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North All-Stars Eke Out a Win

Clutch Three-Pointers Decide Game; Queen Is Named South's MVP

By Alan Goldenbach
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, March 20, 2005; Page SM10

Amber Mullins easily could have felt out of place at the Southern Maryland Athletic Conference Senior All-Star Game. The Northern guard was playing on a team alongside 10 girls from Charles County.

What's a Calvert County girl to do to feel comfortable? Simply turn to her strength. Mullins hit three straight three-pointers Friday in a 90-second span in the fourth quarter to spur the North team to a 61-59 victory at Patuxent High.

All of Mullins's team-high 15 points came from three-pointers. That shouldn't be a surprise. Mullins made 56 from behind the arc this season, best in the SMAC.

"That's me, I'm a three-point shooter," said Mullins, who won most valuable player honors for the North team. "If you guard me or not, I'm probably going to make it."

Mullins tied the game at 47 with a three-pointer with 4 minutes 3 seconds to play, but the South regained the lead at 52-47 on a three-pointer from Great Mills's Jennifer Spaulding and a layup from Patuxent's Shamika Queen.

But the next trip down, Mullins hit another from long range, and after a South miss, she made her fifth three-pointer to put North ahead 53-52 with 2:33 left.

"Every time I stepped onto the court, [my teammates] all said, 'Get her the ball,' " Mullins said. "Once I made my first one, I was pretty confident after that."

Her South counterparts, meantime, said the same about Queen. Playing on her home court, Queen scored 11 of her game-high 25 points in the fourth quarter. Because only eight South players showed up, Queen wound up playing the entire game and was named the team MVP.

"This was a good final memory," said Queen, who added that she probably will play at a junior college in North Carolina next year. "It's a mark that your last year was a good one."

In the boys' game that followed, the North nearly lost its 15-point first-half lead before pulling away late to win, 80-67.

Thomas Stone center Nate Flowers scored nine of his team-high 14 points in the first quarter to help the North team take control of the game; he was named the team's MVP.

The South closed the deficit to 59-56 with about eight minutes to play. Calvert's Greg Jefferson was named South MVP after he scored 10 of his game-high 18 points in the third quarter to help bring his team back. Patuxent's Steve Harrod added 14 points and 14 rebounds.

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