West Sweeps in District 12 All-Star Games

OLD WASHINGTON – The annual District 12 All-Star Games went the way they usually go.

The East squads, made up predominately of Division III and IV schools, were handed decisive setbacks in both the boys’ and girls’ contests held Friday night at Buckeye Trail High School, with a large crowd looking on.

The East girls owned a 39-36 lead at halftime, but watched the West outscore them 48-25 in the second half for a 84-66 victory.

The East boys, who had just one player (Cody Schau) who stood taller than 6-foot-2, relied on the 3-point shot as much as possible, draining 21 from behind the line, but the West squad had the answer time and time again in a 139-104 rout.

In the girls’ game, the West took charge in the third quarter, but after Martins Ferry’s Jessica Kinney cashed in at the foul line, the East was down just three early in the fourth.

However, the West proceeded to score the next 11 to take control.

The game struggled to get into a flow much of the evening because of the 43 personal fouls that were whistled and 71 free throws that were shot.

St. John Central’s Kristen Russell netted 14 points to lead the way for the East. She was complemented by Shadyside’s Hayley Holenka who went for 13, and Monroe Central’s Chelsie Tewanger’s 12.

The West squad was led by Cambridge’s Mallory Taylor, who was named game MVP for her 15 points. West Muskingum product Macy Meadows added 12.

The difference in the boys’ game was a strong second quarter by the West when it exploded for 44 points and the East, which was coached by Beallsville’s Casey Tolzda, managed only 15 points in the second as the lead went from two after one to 75-44 at the intermission.

Cambridge’s Kyle Ritz, a second team all-Ohioan, had the hot hand in the quarter, scoring 12 of his game-high 29 in the quarter, including a thunderous dunk.

The East continued to battle into the third quarter, but the hole was far too deep to manage any sort of comeback.

Shadyside’s Adam Stupak had an impressive showing, leading the East squad with 22 points, including 15 in the second half.

Martins Ferry’s Schau, a second-team all-Ohioan, finished with 17, including two jams. His second dunk was off a well-thrown lob from Buckeye Trail’s Zac Roe.

All told, five East members reached double figures. River’s Jordan Indermuhle recorded 15 points, while St. Clairsville’s Jerrid Marhefka buried four treys en route to 12 points. Roe finished with 10.