POPLARVILLE – Big plays and exciting action were the order of the day Thursday night at M.R. White Coliseum on the Pearl River Community College campus.
A crowd estimated at about 500 saw some of the top basketball talent in South Mississippi in the inaugural PRCC Select All-Star Classic.
The event featured four games matching teams of players from PRCC’s six-county district (Forrest, Hancock, Jefferson Davis, Lamar, Marion and Pearl River counties), as well as several surrounding schools.
The PRCC coaching staff served as coaches for the game for Underclass Boys, Underclass Girls, Senior Boys and Senior Girls.
The Gold team won the Underclass Girls game 54-41. After falling behind briefly 9-8, Petal junior Kennedy Gavin put back a missed shot and the Gold team reeled off 11 straight points to take command.
Bay High junior guard Jamaya Galloway was named Most Valuable Player after leading all scorers with 12 points for the Golds. Celia Rodgers of Moss Point added 10 points for the Gold team.
The Underclass Boys provided the most thrilling game of the night, as the Gold team took a 66-65 victory.
Sumrall’s Alec Ready drove the baseline for the game-winning shot with 18 seconds remaining after the Maroons had overcome a 17-point second-half deficit.
Lamar Christin junior Winceton Edwards swished 3-pointers on three consecutive possessions late in the first half to give the Gold team a 39-30 halftime lead, and he finished with 16 points to earn MVP honors. A.J. Banks of Pearl River Central had 15 points to lead the Maroon team.
Hattiesburg’s Tamia Stinson put on a show in the second half, scoring 16 of her game-high 20 points to lead the Maroon squad to a 51-34 triumph in the Senior Girls game. The Southeastern Louisiana signee earned MVP honors for her play.
The Maroon team also won the Senior Boys game 66-52, as they built a 40-28 halftime lead and cruised in the second half. PRCC signee Ryan McRaney of Sumrall was named MVP after scoring a game-high 13 points.