By Brandon Speck/Daily Journal
FULTON – Aspriona Gilbert, Katie Foster and Erika Sisk made Saturday’s eighth annual NEMBCA All-Star Games a record-breaking affair.
Inside Itawamba Community College’s Davis Event Center, the East won three of four games against the West.
All three girls left no doubt why they signed with four-year schools.
Myrtle’s Gilbert, an Austin Peay signee, had her way in the East 1A/2A girls 86-47 win.
She set two overall records with 23 rebounds and 14 made field goals. Her rebounds mark shattered the previous mark of seven.
In her class, she set a record with 31 points and 20 attempted two-point field goals.
For the West, Morgan Pearson had 26. The East’s total was a record.
In the 3A/4A/5A/6A girls game, Alcorn Central’s Katie Foster, a Mississippi College signee set an all-star record with five blocks and Oxford’s Erika Sisk, a Murray State signee, scored a record 33 points for the West.
Foster’s East team won 70-64.
“It was a great experience,” Foster said. “To have a bunch of girls out there on the same level, it’s just a lot of fun.”
The previous blocked-shots record was two.
The West got within six in the final minutes Foster’s back-to-back blocks helped end the comeback.
“It really brings up the intensity if you get a big block,” Foster said. “It might not be one of the biggest stats but it’s definitely an important stat, especially if it’s close like it got a few times.”
Corinth’s Deione Weeks, named the MVP, scored a team-high 20 points in the East boys 93-86 win in the 3A/4A/5A/6A game.
“I just went out there and had fun,” said Weeks, who is headed to play basketball at Southwest Mississippi CC. “I just did what my team expected me to do. I didn’t try to do too much.”
The East’s Darius Leach, of Booneville, was named defensive player of the game and also scored 11 points for a well-balanced attack.
For the West, Starkville’s Steven Brand had a game-high 23.
The West picked up a win in the day’s final game, a record 109-87 win in the 1A/2A boys game.