Senior staff writer
Center Grove basketball standout Cassidy Hardin is the fifth Trojan named an Indiana All-Star.
The 5-9 floor leader averaged 17.5 points per game, bolstered by 96 three-pointers, and averaged 4.4 rebounds and 2.9 assists as a senior.
Hardin, who will play collegiately for Purdue, helped in leading the Trojans to the Columbus East regional championship game and to a 21-7 record. The Trojans won 67 games and three sectional championships during her four-year career, in which she played in 103 games, scored 1,506 points, grabbed 402 rebounds and had 139 assists and 201 steals.
She scored a career-high 31 points against Pike but was known more for her defensive tenacity. She was the Johnson County Player of the Year and named to the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association/Subway Senior All-State Supreme 15 and IBCA All-Academic first team.
The Indiana All-Stars play an exhibition game against the Junior All-Stars June 6 before facing the Kentucky All-Stars at Bellarmine University in Louisville June 8, and at Bankers Life Fieldhouse June 9.
Hardin joins former Center Grove players as Indiana All-Stars: Lisha Robertson, 1979; Nikki Anderson, 1987; Jenny Martin, 1997; and Emily Butler, 1999.
Hardin, a junior last year, teamed with classmate Isabella Schoolcraft and won the 2017 girls doubles tennis state championship. The Hardin-Schoolcraft duo finished the season unbeaten.
The association also honored seven other players from Southside: Cameron Cardenas, Beech Grove; honorable mention: Katie Giller, Beech Grove; Sadie Hill, Perry Meridian; Sarah Mangan, Greenwood Christian Academy; Leah Moore, Greenwood. IBCA/Subway Underclass All-State honorable mention: Ella Thompson, Center Grove; Anna Vinson, Roncalli.