SPARTA — The girls 2012 All-Star Senior Showcase game was full of records, action and fun. In the end, it was the Centerburg-led Senior Stars putting it to the host All-Stars, 108-78.
It was the first time any girls team has ever topped the century-mark in the history of the Senior Showcase. Centerburg’s Claire Harvey had a record seven 3-pointers, topping all scorers with 23 points. Harvey had plenty of help from her Centerburg teammates and a few others.
“It was a nice opportunity, not only to have our five kids out there, but to have two kids from Danville and two kids from East Knox,” said Centerburg’s Todd Nauman, coach of the Senior-Stars. “For the last three to four years, we’ve been going head-to-head against each other. It’s great to have an opportunity to be on the same side with them.”
The game was special for Harvey and the other seniors as a last hurrah.
“It’s a very special feeling, especially since we’re seniors,” said Harvey. “This is our last chance to play against the other seniors. It was a good time.”
“That’s so much fun,” said Centerburg’s Mackenzie Stoyle (eight points) who landed a first-half bucket to give the All-Stars an 11-7 lead. “We’re used to going at each other, so it is just nice to lay back and play together so it’s fun.”
Mount Vernon’s Keli Thompson (16 points) landed another bucket for the All-Stars and it was 13-9.
“It was really fun,” said Thompson. “It was nice to come out and play one last time. I had a really fun time with the girls. We just chose to have fun for our last time playing.”
Centerburg’s Carly Compton (10 points) soon tied up the game with a bucket and put the Senior-Stars ahead, 14-13, on the ensuing foul shot. Desiree Cottrell (12 points) of East Knox and Danville’s Kate Walls (22 points) added 3-pointers and the Senior-Stars were off to the races, scoring 21 unanswered points. Josie Burwell (nine points), Hayley Gray (11 points) of East Knox and Olivia Rice (13 points) of Danville scored in the run.
“They were in a zone and they were just standing there,” said Harvey. “Everybody just hit the open shots, which were 3s. We put the ball in the basket pretty well.”
Then Nauman rotated in his Centerburg Trojan five.
“That was the most special part,” said Harvey. “We grew up together and played since we were very little and playing now is fun. I’m glad we got to play together one last time.”
It was a little surprising for one All-Star, who is used to facing the Trojans in MBC action.
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