Tennesee signee named MVP of McDonald's All-American girls' game

Apr. 03, 2013 @ 11:04 PM

Mercedes Russell had 16 points and had 12 rebounds to lead the West to a 92-64 win over the East in the girls McDonald's All-American game at the United Center on Wednesday night.

The Tennessee signee was voted the game's MVP.

"I couldn't have done it without my teammates" said Russell, a 6-foot-5 forward. "We've been working really hard in practices, but I couldn't have done it without them."

The West jumped out to a 20-10 lead behind Tyler Scaife's seven points. Rebecca Greenwell extended the lead to 31-13 on a 3-pointer. The Duke signee came up limping after being fouled on a layup attempt with 3:28 left in the half. She did not return and finished with eight points, going 2 for 3 from 3-point range.

"It's painful, but it's not excruciating, it's nothing new, it's something I have dealt with this whole season," Greenwell said. "I think I am going to have an MRI soon. Before I even hurt it I had arthroscopic surgery scheduled for Tuesday because I had this ongoing knee problem all season."

Scaife, the player of the year from Arkansas, finished with 15 points and four assists.

Diamond DeShields had 15 points and Makayla Epps added 13 for the East. DeShields has signed to play at North Carolina and Epps is going to Kentucky.

North Carolina had the most All-Americans with three. DeShields played with Stephanie Mavunga and against future Tar Heel Jessica Washington.

"That was a good feeling. I am so proud of having a recruiting class of three McDonald's All-Americans," DeShields said. "To know that I will be going to the next level to play with those two girls is pretty exciting."

The East managed to get within 10 points at the end of the first half on a layup by Taya Reimer. Voted female player of the year, She is headed to Notre Dame.

Alaina Coates had back-to-back baskets for the East to get within 53-45 early in the second half, but the West answered with an 11-0 run, capped by Linnae Harper's layup. The Rutgers commit attends Whitney Young High School, which is just blocks from the United Center.

"I'm just lost for words to play in Chicago, in my hometown in front of my fans and friends," Harper said. "I am really excited and it just hit me this is my last high school game."

Russell led the West in the first half with eight points and seven rebounds.

Kaela Davis, the daughter of former NBA player Antonio Davis, led the East with 10 points in the first half, while DeShields, the daughter of former major leaguer Delino DeShields, added eight.

Davis finished with 10 points.

West 92, East 64

(College choice in parentheses)
EAST — Taya Reimer 1-7 0-4 2 (Notre Dame), Diamond DeShields (UNC) 7-20 0-0 15, Kai James 0-5 1-2 1 (Florida State), Lindsay Allen (Notre Dame) 2-5 0-0 4, Kaela Davis (Georgia Tech) 5-10 0-0 10, Ronni Williams (Florida) 0-8 1-2 1, Stephanie Mavunga (UNC) 3-15 0-0 7, Makayla Epps (Kentucky) 5-8 2-2 13, Nia Coffey (Northwestern) 1-4 0-0 2, Lexie Brown (Maryland) 1-6 0-0 2, Alaina Coates (South Carolina) 3-4 1-1 7. Totals 28-92 5-11 64.
WEST — Oderah Chidom (Duke) 1-5 0-0 2, Mercedes Russell (Tennessee) 7-10 2-3 16, Linnae Harper (Kentucky) 4-14 0-0 8, Rebecca Greenwell (Duke) 3-5 0-0 8, Jessica Washington (UNC) 3-8 0-0 6, Jordan Reynolds (Tennessee) 4-12 0-0 10, Kelsey Plum (Washington) 2-5 2-2 7, Erica McCall (Stanford) 3-11 1-4 7, Kendall Cooper (Duke) 2-6 0-0 4, Rebekah Dahlman (Vanderbilt) 2-10 0-0 5, Tyler Scaife (Rutgers) 5-13 5-7 15, Kailee Johnson (Stanford) 2-6 0-0 4. Totals 38-105 10-16 92.
Halftime—West 45-35. 3-Point Goals—East 3-16 (Mavunga 1-1, Epps 1-1, DeShields 1-7, Davis 0-2, Williams 0-2, Brown 0-3), West 6-18 (Greenwell 2-3, Reynolds 2-3, Plum 1-2, Dahlman 1-3, Cooper 0-1, Washington 0-3, Harper 0-3). Fouled Out—None. Rebounds—East 65 (Mavunga 13), West 72 (Russell 12). Assists—East 11 (Brown 3), West 20 (Harper, Washington, Scaife 4). Total Fouls—East 10, West 7.


