Region Teams Sweep Statewide All-Star Games
The Region boys took home the title thanks to Noah Haaland's last-second dunk.
Published: 3/20/2021 11:07:17 PM
Brandon Baney
Managing Editor/Broadcaster

The 18th annual Idaho Statewide All-Star Basketball Event featured deft passing, superb ball-handling, outstanding shooting, and a one-handed slam dunk that fans won't soon forget.

After the Region All-Stars defeated the Metro All-Stars in the girls' contest 76-58, the Region Boys did the same, earning a 109-108 victory thanks to a game-winning dunk from Lakeland's Noah Haaland as time expired.

In between the All-Star games, Fruitland's Hyrum Lindsey defeated Haaland in the Slam Dunk Contest, and Madison's Taden King outlasted Snake River's Josee Steadman in the co-ed Three Point Shootout.  Lindsey earned a perfect score of 30, earning 10s from all three judges to win the dunk title.  He leaped over three players stacked in a straight line to grab the win.  After hitting 17 three-point shots in each of the first two rounds of the Shootout, King made 19 to defeat Steadman in the finals.

The Region Girls jumped out to a 43-31 halftime lead, and were never seriously threatened after that.  Carey High's Kylie Wood was named MVP after finishing with 18 points.

The Boys All-Star game was more dramatic.  A back-and-forth affair seemed to belong to the Metro All-Stars, after Garden Valley's Covy Kelly nailed a three from the left wing with 15 seconds to play, giving Metro a 108-107 lead.  But with 3.7 seconds to play, Region coach Mike McLean of Post Falls drew up the game-winning play.  Haaland got the inbounds pass at the top of the key, drove the lane, and flushed a one-handed dunk as the buzzer sounded.

McLean drew up the game-winning play on a piece of scrap paper he obtained from the scorer's table.

Haaland's game-winning heroics earned him MVP honors.  He finished with a total of 7 points.

A year after All-Star event was cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the festivities were held at Post Falls High School for the first time.  Traditionally, North Idaho College in Coeur d'Alene hosts the yearly event, but COVID-19 restrictions forced officials to find a new venue.

18th Annual Idaho Statewide All-Star Game


Metro All-Stars              15   16   14   13        58
Region All-Stars            24   19   21   12        76


Jaleesa Lawrence (Meridian) 11, Kate Clark (Melba) 10, D'Nia Williams (Mountain View) 6, Darbi Avery (Kuna) 5, Jazzy Jenkins (Emmett) 5, Anna Veeck (Cole Valley Christian) 5, Addison Ross (Boise) 4, Trinity Slocum (Mountain View) 4, Madison Hodnett (Liberty Charter) 4, Mia Nottingham (Columbia) 2, Emma Hollon (Tri-Valley) 2 


Kylie Wood (Carey) 18, Mardee Fillmore (Sugar-Salem) 11, Brooklyn Rewers (Lake City) 9, Tylie Jones (Rigby) 8, Taryn Soumas (Timberlake) 8, Dylan Lovett (Post Falls) 7, Brooke Jessen (Timberlake) 6, Josee Steadman (Snake River) 5, Glory Sobotta (Lapwai) 2, Madison Shears (Prairie) 2


Metro All-Stars              22   19   39   28        108
Region All-Stars            17   28   29   35        109


Lukas Broadsword (Centennial) 15, Cooper Lumsden (Timberline) 14, Covy Kelly (Garden Valley) 13, Whitt Miller (Boise) 12, Blake Thurston (Cascade) 11, Hyrum Lindsey (Fruitland) 11, Joe Mpoyo (Meridian) 11, Josh Gillespie (Garden Valley) 8, Jason Janish (Eagle) 4, Brody Rowbury (Meridian) 4, Sean Austin (Kuna) 3, Jacob Ankeny (Marsing) 2


Lloyer Driggs (Thunder Ridge) 16, Taden King (Madison) 15, James Bodily (North Gem) 14, George Forsman (Lewiston) 11, Caden McLean (Post Falls) 9, Benny Kitchel (Moscow) 9, Emmett Holt (Century) 8, Eli Gibson (St. Maries) 8, Noah Haaland (7), Cole Harris (Preston) 6, Brayden Stapleton (Deary) 4, Kenyon Spotted Horse (Lakeside) 2

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