Shane Johnson is months removed from his last high school basketball game with the Shoemaker Grey Wolves, but one thing that doesn’t graduate is toughness.
Despite having a sprain on his right shooting wrist, Johnson wasn’t going to let that or the South All-Stars get in the way of helping the North win the Texas High School Coaches Association’s All-Star Basketball Game on Monday at the Alamo Convention Center.
“You can’t do as much as you want to do and you can’t play the same as you’re used to with injuries,” Johnson said. “I can play through pain with the injury, it wouldn’t have made a difference.”
Johnson scored eight points as the North dominated the South 118-101 in front of 1,083 fans.
The North took control from the start, building a commanding 37-16 lead after the first quarter and leading by as many as 30 points in the contest.
Johnson said that the start was a big key for the North.
“Everybody was hitting 3s,” Johnson said. “It was an all-star game”
The all-star teams are comprised of players from all classifications across the state and Johnson was selected after helping Shoemaker finish second in District 8-5A play, win 11 consecutive district games and nearly pull off an upset of No. 5 South Grand Prairie in the Region I-5A bi-district playoffs.
“We were winning so it was good,” Johnson said about the all-star game. “I didn’t want it to be too close.”
As a senior, Johnson averaged 15 points, nine rebounds and four assists per game. That helped him make both the Killeen Daily Herald All-Area and District 8-5A first teams.
Johnson committed to playing for Western Texas College, a Western Junior College Athletic Conference school in Snyder.