Two local players on the MAC All-Star Basketball Team
Junior forward McKenzie Smith of Loyd Star and junior forward Keyshawn Feazell of Lawrence County will represent their schools in the girls’ and boys’ MAC/Mississippi Sports Medicine All-Star Classic in Clinton.
The girls’ All-Star game will start approximately at 6 p.m., followed by the boys’ contest at 7:30 p.m., March 25.
Tickets are $10 per person for all ages and seating. Admission is good for both games.
For the South All-Star Girls
McKenzie Smith averaged 19.3 points, 8.8 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 2.6 steals per game in her junior year for Loyd Star. The Lady Hornets finished the season with a 22-2 record overall and were the Region 7-2A champions with an undefeated 10-0 record.
“I am extremely honored to be selected on the All-Star team,” said Smith. “There are plenty of girls around the state to choose from and I am excited to be one of them.”
“It is a great honor to have McKenzie Smith representing Loyd Star in the MAC girls All-Star game in Clinton,” said Loyd Star coach Gene “Moochie” Britt. “Smith will be a great asset to the team. She loves to play the game and she is a team player.
“I have really enjoyed watching her play this season,” said Britt. “I wish her the best of luck in the All-Star game. I know she will do her best to make Loyd Star and Lincoln County proud.”
Joining Smith on the South All-Star squad are Jailin Cherry of Pascagoula; Kirdis Clark of Natchez; Jadona Davis of Wayne County; Breonca Ducksworth of West Jones; Casey Ferguson of D’Iberville; Kennedy Gavin of Petal; Keyara Jones of Heidelberg; Alyric Scott of Richton, LaMiracle Sims of Moss Point; Nyah Tate of Terry and Zakyla Weathersby of Collins. The team’s coaches are Alphaka Moore of Natchez and Crisia Herchenhahn of Petal.
For the South All-Star boys
Keyshawn Feazell will suit up and represent Lawrence County. He led his team in scoring his junior year with 17.1 points, while collecting 8.6 rebounds, 1.1 steals and 1.2 assists per game. The Cougars finished the season with a 21-10 record overall. Lawrence County posted a 8-2 record in Region 6-4A action.
“This is a tremendous honor for me,” said Feazell. “I have worked hard this season and I believe this is a great opportunity for me represent Lawrence County.”
“I am very proud for Feazell,” said Lawrence County coach Pat Bridges. “This is a great and well-deserved opportunity for him. This is a great recognition for the team, school and community. I hope everyone in the community will come watch and support him Friday night in Clinton.”
Joining Feazell on the South squad are Ledarrius Brewer of Meridian; Troymain Crosby of Laurel; David Gaines Jr. of Wayne County; Quieran Gray of West Harrison; Arthur Johnson IV of Forest Hill; Zarkeichious Martin of McComb; Frederick Ramsey-Thompson of Biloxi; Winford Ross of Madison St. Joe; Tirus “Ty” Smith of Petal; LeAndre Thomas of Wingfield and Johnny Wilson of Tylertown. The coaches are Milton Ray of West Harrison and Marcus Price of Laurel.
The finals of the three-point shooting, free-throw shooting, and slam dunk contests will be held prior to the tipoff of the girls’ game at 5 p.m.
Both All-Star games will be available for broadcast through live Internet streaming by clicking on the FNUTL Network icon at fnutl.com. Russ Robinson will handle the play-by-play while Juanita Ward will provide the color commentary for the broadcast.
In 2015, the South girls toppled the North 93-84 to reduce the North’s series lead to 28-23. The North boys won their second consecutive game in the series by a 91-86 margin to cut the South’s series lead to 38-23.