GREENSBORO — West Bladen graduate Courtney Thompson logged some minutes on the court for the East All-Stars on Monday at the Greensboro Coliseum in the annual East-West basketball showcase, a game won by the West squad, 82-68.
The win by the West stars avenged its 67-60 loss to the East in 2013.
“It was a good game,” said West Bladen girls basketball coach Pam Stephens, who went to watch Thompson play. “It was pretty close through the first half, but the West pulled away in the second half.”
Stephens, who coached Thompson through her high-school career, said the forward-center played well when she was in the game.
“Courtney had a good showing,” Stephens said. “She didn’t score, but she did have six or seven rebounds.”
Thompson, who scored more than 1,000 points for the Lady Knights, was an even bigger force on the boards. She finished her high-school career with 1,403 rebounds, placing her No. 4 on the North Carolina High School Athletic Association’s all-time rebounding list.
She was originally selected as an alternate for the game, but made the final roster when anothere player dropped off.
Stephens said Thompson got a couple of shots off in the game that “just didn’t fall.”
“But she hustled and did well,” Stephens said.
She added that Thompson, who will play her college basketball for Methodist University starting in the fall, got some good exposure to the next level of basketball.
“This was very good experience for Courtney and a good way to see the kind of talent and speed she’ll be up against at the next level,” Stephens said.
Thompson was also one of several players who were recognized during a banquet and Monday’s game for her academic excellence in high school. Players with a GPA 3.0 or above were honored.