WISE — Seniors from Central, Eastside, Ridgeview and Union suited up in their team colors one more time to play in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes All-Star games Saturday at the David J. Prior Center at UVa-Wise.
In the girls’ game, the West team head coaches Robin Dotson of Central and Donnie Frazier of Ridgeview were excited to be able to be on the same side and cheer for each other’s players after having faced off four times this season.
The West girls dominated the game and led by as many as 14 points, but the East girls were able to cut the lead to only four points, 64-60, with just over 1:30 left in the game.
Ridgeview’s Nikole Counts scored the last five points of the game to seal the win at 69-60. Teammates Amber Taylor and Bailey Frazier scored 14 points each and Counts finished with 12. Taylor was also named the MVP of the West squad.
“It was just amazing. It was an honor to play against these girls (Central) all season. It was even more special to be able to play with them today,” Taylor said.
Central’s Dee Cvetnich received a special award at the conclusion of the game in honor of her father, Mark Cvetnich, who passed away last year. She also bucketed nine points for the team.
Brook Porter continued with her three-point shooting prowess as she won the three-point shootout at halftime after tying with Counts and Lady Warrior teammate Olivia Mullins in the first round. Porter put up nine in the second round of the shootout for the victory.
In the boys’ game, the West team also came away with a 94-82 victory.
Eastside’s Nick Livingston had a team-high 21 points and earned the West’s MVP honors.
“It’s sad honestly. It’s an honor to get this award. I had a lot of fun playing. We’ve all played against each other since we were little. It’s just great to get to come together and play with them finally,” Livingston said.
The East team started out in the lead until Ridgeview’s Gabe Counts passed it into J.R. Kilgore of Eastside giving the West a 15-13 lead with just over 13 minutes to play. They would not relinquish the lead.
Union’s Connor Giza dominated the post and came away with 19 points. Gabe Counts scored 13. Tyler Vanover of Central bucketed 11. Union’s Justin Falin and Eastside’s Chris Swann had nine apiece.