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Mississippi Girls 93, Alabama Girls 86

    MONTGOMERY  – Mississippi’s All-Stars outscored Alabama 47-36 in the second half to post a 93-86 victory in the 27th Alabama-Mississippi All-Star girls’ basketball game played at the Dunn-Oliver Arena Friday night on the Alabama State University campus.
      The win overshadowed a record-setting performance  for Auburn bound Unique Thompson of Faith Academy. The 6-foot-3 center had 34 points, 17 rebounds four blocked shots to lead Alabama, coached by Wenonah’s Emanuel Bell and Locust Fork’s Barbara Roy. Thompson was 16-of-18 from the field to break the Alabama scoring record set by Sylacauga’s Shakayla Thomas in 2014. Thompson was named Alabama’s MVP.
     Mississippi, now 14-13 in the series that started in 1991, used quickness at the guard position, however, to overcome a 12-point first-half deficit to close to just four at halftime, 50-46. Myah Taylor of Olive Branch keyed the comeback with 25 points, four steals and five assists. The Mississippi State signee got plenty of help from super quick Breonica Ducksworth of West Jones.  The smallest player in the game was also one of most disruptive on defense. She finished with 17 points, seven steals and hit 7-of-9 free throws, including four key charity tosses in the final minutes to seal the win.
     Coaches Sherri Cooley of South Jones and Janna Thompson of Horn Lake served as Mississippi’s coaches. Their team forced 36 Alabama turnovers. 
     Wenonah’s Alexus Dye also had a double-double for Alabama with 21 points and 16 rebounds. Thompson’s rebounding total tied for the second-most rebounds in a single game in the 27-game history. Dye had 16, which tied for third. Alabama won the rebounding battle 63-49. Bianca Jackson of Brewbaker Tech had eight points, five assists and five rebounds for Alabama. Wenonah’s Jayla Morrow had a game-high six assists.
     Keyara Jones of Heidelberg had 14 points, Alayjah Sherer of Tupelo added 11 and Jailin Cherry of Pascagoula had 10 for Mississippi.




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