Thursday, June 9, 2005

Nabors, Dawkins lead West team to all-star victory

By BARRY BURLESON
Editor

Justin Nabors and Kenny Dawkins were the stars of the all-star game Saturday.

The Holly Springs duo combined for 31 points and led the West to an 86-57 rout of the East in the 3A/4A/5A contest played at Northeast Mississippi Community College in Booneville.

“Justin and Kenny were a pleasure to be around and a pleasure to coach,” said New Albany’s Tony Elliott, formerly at Potts Camp. “They’re so quick and so athletic. It made winning the game easy – having those two on your team.”

The inaugural Robertson’s Sportswear Northeast Mississippi All-Star Basketball Games included girls and boys competition in both 1A/2A and 3A/4A/5A.

“We hope to make it an annual event,” Elliott said. “We wanted to recognize the seniors from this area who meant so much to their teams.”

Dawkins scored 17 points and was named the Best Offensive Player. Nabors added 14 points and was selected the Most Valuable Player.

The two have signed with Mississippi Valley State, and they helped lead the Holly Springs High School Hawks to back-to-back Class 3A state championships in 2004 and 2005.

The West team went ahead 21-11 after the first quarter and put the game away by outscoring the East 26-9 in the fourth quarter.

Greg Smith of Pontotoc scored 16 points in the big win. Justin Duke of New Albany had 13, and Oxford’s Chad Cregar added 10.

The West easily won the 1A/2A boys matchup 83-48. Jessie Terry of Ashland and Brad Gray of Hickory Flat were the coaches for the 1A/2A boys. Terrell Henderson of Ashland led the way with 15 points.

The West also won the 3A/4A/5A girls game, 58-41.

The East’s lone victory was in the 1A/2A girls contest – 58-35. Marneshia Richard of Ashland was the West’s top scorer with 11 points.


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