AUBURN — Garfield senior Vivian Frieson and her teammates faced an uphill climb in the first half of Saturday's senior girls all-star basketball series at Jefferson High.
But it was all downhill after they stopped playing like all-stars and shared the ball.
Amanda Dunbar of Marysville-Pilchuck scored 15 points to lead a balanced effort, and the West stormed from behind for a 77-57 win over the East in the Class 4A game of the Washington State Coaches Association series.
The win prevented an East sweep, after the East edged the West 74-73 in the 2A/3A game and cruised to a 71-41 win in the 1A/B showdown earlier in the afternoon.
In the 4A nightcap, four players finished in double figures and six scored eight or more points for the West, which trailed by 10 points midway through the second quarter.
"We finally started sharing the ball," said Frieson, who scored all seven of her points in the final quarter. "You usually don't see too much passing in an all-star game. I think the ball movement got us going."
It didn't hurt that the West squad had four point guards, including Western Washington-bound Dunbar, Seattle Pacific recruit Daesha Henderson of Snohomish (14 points), Utah State signee LeAnn Palo of Woodinville (8) and Enumclaw's Lindsey Clyde (4).
The wealth of guards allowed the West to pressure the ball, force turnovers and get into transition in a 47-point second half.
The West shot 55 percent from the field after intermission to overcome a game-high 26 points from 5-foot-10 forward Heidi Heintz of Central Valley, who is headed to Division I San Francisco. Katie Madison of Prairie, a 6-1 Idaho recruit, added 12 points and eight rebounds for the East.
Dunbar had five steals and made three three-pointers en route to claiming the West MVP award, a crystal cube that she rushed into the stands to show family and friends.
"It was fun just to play," said Dunbar, who hit a three-pointer and followed with a steal and layup to start a 16-5 West run to end the first half. "It felt like an 'And 1' game you see on TV."
3A/2A: East 74, West 73
Tana Stickney of Yakima's East Valley High left her coach with mixed feelings after working inside for 17 points and nine rebounds for the hot-shooting East, which placed four players in double figures.
East Valley coach Robi Raab manned the bench for the West, which erased a 12-point, fourth-quarter deficit before finally succumbing.
"She had to find a way to stick the needle in one more time," Raab joked of Stickney, who carted off the East's MVP crystal.
Ashlee Michelson of North Central (Spokane) added 16 points, including four of the East's final five after the West took a 71-69 lead with 1:39 left.
Brittany Roggenkamp of LaCenter, who has signed with Northwest Nazarene, scored 19 to lead the West.
Issaquah's Melissa Richardson, a Chico State recruit, scored 18 points and had five steals while earning the West MVP award. She and Roggenkamp teamed with Gabby Wade of River Ridge to fuel the West comeback after it fell behind 60-48 with 6:45 remaining.
Wade, a 5-9 post, had 16 points and a game-high 12 rebounds, including seven offensive boards as the West enjoyed a 39-31 edge on the glass.
Caitie Newman of South Whidbey scored 12 points for the East. Cassidy Murrilo of West Valley, who is headed to Seattle University, added 10.
1A/B: East 71, West 41
Andrea Blodgett of White Swan scored 17 points, and Jesse Rouse of St. George had 15 points and seven rebounds as the East rolled.
Rondelle Guthrie of Zillah added 11 points for the East, which outscored a short-handed West team 19-5 in the second quarter to take control.
Kelsey Golitz of the Bush School scored 11 points and Seattle Pacific-bound Melissa Reich of Bellevue Christian had seven points and a game-high 11 rebounds for the West, which had just seven players.
At Jefferson High
West 77, East 57
EAST — Heidi Heintz (Cent. Valley) 26, Katie Madison (Prairie) 12, Laiken Dollente (Eisenhower) 6, Tana Renz (Pasco) 3, Amy Donovan (Prairie) 2, Claire Faucher (Eisenhower) 2, Natalie Orrell (Wenatchee) 2, Brittany Cherry (Pasco) 2, Corrina O'Brien (Gonzaga Prep) 2.
WEST — Amanda Dunbar (Marysville-Pilchuck) 15, Daesha Henderson (Snohomish) 14, Maggie Goldenberger (Capital) 10, Megan Hoisington (Cent. Kitsap) 10, LeAnn Palo (Woodinville) 8, Danika Lawson (Puyallup) 8, Vivian Frieson (Garfield) 7, Lindsey Clyde (Enumclaw) 4, Tshlene Curry (Mount Tahoma) 1.
East 74, West 73
EAST — Tana Stickney (E. Valley) 17, Ashlee Michelson (No. Central) 16, Caitie Newman (So. Whidbey) 12, Cassidy Murrilo (W. Valley) 10, Jessica Huntington (E. Valley) 9, Heather Burke (Cheney) 7, Alicia Jelink (Clarkston) 3, Patsy Dodgen-Auer (Clarkston).
WEST — Brittany Roggenkamp (La Center) 19, Melissa Richardson (Issaquah) 18, Gabby Wade (River Ridge) 16, Jennifer Osgood (Vashon) 8, Melissa Rae (Peninsula) 6, Kaysie Kiel (White River) 4, Sarah Painter (Eatonville) 2, Whitney Scott (Black Hills), Meghan Dahl (Ferndale).
East 71, West 41
EAST — Andrea Blodgett (White Swan) 17, Jessiee Rouse (St. George) 15, Rondelle Guthrie (Zillah) 11, Syndey Gossard (St. John) 6, Titi Ala (St. George) 6, Maria Barranco (Newport) 5, Emily Hernandez (Sunnyside Chr.) 4, Misty Ostlie (Cusick) 3, Jessie Depell (Freeman) 2, Dana Bates (Warden) 2.
WEST — Kelsey Golitz (Bush) 11, Melissa Reich (Bellevue Chr.) 7, Trista Van Berkum (Mt. Vernon) 6, Natalie Chevalier (Friday Harbor) 6, Carolyn Bleakney (Seattle Lutheran) 4, Tracy Herring (Bush) 4, Dora Brings Yellow (Taholah) 3.