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Rudmann, Bridges bring offense to Ohio team

CHESAPEAKE - All-star games are usually about offense. That's good news for Ironton's Andrea Rudmann and South Point's Alisha Bridges.

Rudmann, a 5-foot-10 guard, and Bridges, a 5-7 guard, will bring some offense to the Ohio All-Stars as they face West Virginia in the annual series that begins Friday at Chesapeake High School and continues Saturday at West Virginia State in Cross Lanes.

Rudmann averaged 15.0 points and 3.8 rebounds as she helped Ironton to a 24-2 record - the best in school history - and a berth in the state tournament.

A first team all-district pick and second team All-Ohio in Division III, Rudmann has signed to play at Shawnee State.

After playing in the Ohio-Kentucky All-Star game, Rudmann said things are different than playing during the regular season.

"Basically, you come out and try to learn how everyone plays," Rudmann said. "It's all about having fun and meeting new people.

"You just pass the ball around until someone is open or someone goes one-on-one and feels like they can make a good play. All the pressure is off. In high school you have a different role. Here you pass the ball."

Bridges helped South Point to its best record ever at 20-3. She averaged 15.7 points and 6.8 rebounds to earn second team all-district honors and honorable mention All-0hio.

Bridges also played in the Ohio-Kentucky All-Star game. She said adjusting to new teammates is the key.

"It was really different. When you haven't played with them, you don't know what they can do," Bridges said.

"We have some height. In the Ohio-Kentucky game, we had one tall girl and she got hurt and couldn't play. West Virginia has a pretty good team, but playing with girls who are competitors will help push you harder. But it's hard to know what everyone can do until you play with them."

Tip-off for the girls' game is 6 p.m.

The Ohio boys will look to continue their streak over West Virginia after sweeping last year's two-game series.

Leading the Ohio All-Stars will be New London 6-foot-7 forward Erik Marschall who has signed with Bowling Green.

Marschall averaged 18.3 points a game and earned Division III first team All-Ohio honors. He will play for Dan Dakich, the former assistant coach at Indiana who coached under Bob Knight. Marschall said he picked Bowling Green in par because of Dakich.

"He gets you fired up. He's a lot like coach Knight," Marschall said. "He's a good guy. He's one of those guys that if you need anything, he'll help you out. He's probably the reason why I chose Bowling Green."

Marschall played in the Ohio High School Basketball Coaches annual North/South All-Star game and a local all-star game. He said it's not only fun to play in an all-star game, it's a challenge as well.

"The North/South game was a lot of fun. There were a lot of good players. It was a first-class set up," Marschall said. "There shouldn't be pressure in an all-star game. You just compete and have fun and you get to go up against good players. It brings back AAU memories.

"But you try to win. You've got to represent your state. This is for bragging rights."

The boys game is expected to start at 8 p.m.