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Trueheart solid in all-star play

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By Robert Howey

Miteka Trueheart’s final high school basketball game was much like her final prep hoops season at Lancaster High School.

Trueheart, making LHS girls basketball history, used a workmanlike effort to help the South Carolina all-stars to an 81-66 win over the N.C. stars in the Carolinas All-Star Classic at Charlotte Bobcats Arena on Saturday.

The S.C. stars’ 15-point win was the first victory over the N.C. stars’ since the 2005 game.

Trueheart, the Lady Bruins’ Most Valuable Player in the team’s 14-7 season, scored four points to go with six steals, five rebounds and five assists.

“I was proud of Miteka for making the game and prouder when the game was over,” said Lancaster High School girls basketball coach Ronnie Robinson. “She was a starter which showed me she really put forth the effort in two days of practice.”

Players reported last Thursday.

“It really was a good feeling when they introduced the reserves and she was still on the bench with the rest of the starters,” Robinson said. “These were the best players in South Carolina and I was elated for Miteka. Obviously, just making the game was more than she wanted.”

Robinson noted the significance of Trueheart’s effort.

“She was the first Lancaster High girls player in the game and she really represented her team, school and community well,” Robinson said. “Her effort was a mirror of our season. She did a lot of little things to help her team get a big victory.”

South Carolina forged a 44-35 halftime lead and cruised to the solid win. Latta High’s Ruby Lee Wright scored 17 points to go with five assists and three steals to help S.C. to the win.

“We just played together,” Trueheart said. “If you play together, whether it’s a high school game, or an all-star game, you’re going to have a good chance to win. We came together and shut down N.C.’s winning streak. That really felt good.”

Trueheart said she felt she produced a solid effort.

“I felt I had a well-rounded game,” she said. “It was a lifetime experience. To have a chance to end your high school career in an arena like Bobcats’ Arena and in a game like that was special.

“The win was great,” Trueheart said. “We listened to our coaches and did what we had to do.”

Robinson saluted Trueheart.

“In an all-star game, there are a lot of stars, but everybody can’t be the leading scorer,” Robinson said. “Miteka was a team player and showed her work ethic. She did a good job in her role.

“Since she was our first player in the game, she did well,” he said. “Her performance was a positive reflection on our program. She played great, which she did for us and what I expected from her in the all-star game.”