Hornbuckle MVP of McDonald's Girls' Game
Candace Parker came into the McDonald's All-American girls' basketball game with all the hype, but it was actually Parker's future teammate at Tennessee, Alexis Hornbuckle, who stole the show.
Hornbuckle, a 5-foot-11 guard from South Charleston High (W.Va.), scored 22 points to earn MVP honors and lead the East squad to a 91-66 win over the West on Wednesday night in Oklahoma City.
Hornbuckle's 22 points set a new game record, eclipsing the 21 points scored by both Ann Strother (UConn) and Shanna Zolman (Tennessee) in the inaugural 2002 contest.
Parker, a 6-foot-3 forward at Naperville Central High (Ill.) who made national headlines earlier this week after winning the McDonald's slam dunk contest, missed on a fast-break dunk attempt late in the first half. Though Parker has dunked twice in games during her high school career, she caught the front of the rim while trying to throw one down on Wednesday.
Parker did, however, live up to the hype overall, scoring 19 points, grabbing 10 rebounds and blocking four shots in a losing effort for the West.
Hornbuckle and Parker's performances prove why Tennessee's recruiting class this year is so highly rated. In addition to those two, the Lady Vols had three other recruits in the McDonald's game: St. Peter's High (N.Y.) center Nkolika Anosike, Shelbyville Central High (Tenn.) center Alex Fuller and Lynwood High (Calif.) point guard Sa'de Wiley-Gatewood.
Anosike scored two points for the East, while Wiley-Gatewood had six points and three assists for the West. Fuller missed her only shot and did not score for the West.
Other top performers on Wednesday included Riverdale Baptist School (Md.) guard Wanisha Smith, who scored 15 points for the East, and San Diego High (Calif.) forward Charde Houston, who netted 10 points for the West.