FAIRMONT – The North All-Stars led from start to finish and cruised to an 84-60 victory in the annual North-South All-Star Girls Basketball Classic held at East Fairmont on Sunday.
Audrey Gaudet, the lone Buckhannon-Upshur Lady Buc playing in the Classic, scored three points in the victory.
But Gaudet made an even bigger impact on defense, constantly guarding Wyoming East’s Jazz Blankenship and George Washington’s Katy Darnell and limiting the two’s scoring while coming up with a few big steals and rebounds.
The North opened the game on a 9-0 run and did the same to open the second half.
A deep 3-pointer by Frankfort’s Abby Beeman gave the North a 12-2 lead just four minutes into the game.
The North maintained a 10-point advantage at 16-6 following a tremendous play by Gaudet in which she ripped a dribble for a steal then launched a hit-ahead pass to Parkersburg South’s Sierra Hays from her knees for a fastbreak layup.
The South scored the final six points to close the opening frame, cutting their deficit to 19-13.
Early in the second quarter, Independence’s Lexi Bolen scored on putbacks on consecutive possessions to pull the South within five points at 22-17.
Bolen scored 12 points.
But the South would not creep any closer the rest of the way.
The North closed the first half on a 15-6 burst to take a 37-23 lead into the locker room.
Fairmont Senior teammates Anysa Jordan and Courtney Wilfong scored nine of the 15 points during the run. Jordan, an Eastern Kentucky University signee, scored 17 points.
The North extended their lead to 19 points, 57-38 at the end of three quarters.
Beeman, a Shepherd signee, led all scorers with 18 points and was named the MVP for the North.
Woodrow Wilson’s Laken Ball was the South MVP.
She scored 13 points.
Parkersburg South’s Sierra Hays was the only other player to score in double figures. She had ten points for the North.