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SEATTLE — Emily Zygmontowicz’s high school season didn’t end when the Central Kitsap girls hoops team fell out of the state tournament earlier this month.

That’s because Zygmontowicz, one of the top girls basketball players in the area, was selected to participate in three separate all-star games last week taking her from Bremerton to Seattle.

Zygmontowicz was selected to play in the Third Annual West Sound All-Star game at the Bremer Center in Bremerton, the In the Paint All-Star Classic at Green River Community College in Auburn and the Queens of the Hardwood All-Star game at Garifield High School in Seattle.

The West Sound Classic took place last Tuesday, followed by the In the Paint Classic Friday and the Queens of the Hardwood Saturday.

Zygmontowicz said she had “a blast” participating in the tournaments, knowing they would be her last as a high school player.

“It’s great,” Zygmontoicz said of the games. “It shows not only my county but other people can see me. There’s more exposure. I was really happy to get out and play especially as the last of the year.”

Zygmontowicz was rightly involved in the three tourneys (she actually had to turn down a fourth due to a time conflict with the Queens of the Hardwood game), proving herself on the court for CK throughout her career. Zygmontowicz also earned a full scholarship to Idaho State University where she’ll suit up for the 14-16 Bengals.

Of the three contests, Zygmontowicz said her favorite was the Queens of the Hardwood, which pitted her against top players from across the state like Ashley Fenimore of Meadowdale, Ophelia Whitfield of Chief Sealth, Malia O’Neal of Garfield and Carly Koebel of Kennedy, who earned the game’s MVP honors. Each led their team into the their respective state tournament.

In the game, which was more of a display of fast, fun street ball than technical basketball, Zygmontowicz was able to help the South, her team, by making consistent passes. She got a variety of good shot opportunities, but much like the rest of her South team, many just wouldn’t fall.

Overall, Zygmontowicz, dubbed “G-Ziggy” by the game’s announcer, finished with 4 points, two steals, a rebound and a block as the South fell to the North.

“It was a lot of fun to play with these girls,” Zygmontowicz said. “Especially the girls you never get to play with. It was just a blast. The coaches were awesome, the team is awesome. You’re playing with the greatest all-around players in the state.”

In the In the Paint Classic, Zygmontowicz scored 11 to tie for the game lead for the Pierce/Kitsap Counties team, which lost 44-39. In the West Sound game, she scored a pair for the Puget Sound team, which won 37-33 over the Cascade squad.

On the Seattle game, Zygmontowicz said she wasn’t surprised at the lack of calls by officials.

“It’s mostly we’re just here to have fun,” Zygmontowicz said. “You’re not expecting them to call fouls and stuff like that.”

And while Zygmontowicz said she was sad to see her high school career come to a close, she knows a whole new ball game is just beginning. But if anyone is ready to tackle it, it’s Zygmontowicz.

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