Roby's Hallie Rose Edmondson set new Big Country FCA All-Star Festival Girls Basketball Game records with 22 points and 15 rebounds, earning MVP honors as the North knocked off the South, 87-60, Saturday at the Brownwood Coliseum.
Brownwood's Mallory Garcia — the lone Brown County player selected for the contest — suited up for the South squad and finished with seven points, three rebounds and one assist.
“The game itself was honestly really fun,” Garcia said. “It was good to finally play with and against some of the people I've played against all four years. That was a really cool experience. I definitely could have played a lot better, though. I wasn't satisfied with how I played, but this gives me something to work on.”
Garcia will be continuing her basketball career at Howard Payne.
“It's crazy to think the next time I play a home basketball game it will be on this floor,” Garcia said. “I'm excited for the future and ready to be back on the court already.”
Garcia's first bucket with 90 seconds left in the first period gave the South its final lead, 15-13. The North finished the quarter on a 10-0 run, grabbing a 23-15 advantage that ballooned to 47-24 by halftime.
In the third period, the South squad crept as close as 10 points, 56-46, as Garcia knocked down a three-pointer and sank a pair of free throws during the surge. By quarter's end, however, the North had stretched the lead back to 17 points, 63-46.
The 87 points scored by the North is the most in a Big Country FCA All-Star Festival Girls Basketball Game, eclipsing the 80 tallied by the 2011 South squad, coach by Brownwood's Heather Hohertz.
Along with Edmondson's record night, the North received 14 points from Aspermont's Kenadee Shugart, 13 from Breckenridge's Carly Tennison, 12 from Hawley's Hadlee Hicks, 10 from Eastland's Hailee Stacy, five from Eastland's Rhyne Skinner, four from Gorman's Laney Dixon, three from Hamlin's Klaire Jeffrey and two points each from Hamlin's Addie Jeffrey and Snyder's Nicole Martinez.
Sawyer Lloyd paced the South effort with 13 points trailed by eight from Abilene Wylie's Abbey Henson, seven each from Garcia and Wall's Sam Rocha, six apiece by Veribest's Catlyn Ward, Jim Ned's Libby Tutt and Jim Ned's Jenna Moore, five by Coleman's Damara Thomas and two points by Reagan County's Paige Baggett.