South boys, girls claim All-Star Game victories

Published 8:30 pm Tuesday, July 9, 2013

CLINTON – Fred Trevillion of Brookhaven scored 10 points in helping the South beat the North 112-82 Monday night in the 59th Annual Mississippi Association of Coaches All-Star Basketball Game. It was the fifth straight win for the South boys who hold a 38-21 lead in the series.

     Jackson Wingfield’s Oliver Black led the South and all scorers with 19 points in Mississippi College’s A.E. Wood Coliseum. The 6-foot-9 rising senior also collected 8 rebounds and 3 blocked shots, earning Most Valuable Offensive Player honors.

     Black was joined in double figures by 5 teammates as St. Martin’s Ed Simpson scored 14 points, Brandon’s Howard Thomas 12, Gautier’s Lafayette Rutledge and Raymond’s James Jordan scored 11 apiece and Trevillion 10.  Thomas was named the Most Valuable Defensive Player.

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     Coaches Preston Wilson of Brookhaven and Moss Point’s Micoe Cotton coached the South squad that was minus 6-foot-5 Moss Point standout Devin Booker who had a conflict. Booker was attending a LeBron James Basketball Academy Skills Camp.

     “We had a real athletic group and some great basketball players,” said Wilson. “Fred played well. He goes full-speed at whatever he does.”

     Wilson said Black played exceptionally well. “Black really sparked us when we were down. He’s exceptional.”

     Black also plays wide receiver in football for the Falcons. He sees some duty at quarterback.

     The North got 16 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists from Murrah guard Jacob Ivory. North Pontotoc’s Marcus Green and Corinth’s Raheem Sorrell scored 14 points each.

     Xavier Stapleton of Madison Central won the slam-dunk contest and Scott Central’s Dennarius Gray won the 3-point shooting contest.

South Girls Romp

     All-American forward Victoria Vivians of Scott Central directed the South to a 68-57 win over the North with 23 points in the 49th Annual All-Star Girls Game. The 5-foot-11 standout also had 9 rebounds and 3 assists, earning Most Valuable Offensive Player honors.

     Christa Reed of Bay St. Louis followed Vivians with  14 points and 3 rebounds. Reed was presented the Michael Crouther Sportsmanship Award.

     Meridian’s Kayla Gordon was named Most Valuable Defensive Player.

     Starkville’s Blair Schaeffer led the North with 17 points and 7 rebounds.

     Bogue Chitto guard Mattie Avants and Coach Christi Terrell represented their school on the South Team. Bruce Baker of Hinds AHS co-coached the team as the South reduced the North lead in the series to 27-22.

     “The South had a pretty good team and we were big inside,” said Terrell. “Both sides had great players. Mississippi has a lot of very good players. It was an honor to be a part of it.

     “We had a size advantage,” added Terrell. “Vivians is a great kid and she has a great attitude. Her coach (Chad Harrison) has done a great job with her.”

     “Mattie played well defensively,” said Terrell. Avants made 1 free throw in the game. Avants also played in last month’s All-Star Fastpitch Softball Game.