East, West split on All-Star hardwood
The East girls and the West boys were the winners at the annual Arkansas High School Coaches Association’s annual All-Star Basketball games June 22 at the Farris Center on the campus of the University of Central Arkansas in Conway.
The evening started off with the East knocking off the West, 68-58, in the girls’ contest. It was the sixth win in a row in the series for the East All-Stars on the basketball court.
After that, the West made it a split on the night with a 110-98 victory over the East in the boys’ hoops clash.
In the girls’ game, Izard County’s Kennedy Cooper walked away with the Most Outstanding Player award for the East, after she finished with 14 points, and a team-high six rebounds and three steals in the game. She also dished out an assist.
Highland’s Kelsey Abney also played for the victorious East squad, and she finished with two rebounds and a steal.
The East trailed by as many as 16 points in the first half before rallying late in the game.
The score was knotted at 41-all heading into the final frame, when the East outscored the West by 10, 27-17, to pull ahead and notch the win.
Rose Bud’s Carissa Caples earned MVP honors for the East, as she logged a team-high 17 points.
Fayetteville’s Maya Mayberry - the daughter of former University of Arkansas point guard Lee Mayberry - captured the Most Outstanding Player award for the West.
On the boys’ side of things, the West snapped a seven-game losing streak by beating the East, 110-98.
The West squad led 19-14 after the first period and then stood on top, 53-51, at the half. In the second half of action, the West outscored the East by 10, 57-47, to seal the deal.
Cave City’s Matt Miller scored two points, collected three rebounds and blocked a shot in the game for the East, while teammate Taylor Reynolds of Izard County ended the evening with four boards and a blocked shot. Miller’s high school coach, Jim Summers, was a member of the East coaching staff. Caveman Blaine Bacon was also selected as an East All-Star, but did not participate in the game.