HYANNIS ─ The Hyannis Youth and Community Center was hopping on Sunday, with fans packing the stands of the gym for one more chance to see their favorite high school hoop stars in action in the 30th Cape and Islands High School Basketball All-Star Games.
Players representing each of the schools on the Cape and Islands took part in the annual event, with Christine Friedel stepping up for the Monomoy girls and LaTasha Miranda playing for Cape Tech on the Lower Cape Girls team, while the Monomoy boys were represented by Eli Nickerson and Cape and Islands League co-MVP Chris Mazulis, with Paul Hadley stepping in for the Crusaders on the Lower Cape Boys. Chatham resident and Pope John Paul II student Nate Whiteley also joined the Lower Cape squad.
Though the Upper Cape girls had the big guns with 1,000-point career scorers Kendall Currence (who is actually edging closer to 2,000 points), Eliza Van Voorhis, Jenni DiCecco, and Amber DiBona, the Lower Cape team came away with a big 99-57 win in the girls game.
Barnstable's Carly Whiteside netted 30 points for the Lower Cape, earning herself the Kim Craft MVP Award. Meanwhile, a buzzer-beating shot from Miranda put the Lower Cape girls ahead 21-18 in the first half, with the women in red taking a 45-27 lead at the break on shots from Friedel, and Molly deBettencourt and Whitney Schroeder, both of Martha's Vineyard.
The team continued its domination in the second half, extending their lead to 70-29 in the third, before clinching their 42-point victory in the final frame.
Upper Cape evened the score in the boys game, earning a 143-112 win that had a little bit of everything, including some fun and high flying.
A total of 25 three-pointers led to Upper Cape's big win, but it was all good as players from both sides appeared to be enjoying the final hoops outing of the year. Leading the Lower Cape in scoring was Nick Bond of Martha's Vineyard who added 21 points, with Vineyarders teammate Rick Andrade netting 15. Monomoy's Mazulis added five, while teammate Nickerson took it to the hoop for a successful layup during the opening half as part of his own five points. Hadley also played a strong game for the Lower Cape, as did Whiteley, who had several impressive blocks, with the boys game ending in an unscripted but fun to watch dunk-a-thon.
The event opened and closed with poignant tributes to the late Leo Miller and Roy Porter, beloved head coaches from Nauset and Upper Cape respectively, and also included a number of prize giveaways.
The games, organized by Al Faria of South Yarmouth, have been taking place since the mid-1980s, with the 2017 event marking the 30th. It has become known as one more chance for high school stars to shine before the season truly ends.