MCD Girls All American Game [Recap] by Briana Wilson

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No matter how cold and wet it was in Chicago on Wednesday, that didn’t stop the heated battle between the girls’ East and West All-American teams on the court at the United Center. The seats filled quickly as the high school star players competed hard and sent the game into overtime. As the hectic two minutes in the extra session went on, the East worked together with flawless precision that lead them to an 80-74 victory. Rellah Boothe finished the game with 18 points, two blocks and nine rebounds and was named the game’s MVP as she seemed to connect on every three-point shot that she took, while playing with maximum energy and effort on the floor.

Mar 26, 2017; Chicago, IL, USA; McDonalds High School All-American guard Chasity Patterson (30) poses for a photo during the 2017 McDonalds All American Game Portrait Day at Chicago Marriott. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports ORG XMIT: USATSI-358557 ORIG FILE ID: 20170326_ads_ss1_609.JPG

The University of Texas signee from Bradenton, Florida was confident practicing her three-point shot would help her team get the win. Another Texas signee, Chasity Patterson, pitched in with 14 points and six assists. University of Connecticut signee, East player Megan Walker, added onto the score with her 13
points, five rebounds and one steal. The opposing team did indeed put up a great fight and worked great as a team to keep up with East. West player, Loretta Kakala a Louisville signee, finished the game with 11 points and two steals.
Also holding up their teams score, Evina Westbrook a Tennessee Statue signee scored 10 points with four steals and one assist.

Mar 26, 2017; Chicago, IL, USA; McDonalds High School All-American guard Evina Westbrook (22) poses for a photo during the 2017 McDonalds All American Game Portrait Day at Chicago Marriott. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports ORG XMIT: USATSI-358557 ORIG FILE ID: 20170326_ads_ss1_583.JPG

While the game ended with a close score and a rowdy crowd, both teams respectfully
congratulated one another and left the court with smiles and excitement. “This is a great experience,” Kiana Williams, incoming freshman player expresses her feelings towards the Mcdonald’s All American experience before the game, “I’m excited to go out there have fun and play loose.” All in all, the players were excited to play together and take back such an amazing and memorable experience including the Jam Fest and the Ronald McDonald house visit.

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