High School Sports

St. Martin's Savannah Jones leads Mississippi past Alabama All-Stars

 St. Martin's Savannah Jones
AMANDA McCOY/SUN HERALD St. Martin's Savannah Jones

CLINTON -- Savannah Jones of St. Martin buried a 3-pointer with 40 seconds left Friday, capping a Mississippi rally from 14 points down in the fourth quarter for a 78-77 win over Alabama in the 26th Mississippi-Alabama Girls Basketball Classic on Friday night.

"I knew I had to make it. We needed a basket," Jones said. "It's a great way to end my high school career. I'll always remember this game."

The Mississippi victory at A. E. Wood Coliseum on the Mississippi College campus, evens the series at 13 wins each.

Mississippi trailed 73-59 midway through the final period before team MVP Nique Cherry of Heidelberg led the winning rally, scoring seven of her team high 17 points during the final quarter. She also led her team with 10 rebounds.

Jones, a South Alabama signee, finished with 11 points, including 5 of 5 from the line. West Harrison's Ameshya Williams, a Mississippi State verbal commitment, also played in the game.

"We didn't want to lose this game at home," said Mississippi coach Jason Thompson of H W Byers. "We never gave up."

Taze Moore of Southaven scored six of his game-high 26 points in the final 35 seconds, including adriving layup it one second left that gave Mississippi an 85-83 win.

He was 10 of 10 from the line.

Moore's winning backet came 10 seconds after Trey Petty tied the game for Alabama with a three-pointer. Petty was Alabama's MVP with a team-high 21 points

Stacee St. Julian of St. Martin had 11 points for Mississippi .