Ealey leads East past West in girl's basketball
Posted July 20, 2015
Greensboro, N.C. — Behind a big scoring night from Kaila Ealey (Broughton) and an MVP-caliber performance from Chinyere Bell (South View), the East All-Stars defeated the West 84-72 Monday night in the N.C. Coaches Association East-West All-Star girl's basketball game in Greensboro.
Ealey, an NC State recruit, led all scorers with 18 points while adding five rebounds. Bell scored 11 points and pulled down nine rebounds while Kianna Wynn (East Wake) and Amber Richardson (Southeast Raleigh) scored 11 each. Salita Greene (Jordan) led the game in rebounds with 13.
The East has now won the girl's basketball All-Star game twice in the past three years.
"I was honored to be invited to this," Ealey said. "We played well as a team, we accomplished a lot and to bring it home for the East feels good."
The East and the West were close on the scoreboard through much of the opening minutes until the East scored eight points in a row, including five from Richardson. Minutes later, Richardson scored again to push the East lead to double digits. The East All-Stars led 43-33 at halftime.
In the second half, the West began on a 16-7 run to cut the deficit to just a point. From there, the East went on another long run fueled by five straight points from Ealey. Defense was a factor for the East All-Stars, who scored 23 points off turnovers and 14 points on the break.
"I think we just had more intensity on defense," Richardson said. "We were slacking off defensively, and then we started pressuring and getting steals and easy lay-ups, which are easy points."
The East side finished with 16 steals and 15 turnovers in the game, while the West turned the ball over 24 times.
In the closing minutes, the West made a final push to pull within three points, but the East engineered another scoring run in which Bell, Wynn, Grace Hunter (Athens Drive) and Tainasha Vines (Bunn) all scored points.
Richardson, who scored nine of her 11 points in the first half, said a quick scoring start helped the team out in the first few minutes.
"I get comfortable really fast on the court," Richardson said. "I don’t like to be limited or anything. If you’re sagging off I’m going to shoot and if you’re playing close I’m going to drive."
Richardson and Ealey, along with the West's D.D. Rogers (Myers Park), are all headed to NC State in the fall and will be college teammates. Ealey said her chemistry with Richardson, along with the rest of the East team, played a large role in being prepared for the game.
"We all know each other from AAU or from playing against each other in high school," Ealey said. "It was kind of like a reunion—getting together one last time to accomplish a big goal."
For the West, Yazmen Hannah (Hickory) led the team with 16 points, while Rogers, Stephanie Watts (Weddington) and A'Diyah Ussery (Crest) each scored ten. The team shot 31-percent from the field but shot just 7-of-33 from beyond the three-point line.
Raziyah Farrington (Chapel Hill) added eight points and four assists for the East. Justine Lyon (Hillside) scored eight points, Hunter and DeNajah Porter (Bertie) each had six points, Greene finished with three Vines had two.
Ovester Grays (Hillside) was the head coach of the East team, while Marlon Lee (Clayton) was the team's assistant coach.
Follow Zach Mayo on Twitter at @ZachMayoHSOT