As all-star games go, this one was typical: a few standout performances and more turnovers than you'll find at some bakeries.
What surprised many observers of Saturday's Capital-Gazette Newspapers/Representative Tom McMillen Senior All-Star Basketball Classic was the emergence of 5-foot-9 Arundel guard Donna Parker in the girls portion.
She scored 16 points, grabbed seven rebounds, blocked three shotsand made two steals to lead the South past the North, 62-48, at AnneArundel Community College.
Parker, who averaged just under 12 points a game during the season, put the South ahead for good midway though the second quarter when her basket broke a 16-16 tie.
Parker's nine fourth-quarter points helped stem a brief comeback by the North and earned her the South's Most Valuable Player honor.
"I was very nervous. I wanted to do my best," she said.
She couldn't have done much more.
Neither could North County center and MVP Kim Miller, who had 17 points, eight rebounds and two steals.
"I wasn't expecting to be the top scorer or anything. I was just expecting to be helping people, passing the ball," she said.
Passing the ball Saturday was a risky venture.
The teams combined for 67 turnovers, withthe South holding a 34-33 edge at game's end.
"It was sloppy, butwe were all put together in such a quick time," Miller said.
The North was expected to dominate inside with Miller, Archbishop Spalding's Megan Earley and Northeast's Stephanie Lazor -- The Anne Arundel County Sun's Player of the Year.
Lazor managed seven rebounds and two blocks, and Earley contributed three blocks and two rebounds. Butthe South unit finished with a 44-31 advantage on the boards.
"Itseemed the South team came up with every loose ball, every big rebound," said North coach Paul Leimkuhler.
Broadneck 6-footer Andrea Macey sparked an 8-0 South run in the first half, sinking a free throwto tie the score at 16-16 and later putting back a Jen Bonanni miss to give her team a 21-16 lead.
Bonanni, a St. Mary's guard, ended the run with a steal and layup. She finished with five points and eight rebounds.
The North cut the lead to 25-22 late in the second quarter after a fall-away jumper and layup from Chesapeake's Amy Ordakowski (eight points).
But the South's Markieta Edwards (Annapolis) hit from the outside and Tershea Turner (Annapolis) and Tiffany Clayton (Arundel) each sank two free throws to make the score 31-22 at halftime.
"We just wanted to push the ball up the court," said Macey,who had nine points, four rebounds and two blocks.
The North alsofaded on the free throw line, where they were only 10 of 22.
"We shot pretty pitifully there, but those things happen," Leimkuhler said. "It's the first time they've played in this kind of gym. A different background could affect you."
The North got the lead down to seven points, 42-35, early in the fourth quarter, before the South wenton another 8-0 run that again concluded with a Bonanni steal and layup.
Heather Greenlee (St. Mary's) scored 11 points and Edwards added eight for the South, which is unbeaten in three years of all-star competition.
Earley and Lazor had seven and six points, respectively, for the North.