Ashe County duo to showcase hoops skills
by Steve Behr Sports Editor
Ashe girls' basketball coach Laura Foster will lead the West All-Stars into their showdown with the East at 6 p.m. Monday. At 8 p.m. Monday, Zeb Richardson, and his West teammates, takes on the East.
Both games are at the Greensboro Coliseum.
Foster arrived in Greensboro on Friday. She met with her team early Saturday afternoon and then ran two practices. After church services, the team will practice twice today. A banquet is slated for tonight.
“We have a full schedule of something going on every minute,” Foster said.
It's the first time in her 12-year career that Foster coached the East All-Star team. She goes into the game with a career coaching record of 207-104 with three regular season conference championships and three conference tournament championships.
Foster's teams made the state playoffs for nine years, and she's been named the North Carolina Basketball Coaches Association's All-District Coach of the Year five times.
Her assistant coach is Terry Allmon from High Point Central.
“This is one of the things I'm honored to be a part of,” Foster said. “I'm extremely excited. I've got a great assistant coach in Terry, who I've looked up to for years.”
Richardson is the first player in Ashe County history to play in the East-West game. Ashe's other all-star was center Tommy Spagnolo, who played in the North Carolina-South Carolina All-Star game. Mallory Clay played in the girls' 2010 North Carolina-South Carolina game.
Richardson will be coached by Brad LeVine from East Rutherford. Mike Gurley is the assistant.
“Zeb had a great senior year for us,” Ashe boys' coach Marc Payne said. “I felt like he impressed the coach when he went into the selection process, which he did. He's going to further his career at Guilford, so I'm proud of that.”
Foster said it was important that all of her players see the same amount of playing time, but that doesn't mean she won't try to win the game.
“Everybody needs to play equal time,” Foster said. “But when the fourth quarter starts, the coach usually comes out and you want to win.”