DENVER | Michaela Onyenwere stood out plenty during her outstanding freshman basketball season at Grandview.
Her play stood out as well during Saturday’s Show all-star game at Pepsi Center, as she garnered the Most Valuable Player award on a day where 20 of the top high school girls across all classifications showed definite rust.
Onyenwere was credited with 13 points and 13 rebounds and received the game’s top honor, though her White Team — which also featured Grandview teammate Katie Cunningham — dropped a 45-39 decision to a Blue Team featuring the Regis Jesuit trio of Justine Hall, Diani Akigbogun and Anna Ptasinski (photo gallery from the game, here).
“This was so much fun; I was honored to get picked for this game and I’m hoping to be back next year,” said Onyenwere, whose selection to the Show capped a season in which she averaged 18.6 points and 9.7 rebounds per game for a Grandview team that went 24-3 and made it to the Class 5A Final Four.
“I’m doing track this season, so I haven’t touched a basketball in awhile,” she added. “I’m just thankful and blessed for all that’s come to me this season.”
While the White ended up on the losing end on the scoreboard, it dominated on the boards, led by Onyenwere and Cunningham, who scored just one point, but was credited with 10 rebounds.
Cunningham played in her second all-star game, as she also earned selection to the Colorado Coaches of Girls Sports 5A All-State Game two weeks earlier.
For the Blue Team, Hall — a Purdue signee playing in her second straight Show game — racked up eight points to lead the way for the trio from Regis Jesuit, which won its second straight 5A girls state basketball championship a month earlier.
The Lafayette-bound Ptasinski’s lone basket of the game was fittingly a 3-pointer — she had 67 triples on the season for the 26-2 Raiders — which came with just over a minute left and sealed the victory for the Blue.
Akigbogun, the MVP of last season’s game, finished scoreless, but pulled down four rebounds as she battled foul trouble.
The University of Texas signee picked up two fouls after getting her fourth — which would have fouled her out in a normal high school game — but she was allowed to play the final minute-plus in the spirit of the game.
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2014 SHOW ALL-STAR GIRLS GAME
BLUE 45, WHITE 39
Score by quarters:
Blue 10 9 12 14 — 45
White 11 6 7 15 — 39
Savannah Smith (Fossil Ridge) 6, Shannon Patterson (Pueblo South) 7, Shaylyn Johnson (Caliche) 1, Shelby Patterson (Peyton) 3, Mackenzie Forrest (Lakewood) 11, Mikayla Eppard (Cherry Creek) 11, JUSTINE HALL (REGIS JESUIT) 8, ANNA PTASINSKI (REGIS JESUIT) 8, Myanne Hamm (Poudre) 9, DIANI AKIGBOGUN (REGIS JESUIT) 0
Katie Chavez (Holy Family) 0, Lindsey Chavez (Holy Family) 0, Michelle Cox (Denver East) 2, Mikayla Reese (Sand Creek) 7, KATIE CUNNINGHAM (GRANDVIEW) 1, Callie Kaiser (Broomfield) 11, MICHAELA ONYENWERE (GRANDVIEW) 13, Lexy Thorderson (Rock Canyon) 7, Tatum Neubert (Elizabeth) 5, Kylee Shook (Mesa Ridge) 0
MVP — MICHAELA ONYENWERE (GRANDVIEW) — 13 points, 13 rebounds