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Tadarious Coburn led a Bulldog-laden East All-Star squad in its win over the West, 101-86, on Saturday in Booneville.
Coburn was one of three New Albany seniors playing for the East, posing a threat in all areas, scoring 23 points while earning Defensive Most Valuable Player honors.
Coburn led the East, scoring 11 of its 27 first quarter points, and Kareem Brown helped the East stay in the lead, hitting back-to-back three-pointers after the West took their first lead off a three-pointer by Itawamba’s Mikhail Miller.
Along with Malcolm Spears, the New Albany trio combined to score 34 points. Kenyatta Jones of Byhalia earned Offensive Most Valuable Player honors, finishing with 23 points for the West, and Jemar Clifton of Shannon was named the Most Valuable Player.
In the girls’ game, Kebrina Lucas scored nine fourth quarter points for the West, but it was the last second shot of former Lafayette standout Shaquilla Isom that gave the East a 57-56 win.
Down by five at the half, Ripley’s India Howell scored six of her eight points in the third quarter, while Pontotoc’s Rhandi Ball gave the West a brief 33-32 lead.
Nettleton’s Camry Jones tied the game early in the fourth, preceding a 5-0 run by the East. Lucas scored six straight points to cut the deficit and gave the West the lead off her free throws before Isom’s game-winning shot.
Lucas finished with 13 points for the West. Lauren Lewis of Mooreville was named the Offensive Most Valuable Player, finishing with 11 points, and Jones was named the Defensive Most Valuable Player. Ball was named the game’s Most Valuable Player, finishing with a team-high 14 points for the West.
Turnovers hurt the 1A/2A East girls, as they fell 77-53 to the West during the Northeast Mississippi Basketball Coaches Association All-Star games on Saturday.
Forty-three turnovers and 26 steals by the West squad hindered the East, who found themselves down 38-21 at the break.
Hickory Flat’s Kayla Kolivas and Bruce’s Jasmine Hampton helped cut the deficit to 10 points in the third quarter and outscored the West 19-18 in the third quarter. Hampton earned Offensive Most Valuable Player honors, scoring nine of her 18 points in the final quarter, but the East was outscored 21-13 in the final frame in the loss.
Kolivas, along with Courtney Martin of Hickory Flat and Kayla Stevens of Ingomar each finished with two points for the East. Calhoun City’s Yasmine Pulliam earned Most Valuable Player honors and Eupora’s Raishawnda Brantley was named the Defensive Most Valuable Player.
In the boys game, the West was too much for the East, taking the game, 90-66.
Led by Calhoun City’s J.R. Jennings and Demarius Howard combined for 19 of the West’s 32 first quarter points, while Okolona’s David Garner tried to keep the East close in the second, scoring 12 of his 14 first half points.
Hickory Flat’s Tyler Peters and East Union’s Drew Bruce each finished with three points for the East. Jennings was named the Most Valuable Player, while Calhoun City’s Traveous Moore was named the Defensive Most Valuable Player and Miguel Graham of East Webster the Offensive Most Valuable Player.