Sunday, April 3, 2005
By Susan Hall
The Al Carino Basketball Club of South Jersey has been benefiting students all the way back to 1962 when Albert Carino founded the club. Recently, Theresa DiMedio from The College of New Jersey and a graduate from Camden Catholic received the South Jersey Collegiate Player of the Year honors from Al Carino Girls’ Basketball Club of South Jersey. This past Sunday seniors from our area participated in an Albert Carino girls basketball all-star game played at Cherry Hill East High School. Two players from the Tournament of Champions winners participating in the game were all-stars from Woodrow Wilson. DeVaughn Hailey and Letitia Curry represented the North all-stars as they defeated the South by an 82-59 margin.
Some of the players haven’t played competitive basketball since the end of their season. Others were playing past the regular season and into the playoffs. But the game of basketball is a game that is loved by these players and it wouldn’t take long for them to get back into their rhythm on the court. The North all-stars jumped out to a 19-14 lead after one quarter was completed. The starting squad for North kept the offensive pressure level at a high pace in which the South was able to stay close. But the second quarter was a deferent story as they outscored the South by a 22-11 advantage to hold a 41-25 lead at halftime.
During the second half, the North all-stars were able to maintain their double-digit lead through the third quarter. That lead would expand even wider in the fourth quarter when other player got an opportunity to play in their final high school basketball competition. A twenty-eight point performance during the final quarter was the most scored in the game. Woodrow Wilson’s DeVaughn Hailey and Riverside’s Baendu Lowenthal lead all scorers with 14 points apiece, Jordan Gercke and Bennett finished the game for the North with 10 points each. Haddon Township’s Ashlee Feldman led the South with 13 points while Sterling’s Kelsey McGowan added 12 points.