A number of recently graduated athletes from the Albion News area returned to the basketball court this past Friday to take part in the 30th Annual Columbus Telegram/Central Community College All-Star games at CCC’s Raider Fieldhouse.
Along with six former Boone Central Cardinals selected for the contests – Jaime Kennedy, Jenna Lehmann, Britany Seda, Emily Carder, Brett Temme, Kade Leetch – Newman Grove was represented by Lila Wondercheck, Brooke Nelson, Troy McCuiston and Spencer Wallin and St. Edward by Brenna Carlstrom. Boone Central’s Mike Kennedy was head coach of the girls Red All-Stars and Sean Wickham of St. Edward assisted on the girls Blues staff.
Girls: Red 78, Blue 55
Friday must have felt familiar to Coach Mike Kennedy and the competing Lady Cardinals.
Not only reunited for one final game and wearing their old school colors, the Boone Central contingent helped lead the Red All-Stars to a resounding 78-55 victory over the Blues in the Telegram/CCC girls game, reminiscent of their success during a 25-3 2011-12 high school season.
And, much like what BC fans became accustomed to, the former Cardinals flashed inside/outside dominance to boost the Reds to a commanding start.
Lehmann used her height (6-2) and deft touch to lead Red scoring with 14 points, while Kennedy rained in a trio of three-point field goals and Seda added a pair of long-range bombs.
With Carder also chipping in seven points, the Red All-Stars took control with a 28-8 first-quarter blitz, led 50-21 at intermission and dominated throughout.
Boys: Blue 90, Red 65
Maybe Friday’s Telegram/CCC All-Star games had something to do with players being comfortable in their uniform colors.
After Boone Central players helped the Reds dominate the girls contest, Newman Grove’s Spencer Wallin canned five three-point field goals and led the Blue All-Stars to a 90-65 trounding of the Reds in the boys game.
The long-range game was the key for the Blue squad. The Blues, led by Wallin’s bombs, sank 12 three-pointers to just five by Red shooters. Wallin knocked down four of his five during a 27-point second-quarter frenzy that pushed the Blue lead to 46-27 at halftime.
Wallin led four Blue scorers in double figures with 16 points.
Petersburg’s Temme sank a pair of three-point shots and finished with eight points. Wallin’s former teammate, McCuiston, had two points for the Red squad.
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