OLD WASHINGTON It was another sweep by the West over the East in the annual Pepsi District 12 All-Star Basketball Classic at Buckeye Trail High School on Friday.
The West girls opened the night with an 85-66 triumph and the West boys followed it up with a 98-93 triumph in the nightcap.
In the girls game, the West got off to a strong start and led 9-1 five minutes into the action and 23-5 at the mid way point of the 20-minute first half before the East finally started connecting and managed to pare the gap to 38-29 by halftime.
The lead was down to six, 50-44, with 15 minutes to play but the West gradually regained control to win by 19.
Tri-Valleys Amariah Huck, named the games MVP, led the west with 16 points and eight rebounds. Amy Graham of West Muskingum tallied 14 points and grabbed nine boards. Nichole Shipley of New Lexington and Karen Sidwell of Maysville both had 11 points and Baylee Smith of Morgan added nine. Kailee Howe of Zanesville added seven points and nine boards while Erika Winland of West Muskingum had eight rebounds.
For the East, Katie Fry of Bellaire was the leading scorer with a dozen points, followed by Sami Schott of Shenandoah with 10; Julie Bilyeu of Beallsville and Hannah Jones of Caldwell with nine apiece. Union Locals Alexus Davis chipped in seven points and seven rebounds, with Alexis Emrisko of St. Clairsville credited with six rebounds.
At halftime, Maysvilles Sidwell won the girls Three-Point Shootout by connecting on 11 triple in one minute to narrowly edge Morgans Baylee Smith (10) and Barnesvilles Jessica Hunkler (9).
In the boys game, things were much closer and it came down to the wire.
The West led 23-20 mid way through the opening half and remained on top, 46-40, at the intermission.
The East battled back to a 73-all standoff at the 10-minute mark of the second half and it was still tied late before Zanesvilles Christian Myers selected as the games MVP came through with a three-point play; a three-point goal and a pair of free throws down the stretch to give the West the sweep.
Myers closed as the top scorer for the West with 20 points to go with eight rebounds while Zak Kirkbride of Bishop Rosecrans was right behind with 19 tallies and seven boards. Other top producers for the victorious West squad were Heath Dodson of John Glenn with 15 points and seven rebounds; Aaron Parry of Bishop Rosecrans with 11 points and six caroms; Zack Atkins of John Glenn with nine points; RyLee Rogers of Cambridge with eight points and six rebounds; and Jacob Martin of New Lexington with seven tallies and seven retrieves.
For the East, Barnesvilles Preston Dornon took team honors with 16 points and seven boards. Cole Smelley of Bridgeport collected 15 points and nine boards; Derek Leasure of Shennadoah scored 13 points; Kurtis Ogilbee of Union Local had 12 points and 11 rebounds; and Jimmy Baker of Monroe Central had nine points. Barnesvilles Tyler Fitzpatrick grabbed a dozen rebounds and Buckeye Trails Kyle Larrick had 10.
At halftime, Kirkbride of Rosecrans claimed the Slam Dunk Contest with a three-dunk combined score of 83 points, just one point better than Rosecrans teammate Parry and Barnesvilles Kirkpatrick.
Throughout the evening, several awards were presented highlighted by the induction of the District 12 Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame Class of 2012 Coach Dave Bell of Bishop Rosecrans and Zanesville; female athletes Shelly Carroll Cox of Martins Ferry and Marilyn Primovic of Bridgeport; and male athletes Seth Martin of Zanesville and Todd McLoughlin of West Muskingum.
Coach of the Year awards went to Scott Aronhalt of Zanesville (D-I boys); Greg Woodard of John Glenn (D-II boys); Craig Sebring of Shenandoah (D-III boys); Scooter Tolzda of Beallsville (D-IV boys); Jeff Moore of Zanesville (D-I girls); Marty Bice of Tri-Valley (D-II girls); Joey Mobley of West Muskingum (D-III girls); and Rick Jarrett of Beallsville (D-IV girls).
The Player of the Year recipients included Kade Haddox of Zanesville (D-I boys); Dan Monteroso of St. Clairsville (D-II boys); Shon Smith of Fort Frye (D-III boys); Zak Kirkbride of Bishop Rosecrans (D-IV boys); Kailee Howe of Zanesville (D-I girls); Karen Sidwell of Maysville (D-II girls); Amy Graham of West Muskingum (D-III girls) and Karli Bonar of Shadyside (D-IV girls).
Other awards included Tim Gibson of Cambridge as Official of the Year; Ed Johnston of Bishop Rosecrans (boys) and Amanda Kroft of Bishop Rosecrans (girls) as Assistant Coaches of the Year; Jorden Williams of Meadowbrook and Renee Schwieterman of Shenandoah as District 12 Scholarship Recipients; and Delmas Moore of Beallsville received the Distinguished Service Award.