High School Sports

South boys win MAC all-star game; Pascagoula's Cherry earns defensive honor

AMANDA MCCOY/SUN HERALD 
 West Harrison's Quieran Gray puts up a shot against Pascagoula during a game in January. Gray played in Friday's Mississippi Association of Coaches all-star game in Clinton.
AMANDA MCCOY/SUN HERALD West Harrison's Quieran Gray puts up a shot against Pascagoula during a game in January. Gray played in Friday's Mississippi Association of Coaches all-star game in Clinton. SUN HERALD

CLINTON -- West Harrison coach Milton Ray had one message to his South All-Star squad Friday.

"I told the guys we have two people in this locker room that won their last game and one of them was a coach," Ray said. "I lost my game so I want to win this one."

Well he got his wish.

Behind a second half surge by Laurel's Troymain Crosby the South boys outlasted the North 111-106 in the 62nd Annual Mississippi Association of Coaches Boys All-Star Game at Mississippi College's A.E. Wood Coliseum.

"Guys bought into what we were telling them and made some big plays down the stretch," Ray said. "This whole experience being up here and coaching in this game was amazing and an honor. Got to bring Quieran Gray and coach a former player I had at Forest Hill (Arthur Johnson)."

Biloxi's Fredrick Ramsey-Thompson had 11 points and grabbed four rebounds in the win. He also had two assists and a steal.

"I had a lot of fun playing tonight," said Ramsey-Thompson, who holds an offer from University of New Orleans and is receiving interest from Southeastern Louisiana. "It was an honor to play in this game."

West Harrison's Gray had seven points and grabbed three rebounds.

Gray won the Michael Crowder award for sportsmanship.

"It was neat winning the award," Gray said. "Caps this whole experience I've had up here. It was great."

The South now leads the series 39-23.

Girls fall

Myah Taylor of Olive Branch pretty much had her way leading the North girls past the South 79-70.

The Mississippi State commit had a game-high 22 points and seven assists to earn the MVP honors.

Pascagoula's Jailin Cherry was named the Most Valuable Defensive Player of the Game.

She had 11 points (5-of-11 shooting), five rebounds, four steals and three assists.

D'Iberville's Casey Ferguson had four points and grabbed eight rebounds.

LaMiracle Sims of Moss Point didn't score but had three rebounds.

The North now leads the series 29-23.

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