Kylie Kramer hit a game-winning shot in the lane with about four seconds left to give the East girls a 101-99 win in the East-West All-Star game Saturday at Transylvania.
Kramer, a Campbell County star who’s committed to Thomas More, scored nine points for the East squad.
“I honestly thought I was gonna get swatted but I just went for it,” Kramer said of her game-ending play.
East Jessamine standout Emma Young, a Texas A&M-Corpus Christi signee, had a game-high 21 for the winners. Bracken County’s Bailey Cummins, who will play at Shawnee State, scored 20 for the East. Franklin County star Malaka Frank, who’s signed with Western Kentucky, had 19.
Mikayla Berry of Owensboro Catholic led the West All-Stars with 20. She’s signed with Bellarmine.
East Coach Joey Thacker, the girls’ head coach at Franklin County, said the Internet has allowed coaches to get to know every player’s style well before they ever meet them, but that doesn’t reveal their personality.
“It’s just a really enjoyable experience to be around them,” Thacker said. “ ... You get to see them all on film but you don’t really get the chance to talk to them and stuff.”
He lauded the girls’ basketball coaches around the state for their contributions to the sport.
“You don’t see a bunch of our kids going other places and getting in trouble and bringing bad names to their school once they graduate,” Thacker said. “And that’s a reflection of the (coaching) fraternity itself. It’s a really, really fun thing to do.”
West boys cruise
Owen County’s Carson Williams and South Warren’s Dayton Gumm scored 19 points each for the West boys, who came away with a 140-112 win in the East-West All-Star game Saturday at Transylvania.
Jordan Perry scored a game-high 24 for the East, but the West’s share of the talent proved too much for the other side.
Ben Weyer and Tyler Bezold, two players out of the 9th Region, played for the West to help even out the roster distribution. West Coach Scott Chalk, the head coach at Paul Laurence Dunbar, said this year’s turnout by the players and fans was great.
“(It) was probably the best we’ve had (from the players), so I was happy about that,” said Chalk, also the executive director of the Kentucky Association of Basketball Coaches, which puts on the event. “We had a Mr. Basketball play in the game, which we haven’t had in years. So that was nice.”
He was speaking of Williams, a Northern Kentucky signee who brought the crowd alive with several thunderous finishes at the rim through the evening.
Boys: West 140, East 112
West — Cody Mingus 10, Tyrik Edwards 6, Jacob Bates 13, Jaiveon Eaves 7, Sayveon McEwen 17, Tyler Sharpe 10, Mason Faulkner 4, Carson Williams 19, Ben Weyer 6, Dayton Gumm 19, Wade Coomer 6.
East — Antwavon Williams 6, Trey Blevins 11, Travis Dunn 11, Conner Hoskins 8, Trey Farmer 8, Bobby Anderson 2, Will Hager 13, Matt Wilson 15, Jordan Perry 24, Caleb Taylor 12, Hunter Swindall 2, Andrew Tackett.
Girls: East 101, West 99
West — Bree Glover 9, Maddye Rice 4, Tamiah Stanford 8, Shaniya Whistell 4, Carnethia Brown 12, I’Liyah Green 18, Haley Ison 11, Mikayla Berry 20, Adarian Gray 5, Kaci Currens 8, Savannah Gregory 0.
East — Jaclyn Jewell 8, Ansley Davenport 12, Kylie Kramer 9, Malaka Frank 19, Bailey Cummins 20, Emma Young 21, Cristin Hall 2, Ashton Woodard 10, Kayla Bruner 0.