(April 10th, 2015) – BRYAN: It was the East who came away victorious in the thirty-second annual Cage Classic Girls game. From the early goings of the contest, the Eastern girls controlled the pace of the game, matching electric offense with strong defense.
That balance paid off for the girls of Fulton and Henry Counties, as the Eastern All-Stars took down their Western counterparts, made up of girls from Williams and Defiance Counties, 80-50.
That’s not to say the West was without its shining moments. In fact, Edon’s Alex Kiess and North Central’s Rachel Oxender tied for a game high total with 12 points apiece. Montpelier teammates Baylee Hageman and Breanna Stein each shared in the spot light as well.
Hageman, normally accustomed to do all of her work in the paint, knocked down a three-point attempt for her only 3 points of the contest. She also attempted to throw an alley-oop. From the three point line. With her back to the rim. She missed.
Stein handled the ball quite well during her time in the game. She had 2 points on the evening.
For the East, the Pettisville duo of Dana Fricke and Mikala Avina each totaled 11 points. Fricke scored from inside and out, hitting mid-range jumpers and a three, while still finding ways to score in the paint. Not to be outdone, Avian stuck out on both ends of the floor, making life difficult for Western ball handlers as well as defenders.
Fayette’s Page Keefer had a quiet evening, electing to play more defense than offense. She had 3 points in the contest. Natalie Koenig, of Wauseon, spent more time trying to set her teammates up for a good shot than scoring herself. She connected on a single layup for 2 points.
The contest was filled with spectacular performances, well worthy of the label of All-Star game. Despite the final score, girls on both sides enjoyed themselves as they could cut loose on the court, exploring parts of their games which wouldn’t normally be touched in the intensely competitive nature of the season.
At the same time, I’m sure the junior girls on each side will remember the final score going into next year’s game.
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