Best of the best: Top high school seniors put on final show in All-Star Games

MORNING JOURNAL/JIM BOBEL Vermilion's AuBree LaForce, right, drives around Elyria Catholic's Karissa McGrath in the second game of Tuesday night's 2013 Lorain County Girls All-Star Games.

MORNING JOURNAL/JIM BOBEL Elyria's Alexis Roseboro, center, fouls First Baptist's Grace Kudlo, right, in the first game of Tuesday night's 2013 Lorain County Girls All-Star Games at Elyria High School. On the left is Keystone's Melissa Knepper.

MORNING JOURNAL/JIM BOBEL Vermilion's Aubree LaForce, left, goes up for a shot over Elyria's Mary Jones in the second game of Tuesday night's 2013 Lorain County Girls All-Star Games at Elyria High School.

MORNING JOURNAL/JIM BOBEL Avon Lake's Anelisa Kollias, left, gets fouled by Clearview's Katelynne Baker in the first game of Tuesday night's 2013 Lorain County Girls All-Star Games.

ELYRIA — Mary Jones had a game-best 13 points in her final appearance at Elyria High School’s gym, but in the end the Gold All-Stars were too much for her Black squad too handle in the second game of the Lorain County Girls All-Stars double-header, topping them 67-48.

“It was really fun,” said the standout guard, who led the Pioneers with over 15 points per game this season. “Ending my high school career this way is really cool and I’m deeply blessed and very happy about it.”

The Gold team put forward a balanced attack, led by Penn State-bound Alex Harris of Lorain, who recorded the game’s only double-double, scoring 10 points and grabbing a game-high 18 boards. Kyndall Wellons of Lake Ridge posted a team-high 12 points and Lorain County’s single-season 3-point leader Morgan Dziak added nine, fittingly, on a trio of shots from beyond the arc.

“I’m going to remember this forever,” Harris said. “Even practice (with the All-Star team) was amazing, so this is going to be one of those nights I always remember.”

Another member of the Gold team, Vermillion’s AuBree LaForce, will likely remember Tuesday night for years to come as well. In between the first and second All-Star games LaForce was named 2013 Lorain County Miss Basketball. LaForce also knocked down a pair of 3s in the win.

The Black team went ahead early but LaForce’s first make gave the Gold squad a 7-5 lead. They continued building upon their advantage for most of the game.

Dziak hit her first shot of the night in the closing minutes of the first quarter before Clearview’s Desiree Ray connected on 1 of 2 shots from the foul line at the other end for the girls in Black to put the score at 14-8 heading into the second quarter. Ray finished with nine points on the night.

“It was just a great experience getting to play with everyone from around the area,” Dziak said. “It was just a really fun game, I enjoyed it a lot.”

The Gold team outscored the opposition 21-10 in the second quarter to take a 33-18 lead into the locker room. Dziak and Lake Ridge’s Sydney Clark — also of the Gold squad — led all scorers with six at the half, though neither would light up the scoreboard after the break.

A 10-2 burst by the Black team in the third quarter cut their deficit to five at 39-34. The push was aided by six points from Karissa McGrath of Elyria Catholic, who finished with 10 points and a team-high 12 rebound.

The Gold team pushed back, however, and LaForce brought the lead back to double digits for good with a trey in the quarter’s final minute, giving her squad a 47-35 edge going into the fourth.

Her teammate for the night, Amherst’s Brianna Shagovac, got the scoring going in the fourth quarter with a jumper from the wing that began an 8-0 run. The lead swelled to a game-high 20 but the crowd got back into the gamein the final minute when 6-foot-3 Harris rose up for a dunk attempt.

“I tried during the game and I tried during practice before the game,” said Harris, who, with a grin, admitted she is still working on completing her first slam. “When I get to Penn State I should be up there (above the rim).”

The Lorain County Orange All-Star led from coast to coast in the night’s first contest, besting the Blue All-Stars 47-37.

A barrage of points made the score 8-4 barely a minute into the game before the teams settled in. Avon Lake’s Anelisa Kollias went off for nine points in the first quarter to help the Orange team to a 12-8 lead going into the second. She finished with a game-high 17 points.

“The practice before the game definitely helped (with shooting accuracy),” Kolilias said. “But it was just a great experience, playing with players from all these other schools.”

Kollias’s Orange squad took a 28-20 lead into the break but a 2-pointer from Wellington’s Erin Reisinger and another quick score by the Blue team made it a one-score affair for the first time since the game’s opening minutes.

A pull-up from the baseline by Jessica Eichenlaub of Midview gave the Orange team a two-score lead again but Reisinger countered with another 3 that made the score 30-28 near the midway mark of the quarter. She ended with a team-best 10 points, though despite her efforts, the Blue squad was unable to regain the lead.

Red 67, Black 48

Lorain County All-Star Game

BLACK — Brittney McNamara 2-0 5, Mackenzie Mielcarek 1-0 2, Kaitlin Neumann 1-0 3, Mary Jones 5-1 13, Sydney Wright 1-0 2, Rachel Holowecky 2-0 4, Desiree Ray 3-3 9, Karissa McGrath 5-0 10. TOTALS 20-4 48.

RED — Aubree LaForce 2-0 6, Morgan Dziak 3-0 9, Brianna Shagovac 4-0 8, Alex Harris 4-1 10, Kydnall Wellons 5-1 12, Sydney Failing 2-0 4, Ashley Malone 2-0 4, Sydney Clark 3-0 6, Monet Saunders 4-0 8. TOTALS 29-2 67.

3-POINT GOALS — B: McNamara, Neumann, Jones (2); R: LaForce (2), Dziak (3), Harris, Wellons.

Score By Quarters

Black 8 10 17 13 — 48

Red 12 21 14 20 — 67

Team Statistics

Field Goals — Black 20 of 76 (26 percent), Red 29 of 76 (38 percent).

Free Throws — B 4 of 7 (59 percent), R 2 of 4 (50 percent).

Rebounds — B 46 (McGrath 12), R 51 (Harris 18).

Turnovers — B 9, R 11.

Gold 47, Blue 37

Lorain County All-Star Game

BLUE — Gabby Woods 1-0 2, Erin Reisinger 3-2 10, Katelynne Baker 2-0 4, Raven Howard 1-0 3, Aungie Owens 0-1 1, Shannon Hopkins 1-0 2, Destiny Samples 3-1 7, Melissa Knepper 1-0 2, Alexis Roseboro 3-0 6. TOTALS 15-4 37.

GOLD — Christine Lyzen 1-0 3, Jessica Eichenlaub 1-1 3, Anelisa Kollias 7-1 17, Grade Kudlo 0-1 1, Cassie Mattix 2-0 4, Molly Disbrow 3-0 6, Cortney Judson 1-2 4, Kaley Marshall 2-4 9. TOTALS 17-9 47.

3-POINT GOALS — B: Reisinger (2), Howard; G: Lyzen, Kollias (2), Marshall.

Score By Quarters

Blue 10 10 10 7 — 37

Gold 18 10 8 11 — 47

Team Statistics

Field Goals — Blue 15 of 60 (25 percent), Gold 17 of 50 (34 percent).

Free Throws — B 4 of 6 (67 percent), G 9 of 13 (69 percent).

Rebounds — B 37 (Howard 7), G 34 (Maggie Heschel 6).

Turnovers — B 12, G 14.

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Last Updated: 3/19/2013 11:27:46 PM EST

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