WACO — When they hit the Ferrell Center floor just before 11 a.m. Saturday, neither Jasmine Goodwine nor Kenesha Saygo were sure what to expect.
“We just came and played,” said the Ellison senior guard.
“I work out and shoot around, but this is literally the first time I’ve played (in a game).”
As members of the “Red” squad, both Goodwine and Saygo struggled to get comfortable in their first competitive action since the end of their high school seasons in February, and the “Blue” squad closed out on a 15-7 run to win the Texas Sports Hall of Fame girls all-star basketball game, 67-59, at the third annual Texas Shootout on the Baylor University campus.
Killeen’s Goodwine finished with nine points on 4-of-9 shooting and two rebounds in about 15 minutes of action while Ellison’s Saygo had three points on 1-of-8 shooting but grabbed five rebounds and three steals in 22 minutes.
“It was fun getting out there, you know, we’re representing for Killeen so maybe more Killeen area players can come to this,” said Goodwine, who leaves to start her basketball career at Rice in June. “It’s a good example to set for people back at home.”
Goodwine and Saygo were the fifth and sixth Killeen-area representatives to be selected to play in the statewide all-star game, joining Ellison’s Alaysia Hunter and Harker Heights’ Eboniey Jeter last year and the Eagles’ Devonte Brown and the Knights’ Royce O’Neale in 2011.
“It was exciting to play with people from all around Texas,” said Saygo, who’s signed with Texas Woman’s University.
Despite some rust, Goodwine didn’t shy away from taking some shots early, pulling up for a jumper to give the Red team an early 8-5 lead with 13:12 on the clock, and then fielding a bounce pass from College Park’s Alexia Sanderson for a baseline layup a minute later.
“I was a little out of shape,” Goodwine admitted, “because I haven’t run up and down the court in awhile, so I was a little tired out there … but it felt good to go out there again.
“I will be doing some more pick-up games to make sure I stay in shape so when I go to college I won’t look dead.”
Saygo saved her points for the second half, when the daredevil former Lady Eagles guard drove the lane, drew contact and put up a one-handed floater to put the Red team up 39-32 with 15 minutes left.
“I got winded,” Saygo laughed. “I’m just glad we got out there and showed what Killeen had.”
The Red team led for most of the first 17½ minutes of the game but much like they’d do in the second half, the Blue team outscored Red 5-4 over the final 2½ minutes to pull ahead 28-27 at the break.
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