In football, Alabama was able to hold their own and lead Mississippi from start to finish, but in basketball, Mississippi had the final word as they defeated both the boys and girls Friday night at the Dunn-Oliver Arena on the campus of Alabama State University.
In the girls all-star game, it was all about Auburn commit Unique Thompson of Faith Academy as she led all scorers with 34 points, 17 rebounds and four blocked shots. She was 16-of-18 from the field and broke the scoring record set by Thakayla Thomas in 2014. That earned her Alabama’s MVP honors.
Other top performers from Alabama included Alexus Dye (Wenonah) who had a double-double as well with 21 points and 16 rebounds, along with Bianca Jackson (Brewbacker Tech) who had eight points, five assists and five rebounds for Alabama.
The team, which was coached by Emanuel Bell (Wenonah) and Barbara Roy (Locust Fork), was ahead 50-46 at halftime, but Mississippi was able to roar back thanks to their MVP, Myah Taylor of Olive Branch, as she ended with 25 points, four steals and five assists. Taylor, a Mississippi State signee, was helped by Breonica Ducksworth of West Jones who also had 17 points, seven steals and a few crucial free throws to seal it at the end.
Alabama did outrebound Mississippi 63-49 and shot better, shooting 47.2% from the field compared to 37.2%. However, Mississippi dominated the turnover battle has Alabama turned it over 36 times to their 14.
Mississippi now leads the series 14-13.