By Kyle Lovern
RED JACKET – The fans that turned out for the 2nd Annual Consol Energy WV-KY Senior All-Star game got their money’s worth on Saturday at Mingo Central High School.
The boy’s game featured some top-level talent and was a fast-paced, high octane match. In the end the Kentucky all-stars defeated the West Virginia squad 115-109.
The Bluegrass squad was paced by Brandon Holton of Dixie Heights High School with 26 points. Tony Martini and Trent Gilbert of state runner-up Scott County had 19 and 18 points respectively. Chris Hudson of Hazard added 17 points including a pair of monster slam dunks.
For the Mountain State squad, coached by Logan’s Mark Hatcher, Josh Perkins of Huntington Prep fired in 36 points, including six 3-pointers and he also had a couple of slam dunks. Perkins also dished out 9 assists and 3 steals. The 6’1” guard had 24 points at the half.
W.Va. Player of the Year Jon Elmore of George Washington fired in 29 points including five 3’s, while Arick Nicks of Class 3A state champion Huntington High School had 18 points.
Tug Valley’s Thomas Baisden chipped in 8 points for the W.Va. squad. The Panther product also pulled down 6 rebounds.
Tyler Carr of Shelby Valley, playing for his school’s coach Jim Hicks, had 9 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Martini pulled down 12 rebounds to lead his squad in that category, while Gilbert dished out 7 assists.
“It was a fun game to coach,” said Mark Hatcher. “There was a lot of talent out on the floor.”
West Virginia 88, Kentucky 63
The West Virginia girl’s defeated Kentucky 88-63 in the opening game of the event.
Kentucky, coached by Wes Hatcher of Pike Central, only had five players to show up. He had several players cancel at the last minute.
West Virginia, coached by Huntington St. Joe’s Shannon Lewis, had a balanced scoring attack. Lewis has led the Irish to 6 straight Class A state titles.
Mariah Callen of University in Morgantown fired in 18 points, while Sierra Jordan scored 14 and Ali Whitman of Scott added 12 points. The 6’2” Whitman pulled down a game-high 15 rebounds.
Tug Valley senior Hannah Armstrong hit double figures with 10 points, while Hannah King scored 9 and Kristen Desrocher of Chapmanville chipped in 8 points. Desrocher led the W.Va. team with 5 assists. Armstrong grabbed 7 rebounds for her team.
For the Bluegrass State squad Nan White led the way with 24 points, while Jamie Castle fired in 21 points. Caitlyn Norman of Phelps High School added 13 for Kentucky.
Boy’s game –
Kentucky - Teddy Ware 7, Derion Burns 7, Trent Gilbert 18, Tyler Carr 9, Troy Stewart 4, Cody Belter 8, Tony Martini 19, Brandon Holton 26 and Chris Hudson 17.
West Virginia – Henry Sorsaia 3, Arick Nicks 18, Carrington Morris 6, Josh Perkins 36, Worm Street 0, Zak Miller 0, Kenny Plumley 2, Chancelor Wooding 5, Thomas Baisden 8, Jon Elmore 29, Julius Hatcher 0 and Taron Akers 0.
Girl’s game –
Kentucky – Nan White 24, Caitlyn Norman 13, Jamie Castles 21, Abby Little 5, Malena Little 0.
West Virginia – Mariah Callen 18, Faith Davis 5, Ali Whitman 12, Sierra Jordan 14, Kristen Desrocher 8, Hannah King 9, Danielle Brown 5, Rachel Lee 2, Asia Petite 5 and Hannah Armstrong 10.
ALL-STAR GAME NOTES:
The MVP’s of the girl’s game were Callen of West Virginia and White of Kentucky. For the boy’s game the MVP’s were Josh Perkins of the Mountain State and Brandon Holton of the Bluegrass State …. The dunk contest was won by Chris Hudson of Hazard … the 3-point contest winners for the gals were Mariah Callen of University (Morgantown) and for the guys it was Trent Gilbert of Scott County ….. Some college coaches were in attendance scouting player in hopes of picking up a couple of last minute recruits. Kelly Wells, the head coach of the University of Pikeville and his assistant, Randy Casey, the former coach of Belfry, were sitting in the front row. It was good to spend some time with those two coaches. Wells is a class act …. WVU Tech coaches were also in attendance …. The day-long event had several Buddy League all-star games to launch off the event … Mingo Central Coach Brad Napier and Miner’s Basketball Booster Steve “Tib” Cook were the directors for the event …. Consol Energy has pledged to continue to sponsor the event next spring…. Chapmanville coach Allan Hatcher was at the game watching his son Mark coach the W.Va. boys and his nephew Wes coaching the Ky. girls and watching one of his Tiger players Kenny Plumley … Those local basketball fans that did not come out for the event missed a great show.
(Kyle Lovern is the Sports Editor for the Williamson Daily News. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 304-235-4242, ext. 33 or on Twitter @KyleLovern.)