Girls basketball: Plentovich sisters shine in all-star game; alumni reunite
SEMINOLE — At Saturday night's Pinellas County all-star game, things got personal. Well, kind of.
Sisters Carley and Savannah Plentovich of Calvary Christian played against each other for the first time. And they weren't just on the court at the same time, they got the call to defend each other on every possession.
Carley barely got the upper hand, outscoring Savannah 14 to 12 as the game's two top scorers, while Carley's Home squad exploded in the second half for a 73-47 victory over Savannah and her Guest squad at Keswick Christian.
"It was kind of like having me guard myself," Savannah said. "She knows all of my moves and I know all of her moves. We know each other so well."
"A lot of my (more intense play for an all-star game) had to do with me playing against Savannah," said Carley, who will be joining her sister at North Carolina's Gardner-Webb University in the fall.
"I wasn't going to let her outdo me," Carley said with a laugh.
Both had their moments as Carley sank a 3-pointer after a Savannah miss to end the first half while Savannah muscled in a third-quarter layup through Carley.
In the end, though, it was Lakewood's Sakhia Jones, Khai Davidson and Sarah Snell (eight points each) that sparked a 20-4 run that blew a nine-point lead out to 25 late in the fourth quarter.
Indian Rocks Christian's Kyra Champagne also added eight points in the win while McKenzie Milligan of Northeast had nine points.
Seminole's Paige Lawson and Player of the Game Jasmyn McCalla of Shorecrest had 11 points each in the defeat.
The Plentoviches will be teammates again in the Pinellas vs. Hillsborough all-star game on Friday at Hillsborough Community College, joined by teammate Jenny Bollinger, Jones, Davidson, Milligan, Lawson, McCalla, IRC's Champagne and Autumn Frost, along with Northeast's Madison Schmidt and Osceola's Kaitlin Lindblom.
In a revised opener, Pinellas County's standout alumni from the past 20 years renewed friendships, smiled a lot, and played a little basketball.
"That's one of the great things about social media," said Northeast coach Will White. "Our original plan (of two senior all-star games) fell through; we put out word two weeks ago and it spread like wildfire. We ended up with 30 players."
“Coach White (and Keswick coach Karrmayne King) put this all together and it just took off,” said Largo High and St. Petersburg College grad Egypt Thomas. “We got in touch with our friends, they contacted their friends, and it became this."
Playing floor general, Thomas helped get her squad a 65-49 victory, but that didn't matter at all.
“I don't even know how many points I scored. I just love the game, I've been playing since I was 6 years old and I'm not going to stop anytime soon.”