Shining Brightly In The Arch City

By Yolande Lezine
Updated: April 7, 2009

HOUSTON — The future stars of tommorow shined brightly in St. Louis in the 2009 Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) High School All-America Game presented by Nike, as the Blue Team led by Nimitz’s Brittney Griner held off a late surge by the White Team to take the title, 79-77.

The city of Houston had a contigent of three stars from the Greater Houston area which included Griner, Waltia Rolle of Westbury Christian, and Kelsey Boneof Dulles. Rolle and Bone were on the White Team.

The three stars combined for 33 points, 30 rebounds and 11 blocked shots in the game. The Baylor-bound Griner, led the Blue Team with 20 points, 10 rebounds, eight blocks, and three steals in just 31 minutes of play.

Bone and Rolle were teamed together on the White Team. Bone tallied nine points and 13 rebounds, while Rolle added four points, seven rebounds and two blocks.

Griner scored on a lay-up with 5:35 remaining in the game to give the Blue team a double-digit advantage; however, the White team led by Notre Dame recruit Skylar Diggins roared back and pulled to within three with 33 seconds left in regulation.

Diggins, the leading scorer for the White Team, reeled off nine points in the home stretch to give her squad a chance to win. The two teams traded baskets in the final 33 seconds, but the White Team was never able to get closer than two. Diggins led all scorers with 24 points. Both Diggins and Griner were named team Most Valuable Players for their respective squads.

“The WBCA High School All-American game was a big honor for me to be able to play in”, Griner stated. “You don’t get all of the top 20 girls in the nation in the same gym at the same time everyday.”

“I wanted to go out and take advantage of playing with all of these talented girls.”

The Blue Team had two other players in double-figures including Taber Spani-Tennessee and Tayler Hill-Undecided with 10 points each. Destiny Williams-Illinois led the Blue Team with 12 rebounds.

Diggins led the White Team with 24 points. She scored 17 points in the second half alone. Teammates Monique Oliver-USC contributed a double-double with 14 points and 13 rebounds, while Markel Walker-UCLA added 11 points. Dulles Kelsey Bone-South Carolina added 13 rebounds.