TC’s Brisendine hits a game-winner in All-Star game

It is a moment you can only dream of.

While she would have preferred it be during the regular season, Maddie Brisendine drilled a 3-pointer as time expired, lifting the East team to a 74-72 win over the West in Sunday’s 46th annual East-West all-star basketball game at Fostoria High School.

“t was awesome,” Brisendine said. “I have always wanted to have a moment like that and to have it happen was pretty sweet.”

Brisendine scored with 1:38 left to give the East a 70-68 lead before Carey’s Sydney Kin scored on the other end. Jacque Burns of Hopewell-Loudon split two free throws to give the East a 71-70 edge with 1:10 left.

After an East timeout, Destiny DeFeo from Carey hit a jumper with 58 seconds left, giving the West a lead. The teams exchanged turnovers before the West committed its 14th turnover with 25 seconds left, leading to Brisendine’s game-winner.

“It was fun playing with a bunch of girls I have known,” Kin said. “It was fun to play with great, experienced players that I have played in tournaments and scrimmages over the years.”

The East scored 13 straight points — capped by a bucket from Hopewell-Loudon’s Emily Pace off of an offensive rebound — to take a 20-12 lead with 12:28 left in the first half.

The West responded with the next nine points, including consecutive triples from Emily Heiman from Findlay, for a 21-20 lead. Later, with the game tied, Columbian’s Autumn Selhorst connected on a 3 to give the East a 42-39 lead at halftime.

“It was nice to play with Brianna Gillig,” Kin said. “We have battled over the years, so it was nice to be on the same team as her.”

The lead was pushed to seven points when Mohawk’s Sandra Pennington was good for a triple and was 50-40 with 15:24 left after Sydney Hossler from Old Fort scored.

But the West again responded. This time it was 12 straight points, capped by a bucket from Kin and a free throw from Gillig of New Riegel.

The teams went back-and-forth before a triple from Fostoria’s Evion Taylor opened a 64-61 lead for the West. Pace scored on a putback before Spencer converted a 3-point play for a 66-64 lead with 3:13 left.

“It was a lot of fun being on the court again,” Gillig said. “It was cool to play with girls that I play AAU with. It was also cool to not be guarded by two girls the whole time.”

Kin led the West team with 17 points and 12 rebounds, while Taylor had eight points.

For the East, Brisendine, Pennington, and Spencer each scored 11 points. Spencer had 10 rebounds.

Gillig won the 3-point contest with 20 points.

“I honestly as a freshman would have never guessed I would break so many records,” said Gillig of her career at New Riegel. “Even as a junior, I did not think it was possible.”

In the boys game, the East hit 29 3-pointers en route to a 142-118 win. Carey’s Jamie Young coached the West team, which included coaching Trey Bame and Cody Luzader one last time.

“It was a great experience,” Young said. “Not only do I get to coach Trey and Cody one last time, but the opportunity to coach kids from schools we faced. It gave me a opportunity to talk to them instead of coaching against them. It was a honor.”

Fremont Ross’ Keyon Sewell scored a game-high 34 points, while Bellevue’s Jake Waskielis tallied 21 points.

“I thought playing with good competition was great,” Waskielis said. “We did not have to worry about plays. We just went out and chucked a bunch of 3s and won the game.”

The East opened a 39-22 lead with 9:49 left when Sandusky’s Bryce Bouldwin scored. The West cut the lead to eight points, but Luke Bolte of Hopewell-Loudon scored and Sewell hit a 3 to help the East to a 63-52 lead at halftime.

“It was fun playing out here,” Luzader said. “I played with a lot of them in travel ball. It was a good experience.”

The offenses flowed even more freely in the second half, as 3s rained in from every direction. The teams combined for 29 triples in the second half alone.

The East opened a 102-85 lead with 10:46 left when Fremont Ross’ Maliek Johnson drilled a 3. A score from Waskielis made it 121-102 and the points piled up quickly on both sides.

Luzader tallied 12 points on four 3s after winning the 3-point contest.

“I thought I had a good chance to win coming in,” Luzader said. “I know that when I get a set shot, I am a pretty good shooter. These are some of the best players in the area.”

Fostoria’s Trae Anderson added 11 points while Bame added 10 points.

“Being able to coach Trey and Cody in a more relaxed setting was fun,” Young said. “They have been major contributors to our program this last three years and I expected a lot from them. It was a good time and I really appreciated this opportunity.”

In the awards portion of the night, Bellevue’s Casey Santoro was named the Super Sophomore as the Lady Red were also named the Team of the Year. Bob Gase was named Coach of the Year and Gillig was tabbed as Player of the Year. On the boys side, Carey’s Hayden Stone was named Super Sophomore, Mohawk’s Paul Dunn was named Coach of the Year, and Upper Sandusky was named Team of the Year.

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