Girls Basketball: Blues Pull Away in Fourth for All-Star Win
PARTING SHOTS: Wahkiakum’s Souvenir Scores a Game-High 22 to Earn MVP Honors
By Aaron VanTuyl
The Southwest Washington Senior All-Star Game usually isn’t the place to find competitive fourth quarters, strategic timeouts or, for that matter, much in the way of coaching.
Wednesday night’s girls game, though, was the exception.
Peyton Souvenir scored 11 of her game-high 22 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Blue squad in an 83-73 win and pick up the game’s MVP award in the process.
“It was getting close, and it stressed me out,” joked Souvenir, Wahkiakum’s star point guard. “Going into this I just wanted to have fun. I wasn’t like, ‘Oh, I need to score points.’”
But that all changed in the fourth quarter.
W.F. West’s Shasta Lofgren, heading up the White squad, scored on a fastbreak to tie things up at 63-63 with just over 5 minutes left to play, capping off a 12-2 run that ate up the Blues’ 10-point lead.
Adna’s Kenya Lorton hit a 3 for the Blues on the other end, and Souvenir went to work. The guard, bound for Lewis-Clark State College, knocked down three 3s and picked up a steal in the next two minutes to put the Blues back in the driver’s seat with a 9-point lead.
“It was a 2-point game,” she said, “and it was like, ‘Wait a second, we can’t lose!’”
Blues coach Tom Kelly — undefeated, he noted, in the handful of All-Star games he’s coached — took note.
“Souvenir, my gosh. Some of the passes she made on the break? I loved that,” the W.F. West coach said. “Her and Kenya, getting out, got a few layups and stuff? Absolutely.”
Lorton finished with 21 points, and Kalama’s Parker Esary scored 16 for the Blue squad and provided plenty of rebounds for the winners.
Souvenir was playing against her prep coach, Rob Garrett, who headed up the White team. Both coaches did a bit more coaching than is typical in an All-Star game; Kelly even called a timeout to draw up a play at one point.
“I didn’t know you could call timeout in these things,” Souvenir said. “He was trying to draw up a play, but it wasn’t really a play? They both half-coached, I think.”
Garrett, meanwhile, put his team in the zone defense often run by the Mules’ new Central 2B League rival Kalama. The teams played four times this season, with Kalama winning in the District 4 title game and the State 2B semifinals.
“I think it was just a jab at me,” Souvenir joked.
The Chinooks’ two star forwards, Esary and Kaelyn Shipley, were both on hand Wednesday, with Shipley playing for the White squad and scoring a team-high 16 points.
Lofgren finished with 15 points for the White team, with prep teammate Lexie Strasser adding 8 and Adna’s Devanie Kleemeyer chipping in 9.
Tumwater’s Brooke Hare won the halftime 3-point shooting contest.
BLUES 83, WHITES 73
Blue 25 20 16 22 —83
White 13 19 19 22 —73
Blue (83) — Lorton 21, Souvenir 22, Snair 9, Bartlett, Hare 2, Burdick 5, Elwood 4, Connally 4, Esary 16
White (73) — Lofgren 15, Elliott 7, Whitehead 5, Shipley 16, Kleemeyer 9, Duff 3, Flemetis 5, Strasser 8