Holboke helps rally team to close win

Game MVP scores 17 as squad recovers from deficit

By Candace Buckner, Columbian staff writer

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photoMar'Shay Moore, from Fort Vancouver, shoots for two of her 11 points in Sunday's Les Schwab Roundball Shootout.

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photoPlayers fight for a loose ball during the Les Schwab Roundball Shootout at Clark College.

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Mountain View's Carly Holboke earned the Most Valuable Player 'Star of Stars' award in the Les Schwab Roundball Shootout, leading her All-Star squad to the comeback 63-60 win on Sunday.

Holboke, the 5-foot-8 Mountain View guard, played on the White team and scored a team-best 17 points. Holboke also contributed nine rebounds and three steals.

In the first half as the Black team built a 14-point lead and Holboke wore intensity all over her face, she was asked if she was having fun. After all, it was an All-Star game consisting of some of the most talented girls players around the county. But the friendly competition didn't matter to Holboke.

"I'm always wanting to win," Holboke explained.

So, after taking a 35-29 deficit into halftime, Holboke and the White team began their winning mission.

As with most All-Star games, and for players who haven't been on the court for organized basketball in quite some time, the first half produced choppy play. However, the White team started the second half on a 9-2 run and Holboke gave her squad the lead by going the length of the court and finishing at the rim.

"We thought we (should) loosen up and do what we do best, and that's play basketball," Fort Vancouver guard Mar'Shay Moore said, describing the second-half burst.

Through the final 41/2 minutes of play, the teams competed through three ties and two lead changes. Then, within the final minute, the White team began a free-throw procession that ultimately earned the win.

Emma DuChesne of Mountain View tied the score at 60-60 with a pair of free throws.

After Deja Nichols of Evergreen was called for an offensive foul on the next play, the ball returned to the White team and Lewis & Clark's Taylor Howelett got fouled beneath the rim and also made both of her shots for the 62-60 lead.

On Black's final possession with 22 seconds left in the game, Nichols and Union's 6-2 center Emily Rowe worked off each other. Rowe set a high screen, took the pass but returned it to Nichols who attempted a decent shot inside the left arc but missed the mark. Holboke secured the rebound and hit a free throw to ice the game.

"Once we started getting a feel for each other," Holboke said, "we were feeling comfortable and playing off each other."

For the White team, Moore finished with 11 points and seven rebounds and Mountain View's Amica Cranston contributed 11 and six.

Prairie's Megan Lindsley led the Black team with 21 points on 9-of-15 shooting and Marjerle Reeves scored 10 points.

During halftime, Timberline's Sarah McKee won the 3-point shooting contest.

WHITE TEAM 63, BLACK TEAM 60

WHITE — Courtney Bradley 6, Brianna Curtiss 5, Carly Holboke 17, Emma DuChesne 4, Mar'Shay Moore 11, Kim Lowery 0, Taylor Howlett 9, Amica Cranston 11. Totals 21-73 3-21 63.

BLACK — Majerle Reeves 10, Deja Nicholas 2, Megan Lindsley 21, Katie White 4, Jessica Roy 6, Emily Rowe 9, Sarah McKee 5, Kendra Preuninger 3, Esther Stanisel 0. Totals 24-65 2-16 60.

White 29 34—63

Black 35 25—60