MSH All-Star Games Competitive, High Scoring Affair
April 26, 2010
The first MidStateHoops.com All-Star Games were held this past Saturday at Parkland College in Champaign, Illinois. Both games were entertaining affairs that showcased some of the state’s top senior talent.
In the girls game, Decatur McArthur star Miranda Murray got off to a hot start for the South team by draining three 3-pointers in the first quarter. Murray would remain hot throughout, finishing with 23 points. Playing for the North, Brittany Cochran(11 points) of Chicago Bogan and Kristi Schmidt of Normal also got off to a fast pace which she would maintain for the duration of the game as she scored 10 of her game leading 29 points in the first quarter. At halftime the score was 39-37 in favor of the South.
The South broke away to start the second half with contributions from Champaign Central’s Kierra Robinson and McArthur’s Lexy Carson at one point leading by 10. But just as soon as the lead was gained, the North recovered led by Schmidt and her Normal teammate Molly Etheridge. The score was 56-55 going into the fourth quarter.
The North continued to apply pressure in the fourth quarter. Led by Bolingbrook’s Mercedes Griffin who scored 9 points in the quarter and Decatur Eisenhower’s Tiara Thomas. Ultimately 7 points in the quarter by Rantoul’s April Barnett and five from Fisher’s Savannah Piety were enough to help the South hold on for an 81-77 victory. Miranda Murray was named Most Outstanding Player.
After a close first game, the boys were ready to match intensity and both sides came out firing. The South established an interior presence early with 8 first quarter points from Nathan Haynes and Edwind McGhee. Darren Price also scored 6 of his total 8 points during the quarter as the South finished up 34-26.<
The second quarter saw a turn of events as the North got big contributions courtesy of outside shooting from Peoria Height’s James Todd(20points) and a little bit of everything from Glenbard North’s James Fleming(36 points). Champaign Centennial’s Tiger O’Neil stepped up for the South in the quarter scoring 10 points of his own as he would finish with 21 for the game.
The second half would be a battle as neither team was willing to give any ground. Normal West’s Tyler Bell asserted himself on offense by aggressively driving to the rim and converting on scoring opportunities. He would score 23 of his total 29 points in the half. Urbana’s Javarius Gay also came up big with 8 second-half points. Peoria Manual’s Jordan Johnson scored 12 of his 16 points in the half. Down the stretch Grayslake Central’s Cameron Nelson found his way to the line and sank 3 big fourth quarter free throws.
A fever finish forced the game into overtime. Jeff Todd scored 3 points including a key free throw as the North squeaked out a 122-120 victory. James Fleming was named the game’s Most Outstanding Player.