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Inside game helps spark East girls; West boys win

District 5 all-star basketball games

March 25, 2014
By Philip Cmor (pcmor@altoonamirror.com) , The Altoona Mirror

NEW PARIS - Morgan Lynn spent her high school career as a 5-foot-7 forward going up against Southern Fulton's 6-foot Ashley Roman, so the Tussey Mountain senior was happy to have Roman as one of her East teammates for a change in Friday night's District 5 Athletic Directors Association All-Star Basketball Games.

"It was so nice. Oh my gosh," Lynn said. "We practiced on Tuesday. We just kept lobbing it to her. It was so weird, because we don't have anyone to do that [at Tussey]."

Evenly-matched rivals turned into a deadly combination at Chestnut Ridge's Richard W. Fisher Gymnasium, as Lynn and Roman got the East off to a fast start, finished strong and finished with a combined 29 points in a 76-61 win over the West.

The West came back to take the boys contest, 97-86, by hitting 22 3-pointers.

"We had fun and we ended up winning," said Lynn, who scored 15 points to finish second to Southern Fulton guard Macey Hollenshead for team scoring honors - Hollenshead scored 21. "It's definitely nice."

The East girls led from start to finish, scoring the first 12 points and never enjoying less than a nine-point edge after going on a 13-0 run in the early stages of the second quarter. In fact, they were on a near 100-point pace for much of the first half before cooling down a bit in the third quarter.

"We were all good players, and we just all went together and did what we knew how to do," Chestnut Ridge swing player Mackenzie Feather, who scored six points for the East, said. "I thought it would be closer than what it was. The rebounding was key and moving the ball up the floor and playing at the faster pace than in the regular season."

Although Roman was the only East starter listed at taller than 5-foot-9, the inside players from Bedford and Fulton counties asserted themselves from the outset by teaming for the first 10 points and finishing the first quarter with 14 between them.

Then, in the fourth quarter, the inside tandem helped squelch a West run by totaling 10 more points. Hollenshead also scored seven.

"It was awesome. We all played really good together. It was like we were a team," Lynn said. "We all kind of know each other. We just meshed really well."

Lynn scored eight in the first quarter and six in the fourth, using craftiness to make up for her lack of ideal forward height.

"A lot of people think I'm a lot taller than I am. It's kind of hard. I know I have to fake or they're going to block me. I have to do something," Lynn said.

Hollenshead was named most valuable player for the East. Berlin's Shelby Coughenour took home honors for the West, scoring 18; she also was the winner of the girls 3-point shooting contest.

While the East girls only made three 3-pointers in their victory, the West boys went the opposite route, hitting five from beyond the arc in the final 2:50 to turn a one-point deficit into an 11-point victory.

"When you have that many good shooters, they were going to start hitting them eventually," Northern Bedford's Blake Over said. "They were hitting them from just over halfcourt."

Berlin's Jake Snyder, who won the boys 3-point shootout at halftime, made the first three of those treys for the West with the game in the balance on his way to a 15-point performance that garnered MVP honors for his team.

The West led most of the way until Over and Fannett-Metal's Wade Bannister - similar players who have gone head to head in the Sideling Hill League and Inter-County Conference over the last few seasons - keyed a 14-6 run with 12 points between them to put the East up 50-48 less than a minute into the third quarter.

Over led area boys with 11 points. Bannister scored 13 and was the East MVP. They'll be teaming again on Friday in the Altoona Mirror Basketball Classic.

"It was fun to come out here and play with the guys you've played against, especially the stars from other teams. You usually don't like them during the games, but you see them here and you start to like them," Over said.

GIRLS

WEST (61): Trulick 1 2-2 4, Ponczek 1 0-0 2, Fieg 4 0-0 11, Craig 0 0-0 0, Coughenour 7 1-1 18, Welsh 2 0-0 5, Schultz 1 0-0 2, Berkey 0 0-0 0, Carmean 0 0-2 0, Meck 0 0-2 0, Boyer 4 0-0 8, Luprek 5 1-2 11. Totals - 25 4-9 61.

EAST (76): Hollenshead 9 0-0 21, Reed 1 1-1 3, Feather 3 0-0 6, Lynn 7 1-2 15, Roman 7 0-0 14, Weyant 2 1-2 5, Coffman 1 0-0 2, Pollock 4 0-0 8, Hartung 0 0-0 0, Gelvin 1 0-0 2. Totals - 35 3-5 76.

SCORE BY QUARTERS

West12 15 17 17 - 61

East23 22 12 19 - 76

3-point goals: West 3 (Hollenshead 3); East 7 (Fieg 3, Coughenour 3, Welsh).

Officials: Sarah Fye, Don Donaldson, Rod Brumbaugh.

BOYS

WEST (97): Da. Tomlinson 5 0-0 14, Cooney 4 0-0 9, Snyder 5 1-2 15, Callihan 4 0-0 10, Platt 4 1-2 12, Ward 1 2-2 5, De. Tomlinson 1 0-0 2, Walker 1 0-0 3, Speigle 2 0-0 6, Barkley 1 1-2 3, Zarefoss 4 0-0 11, Keefer 3 0-0 7. Totals - 35 5-7 97.

EAST (86): Weyant 2 2-4 6, Hawkins 4 2-6 10, Clingerman 6 0-0 15, Over 5 0-0 11, Bannister 5 0-0 13, Gelvin 1 0-0 2, Diehl 4 1-2 9, Snyder 3 0-0 9, Zelanko 2 2-2 4, Hengst 2 0-0 5. Totals - 34 7-14 86.

SCORE BY QUARTERS

West21 21 24 31 - 97

East13 23 34 16 - 86

3-point goals: West 22 (Da. Tomlinson 4, Cooney, Snyder 4, Callihan 2, Platt 3, Ward, Walker, Speigle 2, Zarefoss 3, Keefer); East 11 (Clingerman 3, Bannister 3, Over, Snyder 3, Hengst).

Officials: Craig Stahl, Dan Gibson, Joe Voytko.

 
 
 

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