Katie Collier's West team edged in McDonald's All-American game
Collier, a University of Washington recruit from Seattle Christian, made two foul shots for the West with 16.4 seconds left to tie the score, but the East won 79-78.
CHICAGO — Bashaara Graves made a game-winning free throw with less than a second left and the East beat the West 79-78 in the McDonald's All-American girls basketball game Wednesday.
Baylor recruit Alexis Prince had 15 points and nine rebounds for the East to earn the MVP award.
Katie Collier, a 6-foot-3 University of Washington recruit from Seattle Christian, made two foul shots for the West with 16.4 seconds left, tying it at 68.
Graves was fouled by Collier on the ensuing possession, and the Tennessee recruit made the first free throw to put the East ahead with 0.3 seconds remaining. She missed the second, but time expired before the West could attempt a shot.
"I was ready for it to be over, but I still wanted to play because it was great experience out there and it was fun playing on the court knowing a lot of greats already played on it," Graves said.
Collier, The Seattle Times State Player of the Year, was the only Washington player — boys or girls — selected for the McDonald's all-star games.
The free throws were Collier's only points. In 19 minutes, she was 0 for 1 from the field and 2 for 2 at the free-throw line with five rebounds, one assist and a game-high five blocked shots.
Player of the year Breanna Stewart scored seven of her nine points for the East in the final 4 minutes of the game. Stewart is headed to Connecticut.
Nirra Fields, a UCLA commit, led the West with 20 points.
Morgan Tuck, who is from the Chicago area, scored 12 of her 18 points in the second half for the West. Tuck is committed to Connecticut.
"I was definitely nervous starting off and I think that was how everybody was," she said. "Talking on the bench with my teammates, they got me nice and calm and we just had to go out there and play. I just think overall I was getting the ball where I can score."
Muhammad leads West to boys win
Shabazz Muhammad scored 21 points, Rasheed Sulaimon added 18 and the West beat the East 106-102 in the McDonald's All-American boys game.
Muhammad and the West squad finished a number of fast breaks with fantastic dunks, and Duke recruit Sulaimon was 4 for 8 from three-point range.
Muhammad is still weighing his college finalists. He is considering Kentucky, Duke, Kansas, UNLV and UCLA.
Alex Poythress, who signed with Kentucky, finished with 19 points for the East.
The East trailed by as many as 24 with 12:03 left, but they mounted an impressive comeback. Amile Jefferson had a dunk to make it 93-88 with 3:42 left, but Sulaimon answered with a three-pointer.
Rodney Purvis' three-point play got the East within four with 1:19 left, but Sulaimon answered with a three-point play of his own.