Twin States Split All-Star Games

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Boys: Mississippi 118, Alabama 113
Justin Ray of Gulfport made 6-of-8 shots from three-point range and scored a game-high 25 points to help lead Mississippi to a 118-113 victory in the Alabama-Mississippi boys All-Star basketball game tonight.

Ravern Johnson of Coahoma County scored 23 points and Lanier's R-L Horton added 18, including three key baskets in the final two-and-a-half minutes, as Mississippi won this annual all-star challenge for the second consecutive year.

Alabama was led by Justin Knox of Central-Tuscaloosa, who scored 22 points on 9-of-13 shooting and grabbed seven rebounds, and Nick Fairley of Williamson, who had 20 points on 8-of-10 shooting and a game-high nine rebounds. Sparkman's G-W Boon added 16 points and six boards, and Decaturs Rico Pickett had 14 points and nine assists.

Mississippi led 104-95 with less than five minutes to play, before an 11-3 run enabled Alabama to close the gap to a single point at 107-106. But Horton helped put the game away with a pair of driving baseline layups and a mid-range jumper that made the score 117-107 with only a minute to play.

Girls: Alabama 90, Mississippi 65
Courtney Ward had 21 points, seven rebounds, five assists and three steals to help lead Alabama to a 90-65 victory in the Alabama-Mississippi girls All-Star basketball game tonight.

It was the second-largest margin of victory in the 17-year history of the series.

Ward, a forward from Jeff Davis who was named Alabama's M-V-P, scored the first points of the game on a three-pointer, and Alabama never trailed. An early 10-0 run gave Alabama a 17-6 lead barely four minutes into the game.

Ward's Jeff Davis teammate, Cassie Moore, had 13 points and seven rebounds, and Katherine Graham of Ramsey added ten points and a game-high 12 boards.

Jasmine Payne of Stringer earned M-V-P honors for Mississippi with 17 points and ten rebounds. She was the only Mississippi player who finished with more than five boards, as Alabama had a dominating 61-35 rebounding advantage, including 25 offensive rebounds.

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