Carroll County’s Connor Lundy wasn’t about to let flu-like symptoms keep him from playing in the Virginia High School Coaches’ Assocation East-West All-Star Game July 7 at Lynchburg College.
Lundy, who will continue his basketball career at Division II Queens University this fall, spent the night before the game, and even a couple of portions of the contest, throwing up from a stomach bug. But that did not stop him from scoring seven points in his West team’s 119-110 loss to the East.
“I would have been upset if I didn’t get to play,” Lundy said. “I didn’t know early in the day how I would feel that night. I was worried about having the energy and stamina to play, but stuck out it and played fairly well.”
Aside from a 6-9 center, Lundy said the rest of the West squad consisted of guards. As the tallest guard on the team, Lundy split time at guard and forward, having to play in the paint and bang with the big men down low on several occasions. He drilled one of the West team’s 12 3-pointers and finished with seven points.
“It was a good experience getting to play with all the better high school basketball players in the state. That was cool,” Lundy said. “I got to meet a couple of new players I didn’t know, a couple from Lord Botetourt, and played with (Floyd County’s) Caleb Tanner, which was fun. It was good to represent this side of the state.”
The West team led throughout the first three quarters and held an 87-80 advantage heading into the final period. Floyd’s Tanner, the all-time leading scorer in Virginia High School League history, led the way with 29 points, including 23 in the second half. But the East All-Stars got hot in the fourth quarter, outscoring the West 39-23 to rally for the victory.
“They are a little more athletic than are, so we just tried to keep them out of the paint. We had to keep them off the glass and make sure they didn’t get fast break points and run us to death,” Lundy said. “In the fourth quarter I think our legs started setting in because we were trying to run with them. We were keeping up with them but our shots just didn’t fall in the fourth quarter.”
Despite the loss, Lundy said the chance to play against the state’s best should go a long way in helping him as he prepares to take his game to the next level.
“The talent level was good. I think it will be a good learning tool because a lot of them are playing college ball and it was good to see where I stand as far as college basketball players. I thought I held my own even though I could hardly stand at times,” Lundy said. “I think knowing I can play with those type of players now will help with my confidence level going into college. I will also work harder because now I see what the talent is like and I want to better myself to be as good as I can in basketball.”
A four year-starter, Lundy finished his high school basketball career as the all-time winningest player in school history with 76 victories. He was also the second-leading scorer in school history.
As a senior, Lundy earned First-Team All-Conference 24 honors as he led the Cavaliers with a team-high 16.7 points per game. He was also second on the team with 5.4 rebounds and 3 assists per contest.
East 119, West 110
Basnight 6 1-2 15, Pringle 4 0-0 9, Wright 10 4-4 24, Valentine 5 4-6 14, Carter 5 2-4 12, Hamlin 0 1-2 1, Gibson 8 0-2 17, Bailey 2 0-0 5, Hayden 2 0-0 5, Milanovic 4 0-0 9, Ferguson 2 4-6 8. Totals 48 16-26 119.
Hess 1 0-0 3, Jenkins 0 0-0 0, Hassell 4 3-3 13, Goode 7 5-5 22, Finley 4 0-0 9, Tanner 6 16-17 29, Richardson 3 2-3 8, Lundy 3 0-0 7, Blondin 7 2-7 19. Totals 35 28-35 110.
East All-Stars 22 31 27 39 — 119
West All-Stars 30 24 33 23 — 110
3-Point Goals: East 7 (Basnight 2, Pringle, Gibson, Bailey, Hayden, Milanovic), West 12 (Goode 3, Blondin 3, Hassell 2, Hess, Finley, Tanner, Lundy).