The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

April 21, 2013

AAA all-stars reign supreme

Ward named MVP in 116-81 victory in Scott Brown Classic

By J. Daniel Rollins
Register-Herald Sports Writer

FAIRLEA — Jim Justice had two goals for his AAA All-Stars in yesterday’s Scott Brown Classic: score 115 points and win the game.

The Register-Herald Girls Coach of the Year must have said the right words as his girls defeated the A/AA All-Stars 116-81.

The AAA girls lit up the scoreboard behind the play of George Washington’s Rachel Ward. Ward finished the game with 30 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. She was rewarded with the game’s most valuable player for her efforts.

“I honestly didn’t know how many points I had,” Ward said. “I was just playing. It was fun.”

Ward was deadly from beyond the arc, knocking down six 3-pointers during the game — and 30 at halftime to win the 3-point contest.

“There were a lot of 3-pointers,” A/AA coach Tom McGirl said. “I thought the AAA girls played really well and knocked down some big shots.”

Ward wasn’t the only one knocking down big shots for her team. She was one of four players on the AAA squad to score in double figures. The others were Princeton’s McKenzie Akers (22), Greenbrier East’s Bianca Andre (19) and Kayla Boggs of University (24). Boggs and Andre both had a double double with 18 and 14 rebounds respectively.

“I’m actually really happy about the 18 rebounds,” Boggs said. “I’m glad I played a great game in my last high school game.”

The game will remain a special memory for the 18 girls involved as it brings an end to their high school playing careers.

“The day was great,” AAA coach Jim Justice said. “People came out and saw some great athletes play. They’re on their way to doing big things with their lives and not just in basketball. I enjoyed it.”

The game gave Justice a chance to coach two of his star players one more time in Andre and Maddee Carroll.

“Bianca and Maddie both are great players,” Justice said. “I spent a lot of time with them. I’m really, really humbled by their ability and the honor to be with them.”

If Andre had any emotions of playing her final high school game with Justice, she wasn’t letting it show.

“My main goal was just to have fun,” Andre said. “It’s a lot of fun to play with all these girls after always playing against them.”

Andre took home her own piece of hardware as she and Akers won the team shooting competition. Akers also won the free throw competition.

The A/AA All-Stars weren’t without their own fireworks. Ritchie County’s Tristan Toman hit five 3-pointers and finished with 19 points. Girls Player of the Year Miki Glenn of Bridgeport finished with 12 points.

It was also a big day for Fayetteville’s Jessica Brown who finished with a 16 point, 10 rebound double-double — and left right after the game for her senior prom.

For the two coaches, it was all smiles after a hard played battle of two teams.

“Today’s all about honoring the memory of Scott Brown,” McGirl said. “To play an all-star basketball contest with a lot of kids, it’s a lot of fun.”

“Both teams -- everybody played and did really well,” Justice said. “It’s a special day.”

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AAA All-Stars 116, A/AA All-Stars 81

A/AA All-Stars

Tristan Toman 6-23 2-2 19, Lauren Young 1-4 0-2 2, Miki Glenn 5-11 2-4 12, Jessica Brown 7-14 2-2 16, Morgan Spolarich 2-7 1-2 5, Chandra Harrah 2-8 0-0 5, Tyra Wynes 2-8 1-2 6, Hunter Sadora 4-9 0-0 8, Paula Ord 1-7 0-13, Brandi Clevenger 1-5 2-2 6. Totals: 31-96 12-24 81.

AAA All-Stars

McKenzie Akers 9-24 0-1 22, Rachel Ward 10-19 4-6 30, Bianca Andre 7-16 3-5 19, Allison Thompson 2-12 1-2 5, Kayla Boggs 11-22, 1-2 24, Carly Kelley 3-7 1-2 9, Kaylee Dickenson 2-7 1-2 5, Maddee Carroll 1-1 0-0 2. Totals: 45-108 10-18 116.

V    39        42        —    81

H    53        63        —    116

3-point goals — A/AA: 7 (Toman 5, Harrah, Clevenger); AAA: 16 (Akers 4, Ward 6, Andre 2, Boggs, Kelley 3). Fouled out — Dickenson.