Girls Basketball: Aurora trio picked for The Show

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The Show Girls All-Star Game
Regis Jesuit’s Diani Akigbogun, bottom left, Grandview’s Adaeze Obinnah, bottom center, and Regis Jesuit’s Justine Hall pose after a press conference announcing the rosters for The Show all-star games on March 11, 2013, at the Pepsi Center in Denver. The three Aurora players will be on the Blue Team, which will be coached by Grandview’s Josh Ulitzky, back. The girls game is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. April 16 at the Pepsi Center. (Marla R. Keown/Aurora Sentinel)

DENVER | In three days, Regis Jesuit’s Justine Hall and Diani Akigbogun and Grandview’s Adaeze Obinnah will go against each other in the Class 5A semifinals.

On Monday at the Pepsi Center, they were on stage together as teammates on the Blue Team for the 2013 Show all-star game, a collaboration of the Denver Nuggets that features the top 20 players in the state as selected by a media panel.

Obinnah won’t be able to play in the April 6 Show game — scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on the home floor of the Denver Nuggets — because of a previously scheduled Caribbean cruise, but the game will still have a Grandview flavor as head coach Josh Ulitzky and his staff will coach the Blue Team, which includes Hall and Akigbogun.

It was the first selection to the Show game for all three Aurora players.

Hall leads city players with a scoring average of 16.8 points per game, while Akigbogun is second for the Raiders with a scoring average of 14.2 along with 8.1 rebounds per contest.

Obinnah is Grandview’s second-leading scorer with an average of 11.4 points per game, which trails only Natasha Edge’s 12.7 mark, along with 6.3 boards per contest.

Regis Jesuit and Grandview were both No. 1 seeds in the 5A girls state basketball tournament and both currently sport 24-2 records.

The Raiders and Wolves square off at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Coors Events Center for the right to play in Saturday’s 3:30 p.m. state championship game.

The Show girls game is followed by the boys game, which is scheduled approximately 3 p.m. Both games take place before the Nuggets take on the visiting Houston Rockets at 7 p.m.

Ticket packages are available starting at $15 and are available by calling the Nuggets’ sales office at 303-287-3865.

Reach Sports Editor Courtney Oakes at [email protected] or 303-750-7555

2013 THE SHOW GIRLS BASKETBALL ROSTERS

April 6, 1:30 p.m., Pepsi Center

BLUE TEAM

DIANI AKIGBOGUN, REGIS JESUIT; JUSTINE HALL, REGIS JESUIT; ADAEZE OBINNAH, GRANDVIEW (selected by unable to play); Mikala Gordon, Pueblo South; Taylor Leyva, Pueblo West; Katie Longwell, Chaparral; Frannie Sally, Denver East; Caitlyn Smith, Legacy; Jennifer Vigil, Lutheran; Harlie Williams, Norwood; Jordan Wilson, Prairie View

Coach: JOSH ULITZKY, GRANDVIEW

WHITE TEAM

Bradlee Cotton, Denver School of Science & Technology; Shanah Leaf, Palmer; Madison Montgomery, Highlands Ranch; Kaylee Rader, Horizon; Mikayla Reese, Sand Creek; Kylee Shook, Mesa Ridge; Bree Throop, ThunderRidge; Laura Tyree, D’Evelyn; Kelsey Wainright, Highlands Ranch; Taylor Williams, ThunderRidge

Coach: Chris Olson, D’Evelyn