Trailing by a score of 63-62, the West All-Stars put together a final 24-16 scoring drive over the final seven minutes of play to rally past the East All-Stars for an 86-79 victory Saturday afternoon in the Arkansas High School Coaches Association Girls All-Star Basketball Game in Conway.
Imani Honey of Hot Springs helped get the West All-Stars out to a 17-13 lead after providing 10 points in the first quarter, driving to the basket and scoring at will. Quitman’s Rieley Hooten, who started from the forward position, served as a defensive anchor for the team, hauling in three rebounds with one steal while also locking down Wonderview’s Brooke Zimmerman. A three pointer from Bentonville’s Fess Hawkins gave the red Westerners an 11-10 lead with a minute remaining before Honey drilled a free throw and banked home a layup at the horn.
The East battled back with a 9-4 second quarter run that was capped off with a three-point play from Little Rock Central’s Erynn Barnum, however the West answered right back with an 8-5 run that included a lay-in from Fayetteville’s Jasmine Franklin and a wide-open triple with 10 seconds left to seize back the lead at 29-27.
The third quarter momentum swung in favor of the East to begin the third quarter on Hannah Pfeifer’s (Mountain Home) trifecta and Amber Hawkinson’s (North Little Rock) basket from in close, as the West closed out the first half by outscoring their opponent 16-9, getting five points from Ozark’s Hannah Ladd who scored on a drive to the cup before swishing a deep three to give the team a 47-42 halftime lead.
Ladd gave her team a seven-point advantage on yet another three-point play with5:30 left in the fourth, but that did not stop the East from claiming back the lead at 63-62 as part of a 11-7 push. In the final frame of action, the West kept the foot on the gas pedal while propelling themselves to the victory.
Honey took home most valuable player honors after turning in a stat line of 16 points and 7 rebounds in 20 minutes of play. The West’s most outstanding player award went to Franklin, scored 16 points and collected 8 rebounds. For the East, it was Pfeifer who would take the most outstanding award, firing in five three-pointers for 15 points.
Hooten finished the contest with a total of four rebounds and one steal in nine minutes of play. Hooten is the second consecutive Quitman Lady Bulldog to represent the West after 2017 Class 2A State MVP Reagan Rackley partook in the game last year.