Carson Williams' 21, Hailey Ison's 14 pace boys, girls East squads
A common theme played out as some of the area’s best seniors-to-be took to the court at Bellarmine Saturday night in the Kentucky High School Coaches Association East/West Junior All-Star Games.
While the West teams jumped out early, the East squads used their size to their advantage late in both the girls’ game, 71-69, and the boys’ game, 108-91. The games brought together star players from the Fifth and Sixth regions for the West squad against players from the Seventh and Eight regions for the East.
Boys’ game: The East All-Stars overcame a 43-25 deficit midway through the second quarter thanks to their size. Waggener coach Bryan O’Neill and Oldham County coach Coy Zerhusen had five players at 6-foot-5 or taller at their disposal, while the West had just one.
Owen County’s Carson Williams led the East with 21 points. Ten of those came early in the third quarter, helping his team shave a 53-45 halftime disadvantage to just 61-60 midway through the period. He would give way to Waggener’s Jaalam Hill, who scored seven of his 19 points in the final five minutes of the period to put the East up 75-72.
“I love playing with these guys,” said Hill. “It’s awesome to get a little taste of what the other regions have to offer. I love playing in the game. There are some good, talented kids.”
Colin Ferguson of Kentucky Country Day also scored 19 points for the East, hitting three 3-point shots.
The West led early thanks largely to Mason Faulkner. The Caverna guard scored 17 of his 21 points in the first half, showing his skills both on the perimeter and going to the basket. His third 3-pointer of the first half gave the West the 18-point lead with 5:42 remaining.
Girls’ game: The East girls used a 10-0 run over a 4:25 stretch early in the fourth quarter to break a 50-50 tie and pull away. Manual’s Krys McCune scored six of her eight points during the spurt. The 6-foot-4 McCune also teamed with 6-foot-2 L’liyah Green of Male to key on Elizabethtown’s Erin Boley during the fourth quarter. The Norte Dame commit scored 14 points for the West, but none in the final period.
“Our size had a lot to do with that,” said Male coach Champ Ligon Jr, who coached the East squad with Shelby County’s Jason Holland. “We were able to double team the Boley girl and force her into some really tough shots.”
Hailey Ison of Walton Verona led the East with 14 points, while Anderson County’s Kaci Currens and Eastern’s Markeia Porter added 11 each. Currens’ 3-pointer with a minute left in the third quarter gave the East squad a 49-48 lead, its first advantage since leading 8-7 midway through the first quarter.
Stopping Boley was important, Porter said, but her team also needed to convert in transition. The Lady Eagles guard added a couple driving layups as part of her tally.
“We had to get it out quick,” she said. “We’re more of a running region.”
Caverna’s Madison Faulkner, Mason’s twin sister, scored 17 of her game-high 19 points in the second half to lead the West All-Stars.
“She’s a scorer,” said Elizabethtown coach Tim Mudd, who coached the West squad with Mercy’s Keith Baisch. “She’s going to score the ball. She’s just what I call a basketball player. I’ve known that from coaching against her. She’s a hard-nosed kid.”
EAST 19 16 15 21 – 71
WEST 24 12 12 21 – 69
East All-Stars – Bowman 2, Green 8, Kraft 2, McCune 8, Porter 11, Thompson 2, Martin 7, Currens 11, Bowen 2, Pullen 4, Ison 14.
West All-Stars – Boley 14, Faulkner 19, Warden 12, Owens 1, Downey 1, Muthler 3, Brown 6, Laemmle 4, Bowen 9.
3-point goals – Currens 3, Ison, Boley 2, Faulkner, Warden.
EAST 17 28 30 33 – 108
WEST 23 30 19 19 – 91
East All-Stars – Cook 6, Ferguson 19, McKim 9, Kratholm 9, Jones 7, Hill 19, Williams 21, Bates 4, Manica 5, Johnson 9.
West All-Stars – Faulkner 21, Compton 17, Maxwell 4, Craddock 13, Anderson 5, Sharpe 10. Farris 2, Washington 13, Boone 6.
3-point goals – Cook 2, Ferguson 3, McKim, Jones 2, Hill, Faulkner 4, Compton, Craddock, Sharpe 2, Washington, Boone.