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Basketball: Hillsborough girls hold off Pinellas in All-Star Game

TAMPA — Sickles star Bre Crum made clutch shots to close out the Pinellas-Hillsborough All-Star Game on Thursday.

She also took an inadvertent hard shot in the final moments of Hillsborough's 68-64 victory at Tampa Prep, earning bragging rights for the year.

With the Pinellas girls storming back from a 13-point deficit, Crum converted free throws to keep Hillsborough ahead while staving off a 12-2 run with two minutes left.

"I was shocked for a second, and we had to amp up the tempo," Crum said, holding a towel to her eye resulting in a cut when she collided with Indian Rocks Christian's Tori Trador. "We hit some key free throws at the end, which helped out a lot."

Palm Harbor University's Kristine Fuller got Pinellas going late, scoring nine of her game-high 23 points during the final five minutes.

"The momentum was definitely on our side," Fuller said. "I'm so used to being a leader, but we're all leaders on this team. In a way, we all motivated each other, and we stepped up when we needed to step up."

Crum and Fuller were named their team's MVP.

"You can tell they wanted to win with both teams going at it pretty hard," Hillsborough (and Sickles) coach Mark Key said. "It's a game of pride. Everyone likes to win."

The Hillsborough boys rolled to a 99-89 win. Gibbs' Gary Simon (17 points, seven rebounds, three steals) and Riverview's Jamal Evans (19 points, seven rebounds, two blocks) were named their team's MVP.

"It was very competitive in the beginning, but we wanted to come out strong in the second half," Hillsborough (and Brandon) coach Jamie Turner said.

Much of Hillsborough's success came on second-chance points.

Shots were fired at will with either Evans or Tampa Bay Tech's Elgrin Wilson in the right spot for another opportunity.

"We hit our 3s early, which hurt us later on. So that's when I told them you have to go inside and crash the boards," Turner said.

"When the opportunity came to get our own boards, we finished at the rim."

Halftime featured a 3-point competition for the boys and girls and a dunk contest for the boys.

IRC's Kristen Scholl outshot Tampa Catholic's Micah Kroll 8-6 to take the 3-point contest. Newsome's Dylan Bridges hit 11 of 15 3-pointers, defeating Simon in the boys competition.

Simon didn't walk away empty-handed, dominating the dunk contest and defeating Evans by jumping over Gibbs teammate Bryce Williams with a one-handed jam.

Basketball: Hillsborough girls hold off Pinellas in All-Star Game 04/05/12 [Last modified: Thursday, April 5, 2012 11:43pm]
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