South sweeps North all-stars

Published 6:00 am Monday, March 8, 2004

CLINTON — The South All-Star girls and boys teams swept theNorth squads Friday night in the MPSA All-Star Basketball Games atA.E. Wood Coliseum at Mississippi College.

The South girls knocked off the North 86-71 and the South boysnipped the North 126-124.

South 86, North 71

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Representing the Brookhaven Academy girls was Jessie Altman whofinished the game with five points for the South.

“We had a great time,” said Altman. “We were out there to havefun. It was fun and a great experience. It was a great way to meetnew people and cherish the memories. It is also great to win theball game as well.”

The South led the North 38-25 at halftime.

Powering the South team with 14 points was Central Private’sSamantha Kirkwood. Jackson Prep’s Meribeth Willoughby fired in 13points. Netting 11 points was Kendal Copeland of ClaiborneAcademy.

“We had an advantage in the outside shooting,” said SouthAll-Star head coach Ronnie Powell if Claiborne. “This was a greatand fun experience. We defended real well.”

The North squad was paced by Tunica Institute’s Martha Lynn Hillwith 14 points. Loren Andrews of Clarksdale Lee netted 11 pointsfollowed by Pillow’s Amy Beckwith with 10.

South 126, North 124

The North boys rallied with 10 late points to tie the game at124-all with 10 seconds left to play. Jackson Prep’s Jo Jo Tann hita jumper with 1.9 seconds left to play for the lead and eventualwin for the South.

Brookhaven Academy’s Alex Davis contributed to the win with fivepoints.

“It was fun playing with the guys that played against you overthe years or I have watched play in the tournaments ,” said Davis.”This was a great experience and it was cool playing with them. I’mglad we won and pulled it out at the end. It was a teameffort.”

Former Brookhaven Academy coach/headmaster John R. Gray of AdamsCounty Christian School enjoyed winning the game as South headcoach.

“I was pleased on how the kids played,” said Gray. “We wereoutsized by the North. The North had an athletic squad.

“We played together and the effort was great,” continued Gray.”Alex Davis did a great job in practice and on court in tonight’sgame. He was fundamentally sound in his ball control. Coach (Dale)Watts (of Brookhaven) has his players fundamentally sound and wellcoached.”

Directing the South squad with 16 points each were Joseph Wallerof Prairie View and Tann. Benton Turnage of Parklane scored 13points followed by Gregory Ketchings of Trinity with 10.

The North team trailed the South 58-55 at the half.

Jackson Academy’s Sandro Norris and Tyler Winford had 16 pointseach for the North team. Nathan Kober of Columbus Heritage fired in14 points. Netting 11 points each were John Dilks of Lee (Ark.) andJim Owen of Madison-Ridgeland Finishing with 10 each were ThadBurke of JA and Raylund Gage of West Memphis.