Tuesday, August 20, 2019






Alabama Girls 93, Mississippi Girls 87

    The Alabama All-Stars used balanced scoring and excellent free-throw shooting to beat Mississippi 93-87 in the 25th annual Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic at Dunn-Oliver Acadome on the Alabama State University campus Friday night.
    The Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Games is an event of the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association, the coaches wing of the the Alabama High School Athletic Association.
     Clay-Chalkville point guard Kristian Hudson had 24 points, five assist and three steals to lead Alabama, now 13-12 in the series.  The Alabama MVP was also 7-of-8 from the foul line as Alabama finished 22-of-28 to stave off a late Mississippi comeback.  Alabama was coached by Red Bay’s Donnie Roberts, the AHSAA’s all-time career wins leader, and Jeff Davis’  Lakenya Knight.
    Jada Smith of  Hoover added 15 points and four assists, Huntsville’s Shaquera Wade  had 15 points and a game-high 1 rebounds, and Salina Virola of Lee-Huntsville scored 14 points and cleared nine rebounds. Rayven Pearson of Hazel Green contributed nine points and eight rebounds.
   Smith sank 4-of-4 free throws and Wade, 5-of-7.  Virola was perfect on three 3-point tries.   Alabama held a decided rebounding advantage with 54 boards to Mississippi’s 43.   
    Mississippi, coached by Patricia Wilson of Meridian and Jason Thompson of H.W. Byers, placed three players in double figures with team MVP Jazzmun Holmes  of Harrison Central scoring 17 points brefore fouling out late. She also had four steals and four assists.  Octavia Barnes of Raymond had 14 points and nine rebounds and Abria Gulledge of H.W. Byers had 13 points. Alondrea Rush of Horn Lake also had five steals, five assists and four points.

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