Oxford's Thompson stands tall

BOONEVILLE – A record-breaking performance by Oxford’s DeAnna Thompson was just enough for the East to pick up a 61-58 victory over the West in the 3A/4A/5A girls Northeast Mississippi Basketball Coaches Association all-star game Saturday at Bonner Arnold Coliseum.
Thompson’s game-best 29-point outburst was just the start.
“She was the horse we rode game-in, game-out for four years… when it’s game time she comes to play no matter if it is an all-star game or regular season game and she did again today,” said former Lady Charger head coach Shane Stone.
Thompson set the 3A/4A/5A girls record for most two-point field goals attempted with 21, most free throws attempts with 12, most rebounds with 21, and tied the record of most blocks with 2 in 28 minutes played.
South Pontotoc’s Jessi Hayles gave the West a 56-55 lead with 1:23 left in the fourth, but a mid-range jumper by Tishomingo County’s Beth Hudson put the East up 59-58 with 15.4 seconds before a pair of free throws from Itawamba’s Noel Prestage gave the East the 61-58 victory.
According to Stone, Thompson is taking her game north as she has signed to play junior college ball in Indiana next season.
3A/4A/5A Boys
The West All-Stars held off a late rally from the East to pick up a 66-64 victory.
The East outscored the West 23-14 in the fourth quarter, but couldn’t get over the hump as four different West all-stars scored in double digits to get the two-point victory.
Tishomingo County’s Tyler Pritchard and Corinth’s Labrandon Scruggs lead the East with 14 points each. South Pontotoc’s Johnathan Ware paced the West squad with 14 points.
Pritchard set the boys record for most three-pointers attempted with 10, tied the record for most assist with 4, set the record for most steals with five. Evander Wofford of Houston set the record for most steals with six.
1A/2A Girls
Records kept falling when the West defeated the East 83-48 in the third game of the day.
Pine Grove’s Amber Johnson, Baldwyn’s Merica Turner, Ingomar’s Maggie Cobb, HW Byers’ Amanda Jones tied the girls record of most 3-pointers in the game with three each.
Calhoun City’s Ebony Williams set the game record for most rebounds with 18 . HW Byers’ Rachel Jones set the record for most assists with 7.
Johnson led the East with 13 points while Rachel Jones and Williams led the West with 17 each.
1A/2A Boys
Bruce’s Shaunvanta Ingram turned in a double-double performance in his final high school game of his career with 18 points and 11 rebounds to help lead the West to a 103-68 thumping of the East.
Andrew Shelton of Baldwyn lead the East with 18 points. Hickory Flat’s Tyler Reed added 17 for the West.

Adam Gore/Special to the NEMS Daily Journal