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ALL-STAR WEEK: South girls hoops ends long drought




Combined Report
(July 21, 2016)

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. 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.

Wiley leads North boys win

Spain Park High School rising senior Austin Wiley scored 30 points and cleared 15 rebounds to lift the North to an 84-73 victory in the 63rd AHSAA North-South All-Star basketball game Wednesday night at Alabama State University’s Dunn-Oliver Arena.

Wiley, who has committed to Auburn, earned North MVP honors going 14-of-18 from the field with most buckets coming on crowd-pleasing dunks leading the North to the 16th win in the series since it was resumed in 1997.

The North led the much-smaller South virtually the entire game Wednesday night as Wiley dominated inside thanks in part to outstanding guard play from Tyrique Purvis of Decatur and Khalil Johnson of Cleveland.

Johnson, a 6-8 guard, handed out eight assists including one 60-foot throw to Wiley at the other end of the court for one of his many dunks. Purvis added nine rebounds and five assists.
Jakolbe McClendon of Oxford and Kobe McClain of Ramsay also added 14 points each. The North shot 60.3 percent from the field (35-of-58) and out-rebounded the much shorter South squad 52-25.

LaFayette’s Jatarvious Whitlow was named South MVP scoring 25 points, dishing out five assists and pulling down eight rebounds. Jaelin Fleming and Terrell Harris of Northview added 12 and 10 points, respectively, for the South

Maplesville’s Terence Dunlap added nine points.

 


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