Girls taking center stage at the McDonald's All American Game

Girls taking center stage at the McDonald's All American Game

McDonalds All American Game

Girls taking center stage at the McDonald's All American Game

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McDonalds All American participant Kristine Anigwe attempts a dunk during the Slam Dunk Competition at the University of Chicago. (Photo: Brian Spurlock/USA TODAY Sports

McDonalds All American participant Kristine Anigwe attempts a dunk during the Slam Dunk Competition at the University of Chicago. (Photo: Brian Spurlock/USA TODAY Sports

CHICAGO — Kristine Anigwe from Desert Vista High School (Phoenix) was the only girl to take part in the slam dunk competition. She missed on every attempt, but was still upbeat about her performance.

“I was just doing it for fun, but I really feel like if you can do it, you should!” the Cal-bound senior said. “If you miss it, it’s still fun. I’m still happy, and think, that was still really cool. And I’m going to probably do it at Cal!

She admitted that nerves may have played a part in her misses. Anigwe had the height on her dunks, but the ball slipped out of her hand each time.

“I got it during practice, both today and yesterday,” Anigwe said. “I was so nervous, and my hands were really sweaty. “

DANCE FEVER: During Monday night’s Jam Fest, Sophie Cunningham’s mother, Paula, made it onto the court for a dance contest with her daughter. Sophie and her mom danced together to the crowd’s delight, but it all was a result of a mom-ism Paula often said to her daughter.

“Right when I saw her walk out, I knew something was going on. Why, out of everyone?” Sophie, from Rock Bridge (Columbia, Mo.) High School, said.”

“She actually went out there because she always tells me, if you have an opportunity, go out there. Make the most of it. When they asked her, my brother said, ‘You always tell Sophie you have to make the most of your opportunities!’

THE BIG STAGE: Kyra Lambert plays for Samuel Clemens High School (Schertz, Texas) now, but will play at Cameron Indoor Arena at Duke next season. Still, she was a bit blown away by the stage she will get to play on Wednesday night.

Lambert sat in the United Center, looking out at the court and championship banners hanging from the rafters with a huge smile on her face.

“To be among the top 24 girls in the nation, come to Chicago, be in the McDonald’s All-American game!’ she said, shaking her head. “Everybody dreams of being the best. Just to be here? It’s still surreal.”​

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