By Quinn Ritzdorf, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Patriot League had 13 players between the boys and girls participate in the Weld County All-Star Basketball game Tuesday night at University Middle School.
Of those 13, Eaton had the most participants with three girls — Bailie Duncan, Sydney Booth and Michaela Hill — and two boys — Cody Kessel and Harrison Zeller.
The Patriot League had a great showing in the girls 3-point contest with both Duncan and Booth of Eaton making the three-person final. As for the boys All-Star game, Bryson Becker led all scorers with 27 points and also grabbed the most rebounds with 15.
But who would have thought that the smallest school represented at the girls all-star game would have the biggest showing?
Representatives from Highland, the only Class 2A school in the game, were the difference makers.
The Huskies senior Laramie Woods scored 13 points and grabbed six rebounds, securing the Most Valuable Player award. Her teammate, Lauren Frink, recorded seven points, four rebounds, three assists and two steals.
As for the “away” team, Naomi Hidalgo of Greeley Central tied Woods for the most points in the game with 13. However, it wasn’t enough, as her team lost 55-53.
“It was definitely an experience,” Eaton’s Duncan said. “It was cool to actually talk to (other programs’ players) and play with them on the same team.”
The game featured 45 seniors from 18 high schools throughout northern Colorado. Players are nominated, and teams are compiled, by area coaches.
During halftime girls 3-point contest, the final round consisted of Duncan, Booth and Hattie Sheets (Greeley Central). Duncan started the round with a couple made shots.
Then, Booth took her turn making six shots from behind the arc. With the Reds, she didn’t take a 3-point attempt all season. She would have won the contest if not for Sheets making her seventh 3-pointer just as the buzzer sounded.
“It was cool to be out there and show what I can do that I didn’t even know I could do,” Booth said. “I practice them in practice but that’s never where I am in a game.”
This game was unlike most all-star games — the girls actually played defense. There was hustle, typically unseen at events like this, from girls diving on the floor for loose balls to charges taken.