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INDIANAPOLIS -- The WBCA All-American Game is an annual showcase of some of the nation's best. For the second consecutive year, the game was played on the same floor as the women's Final Four. This year, the festivities took place at Conseco Fieldhouse, which also serves as the home of the WNBA's Indiana Fever. After being down 39-38 at the half, the White Team stormed back in an offense-filled second half to win the game 83-73.
Red Team Checklist
Bria Goss, Ben Davis (Indianapolis, Ind.): With the game just minutes from where she attends high school, Goss was unquestionably the hometown favorite. The 5-foot-10 Kentucky signee responded to the crowd with a five-for-nine shooting performance, while finishing with 12 points to go along eight rebounds in 30 minutes of action. The speedy guard was active at both ends with half of her rebounds coming on the offensive end. Her willingness to defend and get out in transition seems to be a match made in heaven with the system of her future college coach, Matthew Mitchell.
Amber Henson, Sickles (Tampa, Fla.): Henson played in both All-American games this week but was much more at home during the WBCA Game on Saturday. The 6-3 forward has a tendency to float around the perimeter at times but her talent is undeniable. Henson signed in the early period with Duke and showed why the Blue Devils are excited for her arrival on campus with 10 points and eight rebounds in just 20 minutes. With her consistent, feathery touch around the basket out to 15 feet, Henson's growth at the next level will rely on her commitment to score in those sweet spots.
Elizabeth Williams, Princess Anne (Virginia Beach, Va.): As arguably one of the best defensive post players to come around in a long time, 6-3 Elizabeth Williams was already regarded as one of the country's elite high-school prospects. Williams will be joining Henson next year on campus at Duke. After two live viewings against elite competition, it's Williams' offensive prowess that has made heads turn. She finished with 20 points and eight rebounds in 29 minutes en route to winning the Red Team MVP trophy. Her confidence with the basketball in her hands seems to be at an all-time high, a scary thought for the rest of the country.
White Team Checklist
Briyona Canty, Trenton Catholic (Willingboro, N.J.): Arguably the fastest guard in the class from baseline to baseline, the 5-10 speedster used a big-time, stat-stuffing performance to be the White Team MVP. The future Rutgers perimeter threat played well as C. Vivian Stringer and her staff watched from the stands. She finished with 13 points, eight assists and five rebounds including a beautiful behind-the-back pass late in transition during the game's closing minutes.
Krystal Forthan, Georgetown (Georgetown, Texas): Typically athletes with the pedigree of Forthan lack ideal polish in the skill department. In contrast players with the level of polish to their games as Forthan has typically lack elite level
athleticism. At 6-3, Forthan has both, though she struggled a little from the floor going 6-for-13. However, she did grab 10 rebounds to go along with her 12 points. On the same day that her current college destination, LSU, selected Nikki Caldwell to serve as the new head coach, her play in the WBCA game put all of her talents on display. She has the ability to challenge shots at the rim and the skill set to knock them down from the perimeter. All of that makes Forthan's upside as good as it gets.
Shakena Richardson, Neptune (Neptune, N.J.): Richardson was one of the three new additions to the WBCA game as many of the participants in this game were holdovers from the McDonald's game. Richardson's competitive spirit was on full display as she consistently brought energy to the court on both sides of the ball. The 5-6 guard has a great feel for the game and how to run a team. She is the type of point guard who does all of the little things that makes a team successful. One of the most interesting segments of the game was the time she spent in the backcourt with her future Rutgers teammate, Canty, and the chemistry that they appear to have was already evident.
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The 2011 WBCA All-American game preceded the Final Four and provided this year's senior class one last time to shine as high school stars.