BY SHAIN GILLET
Clipper Sports Editor
KAYSVILLE — For the players at last Friday’s Davis County All Stars basketball games, held at Davis High School, the mood was a positive one.
Teammates and adversaries alike joined to play the final basketball game of the season.
The final scores of each game didn’t matter, but the fact that players were, at least once, able to play against some familiar faces served as a cog in what was another successful event, said events coordinator and Davis assistant coach Tina Webb.
“It’s always fun to get all the seniors together and have them play on one team,” said Webb. “They usually play against each other all year, so it’s fun to get them together and actually meet each other and see who they are as players and as people.”
The girls’ game, which was won by the designated “home” team, 50-36, was represented by plenty of Davis players. Seven Lady Darts competed. Also in attendance were players from Northridge, Clearfield, Bountiful, Woods Cross, Viewmont, Syracuse and Layton.
For girls’ MVP Caitlyn Gibson, who scored four points but played exceedingly well throughout, it was nice to get a chance to play with the likes of Layton and Syracuse.
“It was really fun to get to play with my team,” she said. “We’ve been playing together for a long time now, and it was also fun to get to play with the Layton girls, because we all know each other so well. I was pretty excited to play.”
Leading scorers for the girls’ game were Gibson’s teammates, Jessica Richardson and Morgan Hartvigsen, who finished with 11 and nine points respectively.
Also part of the festivities was the girls’ 3-point shooting contest, won by Woods Cross’ Aubree Riddle. Riddle did not participate in the game because she isn’t a senior, but was allowed to participate in the contest preceding the first game.
Preceding the boys’ All-Star game was the 3-point contest.
After the first half ended in a 27-27 tie, the highlight event of the evening took place: slam-dunks.
The contest came down to two players, Layton’s Marcus Kemp and Davis’ Cole Hally.
Kemp swept the first round with awe-inducing dunks, but Hally walked away the winner, and celebrated by jumping over a crowd member for one final dunk during the competition.
The designated “road” team won, 72-67, and Viewmont’s McKay Richins was named MVP after scoring 24 points.
“It was fun to get out here and play some good, fun basketball,” he said. “It took a little bit to get the team chemistry going, but we got it and had a good time.”
Gibson admitted that not playing rival Viewmont during the season was disappointing.
“I was disappointed that we didn’t get a shot to play them this year,” she said. “I wish I had a chance to play them one more time.”