Three players scored more than 20 points in leading the Maroon boys over the White team, 95-85, at the First Annual Pechone Stepps All-Star Games at Arnold Arena Sunday afternoon.
Fort Scott Community College had six signees in the girls' game but a volleyball signee was the Most Valuable Player as the Black squad defeated the White, 85-51.
The basketball games were all-star events for high school seniors. Although FSCC has held all-star games before, this was the first year they were named to honor Stepps, a Fort Scott High School graduate who was paralyzed when he was struck by a drunk driver in 2002. He currently coaches the FSHS freshmen boys' basketball team. He also coached the White team in the boys game while his brother, Trenton, coached the Maroon.
The boys' game was competitive most of the way although the Maroon team jumped out to a 7-2 lead. The White squad tied the game shortly after.
Maroon led 47-43 at the half but got the margin up to 69-51 with about 13 minutes left in the second half. The White couldn't get closer than 8 points after that.
Dominique Ray, a FSCC signee from Tecumseh-Shawnee Heights, was named the game's MVP after scoring 21 ponits for the Maroon. That was matched by fellow signee Derrick Green of Kansas City-Schlagle. Torrell Nickeson of Topeka West, who has not yet committed, led the Maroon with 24 points. Chris Simanowitz of Leavenworth added 11 points and Andrew Trotter of Olathe Northwest chipped in with 12.
FSCC signee Austin Danner of Shawnee Mission North led the White team with 17 points. Hunter Pittman of Pretty Prairie, who has signed with FSCC, added 16 points, Kyle Wiggens of Leavenworth 12, and Trent Myer of Wellsville and Matt Troyer of Hartford had 11 each. Fort Scott High School senior Cody Harper scored 9 points.
The Maroon team shot 46 percent from the field, making 45 of 97 field-goal attempts and outrebounded the White, 61-51. The Wite shot 39 percent from the floor on 35 of 89.
Despite the torrid pace, there were just 13 turnovers in the game, 7 by the Maroon.
Wiggens won the boys' 3-point shooting contest, beating Harper in the finals 14-11. Wiggans won his semifinal over Simanowitz, 7-2, while Harper defeated Ray, 13-4, in his semifinal.
The White looked as if they were going to dominate the girls' contest as they jumped out to an 11-0 lead in the first five minutes of play. But the Black used a 22-0 spurt of its own to go up 29-14 with 4:32 remaining in the half.
The Black team got the lead up to 30 points at 52-22 about 4 minutes into the second half.
Black's MVP was Taylyn Schwartz of Eureka, who scored 19 points to lead all scorers. Schwartz has signed with FSCC to play volleyball for new head coach Lauren Hill.
Brooke Dickey from Campus High School in Haysville, added 13 points for the Black squad. She will be attending Labette to play basketball. FSCC basketball signees Kelsa Noeller of Neodesha and Kenesha Jones from Wichita West High School, each added 10 points. Jones and Noeller were credited with 9 rebounds each.
Mary Reilly of Cherryvale, who will be playing softball at Allen County Community College, led the White team with 17 points, making 11 of 13 free throws, and also grabbed 8 rebounds. FSCC signee Burgandie Lewis of Leavenworth, who was the White team's MVP, added 16 points and hauled down 14 rebounds. Mallory Clark of Archie, Mo., was also credited with 8 boards.
The Black squad shot 39 percent from the field, making 34 of 88 field-goal attempts, and made 6 of 20 3-point attempts. White shot 24 percent on 16 of 67 and went just 1 for 19 from triple territory. Black also outrebounded White, 63-57.
Brittany Pearl, a St. Marys senior (the town, not Colgan) who has also signed with FSCC, won the girls' 3-point contest, making 16 triples. Schwartz and Kaitlyn Rogers of Fredonia tied for second with 10 goals each.
WHITE: Jamisha Craford (Kansas City-Washington) 0 0-6 0, Kaitlyn Rogers (Fredonia) 0 1-2 1, Brittany Pearl (St. Marys) 3 1-2 8, Lina Hensley (Northeast) 0 0-0 0, Mary Reilly (Cherryvale) 3 11-13 17, Sloan Kalinowski (Fredonia) 3 0-0 6, Burgandie Lewis (Leavenworth) 6 4-13 16, Mallory Clark (Archie, Mo.) 1 1-5 3. TOTALS: 16-67 18-41 51.
BLACK: Cheianne Ivy (Coweta, Okla.) 3 0-0 8, Brooke Dickey (Wichita-Haysville Campus) 5 3-5 13, Taylyn Schwartz (Eureka) 7 2-2 19, Ambur Simmons (Riverton) 4 0-4 8, Tiffany Dean (Erie) 2 0-0 4, Alexis Haase (Baxter Springs) 4 -14 9, Kelsa Noeller (Neodesha) 3 4-8 10, Erica Smith (Bonner Springs) 4 1-2 10, Kenesha Jones (Wichita West) 2 0-1 4. TOTALS: 34-88 11-26 85.
Halftime: Black, 37-19.
Three-point field goals: White 1-19 (Pearl), Black 6-20 (Schwartz 3, Ivy 2, Dickey).
Total fouls: White 23, Black 27. Fouled out: Crawford, Noeller, Jones.
WHITE: Trent Myer (Wellsville) 4 3-6 11, Austin Danner (Shawnee Mission North) 8 1-3 17, Hunter Pittman (Pretty Prairie) 6 4-6 16, Kyle Wiggens (Leavenworth) 4 3-4 12, Cody Harper (Fort Scott) 4 0-0 9, Grant Ingram (Wichita Defenders Home School) 5 0-0 11, Matt Troyer (Hartford) 4 0-0 9, Manuel Barnes (Bishop Miege) 0 0-0 0. TOTALS: 35-89 11-19 84
MAROON: Dominique Ray (Tecumseh-Shawnee Heights) 9 2-4 21, Preston Samuels (Girard) 2 0-0 4, Nathan Ramsey (Burlington) 1 0-0 2, Derrick Green (Kansas City-Schlagle) 10 0-1 21, Torrell Nickerson (Topeka West) 12 0-0 24, Chris Simanowitz (Leavenworth) 5 1-2 11, Andrew Trotter (Olathe Northwest) 6 0-0 12. TOTALS: 45-97 3-8 95.
Halftime: Maroon, 47-43.
Three-point field goals: White 4-23 (Wiggens, Harper, Ingram, Troyer), Maroon 2-15 (Ray, Green).
Total fouls: White 6, Maroon 17. Fouled out: Simanowitz.