West beats East in McDonald’s All-American game

This is the only time you’ll ever see me write the name “McDonald’s” :

Wednesday nights girls’ game at the BankUnited Center might not find its way to the top of anyone’s favorite list (considering both teams shot less than 33 percent). But at least the finish — which saw the East rally from a seven-point deficit with a little more than a minute to play before falling to the West 69-68 — was on par with the rest of the thrilling week.

The East’s hopes ultimately came to an end, though, when Connecticut-bound guard Kelly Faris missed the last of her three free throw attempts with one second left.

Skylar Diggins (Notre Dame), who keyed the East’s rally, led all scorers with 18 points. She shared co-MVP honors with guard Tierra Ruffin-Pratt (North Carolina), who was the only player to record a double-double with 10 points, 10 rebounds, two assists and two steals.

”This is a team of All-Americans, it was definitely fit to be a great game,” said Diggins, a 5-9 star from South Bend, Ind., who also won Monday night’s girls’ three-point contest. “Everyone of us has heart and nobody wanted to give in. It turned into an amazing game the last few minutes.”

Story link: http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/high-schools/story/980241.html

Too bad Texas standout Brittney Griner wasn’t there. But she’ll be at the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association all-star game this Saturday in St. Louis. For those planning to be in town for the Final Four, check it out – tickets are cheap: