Up 18 points with a little under seven minutes left, and no shot clock in the game, the South All-Stars still were in no mood to work the clock.
Down 18 points with a little under seven minutes left, the North All-Stars were in no mood to give in.
Morro Bay senior Leana Delacruz pulled the North within 63-57 by sinking two free throws with 1:24 left. That was as close as the North would get, though. The South came up with a turnover to seal it, Cabrillo senior Erin Jenkins made a 3-point shot in the closing seconds and the South girls won the 28th edition of the Kiwanis All-Star Spectacular 66-57 at Hancock College's Joe White Memorial Gymnasium Saturday.
Third-year Righetti coach Desiree Hitch, the South coach, was a winner in her first game as an All-Star coach. The North, with just six players, hung in gamely but Jenkins, the game MVP helped carry the South to the win.
The Northwest Nazarene University signee went 8-for-23 from the field, but she did score a game-high 24 points. The point guard led the South in rebounds with 11. She also made four steals.
Morro Bay coach Tyler Fechner coached the North.
"It was a fun game to play in," Jenkins said afterward. "It was fun playing with these girls."
Jenkins hadn't played in a basketball game since Cabrillo went out in the quarterfinals in the Southern Regional of the CIF Southern Division 3 State Basketball Tournament on March 10.
However, "I run track, so I keep myself in pretty good shape," she said.
Paso Robles guard Sydney Menesses kept the North in it by scoring a team-high 18 points.
The South team was comprised of seniors from Northern Santa Barbara County. The North consisted of seniors from San Luis Obispo County. There were 10 players listed on the North roster in the game program, but the North had several no-shows.
The South won for just the second time in the last eight games between the teams. The event was a boys-only affair until 1995.
After getting that late turnover, the South finally slowed the ball down and then Jenkins nailed the '3' for the last points, the second trey, both by Jenkins, the South made in 33 attempts.
The North wasn't much better from outside the arc, going 3-for-23.
Jenkins and Hitch acknowledged that things were frenetic down the stretch. Perhaps partly due to overtiredness (the game was a collegiate-length four 10-minute quarters instead of the standard four eight-minute high school quarters), players from both teams forced a lot of contact as they went after the ball and some nerves seemed frayed toward the end.
"We wanted to treat it as a pick-up game, the other team was more serious and then the refs started calling some serious fouls," said Jenkins.
Besides no shot clock, players were allowed an unlimited number of fouls without being disqualified.
"Since the North had only six players, we didn't want anyone to foul out," said Hitch. Thus, the no foul-out rule for Saturday.
"Things got a little out of hand," Hitch acknowledged.
Still, "I had a lot of fun coaching this game," said Hitch. "I really enjoyed coaching these girls."
Only seniors are eligible to play in the Kiwanis All-Star Classic. Kiwanis Club member Gary Prober finished his 28th year of over-seeing the tournament when the boys game concluded Saturday night.
St. Joseph's Jenna Patel made some big shots and snared some key offensive rebounds in the second half for the South. She finished with 13 points. Righetti's Ashley Reynoso and Zane Sheckherd snared 10 and nine rebounds, respectively, for the victors.
Patel made a game-high five steals and Alyssa Stewart of Cabrillo made three.
Templeton's Haley Hurdle made some key shots late for the North. She finished with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Taylor Degnan of Atascadero snared a game-high 12 rebounds for the North. Claire Gragson of Morro Bay snagged 10.
Menesses had eight rebounds. Menesses, Degnan and Templeton's Vanessa Urciouli all made three steals for the North.
St. Joseph’s Samantha Brackett won the halftime 3-point shooting contest.
Despite the loss, the North leads the all-time series 13-10.
North wins boys’ Spectacular
Game MVP Kyle Colvin did it all for the North as the North boys pulled out a 108-104 win over the South in overtime in the 28th annual Kiwanis All Star Classic at Hancock College Saturday night.
With the score tied at 104, Colvin intercepted a pass, was fouled and made both free throws for the winning points with 16.2 seconds left.
The South couldn’t score on its subsequent possession and Atascadero’s Preston Hallett made two foul shots for the last points to seal it.
Colvin finished with a game-high 37 points. Parker Jones has 18 points for the North, Mac McConnell had 13 and Halley added 11.
Cabrillo senior LeAndrew Knight led the South with 25 points before he fouled out in regulation. Lompoc’s Jordan Tyler had 18 points for the South.
Colvin won the 3-point shooting contest at halftime. Elihu Cobb of St. Joseph won the dunk contest.