Players from both Van-Far and Community R-VI girls basketball teams had strong performances in last week’s Third Annual EMO Conference All-Star Basketball game in Bowling Green.
Due to a lack of enough players to split teams into representations of small and large division schools, players were split into white and dark teams which put Van-Far’s MaKenzie Wallace on the White team. Her teammates Kasey Gatson and Jenise Johnson were both on the Dark team.
Gatson teamed with Community R-VI players Brittni Brandwein, Shelby Curtis, and Alisha Arens to help the Dark team to an easy 71-37 victory.
Gatson led the charge for the Dark team in the first quarter after scoring seven points. Wallace’s first basket ended the Dark team’s 10-0 run.
Curtis added a 3-pointer before the White team’s 8-0 run cut the lead to 18-12 at the end of the first quarter.
Brandwein led the Dark team in the second quarter with her team’s seventh 3-pointer in the first half. She scored five points to help the Dark team to a 35-19 halftime lead.
While Wallace scored two of her team’s 10 points in the third quarter, Gatson had four points and Brandwein added a 3-pointer to pace the Dark team to a 53-29 edge heading into the fourth. Curtis made a near half court 3-pointer after the buzzer that could have extended the lead further.
Gatson scored four points in the fourth and Arens scored her first two points to help the Dark team seal the 34-point victory.
Gatson led all scorers with 17 points, six assists, three rebounds, two steals, and one block. Wallace had four points after making just 2-of-8 shots from the field.
Her lone rebound came on Gatson’s 3-point miss.
Johnson scored two points, four rebounds, one steal, and one block. One of Johnson’s rebounds came after a Wallace missed shot.
Brandwein tallied eight points, four rebounds, one assist, and one block; Curtis had three points, two rebounds, one steal, and one assist; and Arens tallied two points, four rebounds, and one block.
In the 3-point contest, Brandwein won her first round battle with Wellsville’s Makenzie Swarthout 4-3 while Gatson beat her Van-Far teammate Wallace 2-0. Wright City’s Abby McNeil won the finals 3-2 over Bowling Green’s Sadie Pafford.
The White team’s coach was Clopton’s Larry Lagemann while Bowling Green’s Bobby Spoonster coached the Dark team.