ELYRIA — Lorain senior and Penn State recruit Alex Harris took one last shot at making history Tuesday at the Lorain County Girls Basketball Association Senior All-Star Games at Elyria High School.
She tried to dunk.
It was late in the night’s second game — a 67-48 Red team win over Black— when, with her teammates cheering her on, the 6-foot-3 Harris, who had an open path to the basket from the 3-point line, dribbled in and went up to attempt a two-handed slam.
It didn’t really matter that she was turned away by the bottom of the rim, she still got perfect 10s from the crowd for effort and artistic merit.
“I’ve tried that before in practice for the all-star game but I guess I just didn’t have enough energy,” said Harris, who admitted she’s yet to actually dunk one.
Harris, who had a double-double with 10 points and 16 rebounds for the Red team, said she will always cherish her final high school basketball memory.
“It was a lot of fun tonight,” she said. “I’m going to remember this forever. Even the practice we had before the game was amazing.”
The Red team jumped out to a 33-18 halftime lead and was never seriously challenged in the second half. Lake Ridge’s Kyndall Wellons led the team with 12 points.
Vermilion’s AuBree LaForce, who was crowned 2013 Miss Basketball before the game, and Amherst’s Morgan Dziak provided the long-range shooting for the Red. Dziak had three 3-pointers and LaForce connected twice.
“It was a really fun experience to get to play with all these great girls from all over the area,” Dziak said.
Elyria’s Mary Jones led the Black team with 11 points, while Elyria Catholic’s Karissa McGrath added 10.
The first game was the Anelisa Kollias show as the Avon Lake senior scored 17 points to lead the Gold team to a 47-37 win over the Blue. Kollias set the tone early, scoring nine points in the first 4:05 to help her team build a 15-6 lead.
“I don’t know how I shot the ball so well tonight,” Kollias said. “I was just excited to be here and I wanted to have fun getting the chance to play with other girls.”
Columbia’s Kaley Marshall added nine points, which included an all-star game rarity — four free throws.
“It was fun meeting everyone on all the teams, but it was also awesome to be able to play one more game with my teammates,” Marshall said. “But it was also kind of sad because I know we will never play together again. Seeing as I hadn’t picked up a basketball since the season ended it felt good just to make some shots and be on the winning team.”
The Blue team was led Wellington’s Erin Reisinger with 10 points.
Gold 47, Blue 37
BLUE (37): Raven Howard 2-0-5, Erin Reisinger 3-2-10, Grace Dooley 0-0-0, Gabby Woods 1-0-2, Alexis Roseboro 3-0-6, Megan Salisbury 0-0-0, Shannon Hopkins 2-0-4, Katelynne Baker 0-0-0, Destiny Samples 3-1-7, Melissa Knepper 1-0-2, Aungie Owens 0-1-1. Totals 15-4-37.
Gold (47): Tori Odle 0-0-0, Grace Kudelo 0-1-1, Molly Disbrow 3-0-6, Anelisa Kollias 7-1-17, Maggie Heschel 0-0-0, Christine Lyzen 1-0-3, Jenna Guth 0-0-0, Kaley Marshall 2-4-9, Cassie Mattix 2-0-4, Courtney Judson 1-2-4, Jessica Eichenlaub 1-1-3. Totals 17-9-47.
Blue 10 10 10 7 — 37
Gold 18 10 8 11 — 47
Three-point goals: Blue (Reisinger 2, Howard), Gold (Kollias 2, Marshall, Lyzen); Field goals: Blue 15-58 (26 percent), Gold 17-53 (32 percent); Free throws: Blue 4-5 (80 percent), Gold 9-14(65 percent); Rebounds: Blue 33, Gold 36; Turnovers: Blue 10, Gold 13.
Red 67, Black 48
Black (48): Desiree Ray 3-3-9, Mackenzie Mielcarek 2-0-4, Sydney Wright 1-0-2, Kaitlin Neumann 1-0-3, Karissa McGrath 5-0-10, Brittney McNamara 2-0-5, Mary Jones 4-1-11, Rachel Holowecky 2-0-4, Brianna Rodgers 0-0-0. Totals 20-4-48.
Red (67): Sydney Clark 3-0-6, Monet Saunders 4-0-8, Kyndall Wellons 5-1-12, Brianna Shagovac 4-0-8, Sydney Failing 2-0-4, Morgan Dziak 3-0-9, AuBree LaForce 2-0-6, Alex Harris 4-1-10, Ashley Malone 2-0-4. Totals 29-2-67.
Black 8 10 17 13 — 48
Red 12 21 14 20 — 67
Three-point goals: Black (Jones 2, Neumann, McNamara), Red (Dziak 3, LaForce 2, Harris, Wellons); Field goals: Black 20-67 (30 percent), Red 29-74 (39 percent); Free throws: Black 3-6 (50 percent), Red 2-4 (50 percent); Rebounds: Black 48, Red 45; Turnovers: Black 11, Red 9.
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