COLORADO SPRINGS - After a nearly even first half between USA White and USA Blue in the gold medal contest, Bone recorded a monstrous third quarter and scored 14 of her game high 19 points to help the USA White squad secure a comfortable lead it never relinquished in a 103-88 win.
"Before we even had a practice I asked the kids what their goal was, and they all said win the gold medal," said USA White head coach Caryn Jarocki (Highlands Ranch H.S., Colo.). "So the whole time that's all we've been after. The unselfish play, teamwork and the spirit of these kids was the difference today. We just kept running, and pushing and doing what we needed to do. The kids had the will and they all bought into our team concept."
That game started off red hot as USA White's first 12 points were the result of four 3-pointers to open the quarter, including three from deep from Tiffany Hayes (Winter Haven H.S. / Winter Haven, Fla.), who finished with 14 points (4-of-7 3pt FGs) and four assists. Shay Selby (Regina H.S. / Geneva, Ohio) also connected from deep with 10:41 on the clock to put USA Blue's first points on the board.
Headed into the second quarter owning a 22-18 lead, USA White opened the period with a 7-2 run. But an offensive rebound and bucket from Alyssia Brewer ( Sapulpa H.S. / Sapulpa, Okla.) with 7:10 on the clock launched a 16-7 Blue run that cut White's lead to three, 44-41, at the half.
"We had a big talk at halftime when we were only up by three, and we talked about intensity and heart," said Caroline Doty (Germantown Academy / Ft. Washington, Pa.). "We wanted to win the gold medal so bad that we just kept fighting and fighting."
Bone scored the first two points of the second half at 11:30 and proceeded to dominate the third period action with 12 more points to help USA White reach its largest lead of the game, 16 points, with 4:26 on the clock. USA White headed into the fourth period with a 75-63 advantage.
Caroline Doty poured in 13 points to help lead the USA White to gold. (Photo: Steven Maikoski)
"I hadn't been playing my best, so I just decided I had to come in and step up. I wanted to show everyone the real Kelsey Bone at my full potential." Bone said. "It felt great. I had a goal in mind, with the rest of my team, to get the gold medal. Knowing that I was doing what I needed to do to get us there felt really good."
USA Blue fought hard down the stretch, and a score from Alicia Manning (Etowah H.S. / Woodstock, Ga.) cut the White lead to seven, 79-72, with 8:20 remaining in the game. However, White guard Samantha Prahalis (Commack H.S. / Dix Hills, N.Y.) countered with two points that were followed by a 3-pointer from Briana Gilbreath (Cinco Ranch H.S. / Katy, Texas) and USA Blue never threatened again.
In addition to Bone, USA White boasted of six additional players in double figures. Amber Gray (Lakota West H.S. / Cincinnati, Ohio) tallied 16 points and six rebounds; Hayes scored 14 points and dished four assists; Doty recorded 13 points, five rebounds and four assists; Shanay Washington (Del Valle H.S. / Austin, Texas) had 12; and Monique Oliver (North Las Vegas H.S. / North Las Vegas, Nev.) and Gilbreath, who also grabbed nine rebounds, each scored 10 points.
Jasmine Dixon (Poly H.S. / Long Beach, Calif.) led the USA Blue scorers with 12 points, followed by Brewer, Manning, Casey Morris (Peidmont H.S. / Fairfield, Calif.) and Selby, who each tallied 11 points. Glory Johnson (Webb School / Knoxville, Tenn.) also contributed 10 points. Collecting eight rebounds for Blue were Ayana Dunning, Ashley Gayle and Manning.