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March 25, 2014

Going out with a bang

Seniors end careers on high note with last-minute wins in Chicken E All-Star Classic



Peña said she plans to attend Weatherford College in the fall.


Also representing Palo Pinto County were Graford point guard Sydney Wimberly and Gordon wing Tristen Johnson, both on the East. 


Wimberly scored four points, including 4-for-6 on free throws, while Johnson scored 12, including 3-for-4 from the stripe, and nabbed two rebounds.


Much like the girls' game, the boys game saw the winning team rally from a sizable hole at halftime to win in a game that went into triple-digits to close out the day.


Down 64-47 at the half, it was the West boys that engineered a comeback en route to a thrilling 111-105 win that featured 12 double-digit scorers.


Earning MVP honors were two Parker County products in Peaster forward Ty Ballard for the East and Poolville guard Alex Rodriguez for the victorious West.


Ballard tied East teammate Caleb Spoon, of Breckenridge, as the game's leading scorer with 23 points. Ballard also grabbed six rebounds and posted two assists, a block and a steal. 


Rodriguez scored 15 points in the winning effort – 13 of which came in the second half. He also had four rebounds, three assists and two steals.


Shining brightest of the Palo Pinto County All-Stars was Santo post Zarmorris Cannon. The big 'Cat posted 10 points, including 2-for-2 on free throws, and eight boards for the West.


"It was awesome," Cannon said of playing as an All-Star. "It was a lot of fun with a great group of people. As soon as I went to practice, we felt like a family."


Cannon said he plans to continue his basketball career as a walk-on wherever he attends college.


His Wildcat teammate, Cooper Barling, played opposite of him for the first time on the East team. 


"It would have been a lot easier if he was on my team," Barling joked of Cannon. "It was fun. It was good to go out and enjoy playing one last time before college."

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