TWIN FALLS – Late in the first half of the District 4 Girls’ Basketball All-Star game, Ashlie Watts of Kimberly picked off a pass, hit Tayla Sayer of Minico with an outlet pass, and Sayer dumped off a bounce pass to Blair Radford of Wood River for an easy layup.
Early in the second half, Kelsie Hamilton of Declo did the same, eventually leading to an easy layup for Jaicee Parke of Carey.
The best talent on the East side of the Magic Valley joined together Wednesday night at Twin Falls High School and cruised to a 105-76 win over the West squad, which comprised players from Jerome, Gooding, Castleford, Lighthouse Christian, Glenns Ferry, Filer, Twin Falls, Hagerman, and Buhl.
The East squad (comprising players from Declo, Oakley, Valley, Carey, Minico Wood River, and Kimberly) jumped out to a 27-14 lead after one quarter thanks to red-hot shooting and near-flawless fast break execution.
“We didn’t have a chance to practice, so we just wanted to get out and run. The group we had loves to defend and get out and run, so it worked out,” said Minico head coach Anna Bateman, who coached the East squad. “After a month off, you never know what’s going to happen. They played great though. They got after it and hit shots.”
Despite the best efforts of West squad gunners Haddee Reynolds and Kaela McClure, the second half proved to be more of the same. The athletic East team ran the floor, filled its lanes, and converted easy looks at will.
Blair Radford of Wood River led all scorers with 22 points and Tayla Sayer of Minico added 15 points for the West.
One night after combining to score 29 in the small-school all-star game, the Declo duo of Hamilton and Paige Ramsey again led the break for the West squad, combining for 19 more points. Each player scored at least four points for West.
For the East squad, CSI signee Kaela McClure (Jerome) scored a team-high 19 points, including five three-pointers. Four other players—Haddee Reynolds (Castleford), Alyssa Gorrell (Buhl), Samantha McCrorey (Hagerman), and Allie Brandsma (Lighthouse Christian)—scored 10 points apiece.
East 105, West 76
East; 27; 22; 30; 26;- 105
West; 14; 19; 15; 28;- 76
Radford 22, Sayer 15, Hamilton 14, Watts 12, Mussmann 10, Stutzman 8, Wadsworth 8, Parke 7, Ramsey 5, Elquist 4
McClure 19, Reynolds 10, Brandsma 10, McCrorey 10, Gorrell 10, Machado 8, Ketterling 4, Aardema 3.