Knowlton, Murray, Hart strong in McDonald's GamesKnowlton tallies 22 points, Murray and Hart both six
Bangor — A Mr. Maine Basketball finalist and three Midcoast student-athletes toiling on the court in a high school game for the final time — with one leading her team to victory — was the scenario for local court players during the 25th annual Maine McDonald's Senior All-Star Basketball Games festivities Friday and Saturday, March 8-9 at Husson University.
Camden Hills' Jordan Knowlton played for the Classes A/B East girls squad, while Medomak Valley's John Murray and Camden Hills' Connor Hart toiled for the Classes A/B East boys team.
The games were played Saturday, March 9 at Newman Gymnasium on the campus of Husson University. The event featured head-to-head action from the top high school senior hoop players in the state in East versus West regional action.
Additionally, Knowlton was an original nominee for Miss Maine Basketball and Murray a finalist for Mr. Maine Basketball.
Belfast's Courtney Drinkwater and Camden Hills' Alex Crans also made the McDonald's All-State academic teams.
In the Classes A/B girls game, East raced past West 119-67, after leading 40-28 at halftime. Knowlton poured in 22 points to key the win. Presque Isle's Chandler Guerrette added 20 points for the winners. For West, York's Emily Campbell tallied 15 points and Falmouth's Anna Hickey 13.
Knowlton scored 18 of her points in the second half, including drilling three 3-pointers.
In the Classes A/B boys game, West bested East 112-89, after leading 63-52 at halftime. For the local athletes, Murray and Hart both scored six points. Hart tallied all his points in the first half and Murray four in the first half and two in the second. Leading the West were York's Aaron Todd with 20 points and Deering's Labson Abwoch 15. For the East, Presque Isle's Tyler Brooks tallied 18 points and Maranacook's Kyle Boucher 17.
In the Classes C/D girls game, East edged West 74-70, after leading 38-33 at halftime. Leading the winners were Hodgdon's Lacey McQuarrie and Orono's Jillian Woodward both with 13 points. For West, Richmond's Jamie Plummer scored 15 points and Boothbay's Sarah Caron and Mount Abram's Miranda Smith both 12.
Caron won the 3-point shooting competition earlier in the day by connecting on 14 treys in 60 seconds.
In the Classes C/D boys game, East bested West 113-110, as Jonesport Beals' Garet Beal tallied 35 points and Washburn's Mitchell Worcester 25, including five 3-pointers. For West, Traip Academy's Atencio Martin dumped in 25 points and Valley's Carrington Miller 18. West led 48-46 at halftime.
Additionally, Portland's Martha Veroneau and Jonesport Beals' Garet Beal were named Miss and Mr. Maine Basketball; the Marshwood girls and Central boys the teams of the year; Jenn Smith and Kyle Merchant the spirit of the game winners; Josie Lee and Tom Wilberg were awarded All-State academic scholarships; Mike Lowe, the media award; and John Bernard, the Maine Association of Basketball Coaches' contributor award.
Knowlton was named as one of 10 semifinalists for Miss Maine Basketball, while Murray was named as one of 10 semifinalists for Mr. Maine Basketball, but made it to the final three. The Mr. and Miss Maine Basketball accolades are given to the top two senior high school basketball players in the state.
Murray was anointed the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class B player of the year this winter, while Knowlton amassed 1,532 career points in her four-year career at Camden Hills, earning her the distinction of the school's top all-time points leader for boys and girls.
Spruce Mountain's Emily Keene hit 49-of-50 shots to win the girls free-throw shooting competition. Katahdin's Colton Bivighouse won the boys foul-shooting championship by making 45-of-50 attempts.
The all-star players, all-star coaches, members of the All-State academic teams, regional foul-shooting champions, Maine McDonald’s spirit of the game Award recipients and the MABC contributor and media award honorees also were recognized at the awards banquet.
The 2013 all-star games marked McDonald’s 25th consecutive year as lead sponsor of this event. Net proceeds from the games benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities® (RMHC) of Maine. Last year’s all-star weekend raised more than $17,500 for the charities.
RMHC of Maine is a non-profit organization whose goal is to help Maine children and families lead happier, healthier and more productive lives. Since its founding in 1989, RMHC of Maine has granted more than $2 million to local children’s programs that make a measurable impact in our communities.
More information is available at rmhcmaine.org.
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