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By Jason Nihles
Logan Hubbard, Sr., G, Potosi/Cassville girls basketball
Potosi/Cassville guard Logan Hubbard sank four of her team’s eight 3-pointers and led three players in double figures with a team-high 29 points to lead the West to a record-setting 85–70 victory over the East All-Stars at the 15th annual Six Rivers Classic.
The West set the record for points in a girls’ game in All-Star history with their 85-point performance — besting the 73 points scored by the West in the 2012 game, and they also poured in a record 45 points in the second half topping the 40 scored by the 2012 West team and the 2006 East team — to pull away from the East. The two teams also combined for the highest scoring total (155) in All-Star history, breaking the mark of 134 scored in the 2007 game.
The West held a 40–36 lead at the intermission after shooting 13-of-19 from the foul line in the first half. The East went just 5-of-8 from the line, but outshot the West, 5–3, from beyond the arc to keep things close. Butler finished the first half with 22 points, topping the previous single-game scoring record of 21 held by Albany’s Amy Golz (2008) and Potosi’s Tiffany Langmeier (2013). Hubbard netted 19 in the first half to lead the West.
The teams traded the lead six times in the second half until 3s by Hubbard and her Potosi/Cassville teammate Lilly Post during an 8–0 run by the West ahead to stay at 63–56 midway through the second half.
Hubbard also teamed with prep teammate Lily Post, Benton's Dominick Cummins and Shullsburg Brandon Hoppman to help the West win the 3-point shootout 237–195. Hubbard made 18 3-pointers in her two-minute turn.
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Bailey Butler, Sr., G, Black Hawk girls basketball
Wisconsin's Ms. Basketball and the SRE Player of the Year Bailey Butler shattered the single-game scoring record with 38 points in Friday’s contest and scored seven straight points early in the game to spark a 13–4 run to thrust the East out to an early 18–9 lead, but the West used a 25–10 run to regain the lead. The teams traded the lead six times in the second half until 3s by Logan Hubbard and her Potosi/Cassville teammate Lilly Post during an 8–0 run by the West ahead to stay at 63–56 midway through the second half. A trey by Butler brought the East back within a point at 65–64 with six minutes remaining, but Alt (six points, 4-of-4 FTs) and Post (four points) teamed up to put the West ahead 75–67. Hubbard and Shullsburg’s Madison Russell sank 3s and West went 4-of-6 from the foul line down the stretch to pull away for an 85–70 decision.
Dominick Cummins, Sr., G, Benton boys basketball
Benton’s Dominick Cummins sank 25 3-pointers during his two-minute turn to rally the West to a 237–195 victory over the East in the seventh annual Six Rivers Conference Senior All-Star Basketball Classic 3-Point Shooting Contest. Cummins teamed with Potosi/Cassville’s Logan Hubbard and Lilly Post and Shullsburg’s Brandon Hoppman to hit a Classic record 79 treys and 237 points. The two teams combined for record 432 points, shattering the previous record of 351 set in 2018. Cummins also scored two points in the West's 74–72 loss in the Boys All-Star game later in the night.
Peter Gustafson, Sr., G, Monticello
Gustafson, the 2020–21 SRE Player of Year, tear-dropped in a layup right before the buzzer sounded to lift the East to a 74–72 come-from-behind victory over the West All-Stars to capped Friday’s festivities. The East trailed by seven points with less than two minutes remaining in regulation. The West missed the front end of two bonus free throw situations and turned the ball over twice down the stretch to open the door for the East rally and East All-Stars busted right through it by scoring the game’s final nine points to win the event for the 11th time in 15 seasons. Treys by Benton’s Dominick Cummins, Shullsburg’s Chandler Kelly and River Ridge’s Ethan Hunt and an old-fashioned three-point play by Shullsburg’s Brendan Kudronowicz put the West in front 72–65 with two minutes to play. The East answered back with a basket by Stietz, a free throw by Gustafson, a steal and layup by the Ponies’ Owen Ace and a putback by the Warriors’ Thatcher Schliem to tie the game at 72 all with 25 seconds to go. The West was on the foul line with nine ticks remaining, but missed its bonus opportunity. The East rebounded the miss and got the ball into the hands of Gustafson, who did the rest, scoring a last-season, game-winning layup for the last of his team-high 21 points.