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Girls basketball: Harvest Christian’s Alyssa Iverson leads Home team to win in all-star game

McHenry's Alsot, Interrante put up double-figure points for Home team in last game together

HEBRON – The Home girls team knew that Harvest Christian’s Alyssa Iverson was pretty good because she was going to Northern Iowa.

“We said to her [high school] teammate [Isamar Garcia], ‘You’re good,’ ” McHenry center Liz Alsot said. “And she said, ‘Oh, no, she’s better.' ”

Everyone saw Iverson’s skills at Sunday’s McHenry County Area All-Star Basketball Extravaganza, and it was clear why her NCAA Division I offers numbered in double figures. Iverson scored 28 points as the Home team broke the game open in the second half to beat the Away team, 90-68, in Alden-Hebron’s Tigard Gymnasium.

Alsot added 13 points and 10 rebounds, and McHenry’s Aannah Interrante scored 14 for the Home team. Iverson hit one of her four 3-pointers just before halftime to give her 19 points. Dundee-Crown’s Kennedy White and Interrante nailed 3s to start the second half for the Home team, and within the first eight minutes of the second half, the lead was 20.

“I was just having a good time,” said Iverson, a 5-foot-7 point guard. “When I’m in a competitive game, it just brings the best out of me naturally. It was fun being able to put on the jersey to compete with such talented players.”

Iverson and Garcia were part of a Class 1A Elite Eight team this season for the Elgin school. McHenry coach Rob Niemic, who coached the Home team, had seen Iverson play on TV, but only met her Sunday.

“It’s like she has the ball on a string,” Niemic said. “You could tell she made everyone around her better.”

Some of the best exchanges came when Iverson and Marian Central’s Vannessa Garrelts, the Away team’s point guard who will play at Miami, Ohio, went head-to-head. Garrelts finished with 14 points for the Away team, while Cary-Grove’s Katie Sowa led the team with 21 points and nine rebounds.

C-G coach Rod Saffert enjoyed having Garrelts on the Away team.

“She’s the real deal,” Saffert said. “She sees the floor better than anyone I’ve ever coached. What a competitor.”

The game offered one last time for Garrelts and Sowa, who played club basketball on Illinois Elite with Alsot and Interrante, to play together. The four took pictures together after the game. Interrante will play at Bradley – and see Iverson in the Missouri Valley Conference – while Alsot and Sowa will play together at D-II Indianapolis.

STAR OF THE GAME

Alyssa Iverson

Harvest Christian, sr., G

Iverson, who is headed to Northern Iowa, hit 12 of 23 field goals, including four 3-pointers and scored 28 points to lead the Home team to a 90-68 victory. Iverson had 19 at halftime.

Home 90, Away 68

AWAY (68)

Richardi 1 2-3 4, Ryan 4 0-0 8, Sowa 7 5-6 21, Garrelts 5 2-4 14, Stefka 1 0-0 2, Morris 0 3-6 3, Marcus 2 0-3 4, Overly 1 0-0 3, tafoya 1 0-0 2, Schoen 1 0-0 2, Moffett 2 0-0 5. Totals: 25 12-22 68.

HOME (90)

Interrante 5 1-2 14, Alsot 4 5-8 13, Iverson 12 0-0 28, Henderson 3 0-0 7, Healy 2 0-0 5, Herrmann 4 0-0 9, White 2 0-0 6, Kieltyka 1 1-2 3, Tripp 1 0-0 2, Garcia 1 1-4 3. Totals: 35 8-16 90.

Halftime: Home 44, Away 37. 3-point goals: Away 6 (Sowa 2, Garrelts 2, Overly, Moffett), Home 12 (Iverson 4, Interrante 3, White 2, Herrmann, Healy, Henderson).

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