Pyle scores 17 in All-Star Game

By Steve Sell
June 26, 2016
Kendall Shaw

SALINA — Kansas’ Mr. Basketball had a game worthy of his honor.

McPherson High’s Drew Pyle scored 17 points Saturday night to propel his Blue team past the Whites 106-97 in a wildly entertaining Kansas Basketball Coaches Association All-Star Game at Mabee Arena.

It was close throughout before the Blue team used a late 11-0 run to pull away.

Pyle, who has signed to play next season at Washburn, was an efficient 6 of 10 from the field and made 4 of 6 free throws.

Osage City’s Duncan Fort led the winners with 22 points. Mason McDow of Paola also had a good game with 13 points and seven rebounds.

The Whites were led by Jared Vitzum of Thomas More Prep with 21 points. 

In the girls’ game, Hesston’s Cami Richardson had a terrific performance as she was 6 of 7 from the field for 12 points, but her Blue team fell to the Whites 109-103 in overtime. Richardson has signed to play for McPherson College next season.

The winners were led by Olathe South’s Kacey Kennett, who poured in 26 points. Kansas City Piper’s Jessica Wayne augmented her with 22.

For the Blues, Sabetha’s Alexis McAfee and Central Plains’ Taylor Rolfs tallied 21 points apiece. Manhattan’s Madison Mittie wasn’t far behind with 18.

The Whites had to overcome a nine-point deficit with 3 minutes left in regulation to force the overtime and kept the charge going in the extra session.