By SCOTT COTTOS
Brianna Gillig came up just short of having a perfect afternoon at the 46th annual Fostoria Athletic Boosters’ 46th annual East-West All-Star Basketball Games on Sunday at Fostoria High School.
The New Riegel senior was honored for the second straight year as Girls Player of the Year among awards presented by the boosters, and she came out on top in the girls 3-point shooting contest.
But she and her West teammates came up just short in the girls contest, as a 3-pointer from the right wing by Tiffin Columbian’s Maddie Brisendine went through the net as the final horn sounded to give the East a 74-72 victory.
After an alternate possession went to the East under its own basket with 0.6 seconds left, a wide-open Brisendine took the inbounds pass and let fly.
“Oh, gosh,” Gillig, a second-team Division IV all-Ohio performer, said. “When she shot it, I was like, ‘Oh, it’s going in.’ You just know it.”
On the whole, though, the game served the purpose of providing enjoyment to Gillig and the others in the boys and girls games.
“It was definitely fun being on the floor,” Gillig said. “And I used to play AAU with the girls who were on my team, too, so it was cool to be back on the floor with them.”
The East made it a sweep with a 142-118 win in the boys contest. Despite the loss for his West squad, Fostoria’s Trae Anderson enjoyed one last go-around on his home floor.
“It was an All-Star game, and everyone out here was a really good competitor,” he said. “I just liked being around my friends and being able to play basketball again. Especially on my home court, it was really fun to me.”
Fostoria’s Larai Williams also enjoyed one last time in her home gym despite coming out on the losing end of the girls game.
“It was great, especially when you’re having fun playing with your friends and playing against your friends,” she said. “And if you do something wrong, you laugh about it. You don’t get down on yourself.”
Brisendine, Mohawk’s Sandra Pennington and Old Fort’s Madisyn Spencer scored 11 points each to lead the East.
Sydney Kin led the West with 17 points. Findlay’s Emily Heiman knocked down five 3-pointers for 15 points.
The boys game featured 47 3-pointers as the East ran away with the victory. The West stashed 19 from behind the arc, but the East’s 28 made a difference.
“They were just on fire with threes and we just could not stop them,” said Elmwood’s Matthew Cline, whose 17 points led the West.
Fremont Ross’ Keyon Sewell made nine 3-pointers while scoring a game-high 34 points for the East. Sandusky’s Bryce Bouldwin had three treys and the game’s only dunk while adding 23 points and Bellevue’s Jake Waskielis tossed in 21. Ross’ Maliek Johnson recorded 14 points, and Sandusky’s Keith Williams, who was honored by the boosters as Boys Player of the Year, notched 11 points. Hopewell-Loudon’s Luke Bolte finished with 10.
Carey’s Cody Luzader followed Cline with 12 points for the West, while Fostoria’s Anderson and Margaretta’s Bailey Kimberlin scored 11 apiece and North Baltimore’s Julian Hagemyer and Carey’s Trey Bame each had 10.
In the girls ranks, Hopewell-Loudon’s Bob Gase was named Coach of the Year, while Bellevue’s Casey Santoro was honored as Super Sophomore and Bellevue’s Lady Red were recognized as Team of the Year.
Joining Sandusky’s Williams as boys honorees were Carey’s Hayden Stone as Super Sophomore, Mohawk’s Paul Dunn as Coach of the Year and Upper Sandusky as Team of the Year.
Bulger 4-0–9, Burns 1-3–5, Krupp 1-0–3, Bilger 3-0–6, Simms 1-2–4, Pace 2-0–4, Pennington 4-0–11, Hossler 2-0–4, Brisendine 4-0–11, Stillberger 1-0–2, Sehlhonrst 1-1–4, Spencer 4-1–11. TOTALS: 28 6-12 — 74.
Jones 3-0–6, Kin 7-2–17, Taylor 3-1–8, Heiman 5-0–15, Gillig 2-1–7, DeFeo 2-0–5, Williams 2-0–4, Troike 0-0–0, Haas 3-0–9, Weinandy 0-0–0. TOTALS: 26 4-9 — 72.
3-Point GOALS: East 11 (Pennington & Brisendine 3, Spencer 2, Bulger, Krupp & Sehlhorst 1); West 13 (Heiman 5, Haas 3, Gillig 2, Kin, Taylor & DeFeo 1).
Waskielis 8-2–21, Sewell 12-1–34, Johnson 5-0–15, Wehrle 2-0–6, Williams 5-0–11, Kissell 1-0–3, Bolte 5-0–10, Myers 0-0–0, Lacey 2-0–6, Hoover 2-0–6, Ernsthausen 1-0–3, Miller 2-05, Brown 0-0–0, Bouldwin 10-0–23. TOTALS: 54 3-3 — 142.
May 3-0–7, Hagemyer 4-0–10, Poling 3-0–8, Anderson 4-0–11, Luzader 4-0–12, Steveson 3-0–6, Ward 1-0–3, Weiss 1-0–3, Squire 3-0–8, Cline 8-0–17, Kimberlin 5-1–11, Bame 4-0–10, Kurtz 1-0–2, Dible 3-0–7, Ayers 2-0–4. TOTALS: 49 1-1 — 118.
Halftime: East, 63-52.
3-Point GOALS: East 28 (Sewell 9, Johnson 4, Bouldwin & Waskielis 3, Wehrle, Lacey & Hoover 2, Williams, Kissell, Ernsthausen & Miller 1); West 19 (Luzader 4, Anderson 3, Hagemyer, Poling,, Squire & Bame 2, May, Weiss, Cline & Dible 1).