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Texas Six-Man Coaches Association all-star basketball games

It was a banner day for the West in the Texas Six-Man Coaches Association basketball all-star games on Saturday afternoon inside Rider Fieldhouse.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

West 74, East 32

The West All-Stars were heavy favorites entering the girl’s game for a good reason. All five starters for the West were all-state selections.

However, the East remained within striking distance before a full-court press helped the West pull away late in the first quarter and into the second quarter.

“The East is also filled with all-stars, and we knew they were going to compete and get after us hard today,” West coach Ben Connell said. “We may have been favored to win, but our kids were still nervous, and some of them hadn’t picked up a basketball in a while until this week, so we had to knock the rust off a little bit.”

It was a fitting send-off for the West duo of Landry Morrow and Lilianna Porras of Sands, who was able to play for their coach one last time before heading to college.

“I’m not usually big into coaching all-star games, but I wanted to coach this game because of Lilianna and Landry and to have one more chance to coach and be around them. They’ve been with me for seven years, and they’re the reason we won the state championship run, and it was an awesome experience to do it one last time.”

Morrow, who will soon continue her basketball career at Angelo State, was named Defensive Player of the Game while finishing tied with her high school teammate, Porras, and Shaylin Weathers of White Deer with nine points. Robert Lee standout Braylee Hood took home Offensive Player of the Game honors after leading all scorers with 12 points. The East was led by Chloe Taylor, who scored seven points.

“It’s been a journey, and I’m grateful to have earned the Defensive Player of the Game in my final game (as a high school player),” Morrow said. “I wasn’t sure I was going to play, but when I found out he was our coach, I knew I had to play with him one last time.”

Richland Spring's Brynli Chandler dribbles the ball around Sand's Landry Morrow during the Six Man Coaches Association Girls All-Star game at Rider on Saturday, July 16, 2022.

“I’m not usually big into coaching all-star games, but I wanted to coach this game because of Lilianna and Landry and to have one more chance to coach them and be around them,” Connell added. “They’ve been with me for seven years, and they’re the reason we won the state championship run, and it was an awesome experience to be able to do it one last time.”

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