Second All-Star Classic Regarded As A Success

By CHUCK RIDENOUR
Daily Globe Sports Editor

If the crowd in the Shelby High School gymnasium was any indication, the future is very bright for the Shelby Rotary North Central Ohio All-Star Classic.

Seniors and underclassmen from District 6 treated the large gathering to a pair of entertaining girls basketball games. Additional hoop treats included a girls three-point shootout and a boys dunk contest.

At the end of Wednesday's affair, Classic co-director Natalie Lantz said the evening "went great and there was a lot of energy.

"We had a great crowd and there was a lot of talent showcased," remarked Lantz.

In the second annual senior all-star game, Bellevue's Carly Santoro dropped in 24 points and fueled a 10-0 charge for the White team to open the second half during an 84-68 win over the Black team.

Ashland's Shelby White put in a rebound basket to beat the buzzer at the end of the first half to lift the White squad ahead 38-36 at the intermission.

The Black team led 13-5 early on, but the White squad clawed back and tied matters at 18-all on a bucket by Mansfield Senior's Jeryn Reese midway through the first half. Reese finished the game with 23 points.

After falling behind by 12 (48-36) in the first 2:05 of the second half, the Black team closed within one (51-50) when Sandusky's Ta-Sharra Jeffries took the behind the back pass from Clear Fork's Deijah Swihart and laid it in with 14 minutes remaining. They led their team with 19 and 18 points, respectively.

From there, the White squad pulled away with a 33-18 finish.

Because of a change in a state rule on all-star game participation, the Shelby Rotary North Central Ohio All-Star Classic introduced an Underclassman Showcase.

The blend of 11 juniors, eight sophomores and one freshman showed they have the ability to put points on the board as the Black team outdueled their White counterparts 107-83.

A short jumper by Alexus Burkhart of Colonel Crawford put the Black squad ahead for good at 26-25 at the 10-minute mark of the first half.

The three-point shooting of Carey's Sydney Wentling propelled the Black team to 52-41 halftime lead.

A Burkhart trey stretched the Black lead to 31 (87-56) with 7 1/2 minutes remaining and Seneca East's Seina Adachi eclipsed the century mark with a hoop that made it 101-78 late in the second half.

Emily Yeager of Mansfield St. Peter's topped the Black team with 17 while Wentling and Adachi tallied 16 apiece. Jenna Strayer of Bellevue tallied 15 while Jackie Garrett of Shelby and Burkhart swished 13 apiece.

Scoring leaders for the White team were Renee Stimpert of Crestview and Jiselle Thomas of Norwalk with 14 each. Gabi Baldridge of Willard had 13 and Shelby Kin of Carey totaled 10.

"Tonight was a nice way to reward the girls for their great seasons," said Lantz.

MVP'S

Santoro was Most Valuable Player in the Senior game and 15 of her 24 points were tallied in the second half. Wentling was named the Underclassman MVP.

THREE-POINT

To go with her MVP accolades, Santoro won the first installment of the three-point contest among the Senior All-Stars with 14 points. She held off challenges from Valesha Province of Tiffin Columbian (12), Hunter Feltner of Willard (11) and Samantha Reer of Norwalk St. Paul (11).

DUNK KINGS

Cody Stine of Shelby, Tyrell Edmiston of Plymouth, Brad Garverick of Ontario, Naradain James of Mansfield Senior participated in the dunk contest. The single-best dunk was by Garverick when he soared over a teammate and collected an alley oop and threw it down. Edmiston won the best session award for a series of thunderous throw downs.

ROTARY LAUDED

"The Shelby Rotary does a great job of getting involved and supporting the community and supporting the girls tonight," said Lantz of the event's title sponsor.

UNDERCLASSMAN GAME

WHITE (83)

Thomas 6 2 14, Kin 3 4 10, Painley 1 0 2, Fogle 3 0 9, Stimpert 5 1 14, Bouillon 1 0 2, King 3 0 6, Anderson 4 0 8, Leitz 2 1 5, Baldridge 5 3 13, Totals 33 10 83.

BLACK (107)

Garrett 5 2 13, Holderman 0 0 0, Burkhart 4 3 13, Yeager 6 1 17, Shays 2 0 5, Wentling 5 2 16, Adachi 6 3 16, Strayer 4 6 15, Frey 2 0 5, Simms 3 1 7, Totals 37 18 107.

White   41   42   -83

Black   52   55   -107

Three-point field goals - Fogle (W) 3, Stimpert (W) 3, Garrett (B), Burkhart (B) 2, Yeager (B) 4, Shays (B), Wentling (B) 4, Adachi (B), Strayer (B), Frey (B).

SENIOR GAME

WHITE (84)

Province 1 0 3, Reer 1 0 2, Cook 3 0 6, Feltner 2 0 4, Santoro 11 2 24, Smith 3 2 8, Bailey 5 0 10, Reese 10 2 23, White 2 0 4, Flaherty 0 0 0, Totals 38 6 84.

BLACK (68)

Jeffries 8 1 19, Richmond 3 2 8, Stephens 2 1 6, Grose 4 0 8, Swihart 7 1 18, Carpenter 1 0 2, Hintz 2 0 4, Adams 1 0 3, Totals 28 5 68.

White   38   46   -84

Black   36   32   -68

Three-point field goals - Province (W), Reese (W), Jeffries (B) 2, Stephens (B), Swihart (B) 3, Adams (B).

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