Girls Basketball

East holds off West in girls basketball all-star game

Posted July 17
Updated July 18

— Riverside-Martin senior Kayla Jones tallied a double-double to lead the East All-Stars past the West, 74-71, Monday night at the N.C. Coaches Association East-West All-Star girls basketball game at the Greensboro Coliseum.

Jones led all scorers with 19 points and 13 rebounds to earn MVP honors at the 43rd annual girls all-star contest.

Union Pines’ Nyona Shields and Lumberton’s Jasmine McBrine also finished in double figures with 11 and 10 points, respectively.

Jordan senior Talia Barnes tallied only two points but was crucial on the boards for the East in the win, grabbing 11 rebounds in the contest.

With the win, the East has now claimed victory in three of the last five all-star contests.

The East jumped out to a 13-11 lead after the first quarter but watched its lead dwindle after a 14-5 run that put the West up by five points at halftime.

But the West wasn't able to hold its lead in the third after being outscored 24-19, including a 13-2 to end the quarter. The West all-stars led by as many as 11 points in the first half.

Rocky Mount’s Keyanna Spivey spun past a West defender in the paint and put the basketball in with only second remaining in the third quarter to knot the game at 55-55.

E.E. Smith’s Rayvin Griffin scored only 43 seconds into the fourth quarter to give the East its first lead since early in the second quarter.

Jaylin Powell of Rolesville kept the East’s lead intact with a stellar showing from the free-throw line Monday night, scoring all nine one her points from the charity stripe. Powell hit her last four free throws with East hanging on to a single-digit lead late in the contest.

“I just want to help the team in any way I can," Powell said. "If that’s scoring or passing, rebounding or anything I can do. Kayla Jones did a great job scoring. I just wanted to get to the ball to her and anyone else that was open.”

Clinton head coach Chris Owens, an assistant on the 2017 East team, said winning the all-star game was the perfect way to end his special season.

“It means a lot; it’s been an amazing ride this whole year, and I just thank God for everything," Owens said. "To be able to experience playing in a championship game and when it, and then being selected among your peers as far as coaching – being coach of the year – and then coaching in the East-West Game. There are] so many great coaches in North Carolina. It’s been a blessing and I really enjoyed this experience.”

R.S. Central’s Kyrya Davis led the West with 16 points and grabbed five boards. Tierra Wilson on RJ Reynolds recorded 14 points and Eden Morehead’s J’Nai Millner also finished in double figures with 10 points.

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