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April 25, 2012 at 4:34 PM

Queens of the Hardwood game set for Saturday

Here is a press release we just received on this event:

The 8th Annual QUEENS OF THE HARDWOOD All-Star Game will be held April 28 at Lakes High School in Lakewood. The game will showcase some of the best senior girls’ basketball players in the state of Washington. This will also be the second year of the Future Stars Girl’s 8th-Grade 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 warm-up event for the day will be the first ever Knights of the Round Ball Boy’s 8th-Grade All-Star Game featuring the best of the 8th-grade boys in the area.

The day will start with the Knights of the Round Ball 8th grade All-Stars taking the floor for their game at noon. The Future Stars 8th-grade All-Stars will hit the floor to display the skills that they will take to the high school level next year at 2 p.m. There will then be a special presentation to an organization with a special cause and mission. Cierra Sisters is a Breast Cancer Support Group that has done a great amount of support and awareness for person with breast cancer and their families.

It was founded by Bridgette Hempstead, who herself is a 17-year survivor or breast cancer. The All-Stars of all three games held a “Shooting for a Cure Free Throw-A-Thon” to help with Cierra Sisters maintain the excellent quality of work and support that they do. That will be followed by the presentation of the Queens of the Hardwood Scholar Athlete Award. This 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 8th Annual Queens of the Hardwood All-Star Game at 4 p.m.

The City Stars will be led by Metro MVP Michaela O’Rouke of Eastside Catholic and 3A state tournament first teamer Jadea Brundidge of state runner up Franklin. They will be joined by Brundidge’s Franklin teammates Janee Lewis and Patrice Toston; Jalen Carpenter of Bremerton; Tanner Adams of Roosevelt; Holy Names’ Jasmine McCleave and Sophie Reichelt; and four-year starting teammates from Garfield, Nyasha Sarju and Shaunice Robinson. They will be coached by Seattle AAU legendary coach Bernard “Buck” Buchannan of Seattle Lady Style.

The State Stars will have plenty of scoring punch due largely to the 28.1 points per game average of the states leading scorer, Arinesha Smith of Tyee High School. Smith will be joined by a host of the state’s top scorers in Airashay Rogers of Hazen (26.0 ppg) and Sasha Weber of Timberline (20.4 ppg). They will also be joined by Victoria Eleby of Chief Sealth; Sahara Hill of Foster; Darah Huertas-Vining of Federal Way; Sydney Hughes from Charles Wright Academy; Taylor Peacocke of Inglemoor; Nyzha Primas of Bellermine Prep; Aubre Mitchell of Lakes and an added twist to this year’s game was placing Kourtney Carpenter of Bremerton on the State team to do battle against her twin sister Jalen who is on the City team.

The day will end with the presentation of the Joyce Walker MVP Award, presented to the outstanding player of the game. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students with ASB.



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