William Chrisman guard Adreon Bell didn’t get to experience the star-studded Greater Kansas City Basketball Coaches Association Mo-Kan All-Star game last weekend.
But she still got the opportunity to play with some of the best girls in the state. The Stateline Showdown All-Star game gave her that opportunity Saturday as she joined local seniors – Blue Springs South’s Tiffany Davenport, Grain Valley’s Claire Rose and Lee’s Summit North’s Aaliyah Johnson on Team Missouri, all of whom played in the GKCBCA All-Star game.
The Missouri squad easily dispatched Team Kansas 65-41 Saturday at Rockhurst University.
During pregame introductions, players got a flashy entrance as the lights went off, a spotlight was shone on each player after they ran through smoke.
The event was set up similar to a street ball event. There was a DJ playing music during the game and there was an announcer who called the play-by-play action over the loudspeakers. Players also got to choose the name on the back of their jerseys. Rose had “Rosie,” Bell was “A.B.,” Davenport was “TJ Davey” and Johnson was “Ax Em Li Li.”
“It was really fun, but at first I was confused because I thought, ‘Why is all this smoke in here?’” said Bell, who has signed to play collegiately at Nebraska-Kearney. “After a while I got used to it and the music was playing and it was really fun to play with people you always play against. I was looking forward to this all week. I am friends with half the team.”
Davenport agreed with Bell’s assessment.
“It was fun to play against those girls that we played against all these years,” said Davenport, a Truman State signee who had 10 points and two 3-pointers. “The music and stuff was kind of weird at first, but it eventually just felt normal.”
What also made the game unique was the inclusion of players outside of the Kansas City area. There was a player from Columbia Rock Bridge (Elle Brown) and there were some players who came from the St. Louis area, including Rachel Pudlowski from Fort Zumwalt North and Palmyra’s Nicole Kroeger.
“I was fun to play with the Lebanon girl (Kelsey Winfrey, a Mizzou commit), Elle Brown and the two St. Louis girls,” said Rose, the Rockhurst University signee who had a steal. “They are all good players.
In typical Adreon Bell fashion she dove for a steal in the first half and picked off an inbound pass in the second. She also added two assists and banked in a free throw, which the announcer jokingly said, “Doesn’t count because she didn’t call it.”
She said she felt the all-star game was a good precursor to what she will be facing during her next four years.
“Most of these girls are playing college basketball, so this really gave me a feel for what I am going to be facing in the future,” Bell said.
It was also a cool moment for Rose, who got to play in an arena that she’ll be playing in the next four years in college.
“That was pretty awesome, I love it here,” Rose said.