Thursday, July 24, 2008
Jones ‘orchestrates’ North’s all-star win
By BARRY BURLESON
Being on the floor with some of the state’s best basketball players doesn’t change Rachel Jones’ role.
The 5’6” point guard from H.W. Byers helped lead the North to a 96-76 win over the South July 12 in the annual Mississippi Sports Medicine All-Star Game. It was played on the campus of Mississippi College in Clinton.
“She was a great floor general for a team of stars who had never played together before,” said Jason Thompson, head coach of the Lady Lions. “She did a good job of orchestrating things and playing her position. She had a very balanced game.”
Jones scored nine points, dished out six assists, made three steals and grabbed four rebounds. Plus, she committed no turnovers.
Coach Thompson said she set the tempo early with a steal and later a three-pointer.
“She’s a game changer,” he said. “She works hard on both ends of the floor.
“She ignited her team on defense, which is something you rarely see in an all-star game. Her pressure was a key in the win.”
Thompson said Jones was definitely one of the better players out of the 24 participating.
“The coaches were impressed with her,” he said.
“These are some of the best high school players in the state and for the North team to mesh together and win says a lot about her.”
Many college representatives were on hand for the all-star game, scouting the talent from across the state.
Jones helped lead the H.W. Byers girls to the Class 2A state championship last season. She averaged 23 points, seven assists, five rebounds and seven steals a game.
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