Featuring three players from the Daily News coverage area, Gold defeated Purple 64-54 in the girls contest of the 38th annual Lions All-Star Twin Classic.

Featuring three players from the Daily News coverage area, Gold defeated Purple 64-54 in the girls contest of the 38th annual Lions All-Star Twin Classic.
In some ways, it amounted to a war of attrition and since Carl Junction standout and Crowder recruit Alex Vogt dropped out, that left Blue with just four players.
In a 4-on-4 15-minute half game, Gold’s one extra body proved golden in the long run as fatigue set in hard during the contest.
Former East Newton leading scorer Kanah Burkey led Gold with 20 points, while Neosho’s leading scorer last season and Crowder recruit Sydney Linny added 17 points. McDonald County’s leading scorer and rebounder last season Tricia Wattman, a Neosho County (Kansas) recruit, tallied 12 points for a third scorer in double-figures. Kayla Portillo and Nicole Stephenson rounded out the scoring efforts with eight and seven points, respectively.
Former Sarcoxie standout Carson Chandler led all scorers with 27 points, while former Diamond star Kelsi Eden added 13 and former Stockton standout Annie Besch 11 points.
For Linny, this was one more chance to play on her old home court at Neosho High before she moves on to the next level.
“I’ve been scrimmaging with the high school girls these past couple days,” Linny said. “Not too bad.
“It reminded me of high school. It’s cool that they invited me. Luckily, we had an extra player. We weren’t like the other team. We had a substitute.”
Early on, the lead exchanged hands several times, but late in the first half, Gold took charge and managed to build a double-digit lead by halftime.
The lead stayed around double-digits most of the rest of the way, although Jasper’s Rylee Ervin hit a 3-point shot for her only points of the game and a 42-36 deficit.
Ultimately, though, however, a Wattman basket, a Linny basket and a Stephenson trifecta extended Gold’s lead back to 49-38 and Purple never challenged again.

GOLD 64, PURPLE 54
PURPLE — Carson Chandler 27, Kelsi Eden 13, Annie Besch 11, Rylee Ervin 3.
GOLD — Kanah Burkey 20, Sydney Linny 17, Tricia Wattman 12, Kayla Portillo 8, Nicole Stephenson 7.