Meadville Tribune


March 25, 2014

CASH trio lead West to win

GUYS MILLS — In two short years, the trio of Kristen Baker, Challen Litwiler and Kimmy Litwin managed to accomplish quite a bit together on the court, amassing 69 total wins and just 12 losses, a District 10 championship and a state semifinal berth in girls basketball and volleyball for Conneaut Area Senior High School.

It was only fitting that their final athletic event together end with success as well.

Baker, Litwin and Litwiler combined for 46 points, including six 3-pointers, to lead the West to a 64-46 win over the East on Tuesday during the 38th annual Townville Lions Club/Windstream Communications Senior All-Star game at Maplewood High School.

Baker was named the West’s Most Valuable Player. Litwin also took home an individual award. She beat Litwiler in a tiebreaker to win the 3-point shootout.

“It’s definitely bittersweet going out,” Litwin said. “It’s so weird thinking it’s all over, and we were enemies before. Now we’re best friends; we love playing together. It’s sad that it’s over. But I’m happy for all that we’ve done.”

The West, led by “CASH Money” as Baker, Litwin and Litwiler joked they are sometimes called, dominated the East. But it was the East that got things rolling.

The East, in fact, jumped out to a 4-0 lead on baskets by Cambridge Springs’ Paige Wolfrom and Saegertown’s Mikayla Newman. Litwiler scored the first basket for the West and Baker followed with back-to-back buckets, including a 3-pointer to put the West up 9-4 with 10:40 to play in the 20-minute opening half.

Corry’s Katie McCray did pull the East to within four (11-7) with 9:46 to play, but the West responded with an 18-2 run, which included 10 straight points by Baker, to take a 29-9 lead with three minutes to go in the half.

Baker finished the game with 25 points. Litwin added 12 points. Litwiler tallied nine points and 10 rebounds.

“We went out with a bang,” Baker said.

“We wouldn’t have missed this for anything,” Litwin said.

Added Litwiler, “We have a lot to look back on. This being one of them now. It was a lot of fun.”

The East had some pretty remarkable performances too.

Meadville’s Cadi McCoy earned MVP honors for the East with her 19-point, 12-rebound double-double. She had 15 of those points in the second half, including a rare 3-pointer.

McCray finished with nine points, all coming on treys. Wolfrom also knocked down a 3-pointer and finished with nine points. Cochranton’s Kendell Dickson, who kept things lighthearted, finished with six points. She also made the hometown crowd happy when she inbounded a pass to Maplewood’s Mariah Groger, who was playing on the opposite team, to allow her to go to the hoop for an easy layup and get in the scorebook.

Saegertown’s Tori Eckart had 14 rebounds for the East.

Maplewood’s Jessa Covine had eight boards for the West. General McLane’s Hailey Higham and Danielle Verga had six and 13 rebounds, respectively. Verga also had nine points.

McCoy, Litwin and Litwiler took part in the 3-point shooting contest between the girls and boys games. Litwiler and Litwin tied with six 3-pointers each to force a tiebreaker. Litwin made her final shot to beat Litwiler 6-5.

“Don’t be fooled,” Litwin said of Litwiler, who made less than a handful of 3-pointers in her varsity career. “You should see her at practice. At practice everyone just hands her the ball and let’s her shoot.”

Why didn’t she shoot the trey more in her career?

“I play post,” she said. “You play where your coach asks you to.”

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