Thursday, June 10, 2010
County athletes play for West
By BARRY BURLESON
Some 2010 Marshall County graduates closed out their high school basketball careers by competing in all-star games Saturday.
Kenyotta Jenkins and Lamonica Ingram, both of Potts Camp, and Brionne Gulledge and Marcus Rayford, both of H.W. Byers, played in the Northeast Mississippi Basketball Coaches Association All-Star Games at Itawamba Community College in Fulton.
Tana Miller of Potts Camp coached the 1A-2A West girls all-stars.
“It was a fun experience – such a good group of kids,” she said. “We all enjoyed it.”
The West girls lost 60-49 to the East.
Gulledge scored nine points, hitting three of six shots from beyond the three-point stripe. Jenkins added six points and Ingram five.
Coach Miller said East All-Star Bree Harris of New Site “ate us alive.” Harris had 17 points, three rebounds, two assists, two blocks and two steals and was named the game’s most valuable player.
The West boys dropped a 61-51 decision to the East.
Rayford was second in scoring for the West with 10 points. He also placed second in some pre-game activities – the three-point shootout and the dunking competition.
“Our kids from Marshall County gave a great effort,” said Byers coach Jason Thompson, who attended the games. “They represented us well. It was a good way for them to close out their high school careers.”
Also in pre-game festivities, former H.W. Byers boys coach Gerone Kirkland was inducted into the Northeast Mississippi Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
Kirkland retired in 2006 with 813 career victories. He coached 40 years – seven of those at Byers.
Kirkland won two state championships at Rosa Fort – one in Class 3A and another in 4A.
At Byers, his Lions twice played in the Class 1A title contest. They made the state tournament five straight seasons from 2001-2005.
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