ST. PETERSBURG — In a showcase of the best senior girls basketball players from across Pinellas County, the Home Team All-Stars, coach by Palm Harbor University's Darian Dublin, defeated Northeast coach Will White's Guest Team All-Stars 77-64 on Saturday night.
The Home Team, which led throughout, featured the game's MVP, Boca Ciega's Olivia Hester, who scored 19. Lakewood's Jacquetta Green added 17 points, including three 3-pointers in the second half, for the Home Team.
St. Petersburg Catholic's Annie Artise was the night's high scorer, pouring in 20 for the Guest Team and earning the Hustle award.
Many of the players are expected to go on to play in the Pinellas vs. Hillsborough All-Star Game on April 5. The site has not yet been determined.
Green, Artise and Hester will be joined by Qyteisha Middlebrooks (Boca Ciega), Brittany Dunbar (St. Petersburg Catholic), Megan Wagner (Keswick Christian), Kristen Scholl (Indian Rocks Christian), Danielle Daniels (St. Petersburg), Shineice Beamon (Lakewood), Tori Trador (Indian Rocks Christian), Kristin Fuller (Palm Harbor University) and Marlyce Meredith (East Lake).
St. Petersburg Catholic coach Nick Vandewalle will join IRC's Phil Farver in coaching the Pinellas squad.
Those players from Saturday's game who didn't make the roster for the April 5 game will participate in the first Gulf Coast All-Star Game, which will be played April 13 at 6 p.m. at Northeast High.
The game is the brainchild of Northeast's coach White and boys coach Dave Redding.
"Coach Redding thought there was too much talent around not to have them play in another all-star game," White said. Girls are allowed to play in up to two all-star games.