PHOTOS/VIDEO: Prep basketball: Lely standouts come up big in Collier County All-Star game

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SOUTH GIRLS 63, NORTH 62

NORTH (62)

Freeman (Immokalee) 2 6-7 10, Lyon (Gulf Coast) 6 0-0 15, Croker (IM) 1 0-0 2, Leonard (GC) 2 0-3 4, Parks (Palmetto Ridge) 1 0-0 2, Jacob (Barron Collier) 2 0-1 5, Starret (PR) 2 0-0 4, Priddy (GC) 2 0-0 4, Finger (PR) 1 1-3 3, Exilhomme (IM) 3 1-2 7, Manziano (PR) 3 0-2 7. Totals: 25 8-19 62.

SOUTH (63)

Dangler (Lely) 2 0-0 6, Neill (LE) 3 2-4 8, Giller (St. John Neumann) 1 0-0 3, Prescott (Naples) 0 0-0 0, Fernandez (SJN) 3 0-0 7, Driapsa (SJN) 4 0-1 8, Andre (Golden Gate) 1 2-3 4, Romelus (GG) 1 1-5 3, Eldira (GG) 0 0-0 0, Chairez (LE) 3 2-2 8, Howard (LE) 5 4-7 15. Totals: 23 11-22 63.

North 11 14 17 20 — 62

South 13 17 13 20 — 63

Three-pointers: North 5 (Lyon 3, Jacob, Manziano), South 5 (Dangler 2, Giller, Fernandez, Howard). Team fouls: North 16, South 10. Fouled out: None.

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SOUTH BOYS 90, NORTH 80

NORTH (80)

Gilbert (Barron Collier) 0 2-6 2, Humphrey (BC) 4 3-3 12, Landers (BC) 3 2-3 8, McCabe (Community School) 3 0-0 7, Greenberg (CSN) 0 0-0 0, Fricke (Gulf Coast) 0 0-0 0, Gonzalez (GC) 2 0-0 5, McGahey (GC) 1 1-2 4, Butler (Palmetto Ridge) 3 0-0 7, Diaz-Quintana (PR) 3 0-0 8, Rupena (PR) 7 2-2 17, Terrell (PR) 4 2-2 10. Totals: 30 12-18 90.

SOUTH (90)

Cardentey (Golden Gate) 5 0-0 10, Berette (Immokalee) 3 0-0 6, Johnson (IM) 0 0-0 0, La Broun (IM) 5 2-2 14, Pablo (IM) 0 2-2 2, Ayers (Lely) 6 2-2 17, Charelus (LE) 2 1-2 5, Love (LE) 2 0-0 5, Marcelin (LE) 1 0-0 2, Barcia (Naples) 2 0-0 4, Krietemeyer (NA) 3 0-0 8, McConnell 1 0-0 3, Lee (St. John Neumann) 3 0-0 8, St. Fort (SJN) 2 2-2 6. Totals: 36 7-8 90.

North 12 25 17 26 — 80

South 24 18 25 23 — 90

Three-pointers: North 8 (Diaz-Quintana 2, Humphrey, McCabe, Gonzalez, McGahey, Butler, Rupena), South 11 (Ayers 3, La Broun 2, Lee 2, Krietemeyer 2, Love, McConnell). Team fouls: North 11, South 12. Fouled out: None.

— Victoria Howard was a force in the lane Wednesday during the Naplesnews.com Collier County All-Star Game. With the game on the line though, the Lely forward looked more like Dwyane Wade than Shaquille O’Neal.

With her South girls All-Star team trailing by two points, Howard took the ball the length of the court and pulled up for a jumper a step behind the top of the 3-point line. The shot dropped as time expired, and the South won the fourth annual girls All-Star game 63-62.

The shot actually came off a broken play, and Howard was looking to pass to Lely sharpshooter Heather Chairez.

“I just threw it up there,” Howard said of her first game-winning 3-pointer. “I was practicing them (Tuesday), and I was air-balling all of them. Maybe I was getting all the bad shots out.”

Howard scored eight of her 15 points in the fourth quarter to fend off the North team’s comeback effort. She also finished with nine rebounds and three blocks.

After the game, Howard was awarded a $1,000 scholarship from the Collier Sports Officials Association basketball division.

It was a fitting end to the day for the Lely senior. At 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, Howard learned she was accepted to Florida State.

“It’s a great way to go out,” Howard said. “We can all say we didn’t lose our last game.”

The South boys made it a sweep of the fourth annual All-Star games by winning 90-80. Like the girls, the South boys were led by a Lely forward impersonating a guard.

Parker Ayers, the Trojans’ 6-6 senior, drained three 3s in the first three quarters and finished with a team-high 17 points. He scored 15 of his points before the fourth quarter as the South build a 15-point lead.

“I like the freedom,” Ayers said. “On my team I just post up on the block. Here I get to run around and shoot. I ran point guard for a little bit, too, but I’m not bragging.”

He hasn’t picked a college yet, but Ayers said he’ll play for either Nova Southeastern or Palm Beach Atlantic next year.

Palmetto Ridge’s Danilo Rupena led the North with 17 points. Barron Collier’s Jason Humphrey scored 12 points, all in the second half, while Palmetto Ridge’s Tyler Terrell added 10 for the North.

Immokalee’s Joel La Broun scored 14 points for the South, while Yusel Cardentey had 10. Thirteen of South’s 14 players scored, while 10 of 12 North all-stars scored.

“It’s just fun to play one more game with friends you’ve played against since middle school,” Rupena said.

The girls game, which started out as a light-hearted, laid-back affair among friends turned into a fierce competition in the fourth quarter. The South took an eight-point lead halfway through the third, but the North went on a 10-1 run to take the lead in the final minute of the period.

From there it was tight the rest of the way. The fourth quarter featured four lead changes, and the advantage on the scoreboard changed hands 12 times during the game. Each team scored 20 points in the final period.

Gulf Coast’s Amanda Leonard thought she had put her North team up for good with 10 seconds left to play. Leonard got a steal on defense, then grabbed an offensive rebound on the other end and put in a basket to put the North up 62-60.

Then came Howard’s buzzer-beater.

“I definitely thought my shot was the game-winner,” Leonard said. “We worked really hard to come back. I thought it was the end, but what are you gonna do about it?”

Katie Lyon, Leonard’s Gulf Coast teammate, led the North with 15 points, including three 3-pointers. Immokalee’s Ernisha Freeman had 10 points and seven rebounds for the North, which saw all 11 players score.

Lely’s Stephanie Neill and St. John Neumann’s Paige Driapsa each scored eight points for the South, which had nine of its 11 players score.

The girls All-Star teams featured all 24 senior basketball players in Collier County. Barron Collier’s Jen Alexander did not play because of an injury, while Kristen Petersen, Community School’s only senior, sat out with an illness.

Because there were 60 senior boys players this season, coaches were able to nominate four players from their teams. The North boys featured 16 All-Sars, while the South had 14.

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