North All-Stars Sweep South In Basketball
The North Boys used a balanced attack with five players in double figures en route to a 96-70 win over the South to complete a sweep of the North-South All-Star Basketball series Wednesday night at Alabama State University’s Dunn-Oliver Acadome. The North girls won 84-36.
The North improved to 45-25 in the series that dates back to 1953.
Lewis Sullivan, the 6-foot-7 Hazel Green forward, scored 22 points on a 7-of-9 shooting performance and added nine rebounds to earn North MVP honors. He was 3-of-3 on 3-point goals.
Wenonah guard Justin Coleman added 15 points and four assists and Athens’ Nathaniel Potts added 15 points, including three treys. The North was 10-of-24 from the 3-point line.
Jordon Gandy of East Limestone and Riley Norris of Albertville also had 10 points each. Isaac Haas, the first 7-footer to play in the All-Star series since its return in 1997, had four points, two blocked shots and five rebounds.
Demetrius Houston of Carver-Montgomery was South MVP with 10 points and two steals. Carver teammate Brandon Murphy added 10 points and a game-high 10 rebounds, and Devin Pugh of Central-Phenix City also had 10 points.
North coaches were Rodney Chatman of Center Point and Heath Burns of Parrish. Brant Llewellyn of Lauderdale County was the North administrative coach. South coaches were Jeffrey Pope of Blount and Mark Dukes of Wilcox-Central. Nigel Card of St. James was South administrative coach.
North Girls 84, South Girls 36
Sylacauga’s Shakayla Thomas was 6-of-9 from the field and 7-of-8 at the foul line. She also had five rebounds to earn North team MVP honors. The win gives the North a commanding 15-2 edge in the series that began in 1997.
Alexis Jennings of Sparkman chipped in 10 points and three steals. Destiney Elliott of Oneonta added eight points and a game-high seven rebounds and Morgan William of Shades Valley had nine points and four assists. Leah Strain of Woodland was 2-of-2 on 3-point goals for six points and handed out three assists.
South MVP Kamerian Williams of Opelika had 10 points and a team-high four rebounds. Keyuana Thompson of Carver-Montgomery and Whytney Singleton of Blount had four points each.
The North, which out-rebounded the South 44-26 and shot 50.9 percent from the floor for the game, was coached by Amber Deline of Oneonta and Jason Shields of Hokes Bluff. South coaches were Ashley Kilcrease of Brantley and Yvonne Simmons of Carver-Montgomery. Llewellyn and Card of were also administrative coaches for the girls’ teams.