PITTSBURG — The top high school seniors in boys and girls basketball from the SEK, CNC, Three Rivers, Pioneer and Tri-Valley leagues descended upon Whetzel Court inside John Lance Arena for one last game together on Friday.
For the 11th consecutive year, ESPN 100.7 FM, along with CDL and DT Sportswear, sponsored the Southeast Kansas High School Basketball All-Star game. The evening consisted an all-star game and 3-point shootout for both the girls and boys, with the boys also taking part in the fan-favorite slam dunk contest.
“This is a great event and it really brings the community of Southeast Kansas together here at Pittsburg State,” said Mike Snow, programming director at ESPN 100.7. “It gives the kids an opportunity to play in an exciting atmosphere on a collegiate court. All around, it is a really fun event.”
The night kicked off with KOAM morning news anchor Tawnya Bach’s White Team defeating fellow anchor Michael Hayslip’s Black Team 88-68.
Caney Valley’s Kolbi McIntosh earned the MVP honors in the girls’ game, finishing with 16 points, 10 rebounds and five assists.
Girard’s Calea Augustin finished with a game-high 21 points, adding a game-high 13 rebounds, two steals and one assist.
At halftime of the girls’ game, Augustin earned the the 3-point shootout crown, knocking down 13-of-20 attempts from long range.
“It felt pretty good to get back out on the court,” Augustin said. “It took a while to get used to playing with each other, but it was really fun having everyone out here.”
Pittsburg’s Daeshia Turner scored 11 points, had two rebounds, two assists and two steals, while Humboldt’s Makaylah McCall scored 10 points and grabbed 10 rebounds.
Labette County’s Gwyn Dean also scored in double figures for the White Team, finishing with 10 points, eight rebounds, two assists and two steals.
Girard’s Olivia Hanson, Uniontown’s Shalina Harper and Independence’s Kallie Smith all led the Black Team in scoring with 11 points each.
Hanson added a team-high seven rebounds.
In the boys’ game, Bach’s White Team earned a 117-98 win over KOAM Sports Director Jacob Lenard’s Black Team.
St. Mary’s Colgan’s Simon Higginbotham earned MVP honors as a member of the White Team after scoring a game-high 27 points, and tying for the game-high in rebounds with 13.
“This was a really great experience,” Higginbotham said. “I have never even heard some of these guys talk, so just getting to know them in the locker room before the game and getting to play in this venue, I am just blessed to be a part of it. I would like to thank my mom and dad for getting me to this point.”
Higginbotham also took first place in the 3-point shootout, finishing with 10.
Girard’s Isaiah Fisher finished with 21 points, nine rebounds, two steals and an assist.
Humboldt’s Rayce Hoepker scored 18 and had four boards, while Frontenac’s Isaac Bicknell finished with 13 points, nine rebounds, five assists and a steal.
Erie’s Wyatt Semrad scored 11 and had eight rebounds, while Caney Valley’s Baylor Melchiori finished with 10 points, nine rebounds and five assists.
Pittsburg’s Elijah Harris had a game-high seven assists, adding five points and a steal.
Parsons’ Jamarius Green, Galena’s P.J. Sarwinski and Baxter Springs’ Garrett Shafer all scored 16 points to lead the Black Team.
Shafer also was named the winner of the slam dunk contest.
Green finished with a double-double, pulling down 10 rebounds, while adding four assists and three steals.
Girard’s Eric Wilson scored 14 points and had four rebounds, with Neodesha’s Drew Stover finishing with 11 points, eight rebounds and three assists.
-- Lucas Davis is the sports editor of the Pittsburg Morning Sun. E-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on twitter @LDsportswriter.