Wednesday, January 17, 2018
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Girls basketball: Saunders keys Home all-stars rout

ST. PETERSBURG — Tarpon Spring's Kadejah Saunders and Lakewood's Clemmiesha Flowers scored 17 and 11 points, respectively, and the Home Team All-Stars defeated the Visiting Team stars 72-42 in the 18th annual Pinellas County senior girls All-Star game at Keswick Christian on Saturday night.

The game was played fairly even though most of the first half, until the Home Team went on a 16-0 run. The Visiting Team tried to match the run by going inside, but its shots wouldn't fall, and the Home Team led at halftime 40-26.

An 8-0 run to open the second half increased the Home Team's lead to 22. It later had a 13-0 run to go up 61-34.

For the Visiting Team, Calvary Christian's Caroline Andreassen had three 3-point shots.

"It's the most fun you can have as a coach," said East Lake's Steven Plummer, who coached the winning team with Calvary Christian's Brooke Sibert. "You have all the best players on the court."

Not only was Plummer rewarded with the victory, he took home the Sportsmanship Program award in a ceremony after the game.

Lakewood's Necole Tunsil, who was highly entertaining doing play-by-play and whose Spartans were the 5A state runnerups, won coach of the year. Will White of Northeast won the Turnaround Program award.

Saunders was named the All-Star MVP for her performance. Boca Ciega's Destiny Brown won the All-Star Hustle award.

On Friday, Eckerd College hosts the Pinellas vs. Hillsborough All-Star Game for the girls and boys teams. The girls representing Pinellas were not announced Saturday.

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