DENVER — It’s no easy task to stand out on a court filled with 20 of Colorado’s best girls basketball players, half of whom have already signed to play at the Division I level.
For Broomfield junior Callie Kaiser, who certainly has Division I potential, Saturday’s statewide showcase game The Show was the perfect chance to see how she stacked up. It took her a while to get going, but Kaiser left her mark.
“It was really fun getting to know the other girls and playing against this type of competition,” Kaiser said. “I’m glad I got to be a part of this. I started to get going more in the second half and coach was telling me to take it.”
Kaiser’s White Team lost 45-38.
With Denver East coach Dwight Berry urging her to take over the game, Kaiser finished with 10 points, 11 rebounds, and six steals. She scored eight of her 10 points in the fourth quarter while the White Team was fighting to mount a comeback.
Also on the White team with Kaiser were Holy Family’s sisters Lindsey Chavez and BoCoPreps.com girls basketball Player of the Year Katie Chavez.
Fresh off winning their team’s sixth 3A state title in seven seasons, neither Chavez sister scored and Katie Chavez had two rebounds. Lindsey Chavez, a senior who will run cross country at Carleton College in Minnesota next year, was just happy for the chance to play with her sister one last time.
“It was nice because it was the last hurrah between Katie and I before I go off to college,” Lindsey Chavez said. “I’m also going to college for running so this is probably my last organized basketball game. I was proud of the way we played.”
Katie Chavez, a sophomore who played in the seventh-grade version of The Show several years ago, said Saturday’s stiff all-classification competition was a good primer for the Tigers’ imminent move up to Class 4A next season.
“It wasn’t the way we wanted it to end but it was good experience for us,” Katie Chavez said. “I had fun playing against all these girls. They’re so talented so it was good exposure for next year when we go up to 4A. It was a learning experience for me.”
Niwot head coach Terri Ward coached the Blue Team in the girls game.
Holy Family head coach Pete Villecco, whose team won the school’s first state title since 1998 this season, coached the Gold Team in the boys game. Led by Denver East’s Dominique Collier, a CU recruit, Villecco’s team came from behind to win 83-77.
Already with a 3A state title in his fourth season coaching the Tigers, Villecco said coaching the state’s all-star game was an honor and a welcome bonus.
“This is a great experience for me and my staff,” Villecco said. “It’s been a heck of a ride. It was an amazing season and this is just icing on the cake for a magical year. These kids are the best of the best so you just encourage them to compete and enjoy it.”
Follow Brad on Twitter: twitter.com/BradCochi
Blue 45, White 38
At Pepsi Center
White Team scoring
Michaela Onyenwere 13, Callie Kaiser 10, Tatum Neubert 5, Mikayla Reese 3, Lexy Thorderson 3, Michelle Cox 2, Katie Cunningham 1, Katie Chavez 0, Lindsey Chavez 0, Kylee Shook 0.
Blue Team scoring
Myanne Hamm 9, Justine Hall 8, Shannon Patterson 7, Mackenzie Forrest 4, Mikaela Eppard 4, Shelby Patterson 3, Anna Ptasinski 3, Shayln Johnson 1, Diani Akigbogun 0, Savannah Smith 0.
Score by quarters:
Blue team 10 9 12 14 — 45
White team 11 6 7 14 — 38
Rebounds — Blue: Hamm 9, Hall 8, Sha. Patterson 7, Smith 6, Forrest 4, Eppard 4, She. Patterson 3, Ptasinski 3, Johnson 1. White: Onyenwere 13, Kaiser 11, Cunningham 10, Neubert 6, Shook 5, Thorderson 4, Cox 3, Reese 3, K. Chavez 2. Assists — Blue: Smith 5, Sha. Patterson, She. Patterson, Akigbogun. White: Cunningham 3, Reese 2, Cox, K. Chavez. Steals — Blue: Hall 3, Hamm 3, Sha. Patterson 2, Forrest 2, Akigbogun. White: Kaiser 6, Onyenwere 2, Shook. Total fouls — Blue 19, White 10.
Gold 83, Blue 77
At Pepsi Center
Blue team scoring
Jeremiah Paige 20, De’Ron Davis 19, Chase Foster 13, Ibrahim Sylla 7, Jonathan Barnes 7, Austin Conway 4, Ghassan Nehme 4, Brady Baer 3, Dylan Clark 2, Alex Semadeni 2.
Gold team scoring
Dominique Collier 17, Zach Braxton 15, Collin Smith 13, Toby Van Ry 10, Jake Pemberton 9, Justin Bassey 9, Ronnie Harrell 5, Trayvon Andres 2, Broderick Robinson 2, Josh Fiscus 0.
Score by quarters:
Blue team 19 20 19 19 — 77
Gold team 12 21 24 26 — 83
Rebounds — Blue: Sylla 10, Davis 6, Clark 5, Nehme 3, Semadeni 3, Barnes 2, Foster 2, Paige 2, Conway 2, Baer. Gold: Braxton 9, Harrell 7, Robinson 4, Smith 4, Andres 4, Van Ry 4, Bassey 3, Collier 2, Pemberton 2. Assists — Blue: Clark 2, Nehme 2, Paige 2, Foster 2, Barnes 2, Conway, Davis. Gold: Pemberton 4, Robinson 3, Collier 3, Bassey 2, Fiscus, Smith, Andres. Steals — Blue: Clark 3, Nehme 3, Conway, Sylla. Gold: Pembertson 5, Bassey 2, Smith, Harrell. Total fouls — Blue 15, Gold 12.