DEL CITY — All-Star games are not taken seriously for the most part. The 2013 Big All-City basketball game didn't break the mold on Monday night at Del City High School.
For Kayla Tucker, an Alabama State signee from Southmoore High School, playing the game loose might have been the winning strategy.
“I always play better when I'm not worried about winning or losing,” Tucker said after the West whipped the East 88-58.
In the second half, winning or losing disappeared from all of the players' minds when the West All-Stars opened up on their seven-point lead, extending it to 25 points after three quarters, 68-43. A clear part of that breakout quarter was Tucker and the relaxed attitude.
“We all came in ready to have fun,” Tucker said. “We had a good practice last week and we had intentions of having fun.”
Tucker led all scorers with 22 points on the night and nailed six 3-pointers. Her box score mirrored itself in each half. The recent graduate scored a two-point field goal and followed that with three baskets from downtown. Her last 3-pointer came from near downtown, a 30-footer.
The East All-Stars were in the game in the first half, three different scorers each totaled five points. Del City's Dionna Collins finished the game with nine points.
Ashley Gibson from Deer Creek High School added 13 points for the West, and Abby Boyd, who won the 3-point shootout at halftime of the game, added 10 points to help the West to an 88-58 win.
BOYCE LEADS WEST TO WIN
Heading into the fourth quarter leading by one point, the West All-Star's Ronnie Boyce took over. Boyce, from Putnam City, scored 13 in the quarter and finished with a game high 19 leading the West to a 107-100 victory.
The first half of the boys Big All-City All-Star Game was a back and forth. Deaunte Long from the host school Del City led his East squad with nine points and led them to a small two point lead.
Aaron Young from the Class 6A state champion Edmond Memorial Bulldogs led the way for the West with 12 points.
The third quarter belonged to Edmond North's Carlbe Irvin. After losing in the finals of the halftime Slam Dunk Competition, Irvin had two monster dunks in the third to pull the West All-Stars ahead.