HOWARD — All-star basketball games are ones with lots of excitement, big plays and big runs. Tuesday’s girls version of the Mount Vernon News All-Star Senior Showcase was no different.
Despite having just five players on each squad because of a limited number of seniors available, the 10 area high schoolers on the All-Stars and the Seniors Stars put on quite a show.
In the end it was the Senior Stars, coached by Highland’s Galen Chapman, who had the bigger runs of the night and rolled to a 63-40 victory at East Knox High School.
“This was a lot of fun. I like playing with my girls,” said Highland’s Tarren Thacker, who was named the game’s Most Valuable Player after scoring 25 points, pulling down 21 rebounds and blocking three shots for the Senior Stars. “It was also nice playing for my coaches one more time. I’ve grown up with all three of them. This was a fun year.”
The beginning of the game featured East Knox’s Jill Regal against the Senior Stars’ duo of Fredericktown’s Tayler Carpenter and Northridge’s Lauren Cornwell. Regal scored the first 12 points for the All-Stars, including hitting three 3-pointers.
“It was good competition. I was on my game tonight,” Regal said. “The ball was just going in the basket early in the first (half). I tried to work it inside, but there was nothing going, so I went back outside. Once I started getting face-guarded, it was over for me.”
Carpenter and Cornwell combined to score 19 of the Senior Stars’ first 30 points, including 10 in a 19-4 run that broke the game open midway through the first half. Fourteen of those Senior Star points came in a five-minute stretch when the All-Stars couldn’t put the ball in the basket.
Thacker also got heavily involved during that stretch, scoring twice on putbacks.