Juju Watkins had 25 points to lead Team West to a 110-102 victory against Team East in Tuesday’s girls’ McDonald’s All-American Game in Houston.
Hannah Hidalgo set a game-high with 26 points, eight steals, and five assists. Hidalgo and Watkins were chosen game MVPs.
Following an entertaining first quarter, Team West led 20-18. Midway through the second quarter, a free throw from LSU-bound Mikayla Williams of Parkway (LA) made it 40-30.
After falling behind, Team East rallied back to tie the game at 42-41 on a 3-pointer by Keenan (South Carolina) guard Milaysia Fulwiley, a South Carolina signee. Team West led 52-46 at halftime thanks to 12 points from UCLA-bound Amanda Muse of Heritage (California).
Aalyah Del Rosario of The Webb School (Tennessee), an LSU signee, made a three-pointer in the third quarter to put Team East ahead 65-62. With a Hidalgo (Paul VI, New Jersey) buzzer-beater, Team East took an 81-74 lead into the fourth quarter. Hidalgo, the county’s best point guard recruit, has committed to Notre Dame.
Team West opened the fourth quarter with a 9-0 run to reclaim the lead at 83-81. Jada Williams of La Jolla Country Day (California) made a huge 3 to give Team West a 92-83 lead. As Team West held on in the final minutes, the Arizona signee buried another triple.
Sierra Canyon (California) signee Watkins scored a 3-pointer in the final seconds to cap the highest-scoring girl’s McDonald’s All-American Game in history.
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Jessa Martin is the author of Nogmagazine, A professional in writing by day, and novelist by night, she received her bachelor of arts in film from Howard University and her master of arts in media studies from the New School. A Brooklyn native, she is a lover of naps, cookie dough, and beaches, currently residing in the borough she loves, most likely multitasking.