen chipped in eight points for the winners. Cooper and Gaines each corralled a team-high seven rebounds, while Murphy, Maggard and Patberg each was credited with a team-high four assists.
Elizabethtown's Reauna Cleaver led Kentucky's girls with 14 points, but she did not receive near as much support. Joining her in double figures were Boyd County's Logan Fraley with 11 points as well as Ashland's Haley Sue Foutch and LaRue County's Alexis Brewer with 10 points apiece.
Next week, the Indiana Junior All-Stars will play the Indiana Senior All-Stars in a pair of girl-boy doubleheaders -- at 6 p.m. Monday (June 9) at Logansport High School and at 6 p.m. Wednesday (June 11) at Columbus North High School.
The Indiana Senior All-Stars will face Kentucky in another set of doubleheaders next weekend -- at 5:30 p.m. Friday (June 13) at Transylvania University's Clive Beck Center in Lexington and at 5 p.m. Saturday (June 14) at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.