HUDSON _ Coventry's Jennifer Watson sank four free throws in the final 42 seconds Monday to lead her Dark Team to an 89-84 victory over the White Team in the annual Tri-County Coaches Association Senior Girls All-Star Game at Hudson High School.
Three area girls took part in the contest, which features top senior talent from Medina, Summit and Portage counties.
Mogadore's Tiffany Tompkins scored five points for the Dark Team, while Ravenna's Lindsey Widener and Crestwood's Jen Risch posted four and two points, respectively, for the White Team.
Watson's free throws helped stave off a frantic rally by the White Team that saw a 17-point Dark cushion sliced to a single point (85-84) following a Chemika Pittman steal and layup with 1:05 remaining.
After Watson's first pair of free tosses gave the Dark Team an 87-84 lead, the White Team ran the clock down under 20 seconds before Hudson center Megan Meneer's game-tying 3-pointer missed the mark with 14 seconds to go. Watson then closed the door on the contest with two charity tosses with nine ticks showing.
Pittman, a senior from Barberton, finished with 21 points, most of which came in the second half. She also earned most valuable player honors for her squad.
"The reason we picked Pittman as MVP is she was all over the place in the fourth quarter and helped get us back in the game," said Hudson's Tony Whitmer, who guided the White Team. "This is the third year we have had (the game) here, and I try to make it fun for everybody. I think everybody had a good time. I really appreciate (the people) who came out and the fact that seven or eight colleges made it here, too."
Akron Garfield's Erica Sewell, who led her squad with 17 points, was named the Dark Team's MVP.
Meneer (17 points) opened the scoring with a 3, but the Dark Team ran off the next 10 points to go up 10-3 and never lost its advantage.
Akron East's Melissa Anderson finished with 14 points for the winners. Highland's Katie Kaczmarczyk was right behind with 13 and Akron Firestone's Charnetta Montgomery added 10.
Hudson's Casey McDowell, on her way to Indiana State next season, drained four 3s, which accounted for all her 12 points.
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TRI-COUNTY ALL-STAR GAME
Dark Team 89, White Team 84
DARK TEAM (89) _ Torika Thompson 4 0-0 9; Terra Roane 0 1-2 1; Jennifer Watson 3 7-8 14; Katie Kaczmarczyk 6 1-3 13; Charnetta Montgomery 4 0-0 10; Melissa Anderson 3 8-12 14; Daria Alexander 2 2-2 6; Erica Sewell 7 3-4 17; Tiffany Tompkins 1 2-3 5. Totals 30 24-34 89.
WHITE TEAM (84) _ Casey McDowell 4 0-0 12; Megan Meneer 6 3-6 17; Sarah Reed 4 1-2 9; Jen Risch 0 2-2 2; Tiffany Jones 5 2-2 12; Erin Myers 1 0-2 2; Chemika Pittman 7 6-7 21; Lindsey Widener 1 2-4 4; Meghan Hughes 0 0-0 0; Courtney Whitehall 0 0-0 0; Toni Haubert 1 2-2 5. Totals 29 18-27 84.
Three-Point Goals _ Dark (5): Montgomery 2, Thompson 1, Watson 1, Tompkins 1. White (8): McDowell 4, Meneer 2, Pittman 1, Haubert 1.
Total Rebounds _ Dark, 54-32
Total Fouls _ White, 23-19