Russell leads West to win at McDonald's

Springfield standout earns MVP honors

CHICAGO — Springfield High's Mercedes Russell had 16 points and had 12 rebounds to lead the West to a 92-64 win over the East in the girls McDonald's All-American game at the United Center on Wednesday night.

The Tennessee signee was voted the game's MVP.

"I couldn't have done it without my teammates" said Russell, a 6-foot-5 forward. "We've been working really hard in practices, but I couldn't have done it without them."

The West jumped out to a 20-10 lead behind Tyler Scaife's seven points. Rebecca Greenwell extended the lead to 31-13 on a 3-pointer. The Duke signee came up limping after being fouled on a layup attempt with 3:28 left in the half. She did not return and finished with eight points, going 2 for 3 from 3-point range.

Central Catholic's Jordan Reynolds, who also has signed with Tennessee, added 10 points, 11 rebounds, three assists and one steal in a team-high 22 minutes. Rams' teammate Kailee Johnson had four points, three rebounds and one blocked shots in 15 minutes. Johnson will play for Stanford next season.

Diamond DeShields had 15 points and Makayla Epps added 13 for the East. DeShields has signed to play at North Carolina and Epps is going to Kentucky.

North Carolina had the most All-Americans with three. DeShields played with Stephanie Mavunga and against future Tar Heel Jessica Washington.


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