All-Star games rarely feature fouls or defense, but the two converged in the final seconds of the McDonald's All-American girls game Wednesday night at the United Center in Chicago.
With the score tied at 78-78, the East's Bashaara Graves (Clarksville, Tenn.)
and the West's Katie Collier
(Seattle Christian-SeaTac, Wash.)
went after a rebound under the East basket. Collier seemed to tie up Graves, who desperately tried to get a shot up.
As the final horn sounded, a referee called a foul on Collier. The refs put 0.3 second on and after Graves sunk the first one, she missed the second on purpose to preserve the East's 79-78 win. Collier had made two free throws with 16 seconds left to tie the game at 78-78.
Baylor-signee Alexis Prince
(Edgewater, Orlando, Fla.)
was named the game's MVP with 15 points and nine rebounds. Teammate Breanna Stewart
, the consensus National Player of the Year from Cicero-North Syracuse (Cicero, N.Y.)
, was held in check until the final four minutes when she scored seven of her nine points.
The best player on the court all night was the West's Nirra Fields
, a UCLA commit from Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.)
. She scored 14 of her 20 points in the second half and made nine of 11 shots. Her West teammate, Morgan Tuck
of Bolingbrook (Ill.)
, add 18 points, 12 in the second half.
Tuck and Stewart are headed to Connecticut, Graves is going to Tennessee and Collier is signed to Washington.