CANTON: When you think of an all-star basketball game, you think of a high-scoring, high-tempo type of game.

That was far from what the girls teams displayed Wednesday night at the 29th annual Plain Rotary Stark-Summit All-Star basketball games in front of a sizable crowd on the campus of Malone University.

Early on, it looked like the Summit team would roll to its fifth consecutive win in this series. But Stark had other thoughts, clamping down the defense and dominating the second half to come away with an 84-59 win.

Stark trailed 22-8 after one quarter and was down by as many as 16 early in the second, but GlenOak coach Paul Wackerly never lost faith in his Stark team.

“Defensively we were really good. These all-star games are really fun but they are really nice to win too,” Wackerly said.

Stark clawed and scratched its way back to trail just 38-36 at halftime. After a back-and-forth third quarter, Stark took a 51-49 lead going into the fourth.

The last 10 minutes were all Stark, which dominated on both ends of the floor and outscored Summit 33-10 in the fourth quarter.

Ten of Stark’s 11 players scored. Team MVP Dai’Shona Polk of GlenOak led the way with 18 points, with 10 of those coming in the second quarter when her team needed a spark.

McKinley’s Destinee Lee scored nine of her 11 in the fourth quarter, and Perry’s Karlee Pireu also chipped in with 11.

“You could tell we were a couple girls down,” Norton coach Brian Miller said of his Summit team. “It hurt our rotation with a couple girls hurt, especially in a game like this where they’re not used to playing 40 minutes. [Wackerly] was able to go 5-and-5 and I had to keep rotating a girl in.”

The Summit team was led by Jimi Howell, Miller’s only senior at Norton. Howell earned team MVP honors after scoring a team-best 12 points and added eight rebounds.

“It was such a blessing for me to coach Jimi,” Miller said. “She’s a great girl, but a girl of such high character and value. She certainly has taught me a lot over the years as much as I taught her about hard work and dedication.”

Stark boys roll

The boys game was the complete opposite of the defensive girls game. Stark went wire-to-wire, dominating Summit from the start to come away with a 122-109 win.

Stark, with eight players from the Federal League, put on a shooting display with six players in double figures, led by Perry’s Dominic Pipero, who had 22 points.

Cameron Telesz of Hoover added 18 points, and Cross Mason of Glen-Oak had 15 and Jackson’s Michael Zitney and Logan Hill contributed 11 each.

Stark scored 28 points in the first quarter, 33 in the second and 38 in the third to take a 99-67 lead heading into the fourth. It hit 23 3-pointers in the game to win for the third consecutive time.

Team MVP Austin Brenner of Copley led Summit with 24 points and Firestone’s Tre’Maine Gray added 21.