SINCLAIRVILLE - There was plenty of talent on display Wednesday night at Cassadaga Valley Central School for the annual Exceptional Seniors girls basketball game, as fans from around the area congregated to cheer on their favorite players.
Alex Sullivan highlighted the night with a Most-Valuable-Player-performance that included 15 points, as her Green squad trumped the Blue, 55-47, through a pair 20-minute halves.
The game included plenty of offensive action from both sides of the floor as well as recognition for some of the area's best players.
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Silver Creek’s Jordan Brooks, playing for the Blue Team, looks to make a pass during the girls Chautauqua County Senior All-Star game on Wednesday night at Cassadaga Valley High School.
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Pine Valley’s Aaren Waterman brings the ball up the court during the girls Chautauqua County Senior All-Star game at Cassadaga Valley?High School.
Showing their skills for the Green team was fellow Southwestern Lady Trojan Emily Wuebbolt, who finished with nine points and Jamestown Lady Red Raider Maxine Williams, who chipped in five points. The Blue Team was led by seven points from Pine Valley's Kayla Mansfield and eight points from Forestville's Alisha Szumigala.
"It's a nice way to end the season," said Sullivan after taking home MVP honors. "That's pretty much all there is to it."
The all-star game capped off another successful season of girls basketball action that included excellent play from the Class C state champion Chautauqua Lake Lady Thunderbirds, Section 6 Class AA champion Jamestown Lady Red Raiders, Section 6 Class D champion Pine Valley Lady Panthers, Section 6 Class B-1 champion Southwestern Lady Trojans, Sherman Lady Wildcats, Clymer Lady Pirates, Forestville Lady Hornets, Frewsburg Bears, Fredonia Lady Hillbillies, Brocton Lady Bulldogs and Maple Grove Lady Red Dragons.
Williams represented sectional champion Jamestown while Tara Hunt starred for the state-champion Lady Thunderbirds and Mansfield showed the excellent post game that led Pine Valley to its sectional title while Sullivan and Wuebbolt were impressive for Southwestern.
"Yeah, it's a really special experience to see the girls you know, let themselves get to know each other and really open up and have fun with each other," said Green team coach Emily Deuink.
Deuink spends her regular season time as an assistant coach for Mel Swanson's Sherman Lady Wildcats, but relished the opportunity to coach some of the area's best players on Wednesday evening.
"When you look into the practice, you wouldn't really be able to point out who is from what team,'' Deuink said. ''You know they all look like they are playing for one team.''
While these players usually spend their time battling each another on the court during the season, all allegiances fell by the wayside on this night.
Frewsburg star Emily Hair worked wonders with Kayla Gilkinson of Clymer as the pair of guards combined for nine points on the Green team while Mansfield and Alisha Szumigala of Brocton contributed 15 and over 10 boards for the Blue squad.
Green 55, Blue 47
Hunt 0 0 0, Johnson 2 0 4, Strickland 0 0 0, Marsh 1 0 2, Adams 0 0 0, Trisket 0 0 0, Gilkinson 2 0 5, Summers 2 0 4, Hannold 0 0 0, Christmas 1 2 4, Hair 2 0 4, Williams 2 0 5, Sullivan 5 0 15, Wuebbolt 4 1 9, OBoyle 0 1 1, Allen 0 2 2. Totals 23 4 55.
Brooks 1 2 6, Lewis 0 0 0, Waterman 2 0 5, Killock 2 0 5, Mansfield 3 0 7, Johnston 0 1 1, Johnson 1 0 2, Kuschel 0 0 0, Putcher 0 0 0, Deering 0 1 1, Sysol 3 0 6, Woolley 0 0 0, Szumigala 4 0 8, Weaver 1 0 2, Brooks 2 0 4, Anderson 0 0 0. Totals 19 4 47.
3-point goals: Gilkinson, Williams, Sullivan 3, Waterman, Killock, Mansfield.
Green 38 17-55
Blue 28 19-47