Local senior basketball stars and coaching staff teamed together for this year’s EMO Senior Showcase, which was held Friday, March 22 at North Callaway High School.
The members of the Dark Team gave the White Team all they could handle before falling 56-54.
Bowling Green’s all-star Kelsey Scherder scored 10 of her team-high 17 points in the first half while fellow BGHS hotrod Caitlin McClain paced the White Team with 11 first-half points.
Paige Harris, of Community R-VI, nearly converted a four-point play early in the game during a 6-0 run. Her teammate Paige Curtis scored five points in the half while Kambrie Hartsell scored two points to keep the game tied at 26 entering halftime.
The White Team nearly pulled away halfway through the second half when Hartsell paced the squad with seven points during a four minute stretch to keep the lead at five points.
McClain snuck in four points late in the half.
With 24.1 seconds left in the game, the Lady Cats’ superstar Courtney Kadlec nearly converted a 3-point play for the final points, giving the Dark Team a two-point victory.
Scherder finished the game with 17 points, seven rebounds, four assists, one steal, and one block.
McClain made 20 points, five rebounds, and two steals.
Kadlec tallied 15 points, two rebounds, two steals, one assist, and one block.
Bowling Green’s representing Lady Cats were the high-scoring players on their respective teams.
The Dark Team roster also included Clopton’s Amanda Klopcic; Bowling Green’s Kelsey Scherder; Mackenzie Yager and Danielle Schmidt of Montgomery County; and Silex’s Lindsey Barnhart.
White Team members included Silex’s Kimmy Duggan and Natalie Fleming; Elsberry’s Krista Dye; Montgomery County’s Mikayla Yager; Courtney Kadlec and Caitlin McClain of Bowling Green; Clopton’s Joy Yates; and Silex coach Robert James.
Six players participated in the 3-point contest, all three of the Bowling Green girls stepped up to the plate for the competition.
Clopton’s Amanda Klopcic won the title after scoring seven points. She then beat Clopton’s Hank Owens in a battle of the sexes shootout, 5-4.
Kadlec and Scherder each scored six points. McClain scored two.
During halftime of the girls’ game, $125 was raised through an auction for an autographed basketball. The boys’ game basketball brought $500. All of the money was to go towards EMO Conference scholarships.