The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

April 18, 2013

Scott Brown girls game set for Saturday

Greenbrier East will host top girls basketball players from around state

By Cam Huffman
Sports Editor

— Now it’s the ladies turn.

A week after some of the best senior boys basketball players in the Mountain State — along with a few from out of the state — put on a show at the Scott Brown Memorial Classic at the Beckley-Raleigh County Convention Center, the girls will hold their version of the tribute game Saturday at Greenbrier East High School.

Slated for a noon start, the girls edition of the Scott Brown Memorial Classic will feature a matchup between the Class AAA All-Stars and the Class AA/A All-Stars.

A skills contest, featuring foul shooting, three point shooting and more, will begin at 10 a.m., with the game to follow. Tickets will be sold at the door for $4 for adults and $2 for student.

“These games aren’t games that you can do a phenomenal coaching job, but you’ll see very talented players,” said tournament director Jim Justice, who will coach the Class AAA team, which will feature seven all-state honorees on the eight-player roster. “We’ll get up and down the floor, and the fans should really enjoy it.”

The AA/A team, which will be coached by Nicholas County’s Tom McGirl, who led his team to its first-ever playoff victory this season, will be a little bigger with 11 players, eight of them all-state picks.

“It will get competitive,” said Justice. “At the end of the day, the AA/A will want to beat the AAA, and the AAA won’t want to lose to them. So before you know it, it will be very competitive.”

Justice said the game is an honor for the players chosen to participate, but, more importantly, it’s a way to honor Brown, a former Register-Herald sports writer, who died in 1996 at just 31 years old.

“What a life gone too soon,” said Justice. “I got the opportunity to be with Scott a good bit, and I salute the wonderful work he did. But more than anything, what a wonderful life gone too soon.”

Here’s a look at the talent that will be displayed on the floor of Spartan Gymnasium in Fairlea this weekend.

Class AAA

Bianca André (Greenbrier East) — A first-team All-State selection, Andre averaged 19.5 points, 8.5 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game in leading the Spartans to an undefeated regular season. She’ll play basketball at Gardner-Webb next season.

Maddee Carroll (Greenbrier East) — The Spartans’ undersized post player scrapped and clawed in the paint all season, helping the Spartans’ mask their lack of a true post presence.

Allison Thompson (Morgantown) — The Mohigans’ post player, a Class AAA honorable mention all-state pick, has signed a letter of intent to play basketball at St. Francis (Pa.) next season.

Leah Taylor (Morgantown) — A second-team Class AAA all-state pick, Taylor can score in bunches and had 11 points in the Ohio Valley Athletic Conference all-star game.

Mackenzie Akers (Princeton) — The captain of the Class AAA first-team all-state squad, Akers averaged 25.2 points, five assists and 2.6 rebounds per game, leading her team to a state tournament appearance. She’ll play at Marshall next season.

Carly Kelley (Preston) — A Class AAA all-state honorable mention selection, Kelley averaged 11.9 points and 2.6 rebounds per game for the Knights. She’ll play basketball at Alderson-Broaddus next season.

Kaylee Dickenson (Shady Spring) — Picked as a Class AAA all-state honorable mention representative, the Tiger star averaged 12.8 points and 14 rebounds per game.

Kayla Boggs (University) — Selected to the Class AAA all-state second team, Boggs averaged a little more than 12 points per season for the Hawks.

Class AA/A

Jessica Brown (Fayetteville) — A Class A first-team all-state pick, Brown averaged five blocks and five steals per game for the Pirates, to go along with her big contributions in the scoring column.

Brandi Clevenger (Webster County) — An underrated player, Clevenger averaged 12.8 points and 6.6 rebounds per game this season.

Miki Glenn (Bridgeport) — The captain of the Class AA first-team all-state squad and the West Virginia Sports Writers Association Player of the Year, Glenn averaged 23.4 points and seven rebounds per game, along with five assists and 4.4 steals.

Chandra Harrah (Meadow Bridge) — A Class A third-team all-state pick, Harrah averaged 15.5 points per game.

Sheila Hopkins (Bluefield) —The 5-foot-9 post player had some big games down the stretch for the Beavers and did much of the dirty work that never appeared in box scores.

Paula Ord (Poca) — The 5-foot-9 Dot is a solid scorer and is sneaky on the boards. She’s strong in the post, despite an undersized frame.

Hunter Sodaro (Braxton County) — A second-team member of the Class AA all-state squad, Sodaro scored more than 1,000 career points.

Morgan Spolorich (Westside) — An honorable mention pick on the Class AA all-state team, Spolorich averaged nine points and seven assists per game.

Tristan Toman (Ritchie County) — A Class AA first-team all-stater, Toman averaged 23.7 points and 7.3 rebounds per game.

Tyra Wynes (Summers County) — Selected to the Class AA all-state third team, Wynes averaged 12 points, six rebounds, four steals and four assists per game for the Bobcats.

Lauren Young (Nicholas County) — A Class AA all-state honorable mention pick, Young averaged 7.8 points and 5.5 rebounds per game with a 3-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio.

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