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April 7, 2011 at 7:00 AM

Queens of the Hardwood set for April 23

We haven’t seen the last of the all-star girls basketball games in the area. It’s always great to see more players have another opportunity to showcase their skills and for most this is their only all-star event.

Here’s a press release about the Queens of the Hardwood coming up on April 23:

The 7th Annual QUEENS OF THE HARDWOOD All-Star Game will be held April 23 at Foster High School in Tukwila Washington. The game will showcase some of the best senior girls’ basketball players in the state of Washington. This will also be the first year of the Future Queens All-Star Game which will showcase some of the top 8th graders in the area going head to head for one last time before they hit the high school level.

The day will start with the 8th grade All-Stars taking the floor for their game. There will then be a skills competition, were the All-Stars from both games will compete against each other as well as against some Legendary Queens of the Hardwood in 3 different events, 2-Ball, Spot Shot and a 3-Point Shoot-Out. Following the skills competitions will be the Queens of the Hardwood Scholar Athlete Award presentation which will be presented to the student-athlete with the highest grade point average. Immediately following that will be the crowned jewel of the day, the 7th Annual Queens of the Hardwood All-Star Game. This year’s game between the State Stars and the City Stars will include two current State Champions, a former State Champion and the leading scorer in the state of Washington.

The City Stars will be led by 3A state tournament MVP Claire Conricode and teammate Laura Sullivan of the 3A state champions from Holy Names. Last year’s state tournament MVP Cheyenne Wilson of Cleveland, Lakeside’s Whitney Best, Kennedy Catholic’s Allie Madison and Jasmine Lemon along with Garfield’s Renee Dillard-Brown and Quierra Farr bring a lot of state tournament experience to the game. The City Stars will also have Taylor Anderson of Rainier Beach and Breyenne Mosey of Crosspoint Academy of Bremerton.

The State Stars will have plenty of scoring punch due largely to the 28.0 points per game average of the states leading scorer, Deborah Anderson of Mt. Tahoma. Anderson was the #26 scorer in the nation and #4 on the west coast. She will have her 6’7″ teammate Jessie Williamson with her along with Kylie Huerta of Kentwood. Brooklyn Hinkens of Auburn-Riverside and Jae shin of Mercer Island will add to that scoring punch. Rounding out the State Stars will be Suzanna Ohlsen of Monroe, Gabriel Redwine of Lindbergh, Grace Beardemphl of Bellarmine Prep, Evergreen’s Briana Fiso and Blanchet’s Blake Ballentyne.

The host of the event is legendary player/coach Joyce Walker who is possibly the best basketball player out of the state of Washington, male or female. Coaches for the All-star game are also two ladies who left an unforgettable mark on girl’s and women’s basketball in the seattle area and still continue to give back to the youngster of today. University of Washington Hall of Famer Rhonda Smith-Banchero will coach the State Stars and 2004 WNBA Champion Adia Barnes will coach the City Stars. The day will end with the presentation of the Joyce Walker MVP Award, presented to the outstanding player of the game.

Games will begin at 11:00 a.m. for the Princesses of the Hardwood and 2:00 p.m. for the Queens of the Hardwood. Admission is $6 for adults and $4 for students. Everybody come support these young ladies.

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