Tri-State stars shine in annual event
CRESTVIEW HILLS, Ky. -- Ohio's boys and Kentucky's girls won their games Saturday night in the 22nd annual Ohio-Kentucky All-Star Basketball Game played Thomas More College's Convocation Center. The event proved to be quite the showcase for Ironton High School's Zac Carter.
Ironton High's Trey Fletcher scored 15 points and Carter added 12 on four 3-pointers to lead Ohio to a 106-98 victory. Cincinnati recruit Kevin Johnson led Ohio with 21. Kentucky signee MiKyle McIntosh had 18 points and Ken-Jah Bosley 17 to pace the Bluegrass seniors.
Ironton High coach Mark LaFon was an assistant for the Ohio team.
In the first game in the contest called "Battle at the Border," Serena Sandusky and Taylor Porter tallied 17 points each and Kierra Muhammad 16 to lead Kentucky to a 113-76 victory. Kentucky had seven players in double figures. For Ohio, Kayla McDowell led the way with 12 points. Erica Dawson had 11 and Tori Leader 10. Kentucky outscored the Buckeye seniors, 60-33, in the second half to win going away. Ashland's Bill Bradley was an assistant coach for Kentucky.
For the overall series now, Ohio's boys lead 15-7 and Kentucky's girls are up 13-8.
Festivities began Friday night with the Slam Jam All-Star Night of Stars. Carter started strong by winning the 1-on-1 contest. He later played on the winning team in the 3-on-3 championship.
1-ON-1: Carter won the Ohio title first, then beat Logan O'Bryan (Davis) County, 12-10, to take the overall crown. O'Bryan beat Demetrius McReynolds (Louisville Butler) to win the Kentucky side. For the girls, Kentucky's Miss Basketball Makayla Epps (Marion County) beat Serena Sandusky to win Kentucky. Bianca Quisenberry (Tecumseh) won the Ohio title, then beat Mason for the overall crown. Epps is going to UK.
3-ON-3 CHAMPIONSHIP: Carter and D.J. Wingfield and Isaiah Johnson of Walnut Hills beat Kentucky's Rusty Troutman (Bullitt East), McReynolds and Tyler Jones (Montgomery County) for the crown. For the girls, Larryn Brooks (Madison Central), Leah Schaeffer (Fort Thomas Highlands) and Epps led Kentucky past Ohio's Alexis Henning (Centerville), Megan Galloway (Greenville) and Trischa Lacy (Urbana).
GIRLS 3-POINT SHOOTOUT: Konner Harris (Sidney) won for Ohio and Brooks for Kentucky. For the boys, Austin McBee (Minford) won for Ohio and Omar Prewitt (Montgomery County) for Kentucky. McBee took the overall title by sinking the money-ball shot (two points) on the final rack.
SLAM DUNK: Six players from each state began the competition. It came down to Kentucky's Ray Kasongo (Pikeville) against Ohio's Josh Davenport and Kasongo prevailed, 49-47.
The all-star run continues for Carter this Saturday in the Ohio North-South All-Star Game at Capital University in Columbus. He'll be in the boys Division 3-4 game at 3:45 p.m. Division 1-2 follows at 5:30. For the girls, the 3-4 game at noon starts the festivities and 1-2 game is at 1:45.