Davis High's Brett Barton stole the show Friday night as he pumped in 32 points, including five treys, to lead the prep 4A all stars past their 3A counterparts, 126-104.
The 4A stars never trailed as they jumped out to a quick 5-0 lead. For the most part, it was simply a case of too much height and superior speed on the part of the 4A team that spelled the difference. With Cottonwood's Justin Weidauer and Highland's Kerry Hicks plugging up the middle, the 3A stars were forced outside where their shooting proved ineffective in the early going.Weidauer and Hicks controlled the defensive boards and Barton provided the offensive spark as the 4A stars jumped out by as many as nine points in the early going. Barton was all over the court, knocking down the treys from outside one moment only to come back later to split the defenders for driving layups. On the rare occasion when Barton missed, Hicks and Weidauer were there for the putback.
For Weidauer, the first quarter was essentially the whole game as he scored all 10 of his points. The Cottonwood star and Deseret News 4A Most Valuable Player picked up his third foul with :19 remaining in the first quarter and sat out the entire second period. Less than three minutes into the third period Weidauer was whistled for his fourth foul and went to the bench again. The frustrated Weidauer started the final period but played just 1:44 before picking up his final foul and a one-way ticket to the bench.
Brighton's Derrick Welling filled in admirably with 16 points for the game including two power jams, one that turned into an old fashioned three-point play.
The 4A stars were up 37-30 after the first 10 minute period and 65-55 at halftime.
The two teams traded a pair of buckets to open the third stanza and then the roof fell in on the 3A stars. With Hicks, Barton and Welling leading the charge, the 4A stars went on a 21-2 run to blow the game open. By the end of the third period, the 4A contingent was on top 98-67.
For the 4A stars, Orem's Brian Rassmussen added 16 to go with 12 from Cade Osburn (Cyprus) and 11 each from Hicks and Provo's Matt Lohner.
The 3A attack was led by Ben Lomond's Ryan Nebeker with 21. Union's Tai Riser added 17, Pineview's Jed Christensen had 16, Ogden's Tramyne Watson 15 while Butler and Skyview's Scott Jackson added 12 each.
2A 112, 1A 104
In the preliminary game, the 2A all stars held off a determined 1A contingent 112-104. Juab's Todd Pay led the 2A effort with 23 points as they led comfortably most of the way. The 2A lead was 54-47 at the half and 84-72 after three quarters. A furious rally led by Whitehorse's Jimmy Claw saw the 1A squad get within two points with 1:21 left only to see the 2A stars put the game away from the foul line down the stretch.
For the 2A stars, Millard's Rick Robins added 18 to the effort along with 13 from Chris Hartman, and 11 and 10 respectively from North Sevier's contingent of Ryan Braithwaite and Ricky Torgerson.
Claw knocked in a game high 32 for the 1A squad to go with 24 from Parowan's David Topham and 13 from Burke Fullmer.
4A girls 72, 3A girls 36
The 4A girl all-star squad defeated its 3A counterpart, 72-36, Friday night at Alta High.
The game was never close as the 4A team led 27-15 after one quarter and 42-19 at halftime.
Leading the way for the winners was Bingham's Kae Cee Arnold who was the only player to reach double figures in scoring with 14 points.