TWIN FALLS • Burley’s Kortney Hutchison scored a game-high 19 points in Wednesday night’s 4th District All-Star Basketball Game, leading the East team past the West, 94-61, at Twin Falls High School.
“Being Player of the Year, it kind of gives me the opportunity to show people what (I can do),” said Hutchison, who was recently named the Great Basin West Conference MVP. “It feels good to play with seniors, people my age. It feels good for everyone.”
The best seniors in the Magic Valley gathered at Twin Falls Wednesday evening to don their respective jerseys one last time. The East was coached by Minico’s Terry Merrill while the West was led by Canyon Ridge’s Kevin Cato.
“We told the girls, ‘If you’re open, shoot it,” Merrill said with a laugh. “If you feel comfortable, do it. Don’t be bashful today.”
Filer’s Victoria Deetz got the West team off to a hot start by hitting her first pair of 3-pointers. The East team started off slowly but managed to find offense late in the first quarter and take a lead behind six points from Valley’s Jeorgi Kalisek. The East’s lead ballooned up to as many as 16 points in the second and to 27 going into the fourth behind 12 third quarter points from Hutchison.
The fourth featured a special moment for Kimberly’s Maysi Rongen. The senior suffered a serious knee injury in the state tournament but was given an honorary spot on the East roster after her stellar season. She was able to come in and shoot free throws in the fourth quarter to the applause of everyone in attendance.
“It was a great thing. Fortunately, she hit her free throws too, got into the score books,” said Merrill. “That was awesome. I’m just so proud of her.”
Hutchison led the East with 19 points. Kalisek wound up with 14 while Dietrich’s Katee Hubert scored 13. Five different players for Merrill’s team finished in double-figures. Deetz and Twin Falls’ Brooke Swafford led the West with 12 and 10, respectively.
The game was also a chance for Merrill to coach four of his seniors one last time. It was special for the Spartans’ head coach, who led Minico to a conference title and a fourth-place finish at state just a few weeks ago.
“It was really a special experience, to have those girls since they were in fifth grade,” Merrill said. “And to coach them one last time here today was a great honor.”
East 94, West 61
East 22 26 27 19 — 94
West 16 18 14 13 — 61
Hutchison 19, Kalisek 14, Hubert 13, Peralez 11, Wood 10, Merrill 8, Curiel 6, Phillips 4, Gilchrist 4, Hayes 4, Rongen 1
Totals: 34 15-29 94
Deetz 12, Swafford 10, M. Bell 8, E. Bell 7, Buffington 6, Hughes 6, Vargas 5, Rogers 3, Bartholomew 2, Arygle 2
Totals: 24 5-12 61
3-point field goals: East 6 (Curiel 2, Hutchison 2, Merrill 2) West 5 (Deetz 4, M. Bell 1)
Team fouls: East 10, West 21