[CHICAGO] 24 of the best high school female basketball players in the United States of America had a chance to show their skills at the United Center in The McDonald’s All-American Girls Game. This group of 24 featured exceptional talent like UConn commit Megan Walker, Chasity Patterson, and Reilah Boothe. These girls were players for Team East but they had their work cut out for them. 

Led by Chennedy Carter, and Evina Westbrook, Team West was all over Team East. At one point Team West was up by 13. 

Unfortunately for the West, that is when the East started to pick it up. Behind an 11-5 run, the East picked up the 80-74 win. Reilah Boothe, who had 18 points and 9 rebounds on 50% shooting, was named the Girls MVP. After the game when asked if she felt her threes would go in Boothe said one word “Absolutely”

“You have to play the whole game," said coach Laney Clement-Holbrook After the game.  "Basketball is a game of runs”

Boothe was an absolute force from putting her post game and range on display. Boothe scored 16 of her 18 points in the second half and 12 of those were from the land beyond. 

Megan Walker also started to find her touch as well. Walker had 11 of her 13 in the second half of play. Those two, along with Chasity Patterson, were able to tie the game up for the East and eventually go up by two. However, with ice in her veins, Sidney Cooks was able to hit two clutch free throws to send it to overtime.

Overall this game was intense. The McDonald’s All-American games are essentially an All-Star week. With All-Star games at the pro level being criticized for the lack of effort displayed in those games, however, this did not follow suit. Defense, effort, and winning basketball plays were not only displayed, it was the norm throughout the game. This is something the girls definitely appreciated. 

“It is was amazing, I just came to play great basketball and that’s what I got,” said Loretta Kakala who had 11 points and 6 rebounds for Team West.

Next for these girls is the next level. All of them have committed to a school and many of these girls are relishing the opportunity to play with these girls again. One pair that will stay together is the duo of Chasity Patterson and Reilah Boothe. Both have committed to Texas and already is thinking about doing damage at the next level. Surely Boothe and Patterson have what it takes to make those championship aspirations come true, nevertheless, only time will tell if fate will be on their side.

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