Thursday, June 4, 2009
West dominates in 1A-2A games
By BARRY BURLESON
The West teams put on a scoring clinic in 1A-2A all-star action Saturday at Booneville.
In the girls matchup, the West dominated the East 83-48, breaking a Northeast Mississippi Basketball Coaches Association All-Star Game record for points. The previous record was 66.
The all-star games featured seniors (Class of 2009).
Three H.W. Byers players scored in double digits - Rachel Jones with 17, Symone Gorman with 15 and Amanda Jones with 13. Rachel Jones added seven assists, five rebounds and five steals; Gorman eight rebounds; Amanda Jones five steals and four rebounds; and Ciara Seldon three points, four rebounds, four assists and two steals.
“It was a blessing getting to coach them one more time,” said Jason Thompson, head coach of the West. “But it also rekindled the thought that I won’t have them anymore. It was a bittersweet moment.”
Thompson was also named the NMBCA 1A-2A Coach of the Year for the second straight season. He has led his Lady Lions to back-to-back 2A state championships.
The 1A-2A boys sent retiring Ashland coach Jessie Terry out a winner. They clobbered the East 103-68.
“They told before the game, ‘Coach, we’re not going to let you go out a loser,’ Terry said. ‘We’re going to send you out a winner.’ And they did it.”
He was assisted by H.W. Byers’ Sylvester Kilgore.
“It was a joy,” Terry said. “Coach Kilgore and I basically just sat back and watched them play.”
Hickory Flat’s Tyler Reed tossed in 17 points. Terdarin Bryson and Fred Jones, both of Byers, added 14 and 11, respectively. Bryson also had five assists, three rebounds and two steals, while Jones had five rebounds and three steals. Ashland’s Tony Hill contributed eight points and nine rebounds.
Bryson won the slam dunk contest and received a $500 college scholarship from the NMBCA. The all-star games were played at Northeast Community College.
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