Girls East Team
No. Name Pos Hgt Wgt High School (Hometown) College
15 Lindsay Allen G 5-8 140 St. John’s College, DC (Bowie, MD) Notre Dame
4 Lexie Brown G 5-9 145 North Gwinnett, GA (Suwanee, GA) Maryland
41 Alaina Coates C 6-4 205 Dutch Fork, SC (Irmo, SC) South Carolina
32 Nia Coffey G/F 6-1 165 Hopkins High, MN (Minneapolis, MN) Northwestern
3 Kaela Davis G 6-2 170 Buford High School, GA (Suwanee, GA) Georgia Tech
22 Diamond DeShields G/F 6-2 165 Norcross, GA (Norcross, GA) North Carolina
25 Makayla Epps G 5-10 180 Marion County, KY (Lebanon, KY) Kentucky
0 Kai James C 6-6 250 William T. Dwyer, FL (West Palm Beach, FL) Florida State
23 Stephanie Mavunga F 6-4 190 Brownsburg, IN (Indianapolis, IN) North Carolina
12 Taya Reimer G/F 6-3 185 Hamilton Southeastern, IN (Fishers, IN) Notre Dame
24 Ieshia Small G 6-0 164 Florida High, FL (Tallahassee, FL) Undeclared
1 Ronni Williams G/F 6-2 166 Atlantic High School, FL (Port Orange, FL) Florida
Girls East Team Coaches
Name Pos High School
Fred Priester Head Coach Oakton High School, VA (Fairfax, VA)
Krista Jay Asst. Coach Oakton High School, VA (Fairfax, VA)
Derek Fisher Asst. Coach Loudoun County High School, VA (Haymarket, VA)
Girls West Team
No. Name Pos Hgt Wgt High School (Hometown) College
22 Oderah Chidom F 6-3 170 Bishop O'Dowd, CA (Oakland, CA) Duke
12 Kendall Cooper F/C 6-4 190 St. Anthony, CA (Carson, CA) Duke
25 Rebekah Dahlman G 5-9 148 Braham High, MN (Braham, MN) Vanderbilt
23 Rebecca Greenwell G 6-1 165 Owensboro Catholic, KY (Owensboro, KY) Duke
15 Linnae Harper G 5-8 140 Whitney Young, IL (Chicago, IL) Kentucky
32 Kailee Johnson G/F 6-4 170 Central Catholic, OR (Portland, OR) Stanford
11 Erica McCall F/C 6-2 172 Ridgeview High, CA (Bakersfield, CA) Stanford
10 Kelsey Plum G 5-9 150 La Jolla Country Day School, CA (Poway, CA) Washington
1 Jordan Reynolds G 5-10 165 Central Catholic, OR (Portland, OR) Tennessee
21 Mercedes Russell F/C 6-5 180 Springfield High, OR (Springfield, OR) Tennessee
3 Tyler Scaife G 5-9 135 Hall High, AR (Little Rock, AR) Rutgers
24 Jessica Washington G 5-8 140 Jenks, OK (Tulsa, OK) North Carolina
Girls West Team Coaches
Name Pos High School
Anthony Smith Head Coach Bolingbrook High School, IL (Bolingbrook, IL)
Willie Smith Asst. Coach Bolingbrook High School, IL (Bolingbrook, IL)
Evan Bercot Asst. Coach Bolingbrook High School, IL (Romeoville, IL)