Tuesday, February 18, 2020






South Boys Down the North 61-57 to Win 76th North-South All-Star Basketball Game

     MONTGOMERY – Carver-Montgomery’s Jaykwon Walton scored 20 points and cleared nine rebounds Wednesday night to lead the South All-Stars to a 61-57 come-from-behind victory over the North in the 76th game of the AHSAA’s long-running all-star classic. The North now holds a 48-28 edge in the series which began in 1953.
       The North girls also downed the South 66-57 in the 22nd North-South girls’ All-Star basketball game at Dunn-Oliver Acadome on the campus of Alabama State University in the early game to improve its lead in the series to 19 wins and just three losses.
     The South trailed for most of the first quarters but began  comeback early in the second half. Auburn guard Justin Brooks drove in for s lay-up with 1:10 left in the third period to give the South the lead 42-41. It was short-lived, however, when Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa’s Jalon Johnson canned a jumped 30 seconds later and the North took that 43-42 lead into the final period.
     The 6-foot-6 Walton, selected the South MVP, added a rebound and put back early in the fourth quarter, was fouled and nailed the free throw to extend the South lead to four, 49-45. He had 16 of his 20 points in the second half as the South outscored the North 36-24. Walton was also 7-of-8 at the foul line in the second half. He also finished with three steals.
     DeAntoni Gordon of LeFlore added 12 points and three rebounds and Demond Robinson of Lee had eight points and eight rebounds.
     Pacing the North was Malik Tyson of Sparkman, who had 10 points and seven rebounds to earn North MVP. Josh Birdsong of Auburn chipped in 12 points, Florence’s Charlie Champagne and Calera’s Cornelius Brown added seven points each.
     The South was coached by Bryant Johnson of Lee-Montgomery and Mike Smith of Eufaula. The North coaches were Will Copeland of Sylacauga and Russell Carr of Guntersville coached the South.
North Girls 66, South 57: Annie Hughes of Pisgah ignited a first-half charge with 10 points by intermission – including two 3-point goals. The North, coached by Ramsay High School Coach Ronnie Jackson and R.A. Hubbard Coach Candace Byrd, led 39-29 by intermission with a tenacious pressure on the guards that resulted in 12 first-half turnovers by the South.
      The pressure also frustrated South standout post players 6-foot-5 River Baldwin of Pleasant Home and 6-4 Maori Davenport of Charles Henderson, who took only seven shots between them. Baldwin was 4-for-4 at intermission from the field, 2-for-2 at the foul, had 10 points and six rebounds. Davenport was 2-of-3 from the field and just 2-of-5 on free throws six points and claimed only one defensive rebound.
       The South picked up its own pace in the third quarter, thanks in part to Selma guard Ta’Sharri Grimes, who made three buckets. The North lead had dwindled  to seven early in the fourth quarter.
       The North defense made just enough stops in the final minutes to seal the win.
        Hughes finished with 12 points, four rebounds, two steals and two assists to earn North MVP honors. Hoover guard Joiya Maddox added 15 points and four rebounds. Both sank two 3-pointers. Thaniya Marks of Wenonah chipped in 10 points. The South, coached by Rhonda Wright of Clarke County and Anthony Edwards of Loachapoka, was led by Baldwin’s 14 points, 10 rebounds and three blocked shots. She was 6-of-7 from the field and earned South MVP.  Grimes also had 14 points, making 7-of-8 shots from the field, and Davenport had 12 points, five rebounds, two blocked shots and two steals. She was 6-of-9 from the foul line and 3-of-5 from the field. The trio combined to shoot 80 percent from the field (16 of 20) but the rest of the South was only 6-of-22. The North finished 24-of-64 from the field but held a 23-12 edge in turnovers forced.
       The 76th North-South boys’ all-star game got underway at 7 p.m. The North held a 48-27 edge in the boys’ series coming into the game. The boys’ inaugural game was held in 1953.
         The North-South All-Star series, managed by the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA), continues Thursday with the North-South Volleyball All-Star match at 4 p.m.  at AUM gymnasium. The 59th North-South Football All-Star Classic will close out the competition Thursday night at Cramton Bowl with a 7 p.m., kickoff.
    The Goshen High School NFHS Network SBP, led by producer Stephanie Snyder, will produce the football game and the BTW SBP will produce the volleyball game. The AHSAA Radio Network will also broadcast live the football clash.
    The AHSAA’s 22nd Summer Conference also is in full swing today with football and basketball Coaching Schools providing professional development teachers, coaches and administrators. The attendance is expected to swell to more than 4,000 for the week this year.


All-Star Sports Week Results
Cross Country
Girls: South 27, North 28
Boys: South 20, North 41

Girls:  North 66, South 57
Boys: South 61, North 57

Game 1: South 3, North 2
Girls: North 2, South 0
Boys: North 2, South 1
Game 1: South 3, North 0
Game 2: North 5, South 4

Series Records (Through 2018)
Football – South leads 30-26-2
Boys Basketball – North leads 48-28
Girls Basketball – North leads 19-3

Baseball – North leads 23-12-1
Softball – North leads 25-21-3
Boys Soccer – North leads 11-4-1

Girls Soccer – North leads 15-2-1

Volleyball – North leads 14-6

Boys Cross Country – North and South tied at 1-1

Girls Cross Country – North and South are tied at 1-1




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