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May 16, 2014

East shakes off cold start, pulls away from West

Byng —    The East squad, led by the dominating inside play of Allen High School’s Sandra Howshar (Rowsey) and Ada High’s Aaliyah Blakley, overcame a slow start and clipped the West squad, 69-52, on Wednesday night in The Ada News All-Star Classic girls game at Byng’s Bill Koller Fieldhouse.

   Howshar tossed in 16 points, pulled down eight rebounds and blocked a shot while Blakley added 13 points, eight boards, three steals and blocked a shot for the East team, which trailed 17-9 after one quarte but outscored the West 29-13 in the second to take control.

   The East then continued its commanding ways with a 16-5 third quarter to lead 54-35 heading into the fourth.

   Howshar, who edged out Blakley for Most Valuable Player honors, scored 10 of her points in the second half, including eight in the fourth quarter to help pad the East advantage. She missed only one field-goal attempt in the contest, converting 7-of-8 shots from the floor and 4-of-7 free throws. Blakley connected on 6-of-12 shots from the field, including one 3-pointer.

   Also reaching double figures for the winning East squad was Coalgate’s Landon Garcia with 10, as she was 4-of-6 from the floor with a pair of treys and pulled down four rebounds.

   Ada’s Markeisha Black added nine points and eight boards to the East attack as the “visitors” owned a convincing 38-25 rebounding advantage.

   Latta’s Shelbey Parnacher and Ada’s Meneé Thomsen supplied seven points apiece for the East. Thomsen also ended up with a pair of steals, and Parnacher had one theft and hustled for five boards.

   Game-high scoring honors went to the West team’s Lauren Trimmer of Roff, who fired in 19 points, including four 3-pointers. She was 6-of-13 from the field. Stratford’s Vanessa Cothren followed with nine points as she was perfect on her field-goal tries (3-of-3 with one trey) and free-throw attempts (2-of-2). Byng’s McKenzie Hudson was next with eight points.

   After the East got on the board first with a bucket from Ada’s Sami Jewett, the West scored nine unanswered points, with five coming from Trimmer.

   The East, behind Howshar’s six points, pulled within 9-8, but the West, behind six points from Trimmer and two free shots by Konawa’s Danielle Khoury, took a 17-9 advantage into the second period.

   It was 19-11 before the East outscored the West, 27-11, in the final 7:04 of the half to grab a 38-30 lead at intermission. Back-to-back Thomsen 3-pointers set the stage for the East’s big run to close out the second quarter. Blakley had eight of her points during that span on field goals.

   The West stayed in contention until the midway point of the third period, when the East went on a 14-0 spurt to snatch the 19-point lead (54-35)heading into the fourth.

   The East squad’s biggest advantage was 64-40 with 3:49 remaining after two buckets by Howshar and one from Latta’s Taryn Wood.

Haley Dean, also of Ada, had two steals in the game.

 

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