Tennessee recruit Jordan Horston wins MVP at McDonald's All American Game
Jordan Horston learned the news of Holly Warlick's dismissal from Tennessee while she was on the bench at the McDonald's All American Game on Wednesday in Atlanta. Then the Tennessee commit scored 14 points and was named MVP in the East's 83-68 win over the West.
Horston, who had four rebounds, three steals and an assist in 22 minutes, said she needed time to digest the news. The 6-foot-1 guard from Ohio's Columbus Africentric signed with the Lady Vols in November and led her team to its second straight state title earlier this month.
"I love Tennessee, and I love Holly," she said. "I guess I'll have to sleep on this whole situation. I really don't want to talk about it."
The East got off to a sluggish start and fell into a 16-9 hole by the end of the first quarter, but it stormed back in the second and took a 37-29 lead into halftime. Led by Horston, the East outscored the West 27-19 in the third quarter and put it in cruise control from there.
Archbishop Mitty's Sue Phillips, who coached the East to victory, was pitted against her star player in Jones.
"I told Haley that this is a testament to her career in basketball," Phillips said. "I am honored to have been her coach, and this game is a celebration of 24 of the best players in the nation. I just happen to be coaching 12 of them, and they are not named Haley."
The 6-foot-1 Stanford recruit was unable to put one down during Wednesday's game. But Belibi, who finished with six points and 10 rebounds for the West, was able to lend some perspective on her week.
"This is just a huge honor," she said. "It is difficult to come in and change the sport. But if girls think about what they can do, then [they can] just go out and do it."
Sweet South Carolina showing
South Carolina landed the No. 1 class at the end of the November early signing period, and three of the future Gamecocks showed why in Atlanta.
Defensive possessions by both Boston, who had nine points and 10 rebounds, and Beal, who had six points and eight rebounds, led to fast-break opportunities for the East team. Cooke, who had nine points and seven rebounds, was athletic and explosive off the dribble. She had a game-high four assists.
Notre Dame signee Samantha Brunelle carried her hot hand from Monday into Wednesday. The 6-foot-2 forward, who won the 3-point contest at the Powerade JamFest, was 3-for-3 from the field Wednesday, including a 3-pointer. Her winning East team shot just 35 percent from the field.