HARVEY | Tim Zasada looked at the rosters and knew it was a little slanted. The 1990 Hammond grad's premonition proved true Saturday afternoon at Thornton High School.
Zasada's high school all-stars were out-muscled, out-hustled, out-tussled and out-scored by the McLegends 100-79 in the McLegends XI all-star game in Harvey.
"They had players who were stars in the Big East and the Big Ten," Zasada said. "We have a lot of respect for the McLegends. Those ladies are fantastic basketball players. This was a great experience for these high school girls.
"A game like this helps prepare them for what's ahead in college."
Roslyn Turner led the McLegends with 18 points. The Bloom and Calumet College grad got most of her points around the basket, like her final two just before the final horn that got her team to triple digits.
Rich East's and Arkansas State's Zaneta Lane added 13, Thornton's and Bradley's Sonya Harris scored 12 and Marian Catholic's and Millikin's Rachel Gromala scored 10.
Hillcrest's and Northwestern's Nadia Bibbs scored nine, as did Sandburg's Jacqie Storm.
"It was good to see how college players play the game," Lowell's Katie Bobos said. "They could make everything. They were strong and physical and they didn't seem to miss a shot."
Bobos will play at West Florida, a brand new Division II school. The 5-foot-11 wing is one of seven players in the program's first class.
A McRobbery: Ronald McDonald was in the gym and the red-haired symbol got into the game, too. Marian Catholic's Aliyah Isaac was called for a foul that put Ronnie Mac on the free throw line.
Most agreed it was a phantom whistle.
"I did not foul Ronald McDonald," Isaac said. "I think he owes me some Chicken McNuggets."
Isaac has signed to play at Valparaiso University next school year. The 5-foot-9 guard said she can't wait to get to Crusaderville.
"I loved it as soon as I got there," Isaac said. "It's close to home (45 minutes) and I can come home on weekends. It will be my first year playing point guard so I have a lot of work to do."
Local scorecard: Merrillville's Dariyan Morris scored six, Bobos added five, Bloom's Bria Gaines scored four, Marian Catholic's Melanie Ransom six, Isaac scored eight, Marian's Briana Narcissi scored six, Lowell's Mackenzie Kreutz scored five, Homewood-Flossmore's Sydni Johnson scored 12, Marian's Megan Walsh did not score and Thornton's Lynda Tolbert scored six.
T.O. No-no: Bowman Academy's Antonio Pipkin led the high school all-stars with 18 points in their 112-109 loss to the McLegends. But the biggest thing he did was block a dunk attempt by former NFL superstar Terrell Owens.
"When I saw it was just me and T.O. I knew I had to go for it," Pipkin said.
He also hit a runner over four-time NBA champion Craig Hodges, who won two titles with the Bulls.
"I didn't even know who he was until the (pre-game) announcements," Pipkin said. "But when I heard about his history, to make a shot like that, that's pretty cool."
Bowman's Linden Jackson scored 12 points, including two 3-pointers. The Eagles scored eight of their team's first 11 points.
"This was a once-in-a-lifetime experience," Jackson said. "I came out and shot the ball good and that's a good feeling. Putting this jersey on one last time is pretty awesome."
"It's all love," Pipkin added.
VU 2: Andrew's Jubril Adekoya played well, scoring nine points and grabbing just as many rebounds. The 6-foot-7 power forward will play for Valparaiso University's Bryce Drew next season.
Local scorecard 2: In the boys game Thornton's Rayshoun Bruce scored three, Crete-Monees' Marvie Keith scored two, Bloom's Johnny Griffin scored 15, Seton Academy's Kamal Shasi scored four, Illiana Christian's Brandon Martin scored six, T.F. South's Kenny Doss did not score, T.F. North's Nick Wood scored six, Thornton's Marsean Vercher did not score, Thornridge's Antonio Woods scored 10 and Homewood-Flossmoor's Maurius Hill added seven.