Sunday, August 18, 2019






South Girls End North Win Streak In Basketball All-Star Game

     MONTGOMERY – South All-Star Unique Thompson of Faith Academy scored 17 points and cleared 15 rebounds to lead her team to a 57-53 win over the North Wednesday night at Dunn-Oliver Arena on the campus of Alabama State University. The victory ended an eight-year drought for the South, which last won in 2007. The North holds a 17-3 advantage in the 20-year series after Wednesday’s setback.
        The 6-foot-3 Thompson’s inside play helped stake the South to a 30-20 lead at halftime. The South, coached by Cecil Williams of Keith and Darrell Walton of LeFlore, kept a double-digit lead deep into the fourth quarter before North MVP Queen Ford of Sipsey Valley and Shelby Hardy of Homewood sparked a late comeback effort . The North, coached by David Hill of Lexington and JoVanka Ward of Homewood cut the lead to four, 55-51, with 27 seconds remaining when Gadsden City’s Brooke Burns sank a free throw.  The South stretched the lead back to six with two free throws by Nakia Kincey of Abbeville with 20 seconds remaining. Haley Troup of Gadsden City nailed a jumper with 11 seconds left, but the South ran out the clock to seal the win.
      Tiyah Johnson of Central-Phenix City chipped in 11 points with two 3-point goals for the South. Johnson’s Central teammate Kayla Vance had eight points and five rebounds and Lanett guard Ataiya Bridges had five points, four steals and a team-high three assists.
     Ford had nine points and nine rebounds for the North. Troup had eight points and was 4-of-4 at the foul line. Hardy had six points, four rebounds and two steals and Burns had seven points.         AHSAA SUMMER CONFERENCE NOTES: Thursday’s schedule at the Montgomery Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center will include Coaching Schools for basketball, football, volleyball and cheerleading. The annual Fellowship of Athletes Luncheon will be at noon.
     All North-South All-Star competition is being live-streamed by the NFHS Network over its subscriber-based webcast. For more information, go to
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