The games were formatted and timed the same as college games are with two 20 minute halves.
In the girls contest, the SOC II squad struck early and often defeating the SOC I by a score of 62-27. In the boys game, the small school division was able to slay to larger schools by a count 93-89.
In the girls contest, four players for the SOC II reached double figures. Minford’s Whitney McManus had 11 while her Lady Falcon teammate Breslyn Harris dumped in 10 for the team led by Oak Hill coach Doug Hale. McManus also grabbed six rebounds and a quartet of steals.
Also in double figures for the SOC II team was a pair from Wheelersburg. Jamie Cleveneger scored 11 points and Sarah Schmidt led all scorers with 12 points and five steals.
For the SOC I team Sarah Castle from Clay led her team with eight points. East’s Brittany Caudill added five points and seven rebounds.
The small school team went on an eight minute drought in the first half that allowed the SOC II team to built a 14-point halftime cushion.
The large school team continued to apply defensive heat in the second half and held the SOC I squad to one bucket through the first seven minutes. That would give the SOC II team all the lead it would to cruise to victory.
“It’s fun to get to know the girls on a non-competetive side,” Hale said. “They’re outstanding kids, played hard... and got along well with each other. It was fun. It is always fun to come to an All-Star game and get to know the kids in a different light.”
Hale was also named the SOC II Coach of the Year.
“I’m real proud,” said Hale of winning that award. “It’s a coaches vote and for them to think that much of what we’re doing at Oak Hill, I really appreciate that.”
The SOC I squad was coached by SOC I Coach of the Year Jon Estep of New Boston.
“It’s a good time,” said Estep of the game. “We told the girls to come out have fun and shoot the ball as much as possible. It’s nice to coach with some of these girls rather than coaching against them. That’s the fun and enjoyment of this (game), watching the girls who have battled against each other all year long all together and going against the other conference.”
Estep gave credit for his Coach of the Year honors to his players.
“A lot of the credit has to go to the girls,” Estep said. “I can only do so much as coach. With the talented group of girls I had, they make my job a little bit easier.”
One of those players was named SOC I Player of the Year Kayla Wiley.
“It feels really good (to get the award),” said Wiley. “It feels like I accomplished something, this was my second year for getting it. I really appreciated the coaches and thanks for my coach for being there for me and being bale to get it. I and want to thank God for letting me get it for two years in a row now.”
In the boys game, it was a close game throughout with the SOC I coming out on top 93-89.
For the SOC I team coached by Western Pike head man Trent Harrop, the Indians’ guard Chris Penwell led the way with 22 points. New Boston’s Michael Salisbury added 18 in the winning effort.
The SOC II squad was coached by Valley’s Mark Villinger.
Minford’s Sean Smith led the way with 32 points for the large school team. Waverly’s Victor Lundin had a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds.
The SOC I had the lead up to as many as eight early in the contest but the SOC II was able to knot the game at 39 with 3:00 minutes to play in the first half.
In the second half, the SOC took a four-point lead with 7:27 left and nursed that lead for the final seven minutes of the contest to pull out the win.
“It wasn’t any trouble knowing their names or what numbers they were,” Harrop said. “These we players we concentrated on when we played them. It’s nice to see them and have them in for practice. They were very enjoyable kids and seemed to get along together. It was nice experience for me to be a part of it.”
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SOC I 11 16 — 27
SOC II 25 27 — 62
SOC I — Castle 3 0 8, Caudill 2 1 5, Pelletier 1 0 2, Estep 0 1 1, Wright 2 0 4, Runyon 2 0 5, Wilson 1 0 2; Totals 11 2 27.
SOC II — McMauns 5 0 11, Celevenger 4 2 11, Schmidt 5 2 12, C. Harris 3 0 6, Conrad 1 0 2, Clay 4 0 8, B. Harris 4 2 10, Metzler 1 0 3; Totals 27 6 62.
3-pointers — SOC I 3 (Castle 2, Runyon); SOC II 3 (McManus, Clevenger, Mestzler)
SOC I 49 44 — 93
SOC II 46 43 — 89
SOC I — Penwell 10 0 22, Smithson 2 1 7, Shanks 2 3 8, Hall 2 0 6, Tyler 3 1 8, Merhson 3 0 7, Noel 3 0 7, Delabar 1 0 3, Salisbury 7 1 18, Clarke 2 0 5, Hood 1 1 3; Totals 38 7 93.
SOC II — Smith 12 4 32, Cunningham 4 3 11, Arbaugh 3 10 16, Lundin 6 2 14, Thompson 2 0 5, Price 4 1 11; Totals 21 18 89.
3-pointers — SOC I 13 (Penwell 4, Salisbury 2, Shanks, Hall, Tyler, Mershon, Noel, Delabar, Clarke); SOC II 8 (Smith 5, Thompson, Price 2).