Jarrard, Indiana stars to face Kentucky tonight


FORTVILLE – After wrapping up his career on his home court on Wednesday, Mt. Vernon’s Amhad Jarrard will wrap up his high school career tonight.

Jarrard and the Indiana All-Stars will play Kentucky at Southport Fieldhouse in the second game of the annual two-game set between two rival states and high school basketball hotbeds.

“Growing up I didn’t really pay a lot of attention to the series until I got in high school,” Jarrard said. “(Mt. Vernon High School) coach (Ben) Rhoades told me about it and then I always wanted to play in it. I always wanted to show how I can play.”

Jarrard is the first Mt. Vernon player to be named an all-star since Michael Ertel in 2017. He is the fourth Marauder to be among the prestigious group. Brian Gilpin (1992) and Daniel Turner (2010) are the other two.

One of the assistant coaches on the Indiana team is Steve Lynch, a former head coach at Mt. Vernon who is now coaching Brownsburg High School.

Indiana has swept the two-game series every year since 2009, except for 2017, and lead the all-time series 100-44.

The teams played in Kentucky at Owensboro Sportscenter on Friday.

In an exhibition game against the Indiana Junior All-Stars on Wednesday at Mt. Vernon High School, Jarrard scored eight points, all in the second half of a 90-75 victory.

He went 3 of 4 from the field, 2 of 2 at the free-throw line, had four rebounds, three assists and one steal in 14:25 of play. He had a plus-minus rating of plus-14 with no turnovers. His lone missed field goal came on a first-half three-point attempt. He was 3 of 3 from the field in the second half.

He was part of the spark that saw the senior team extend its second-half lead into double figures.

Like the senior stars will do in college, the all-star games are two 20-minute halves.

Tonight’s games at Southport open with the Indiana-Kentucky girls all-stars at 5 p.m.

Following tonight, Jarrard’s next action will be at the NCAA Division I level, playing for IUPUI. He will be joined their by his twin brother, Armon Jarrard.