Thursday, March 24, 2011
Coleman plays for state stars
By BARRY BURLESON
Kourtney Coleman played high school basketball one last time Friday night on a big stage.
The H.W. Byers senior competed for her home state in the annual Mississippi/Alabama All-Star Game at the Pelham, Ala., Civic Complex.
“It’s the most prestigious game Mississippi has to offer,” said coach Jason Thompson of Byers. “It was a great experience for her – to be able to close out her high school career against a high level of competition and then go on to the next level.”
Coleman, a Dandy Dozen player and a leader for the Lady Lions’ 2011 state championship team, has signed with Troy (Ala.) University.
The Mississippi girls won last weekend’s all-star contest 73-60.
Thompson, who attended the game, said Coleman was a “sparkplug in the second half” for the Mississippi defense.
“Her playing time was limited in the first half, but she played a lot in the second half,” he said. “She had a couple of steals and some big rebounds.”
He said she scored eight points in the game. Those included two free throws after being fouled on an aggressive drive to the bucket.
“Kourtney (Coleman) benefited the Mississippi team greatly,” Thompson said.
Most of all, he said, she had fun.
Coleman is the second Lady Lion to play in the Mississippi/Alabama All-Star Game. Rachel Jones, who now plays for Jackson State, participated in 2009.
Mississippi also won the boys all-star game this year – 85-74.
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