The East won both games in the 12th annual Virginia High School Coaches Association all-star basketball doubleheader tonight before a crowd of nearly 1,000 at the University of Virginia.
The boys game was a runaway, 89-57. The West, which included Washington-area players, was unable to keep up with the fast pace. The West trailed, 36-27, at halftime, and was outscored, 26-9, in the third period as Joel Bledsoe (Marshall-Walker) had eight points. The East's Greg Williams of Jefferson-Hugenot-Wythe led all scorers with 18 points. Bledsoe finished with 17.
Eric Brent (team-high 11 points) and Derrick Tucker (six) of Mount Vernon, Kevin Brown (four) of North Stafford and Bobby Boyd (five) of T.C. Williams combined for 26 of the West's points, but received little help.
In the girls game, Washington-area players were on the East squad and four locals provided the teamwork as the East took a 37-18 halftime lead and an easy 71-48 victory.
The East girls relied on the passing of W.T. Woodson's Helene Baroody, who had nine assists, as they worked the ball inside and made 16 of 27 shots in the first half. Complementing Baroody's floor play was the offensive rebounding of Trene Price of Deep Creek (12 points, eight rebounds) and Joyce Sampson of Harrisonburg (nine rebounds), who converted 10 rebounds into baskets.
Sampson, a 6-foot-2 center, is the sister of Virginia all-America Ralph Sampson, who attended the game.
The stability that four local players (Baroody and Lorraine Rimson of W.T. Woodson, Liza Lank of West Springfield and Kas Allen of Wakefield) gave the East enabled it to avoid the one-on-one style that often characterizes all-star games. For the past four years, those four have played together on the Virginia Vogues, an AAU team. They formed the nucleus of Fluvanna Coach Feda Kidd's winning team.
The West tried to get back into the game in the third quarter. Bonnie Mendenhall (George Washington-Danville) and Ruby Smith (Appomattox) made two quick jumpers to cut the East lead to 15 points, the closest that the West could get for the rest of the game.