|Lonoke's Keiunna Walker directs traffic for the East squad. (Photo by Emmy Buffalo)|
|Carlisle's Kylie Warren is fouled while driving to the basket for the East squad. (Photo by Mark Buffalo)|
By Mark Buffalo
CONWAY — The two best high school girls basketball players from Lonoke County participated in the Arkansas High School Coaches Association All-Star Basketball Game at the Farris Center on Saturday.
Lonoke’s Keiunna Walker and Carlisle’s Kylie Warren were members of the East squad, which lost to the West 86-79 in a five-period contest.
Walker, who will continue her playing career at Louisiana Tech University this coming year, finished with a game-high 16 points in 20 minutes of action. She had 4 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 block and 1 steal.
“It was a great experience,” Walker said. “I’d do it all over again. I wish we could have stayed a week to get to know the team better. Playing against better competition got me better.”
Walker reports to Ruston, La., on Sunday. She’s taking a summer class.
“i’m taking a summer math class,” she said.
Warren, who will continue her playing career at Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia, scored 4 points and grabbed 2 rebounds in 12 minutes of action.
Warren said she enjoyed playing with some of the best players in the state.
“It was different,” she said. “It’s a lot more advanced that high school ball is. Most of them are going to play college basketball. It was a good experience. I really enjoyed it.”
Warren said she needs to get back in shape to get ready for SAU.
“I need to stay in the gym … I really regret taking the time off that I did. It was a wakeup call. I’ve been practicing with Coach [Jonathan] Buffalo and the Lady Bison. I feel like I’m old now.”