NORTH RIDGEVILLE — The annual Rising Stars game which features the best underclassmen from around Lorain County has become one of the main attractions of the Lorain County Girls Basketball Coaches Association All-Star festivities.
This year’s game pitted teammate against teammate, players against coaches and even sister against sister.
In the end, it was the balanced scoring of the Home team which made the difference in a 53-48 win over the Away team.
Clearview sophomore Brooke Rebman was the leading scorer for the Home side with nine points. All 12 players on the home roster scored with six players finishing with five or more points.
“It was great to be a part of this,” Rebman said. “I was a part of this game last year, too. Playing with girls from different teams is always a great opportunity.”
Elyria Catholic junior Abby Winnen also had eight points for the Home, which led by as many as 12 points.
Brookside’s Brad Barhorst and Vermilion’s Yvonne Craigo coached the Home team.
Rebman, Winnen and Columbia sophomore Ally Ross, who scored five, combined for 22 of the Home points. Each player also had the chance to showcase their skills in front of a packed house at the North Ridgeville Academic Center after missing a significant portion of the season with injuries.
“This was fun. It was a good way to end the season,” Rebman said. “Next year I just hope I can stay healthy.”
Rebman said the highlight of the night was defeating her coach, Nick Dimacchia, who coached the Away team with Elyria’s Tony Brown.
The Amherst duo of Faith Lewis and Amaya Staton also combined for 11 points for the Home team, which never trailed in the second half.
Elyria Catholic junior Ally Winnen was by far the most dominant player, scoring 18 points for the Away team. It was Winnen’s second time playing in the game and she doubled the nine points she scored last year.
“We all just played our game,” Ally Winnen said. “There were some really good players out there. We had the size advantage and we tried to make the most of that.”
Lorain sophomore Ashley Hisle (nine points) and Avon junior Ashlee Torbert (five points) were the only other away players to score more than four points.
“To have all of the Rising Stars in Lorain County on the court together is really a lot of fun,” Ally Winnen said. “Some of these girls have played together before, some are on my AAU team. It feels really good to play with all of these girls and see some old friends.”
With Abby Winnen’s Home team winning but Ally Winnen scoring twice as many points as any other rising star, the question was which twin was going to claim bragging rights.
“I win because I hit a 3-pointer,” Ally Winnen said. “I definitely win because now my sister can’t say I can’t shoot.”
Home 53, Away 48
AWAY (48): Alexis Alston 1-0-2, Ashlee Torbert 2-0-5, Jenna Rothman 1-1-4, Ally Winnen 8-1-18, Ashley Hisle 4-0-9, Leia Smith 2-0-4, Victoria Jackson 1-0-2, Emily McClain 2-0-4. Totals 21-2-48.
HOME (53): Faith Lewis 2-0-5, Amaya Staton 3-0-6, Emma Knick 2-1-5, Brooke Rebman 4-1-9, Ariana Vazquez 1-2-4, Ally Ross 2-0-5, Abby Winnen 4-0-8, Taylor Mehl 0-1-1, Madi Herrington 1-0-2, Mady Rosado 2-0-4, Isabella Patarini 1-0-2, Nina Vlach 1-0-2. Totals 23-5-53.
Away 23 25 — 48
Home 29 24 — 53
Three-point goals: Away (Torbert, Rothman, Winnen, Hisle); Home (Ross, Lewis). Free throws: Away 2-5 (40 percent), Home 5-9 (55 percent).