Taiwo leads North over South in Senior All-Star Classic

The 30th annual Apple Valley Waste Senior All-Star Classic was held on March 13 at Severna Park High School.

Mayowa Taiwo and Malika Waleed play at two of the smallest schools in the county. You would have never known by their performance in Tuesday’s 30th annual Apple Valley Waste Senior All-Star Classic.

Taiwo, from Rockbridge Academy, scored 12 points, grabbed seven rebounds and added three blocks, three steals and two assists to lead the North to a 68-37 victory over the South on Tuesday at Severna Park. The South scored the first two points of the game, but the North responded with a 23-0 run over the next 10 minutes. Taiwo, who will play at George Washington University, scored four points in the first half and added eight more in the second to help the North hold off the South’s comeback bid.


“I was very surprised. I didn’t expect it at all,” Taiwo said. “It was amazing. I had some great teammates and my coach was awesome.”

Archbishop Spalding’s Taysia Bender scored 15 points to lead the North. She added four rebounds, two steals and two blocks. She scored 11 of her points in the second half after the South had pulled as close as 10.

Waleed, who plays for the Key School, had just one point in the first half. She scored the South’s first 10 points of the second half and helped cut a 17-point halftime deficit to 29-19 midway through the third quarter. She added three free throws the rest of the way and finished with a team-high 14 points and added three steals, three assists and three rebounds.

“This is what I’ve been waiting for. You work all season long to play in games like this,” Waleed said. “It’s supposed to be fun and I had a good time. It was just a good experience and a good way to end my senior year.”

Chesapeake’s Brooke Worrell added eight points, five rebounds, three steals and two blocks and North County’s Jazmyne Scott also scored eight points and added four rebounds and two steals for the North, which won its third straight and pulled to within 19-11 in the all-time series.

Severn’s Jorryn Avery (two rebounds, two steals) and Old Mill’s Hannah Franklin (five rebounds, two steals) each added seven points, Aloni Quille (three rebounds, steal) from Arundel followed with five, Kyleigh McQuade from North County had four points and Meade’s Zara Whitfield added two points and a team-high 10 rebounds for the North.

Waleed was the only player in double figures for the South. Paige Adebo from AACS followed with seven points, South River’s Makenna Palmer hit a pair of 3-pointers and finished with six points and four rebounds, South River’s Sarah Healy added four points, six rebounds and two blocks, Severna Park’s Jessica Giblin (three rebounds) hit a 3-pointer, Southern’s Cameron Mangold opened the scoring with a field goal and Broadneck’s Julia Tucker scored a point for the South.

“These are girls you’ve been scouting all year, and now you get to play with them,” South coach Mike Zivic (South River) said. “I just wanted to make sure everyone got the same, equal opportunities. Everyone deserved it.”

North (11-19) 13 13 18 24 – 68

South (19-11) 2 7 16 12 -- 37