Victoria Vivians of Scott Central scored a new
Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Basketball Game girls' record 36 points and also
had 15 rebounds to lead Mississippi to a 95-89 victory Friday night in the 24th
annual Alabama-Mississippi Game. The game was played at Jackson State
University's Lee Williams Athletics Assembly Center—first game in the series in
Mississippi since 2002.
The boys' game was still underway Friday night.
Vivians, a Mississippi State signee, was 12-of-16 at the foul line and sank four 3-pointers en route to earning Mississippi MVP honors. She also had three blocked shots despite playing much of the second half with four fouls.
Alabama got an almost equal performance from Sylacauga's Shakayla Thomas. The Florida State signee earned Alabama MVP honors with an Alabama all-star record 31 points. She was 13-of-21 from the field, 5-of-8 at the foul line and also played most of the second half with four fouls.
Mississippi was 33-of-40 at the foul line with Christa Reed of Bay, an Ole Miss signee, nailing 8-of-10 free throws to finish with 14 points. Head coach for Mississippi was Vivian's high school coach at Scott Central Chad Harrison.
Alabama, coached by Lauderdale County's Brant Llewellyn and Emanuel Bell of Wenonah, was 22-of-34 at the line. Sparkman's Alexis Jennings, who is headed to Kentucky, had 19 points and seven boards. Shades Valley guard Morgan William, a Mississippi State signee, added 12 points. The 82-percent free-throw shooter as a senior was a perfect 7-of-7 late – including three after being fouled in the act of shooting a 3-pointer with 11 seconds left to cut the Mississippi lead to 92-89. Tyler Phelion of Blount, who signed with Jacksonville State, also had 10 points and eight rebounds.
Mississippi evened the series to 12-12 with win. Mississippi is also 5-2 in games played in Mississippi. Alabama is 10-7 in games played in Alabama.
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