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Four area athletes shine at 2009 WBCA All-Star games
MADISON - Four area athletes competed in Saturday's Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association Senior All-Star games.

Monroe's Mitch Tordoff helped lead the South to the Division 2 boys title at the UW Fieldhouse. Monroe's Emily Rufenacht and Brodhead's Kristin Ruchti paired up to help the South topple the North in the Division 2 game at Madison Area Technically College, and Pecatonica's Brittany Kent also won at MATC in the Division 4 game.

"It's an honor to be here and to play with and against some of the best in the state," Kent said.

Kent scored a team-high 14 points in the South's 60-56 win over the North.

Kent started in the game and made big shots when the South most needed them, including scoring four straight to tie the score at 29-29 in the closing seconds of the second half, as well as knocking down a game-changing three-pointer with 4:04 remaining to bring the South back to within five.

"The girls that I played with are all great. They were all-conference and are all-stars," Kent said.

Rufenacht started in the Division 2 game and was 2-for-3 from the field, scoring four points. Ruchti scored six off of the bench and added three rebounds.

The South trailed 14-7 after the first quarter before taking a 25-23 lead at halftime. That lead grew to 45-36 by the end of the third quarter, and at one point in the fourth, the South led 57-40.

Tordoff, meanwhile, didn't need to spark his team into gear in the South's 95-53 win.

After falling behind 2-0 in the opening minute, the South's starting group erupted. Madison Edgewood's Derek Braucht (18 points), Edgerton's Bryan Gregory (12) and Whitewater's Miles Hookstead (13) dominated in the paint.

By the time Tordoff entered the game off of the bench with 6:11 remaining in the first, the South held an 11-2 lead. When Tordoff returned the bench after going scoreless in his first few minutes, the South led 19-2 and held a 24-4 lead at the end of the first quarter.

Tordoff started the second quarter and immediately picked up an assist on a pass to New Berlin Eisenhower's Patrick Drew. Tordoff scored his first two points off of free throws in the second and hit his first bucket on a fast break with 3:13 remaining to give the South a 44-12 lead.

By halftime, the South led 50-18. Tordoff drained a three-pointer in the third, and his team led 73-39 headed into the fourth. In the final period, a dunk contest broke out, and Tordoff decided not to participate.

"A lot of guys can dunk, and I am definitely not the dunking type," the 5-foot, 11-inch Tordoff said. "It was pretty impressive."

Tordoff finished with seven points in the game, but was more pleased with the opportunity he had to practice with such talent all week.

"It's been a fun atmosphere all week and I was glad to be apart of the MAC Fund. Getting to run up and down the floor with such a great bunch of players was cool. I'll be playing against a lot of these players in college, so it was a good start to my college career," Tordoff said.

He will attend UW-Platteville in the fall to play hoops.