White team hangs on in KBCA All-Star game win

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SALINA, Kan. (KWCH) - Heavy rains and a little thunder made for an intense atmosphere outside Kansas Wesleyan's Mabee Arena Saturday evening. Inside, the KBCA All-Star game featured a couple handful of Kansas' best basketball players. The White team, leading by as many as 18 points in the second half, held off any drama in a 76-65 win.

The Blue team held its own early on, thanks in large part to Hanover's Macy Doebele and Ulysses' Madison Haney. Doebele fired in eight points in the first half and Haney swished a trio of treys for a 20-20 score with 5:39 to play in the 20-minute opening half.

In the final 3:05 of the first half, the White side got four-straight free throws from Wabaunsee's Abby Oliver for a 26-25 lead. Baldwin's Macey Frost added a three, then Russell's Tiffany Dortland took a steal the short distance for two. Dortland closed out the half on a drive after a pass from Haven's Arie Roper, and the White team led 33-29 at the half.

That gap quickly grew to 40-29 early in the second with a quick four points from Manhattan's Kia Wilson and free throws from Frankfort's Emilee Ebert. Doebele put an end to that run with a drive for two more of her game-high 20 points.

Still the White side proved to be too much. Hutch Trinity's Olivia Shank scored on a put back and Burlington's Kirsten Young swished a three. The White team moved ahead 61-43 with 10:55 to play on a 3-pointer from Wilson, her 13th points of the night.

Ebert finished with 14 points for the White side, Dortland scored 10 points, Oliver finished with nine points, and Young scored eight points. Doebele led all players and the Blue team with her 20 points. Haney finished with 11 points, and Washburn Rural's Carly Bachelor added 10 points.