Mikaela Alley has been a force for the better part of four seasons on the basketball hardwood for Searsport District High School.

And, as the state's top senior athletes do, Alley represented her community with pride at the 31st annual Maine McDonald’s High School Senior All-Star Basketball Games on Saturday, March 9 at Newman Gymnasium at Husson University.

Alley scored four points for the Class C/D North girls team, which, ultimately, fell to the Class C/D South (score unavailable).

“The South girls don’t mess around,” she said with a laugh. “It’s really interesting to join a team with girls in which you’ve faced and girls that you’ve simply just looked up to in the sport. It was the best experience and I love every single one of them.”

But winning and losing games are rarely the takeaway from the two-day event and Alley’s experience was no exception.

Alley called her involvement with the banquet and games “the most eye-opening thing I’ve ever experienced.”

A handful of awards were given out at the banquet, including Mr. and Mrs. Maine Basketball — the state's highest individual high school honors for players — which were awarded to Bangor’s Matt Fleming and Greely’s Anna DeWolfe.

“The banquet was absolutely amazing,” she said. “The food was great, but the people and presentation there was outstanding. Something I will never forget, that’s for sure. I’m extremely thankful for all of the coaches that voted for me and I will be eternally grateful for this amazing opportunity.”

Alley was a Penobscot Valley Conference second-team selection this season.

The games marked Maine McDonald’s 31st consecutive year as lead sponsor of the event. Net proceeds from the games benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities of Maine.

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