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Area seniors show their stuff

GTNS photo by Andy Krutsinger

Mt. Pleasant’s Sam Beatty flies to the hoop during the boys’ dunk contest, which took place in between games at the senior All-Star festivities in Burlington.
GTNS photo by Andy Krutsinger Mt. Pleasant’s Sam Beatty flies to the hoop during the boys’ dunk contest, which took place in between games at the senior All-Star festivities in Burlington.
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BURLINGTON — Nine senior basketball players from Henry County were able to show off their skills at Notre Dame High School in Burlington on Saturday night. Four Mt. Pleasant athletes; Maddie Williamson, Sadie Carrasco, Sam Beatty and Rhett Zeglen joined three New London boys (Mason Porter, Keontae Luckett and Darius Wahley) as well as the duo of Kristen Conley and Colton Horak from WACO, in a night that was filled with threes, dunks, half-court shots and very little defense.

The girls’ game was won by the visiting team, which placed in their road non-white uniforms. The visitors won 70-42 after leading 37-23 at halftime. All Henry County players were playing for the home squad.

Kristen Conley shined in the three-point contest at halftime of the girls’ game. Conley was one of four players who advanced to the final after a four-way tie in the first round. She scored nine in the final, sinking the money ball to win the contest. Mt. Pleasant’s Maddie Williamson tied for second with Iowa Mennonite’s Suzanna Yoder, each scoring eight in the final.

The boys game saw it’s share of All-Star shenanigans, which included a variety of fancy dunks, deep three-pointers and dunk attempts in the wrong hoop.

The visiting team, which featured all of Henry County’s boys, came back from a 55-52 halftime deficit to win the game 112-98.

Ben Wolgemuth of Mediapolis won the boys’ three-point contest, scoring 13 points in the final. Porter represented New London in that contest but was knocked out in the first round.

The pregame dunk contest was won by Keaton Mitchell of Wapello, who scored 29 in the first round and 30 in the final, but he had plenty of competition.

Mt. Pleasant’s Sam Beatty put on a show and got second place, scoring 24 points in both rounds. The New London duo of Whaley and Luckett also entered the dunk contest but did not make the final. Other finalists were Gavin Kies of Notre Dame and Mason McDonough of Van Buren.

There were plenty of shenanigans in the All-Star Game, some of which made an impact on the final score.

At halftime of both games, players were allowed to launch half-court shots while they waited for the officials to take the floor. Any made half-court shots counted toward the final score.

Stokes of Highland hit the first half-court shot of the night, earning three points for the home squad. She was only the second attempt for the girls.

Half-court shots were launched at an incredible pace during halftime of the boys’ game. The only made shot was by Mitchell of Wapello, who stretched the home team’s lead to six points before they eventually blew it in the second half.

A handful of area players will compete in other senior All-Star Games later in the spring, but for most, it was the last high school game of their careers.