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Girls basketball: Local stars revel in spotlight at “The Show”

Monarch senior Alexus Johnson drives to the hoop Friday during "The Show," the annual state all-star game at the Pepsi Center.
MARK LEFFINGWELL
Monarch senior Alexus Johnson drives to the hoop Friday during “The Show,” the annual state all-star game at the Pepsi Center.

DENVER — For Monarch’s Alexus Johnson, her third appearance at “The Show,” the annual prep all-star game at the Pepsi Center, provided one last chance to showcase her remarkable skill set in front of a home crowd.

For Stephanie Giltner, it was an opportunity to end her high school career on a high note, rather than wallowing in the disappointing end to her senior season at Holy Family. For Centaurus coach Jeff Jackson, the star-studded showcase offered a chance to realize every coach’s dream of mixing-and-matching lineups with an overwhelmingly talented roster.

Whatever the motivation, the annual girls edition of “The Show” provided more personal highlights than real-life drama, as Giltner’s Blue team routed the Johnson-led White team 69-48 Friday prior to the Denver Nuggets’ tilt against the Phoenix Suns.

“To really have a team with that talent would be amazing,” said Jackson, who led the victorious Blue squad. “They’re all great basketball players, and that’s what’s great about Colorado. We have so much talent there. I just told them all to do what they do best. I just tried to get matchups together with girls whose style was maybe the same. We tried to do equal time and let them play.”

Jackson’s Blue team made it look easy, getting a huge game from University of Colorado recruit Lauren Huggins to control the match throughout. Huggins, from Heritage High School, earned the game’s Most Valuable Player award after knocking down 5 of 6 3-point attempts and leading all scorers with 15 points.

“I think we actually played really good together,” said Giltner, who scored four points for the Blue team. “We passed it around, and it helps that Lauren hit (five) 3’s. Everybody played really well and we did play together. As a team, it was really good for an all-star game.”

Johnson turned in a strong performance for the White team, scoring a team-leading 12 points while grabbing a game-best 11 rebounds. The Grambling State recruit almost single-handedly kept the White side in the game during the first half, making all three of her shots, including a 3-pointer, and scoring eight points to keep the Whites within 32-26 at the break.

Ashton Davis, Johnson’s teammate at Monarch who is bound for the Air Force Academy, scored four points for the Whites. Peak to Peak standout Khadijah Sayyid recorded four points and two assists for the Blue team. Centaurus’ Andi Houck also played but went scoreless for the Blues.

“I really didn’t think about it all that much, I just wanted to come out and play, and that’s what I did,” Johnson said. “I just shot the ball. Since this was my third time, I didn’t really have any nerves because I knew what to expect.”

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Blue 69, White 48

At Pepsi Center

BLUE

Dent 5 1-2 11, Giltner 1 2-2 4, Huggins 5 0-0 15, Houck 0 0-0 0, Heckman 0 2-2 2, Evans 5 3-3 14, Derrieux 3 3-4 11, Purdy 2 0-2 4, Howell 2 0-0 4, Sayyid 2 0-2 4. Totals 25 11-17 69.

WHITE

Neuhaus 3 0-0 7, Davis 2 0-0 4, Cerjan 1 0-0 2, Martinez 1 0-0 2, Johnson 5 1-1 12, Edwards 2 2-4 6, Gordon 2 0-0 4, Beckman 0 4-5 4, Torres 0 1-2 1, Hernandez 3 0-0 6. Totals 19 8-12 48.

Score by quarters:

Blue 20 12 16 21 — 69

White 10 16 8 14 — 48

3-point field goals — Blue (8): Huggins 5, Derrieux 2, Evans; White (2): Neuhaus, Johnson. Fouled out — None. Technical fouls — None.

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