Area seniors show their stuff

GTNS photo by Andy Krutsinger

WACO’s Kristen Conley shoots during the 3-point contest.
GTNS photo by Andy Krutsinger WACO’s Kristen Conley shoots during the 3-point contest.

BURLINGTON — Southeast Iowa senior basketball players were able to show off their skills at Notre Dame High School in Burlington Saturday night.

Area players participating in the game were WACO’s Kristen Conley and Colton Horak, Highland’s Alyson Stokes, Abbie Miller and Trey Lasek along with Iowa Mennonite School’s Suzanna Yoder, Jeremy Niemeyer and Trevor Leyden.

It was a night that was filled with threes, dunks, half-court shots and very little defense.

Both the boys and girls games were 20-minute halves.

The girls’ game was won by the visiting team, which played in their road non-white uniforms. The visitors won 70-42 after leading 37-23 at halftime.

Kristen Conley excelled in the 3-point contest at halftime of the girls game. Conley was one of four players who advanced to the final after a four-way tie in the first round. She scored nine in the final, sinking the money ball to win the contest. Mt. Pleasant’s Maddie Williamson tied for second with Iowa Mennonite’s Suzanna Yoder, each scoring eight in the final.

The boys game saw its share of All-Star shenanigans, which included a variety of fancy dunks, deep 3-pointers and dunk attempts in the wrong hoop.

The visiting team came back from a 55-52 halftime deficit to win the game 112-98.

Ben Wolgemuth of Mediapolis won the boys’ 3-point contest, scoring 13 points in the final.

The pregame dunk contest was won by Keaton Mitchell of Wapello, who scored 29 in the first round and 30 in the final, but he had plenty of competition.

Mt. Pleasant’s Sam Beatty put on a show and got second place, scoring 24 points in both rounds.

There were plenty of highlights in the All-Star Game, some of which made an impact on the final score.

At halftime of both games, players were allowed to launch half-court shots while they waited for the officials to take the floor. Any made half-court shots counted toward the final score.

Stokes of Highland hit the first half-court shot of the night, earning three points for the home squad. She was just the second attempt for the girls. She finished with an unofficial count of 18 points in the game.

Half-court shots were launched at an incredible pace during halftime of the boys’ game. The only made shot was by Mitchell of Wapello, who stretched the home team’s lead to six points before they eventually blew it in the second half.

A handful of area players will compete in other senior All-Star Games later in the spring, but for most, it was the last high school game of their careers.