Basketball players from Crocker, Richland, Plato and Waynesville all competed in the 24th Annual Gerald A. Pilz and Friends Basketball All-Star Games. The format is unique as the teams are broken up into three teams which face each other in a round robin tournament where the girls plays one 16 minutes game and the the boys played an 18 minute game.
The Red team won the girls side of the tournament by going 2-0 in the games.
White vs Blue
The first game of the night was against the white and blue teams. The white team won the game 37-27 to give them a chance to win the round robin tournament.
The white team led the game 16-12 after the first half of the game. Both Michelle Gabini from Bolivar and Morgan Moss from Richland scored four points to lead the first half for the White team. McKenzie Cook from Licking led the blue team in the first half.
The white team was led in scoring by Reagan Dodd who scored nine points in the win. Moss scored eight points in the game also. Re’Shawna Stone from Waynesville scored seven points, while Gabani scored six points on the night. Madi Mueller scored three points and Lauren Garrison added two more points in the first win.
The girls in white held onto the lead and won the game 37-27 after a strong second half. Clare Shetley led the blue team with 13 points in the loss. Both Cook and Kiera Shoulders from Waynesville scored four points. Hannah Collins from Kickapoo, Kayt Haynes from Puxico, and Brooklyn Wade from Willard all had two points each in the game.
White vs Red
The white team returned for their second game in a row and this time fell in a free throw shootout to team red 29-28.
The red team led 18-7 after the first eight minutes of play in the game. Gabby Matthews scored seven points in the first half to lead the team while Stone and Gambani scored three points each.
The white team was able to out score the red team 21-11 in the second half but fell by one points. The red team won the game 29-28 and picked up their first win. The white team fell to 1-1.
The red team was led in the game by Jordan Wersinger from Springfield Kickapoo with 10 points. Maggie Couch from Corning Arkansas added nine points and Gabby Matthews scored seven points in the game. Annie Noah scored added four points of her own in the win..
The white team led by Gambani who score 10 points in the close loss. Stone scored eight points while Dodd added four points. Both Mueller and Garrison score three points each in the game.
Blue vs Red
The red team secured the round robin win with a 40-21 win over the blue team. The red team had a commanding 18-10 lead in the first half of the game.
Jordan Wersinger from Springfield Kickapoo led the team with seven points. Kaitlyn Root from Houston also score six points for the red team.
Wersingers teammate Hannah Collins led the blue team with her four points. Brooklyn Wade from Williard and Clare Shetley from Sullivan both had three points for the Blue team.
The red team continued to hang on and lead the game in the end as they won the game 40-21. Wersinger led the red team with here 16 points. Root remained second with her six points. Both Brittany Sain from Riverside Arkansas and Annie Noah from Annie Noah from Gainesville score five points each. Maggie Couch from Corning Arkansas score four points. Both Olivia Dill from from Conway, MO and Gabby Matthews from Glendale score two points in the win.
The Blue Team was led in scoring by Wade who scored six points. Both Kiera Shoulders from Waynesville and Shetley score five points in the loss. Collins scored four point in the game while Kaitlyn Gambill from Crocker added a point of her own.
Jordan Wersinger from from Springfield Kickapoo was picked as the girls Most Valuable Player for her 16 points in the second game and and 8 points against the white team.
Kaitlyn Gambill - Crocker - Southwest Baptist
Lindsey Parrish - Crocker - UMKC
Kiera Shoulders - Waynesville - Undecided
Madi Mueler - Plato - OTC
Morgan Moss - Richland - College of the Ozarks
Re’Shawna Stone - Waynesville - Glenville State
The boys side of the All-Star game was a close one as all three teams were 1-1. The white team was able to win it by five tie breaker points.
White vs Blue
The white and the blue team were both evenly matched up as they won the game in a free throw shootout to determine the winner. The Blue team won the game 38-37.
The white team lead the game 22-14 after the first half. Bryce Duddridge from Willow Springs led the white team in the first half with the his six points. Chase Horton from Spokane led the blue team with his five points in the first half.
The second half was a good one for the blue team as they scored 22 points and the white team scored 16 points. Micaiah Rocha from Forsyth scored 12 points in the second half to tie the game up. Weston Boswell from Strafford scored two points in the second half for the white team.
Horton and Rocha both made their free throws from the blue team to secure the 38-37 win.
The Blue team was led in the game by Rocha who score 15 points and Horton that added nine points. Both Brant Gideon from Skyline and Trae Meny from Columbia Battle added five points a piece in the game. Jack Rigdon from Spokane and Anthony Stanford from Forsyth scored a basket each.
The Blue team picked up a one point tie breaker point.
White vs Red
The second boys game of the night was a close one through out again as the white team defeated the red team 47-38.
The white team led 20-16 after a close first half. Logan Wright from Crocker led the team with his 7 points in the half. Cade Coffman from Mountain Grove scored eight points for the red team in the half.
The white team again out scored the blue team 27-22 in the second half. Duddridge led the white team with his seven points he scored. Coffman scored six points for the red team.
The final score was 47-38. That gave the white team an 11 point advantage in points.
The white team was led by Wyatt Ward from Hartville who scored nine points in the win. Cody Kelly from Hartville scored eight points in the game. Wright and Duddridge added seven points in the win. Colton Youngblood from Harrison Arkansas score three points while Marcus Wright from Greenfield scored two points of his own. David Adams of Waynesville pulled down several rebounds and added some assists.
The red team was led in scoring by Coffman who score 14 points in the loss. Caleb Barnes from Waynesville scored seven points while while Klay Barton from Doniphan score six points. Luke Rogers from Corning, Arkansas score five points and Cody Delcour from Conway Missouri scored three points. Both Lane Carroll from Reed Springs and Wyatt Vaught from Crane added a basket of their own.
Blue vs Red
The final game of the day was a 46-40 win by the red team to bring all three teams to a 1-1 record.
The red team took a 27-20 lead after the first half of the game. Delcour lead both teams from the red team with 12 points. Rocha led the white team with his six points.
The blue team edged out the red boys in the a 20-19 score in the second half. Meny score seven points for the blue team while the red team was led in the second half by Rogers and his nine points.
The red team hung on to win the game 46-40 and gain a six point tie breaker score.
The red team was led in scoring by Rogers and Delcour who both scored 15 points in the game. Barnes scored seven points while Coffman added six in the win. Carroll scored all three of his points in the second half.
The Blue team was led in scoring by Meny who scored 12 points in the close loss. Rigdon and Rocha both added seven points while Brent Gideon from Skyline scored six points in the game. Stanford added four while Horton and Elias Werth from Hillsboro Kansas added two points in the game.
Cade Coffman from Mountain Grove was selected as the boys MVP for his combined score of 20 in both games.
Caleb Barnes - Waynesville- Undecided
David Adams Jr. - Waynesville - Missouri S&T
Ethan Boorom - Crocker - Mount Mary (South Dakota)
Logan Wright - Crocker - Missouri Valley
Willie Lundford - Laquey - Fontbonne