Spears leads North all-stars

By Brandon Speck/NEMS Daily Journal

CLINTON – Jazmine Spears is still figuring out where she wants to play college basketball. Even when she does, high school coaches may still be trying to figure out how to stop her.
Spears, from New Albany, scored a game-high 15 points to lead the North to a 74-62 win against the South in the Mississippi Association of Coaches All-Star basketball game Wednesday inside Mississippi College’s A.E. Wood Coliseum.
The rising senior scored 10 points in the second half as her team went on a 20-2 run to overcome a two-point halftime deficit.
“Our coach just told us to stop being nervous and let the game come to us,” said Spears, named North offensive MVP.
Ripley’s Jayla Chills followed a Spears bucket for a 50-42 lead in the run midway through the half.
Ripley coach Katie Bates was all smiles postgame about a charge Chills took, usually a no-no in an all-star event.
“It’s been different playing with different teammates across the state,” Chills said. “I really enjoyed it.”
It was the second straight win for the North. Chills had eight points, Pine Grove’s Bryanna Davis had eight and North Pontotoc’s Andrea Lewis scored three. Davis won the Michael Crouther Sportsmanship Award.
The 5-foot-11 Spears lists Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Southern Miss and Auburn as schools interested.
“It’s been great,” Spears said of the all-star week. “I met a lot of great players. Now I know what I need to work on, so it’s been good.”
(B) South 102, North 95: The smaller South team won its fourth straight in the boys game. After leading 49-43 at the half, it opened a 62-50 lead with three early 3-pointers in the second half.
Mooreville’s Austin Timms had eight. Houston’s Chris Jones had seven, Booneville’s Kenny Paul Geno six points and Shannon’s Lakee Westbrook four.
brandon.speck@journalinc.com