Whiteland center Mackenzie Blazek and Center Grove sharpshooter Cassidy Hardin were the two most recognizable names in Johnson County during this past girls basketball season. They’re among the biggest in the entire state as well.
On Tuesday, Blazek and Hardin were among the 18 players on the roster for the Indiana Junior All-Stars.
The 6-foot-2 Blazek was the Daily Journal’s Player of the Year in 2016-17 after averaging 18.0 points, 13.4 rebounds and 4.0 blocked shots per game. Hardin, a 5-foot-10 Purdue commit, led the Trojans in scoring (14.0 ppg), rebounding, steals and blocks, and hit 55 3-point shots.
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The local duo was part of the six-player South group along with Cali Nolot of North Harrison, Rachel Stewart of Eastern (Pekin), Kyra Whitaker of Greensburg and Michaela White of Pike. That sextet will join the six-player core group for one of two exhibitions against the Indiana All-Star seniors in June.
The core group — Pike’s Angel Baker of Pike, East Chicago Central’s Jenasae Bishop, Nia Clark of Ben Davis, Carmel’s Amy Dilk, Katlyn Gilbert of Heritage Christian and Kayana Traylor of Martinsville — will play in both games, teaming with the six-player North group for the other.