BANGOR – Lyndsay Clark concluded her high school basketball career in pretty much the same manner that the last four years unfolded.

The common denominators: Clark gave a well-rounded performance in a game that wasn’t in doubt long after the opening tap.

With 14 points, 10 rebounds and five blocked shots, Clark, who helped Dirigo to three Class C girls’ championships in her four-year run, directed the West Class C/D team to a 65-54 triumph over the East in the McDonald’s Senior All-Star Game on Saturday morning at Newman Gym.

Clark was one of five different players to score in an 11-2 run to open the game. She added three buckets in the second period, when the West waltzed to a whopping 34-11 lead in the first of the four 23rd annual all-star games to benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities of Maine.

“We knew coming in that everybody on this team can play incredible basketball,” said Clark, who will head for Division I Albany on a full hoop scholarship after graduation this spring.

Everyone on the West’s 10-player roster got on the board by the end of the third period. Clark was not the only local standout to play a pivotal role in the quick getaway, either.

Sara Martin of Mt. Abram drained a pair of 3-pointers in the opening stanza, knocked down another in the second period and matched Clark with 14 points.

Rebecca Moore of Winthrop added nine points. Clark’s longtime teammate, Alyssa Burns, chipped in seven.

Annie McIntosh of Eastgate Christian, Katharine Vincent of St. Dom’s and Rangeley’s Sarah Drosdik combined for 19 rebounds as the bigger, stronger West asserted its advantage in the paint early and often.

“Most of us have played together forever on AAU teams, travel teams and (undergraduate) tournaments,” said Clark. “There are probably only two girls on this team I hadn’t played with before. We’re all great friends off the court.”

The West led 39-24 at the half and 52-36 at the end of the third quarter in avenging a humbling 87-50 loss last March. That was the East’s lone victory in the series in the previous five years.

Gabrielle Smith of Central Aroostook led all scorers with 15 points for the East. Calais guard Crystal Martin added 13 points and five steals.

East A-B 56, West A-B 50

The West A-B all-stars played decent defense during Saturday afternoon’s all-star encounter at Husson College.

Their counterparts from the East simply exhibited too many shooters.

Whom to defend? The list of Eastern threats from beyond the 3-point arc included the tandem of newly crowned Miss Maine Basketball Bracey Barker of Mount Desert Island and Ashley Underwood of Cony, both bound for the University of Maine next winter. As if their proficiency weren’t enough, add Underwood’s teammate Karen Sirois for good measure.

That trio combined for six 3-pointers in the first half as the East amassed a double-digit cushion and coasted to a 56-50 victory.

Sirois scored 10 of her team-high 13 points in the first quarter, staking the East to a narrow 17-16 edge. It ballooned to 35-25 at the end of the half, thanks to a 14-2 run that included one trey apiece from Barker, Sirois and Underwood.

Barker finished with 10 points and seven rebounds. Underwood and Emmie Russell of Hampden each added eight points. Danielle Clark of Nokomis chipped in seven.

That was enough for the East, which led by a dozen early in the fourth before the West rallied to make it a two-possession game in the final minute. Sarah Marshall of McAuley chalked up eight of her 13 points in the fourth quarter to lead that charge, including a drive that cut the deficit to 54-50 with 27 seconds to go.

Skowhegan’s Ashley Hilton made a steal and a lay-up in the waning moments to close it out.

Katie Lutts of York added 10 points and Abby Lesneski of South Portland contributed nine for the West. Each pulled down eight rebounds. Krista Wotherspoon of Edward Little scored a hoop and added defensive intensity during a third quarter that saw the West limit the East to eight points and remain in contention.


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