Last night's Baltimore County All-Star basketball games at Owings Mills High were the final chance for the seniors to shine, and the area's top players took advantage of it.
In the girls matchup, the 4A-3A team (White) held off the 2A-1A (Blue), 54-52. The 4A-3A team was victorious in the boys game, 109-90, over the 2A-1A squad.
Milford Mill's Yolanda Matthews led the Blue team and all scorers with 15 points, followed by Loch Raven's Shelley Klaes with 10. Randallstown's Kim Arthur led the White team with nine.
"We went with 1A-2A against 3A-4A because it would be a good matchup," winning girls coach Kris Slaughter (Randallstown) said.
It turned out to be an evenly matched game, as there were six lead changes in the third quarter alone.
The White (2A-1A) team opened the fourth quarter with an 8-0 run and led 48-45 with 5:15 left.
The Blue team, coached by Ken Witts and Diane George, took the lead for the last time, 51-50, with 2:44 left on Klaes' two free throws.
The boys game, however, followed the trend in scoring only for a half. The 4A-3A team pulled away behind the momentum of high-scoring third and fourth quarters.
The 2A-1A team held a four-point lead at the half, paced by Loch Raven's Josh Mitchell, who scored 13 of his game-high 19 points in the first half.
But the 4A-3A squad came out in the second half and outscored the 2A-1A team, 33-15, in the third quarter and held a 77-64 advantage going into the final period.
Mike Barrett (Catonsville) led the 4A-3A group with 15 points followed by Catonsville teammates Printice McNair (12) and James Lewis (11).
The 4A-3A team led by as much as 24 in the final 10-minute quarter with the only offensive spurt from the 2A-1A team coming from Loch Raven's Mike Vogel. The senior hit three straight three-pointers within a two-minute span.