High schools: Kayla Tucker relaxes, helps West rout East in All-City game

Six 3-pointers from Tucker is a key to West pulling away for win.
BY CHRIS BRANNICK, Staff Writer, cbrannick@opubco.com Published: June 3, 2013

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.

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