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BUIES CREEK, N.C. – Incoming freshmen women's basketball recruits Zena Lovette and Jessica Pone, both from Southwest Guilford High School, each started and led the West to an 82-65 victory over the East in the 2012 North Carolina Coaches' Association East-West All-Star Game on Monday, July 16, at the Greensboro Coliseum.
Lovette started the game and was a perfect 3-for-3 from the field and 2-of-2 from the free throw line on her way to eight points. She filled up the stat sheet with six rebounds (two offensive and four defensive), two assists and two steals in her 20 minutes of game time. Her rebound total was the second most on the squad as were her two steals.
Pone, who was a late addition to the roster and wasn't named until Saturday evening, also started and contributed four points, two rebounds, two blocks and a steal in her 19 minutes.
The West's Paige Love was named the game's MVP after scoring 15 points to aid the winning team to the victory.
"We feel honored to have two of the West starters joining us at Campbell in the fall," head coach Wanda Watkins explained. "We believe they will provide a positive impact on our program here at Campbell and we anxiously await their arrival!"
Zena Lovette / 5-7 / Guard / High Point, N.C. / Southwest Guilford
Prep: Selected to participate in the North Carolina Coaches' Association East-West All-Star Game…scored eight points with six rebounds, two steals and a block in the game…attended Southwest Guilford…led her team to the North Carolina 4A State Championship as a junior and 89 victories during her four years with the program…SW Guilford went 42-4 during Lovette's four years including 24 victories combined in 2010-11 and 2011-12…named NC All-State by the Associated Press and NCPreps.com as both a junior and senior…as a senior she was named the PTC 4A Conference Player of the Year, SW MVP, District Player of the Year and News & Record Player of the Year in addition to collecting State Regional and Sheetz Holiday Classic all-tournament honors…she averaged 16.1 points, 5.4 rebounds and 4.1 steals while shooting 51.4 percent in her final campaign…aid her team to its third straight conference title…as a junior sported a 19.5 average, adding 6.5 rebounds, 5.0 steals and three assists a contest…she was also named all-conference and team MVP as both a junior and senior…averaged 17.2 points, 6.1 rebounds and 4.0 steals per game in her prep career…full name is Zena Evonne Lovette…born 4/6/94 in High Point…daughter of Tyrone McLean and Andrea Lovette…has two siblings in Quierra and Xavier...intends to major in graphic design.
Jessica Pone / 5-9 / Guard / Jamestown, N.C / Southwest Guilford
Prep: Selected to participate in the North Carolina Coaches' Association East-West All-Star Game…scored four points with two rebounds, two blocks and a steal…attended Southwest Guilford…as a senior was named PTC 4A All-Conference, News & Record All-Area Second Team, All-District Second Team, SW Best All-Around and Sheetz Classic MVP…averaged 12.4 points, 6.4 rebounds, 27 steals and 3.1 assists a game a junior…was a 4A All-State selection, News & Record All-State, Kay Yow MVP of the state championship game, an all-conference selection, voted most improved player and the Flow Athlete of the Week…she also aided Southwest Guilford to the North Carolina 4A State Championship as a junior…full name is Jessica Michele Pone…born 7/25/94 in Silver Springs, Maryland...daughter of George F. Pone and Marian D. Pone…intends to major in information technology and security.