CANTON — The Rev. Ed Arrington II came out and blessed the Saturday afternoon crowd at Memorial Field House with a smooth, blissful saxophone rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” before the Green-McKinley girls basketball game.

Then Kierstan Bell and the McKinley Bulldogs put on a soulful performance of their own.

Bell scored 11 of her game-high 28 points in the first quarter and Jazzy Kramer and Kyla Foster chimed in on the boards as McKinley pounded out a 65-35 Federal League victory.

On a day Bell was saluted by McKinley for becoming its first female and second player ever — Gary Grant was the first — to make the McDonald’s All-American Games team, she turned in her typical virtuoso performance of nine blocks, seven rebounds and four steals to go with her points.

“All praise to God,” Bell said after the game as McKinley celebrated her honor with cake for all. “God gave me the ability to perform on the court today. I want to thank my teammates and coaches, because they help me and push me every day, and my family, they get me everywhere I need to go.”

Green coach Tracy Miller said he is ready for Bell to go.

“I’ve been [watching] her for four years,” said Miller with a wry smile. “She’s a heckuva player. I’ll be glad when she graduates and moves on to Ohio State. [The McDonald’s All-American Games] is a compliment to their coaching staff and how hard she works.”

The McKinley staff led by coach Pam Davis works hard to avoid letdowns. Davis reminded her team it defeated Green 67-33 in mid-December but still owned a 9-7 record.

“It is hard when you beat a team by so many points the first time around,” Davis said. “We try and find little things to challenge our kids. Today, we held them under our goal of 40, so I was happy with that.”

When Green stuck with McKinley (17-1, 11-1) through much of the first quarter, Davis wasn’t so pleased.

“We gave up 12 first-quarter points,” she said. “Our second quarter we turned it around, limited them to five points. We also gave up 10 offensive rebounds in the first half. It ended up 14 for the game, so we turned our deficiencies into positives in the second half.”

McKinley led 18-14 just 30 seconds into the second quarter after Green post Marissa Berlin worked inside for two of her nine points. Bell then led a 9-0 run that changed the game. She dished off to Kramer for a layup, guard Vanessa Sales finished on a transition layup and Bell then hammered inside for two putbacks that included a three-point play.

Two late Foster free throws made it 34-17 at half. Foster had four of her 10 points and three of her six rebounds in the second quarter. Kramer then came out strong in the third, scoring four of her nine points and grabbing three of her seven rebounds in the quarter.