Bill Davis/News Fredericktown’s Jake Booth, left, dribbles past Northridge’s Brandon Estep during Sunday’s practice at Danville High School.

Bill Davis/Mount Vernon News

Fredericktown’s Jake Booth, left, dribbles past Northridge’s Brandon Estep during Sunday’s practice at Danville High School. Request this photo


DANVILLE — The Danville girls basketball seniors played their final game in a long tournament run Saturday.

So they’d be forgiven for skipping out on a Sunday practice designed strictly to get them warmed up.

The best basketball seniors in the area were at Danville High School’s gymnasium to practice for Tuesday’s Mount Vernon News All-Star Senior Showcase.

Jordan Elliott, Vanessa Hawk and Alisha Reed are all set to represent the home school as the “All-Stars” in Tuesday’s game. Elliott, who led the area in scoring (18.9 points per game) at the end of the regular season, will be teammates with Mount Vernon’s Taylor Gregory, who finished second (18.5). Gregory’s teammates, Alexa Skal, Morgan Jessup and Denasan Spalla, are expected to join them.

Also on the home team are East Knox’s Mattea Forshey, Northridge’s Hallie Martin and Fredericktown’s Bailey Riley.

On the other side, the “Senior-Stars” have a mix of the top players from the surrounding area. Centerburg’s Halie Stoyle and Maddie Harmon are slated to be joined by Utica’s Carli Conard and Lindsay Burnett; Highland’s Taylor Belcher and Kelsey Walters; Johnstown’s Courtney Moore and Sammy Edwards; Cardington’s Alyson Adams; and Northmor’s Karalee Patterson.

The girls game is set for a tip-off of 6 p.m.

After the girls, the boys take over. Three of the top four area scorers take the floor, including Cardington’s Devin Pearl, Fredericktown’s Jake Booth and Centerburg’s Gunnar Gregory. Gregory will play for the “All-Stars” along with Centerburg teammates Nate Johnson and Sam Backiewicz.

Danville’s Jordan Stimpert, Austin Frank and Brant Neitzelt will join them in their final game on their home floor.

Also playing on the All-Stars team are Booth, East Knox’s Wade Duston and Mount Vernon’s Dustin Hess and Tim Zeller.

The “Senior-Stars” feature some of the best talent from Licking and Morrow counties. Pearl, from Cardington, who was second in area scoring (18.0) and blocks (2.4) is scheduled to be joined by teammates Skyler Bowling and Derek Goodman.

Also for the Senior-Stars, Northridge’s Brandon Estep, the area leader in assists (5.1) as well as the state leader in steals (5.0), will be joined by teammate Dan Hatfield.

Completing the team are Highland’s Max Schreiber and Quin Winkelfoos; Utica’s Chase Smith; Northmor’s Alijah Keen; and Mount Gilead’s Tyler Bland.

Tip-off for the boys is set for around 8 p.m.

Between the games, the best three-point shooters in the area will compete in a three-point shooting contest.

Tickets are $6 — $4 for students — and are available at the door.


Bill Davis: 740-397-5333 or and on Twitter, @mountvernonnews




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