GRANVILLE — On a night that featured some spectaular lightning and thunder, the North boys beat the South, 76-73 in the nightcap of the 2012 District 11 All-Star Game doubleheader at Granville High School on Friday.
Mount Vernon’s Riley Swanson struck like lightning with his outside shooting. Fellow Yellow Jacket Bradley Fenton crashed the boards like thunder. Each made a major contribution to the North’s victory.
Swanson led his team in scoring in the first half with seven points. With the North down 18-4, Swanson landed three unanswered field goals, including a 3-pointer, that closed the gap to seven. He finished the game with 10.
“I just wanted to come out and be aggressive, get some shots up and give my best,” said Swanson.
With eleven minutes to go in the second half, Swanson hit a jumper to get the North to within a point, 43-42. Then, it was Fenton’s turn. With both sides trading blows, Fenton (six points) landed three big dunks, the last of which put the North in the lead to stay, 50-49. For Fenton and Swanson, it was their final appearance in a Mount Vernon Yellow Jackets’ uniform together.
“It was really exciting,” said Fenton. “I wanted to come out here and play with Riley for the last time.”
There were times in the game that Fenton had the ball and it was clear he was looking to pass it to his long-time teammate and friend.
“We’ve been playing together for a long time,” said Swanson. “I’ll miss playing with him. We have a good chemistry together. He has been a good teammate.”
“I just wanted to play with Riley one last time,” said Fenton. “We’ve been playing for so long that it’s just, sort of, natural.”
In the earlier game, which was stopped for over an hour because of a tornado warning, Lyndsay Briegel of Fredericktown had five points for the South girls, who cruised to a 73-50 win in their game.
The girls game was halted at the 13:11 mark of the second half, with the South thoroughly in control, 66-35. The crowd and players were dispersed into safe areas of the gymnasium until the tornado warnings were lifted.
The South jumped out to a 13-2 lead before Danville’s Kate Walls (five points) landed a 3-pointer. Midway through the first half, Briegel hit a 3 of her own to put the North up, 28-12.