Petty’s North team clawed by future K-Staters
Former Wildcat guard Amy Petty had her moments for the North squad in the 2005 Kansas Basketball Coaches Association's All-Star game at Washburn University in Topeka, scoring seven points and connecting on a 3-pointer.
But the night belonged to three K-State recruits who recently led a Kansas AAU team to a national championship and are expected to keep the Wildcat team among the elite in the Big 12
The three future Wildcats, Marlies Gipson of McPherson, JoAnn Hamlin of Winfield and Shalee Lehning of Sublette, combined for 39 of the South's 97 points.
The trio led their talent-laden south team to a 97-76 win over Petty's north squad. The north countered with a pair of Wichita State recruits in Marcy Sudbeck of B&B Baileyville and Frannie Vathauer of Blue Valley, who combined for 12 points.
But in the end, the K-State freshmen demonstrated why they were called on to play their collegiate ball in the Big 12.
Hamlin led the way for the South by connecting on nine field goals and four-of-four free throws in leading the winners with a game high 22 points. Lehning, Miss Kansas Basketball, scored eight points, while Gipson added nine points. Nine players scored six points or more for the South.
Former Riley County basketballers Kelsey Nelson and Megan Starnes' 18 and 16 points, respectively, led the North. Micaele Uriell of Shawnee Mission Northwest tallied seven points.
Only a man-to-man defense could be employed during the four 10-minute quarters. A zone defense could be used only when a team was playing full court pressure.
Six players from each team were required to play the first five minutes of the first three periods. Then the other six players played the final five minutes. In the fourth period, coaches were allowed to use any combination of players. But all players had to play.
Petty scored in the first, third and fourth periods as she tallied seven points on a three-pointer and four-of-six shooting from the charity stripe.
Goddard's Meghan Welch put the South team ahead for good when she sank her second of four three-pointers in the game at the 5 minute, 27 second point of the first quarter, to put her team up 12-11.
Then the South outscored the North 22-5 to take a commanding 34-16 advantage after the first 10 minutes of play.
All five of the North's points came on free throws. Petty's team was held without a field goal for seven minutes covering parts of the first and second quarters.
The North pulled to within 14 points of their opposition when Nelson hit a running hook shot along the baseline, and then sank the ensuing free throw following a foul to make the score 39-25 with 6:42 left in the first half.
But the North suffered through a drought as the South went on a 15-2 run over the final 6:42 of the half to open up an insurmountable 54-27 halftime advantage.
After falling behind 58-27 early in the second half, the North struggled to get much closer than 29 points until Shawnee Height's Julia Hale jump-started a 15-3 spurt by hitting the second of two free throws.
During the run, the North defense gave the South a taste of its own medicine by holding its opposition without a field goal for nearly six minutes of the third quarter.
The South opened its lead back up to 27 points before Petty ended the period with a three- pointer that caught the back of the rim, bounced straight up, then went through the net with five seconds left to make the score 75-51 after three periods.
Petty was able to pull her team within 91-74 with 1:34 left in the contest when she made the first of two free throws.
The loss brought Petty's high school career to a conclusion. She will play college ball at Mid-America Nazarene University.
South 97, North 76
South individual scoring: Emily Spickler 3 0-1 7, Andrea Leiker 2 2-2 6, Meghan Welch 5 0-0 14, Shalee Lehning 3 2-3 8, Tessa Morrow 3 0-0 6, Stephanie Wittman 3 2-2 9, Lindsey Davis 3 0-0 6, Kylee McGill 1 1-2 3, Kris Richman 1 0-0 2, Kristin Frey 2 0-0 5, JoAnn Hamlin 9 4-4 22, Marlies Gipson 4 1-1 9. Team totals 39 12-15 97.
North individual scoring: Jennifer Franklin 0 2-2 2, Megan Starnes 6 2-2 16, Becky Zabel 1 0-0 2, Micaele Uriell 3 0-0 7, Katy Davenport 2 2-2 6, Amy Petty 1 4-6 7, Bonnie Engelken 2 1-2 5, Kelsey Nelson 6 5-6 18, Marcy Sudbeck 3 0-2 6, Julia Hale 0 1-2 1, Frannie Vathauer 3 0-0 6, Jacky Smith 0 0-0 0. Team totals: 27 17-24 76.
South 34 20 21 22 97
North 16 11 24 25 76
Three-point field goals: South: Emily Spickler, Meghan Welch 4, Stephanie Wittman, Kristin Frey. North: Meghan Starnes 2, Micaele Uriell, Amy Petty, Kelsey Nelson.