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Alabama falls to Mississippi in the 27th All-Star girls’ basketball game

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

Mississippi’s All-Stars defeated Alabama 47-36 in the second half, posting a 93-86 victory in the 27th Alabama-Mississippi All-Star girls’ basketball game at the Dunn-Oliver Arena Friday night on the Alabama State University campus. 

The win overshadowed Auburn-bound and Faith Academy student Unique Thompson's record-setting performance. The 6-foot-3 center had 34 points, 17 rebounds and four blocked shots, leading Alabama's team, coached by Wenonah’s Emanuel Bell and Locust Fork’s Barbara Roy. Thompson was 16-of-18 from the field to break the Alabama scoring record set by Sylacauga’s Shakayla Thomas in 2014. Thompson was named Alabama’s MVP.

Mississippi, 14-13 in the 27-year series, was quick to overcome the 12-point first-half deficit. They closed to just four at halftime, 50-46. Myah Taylor of Olive Branch, Mississippi’s MVP, led the comeback with 25 points, four steals and five assists. The Mississippi State bound athlete received help from Breonica Ducksworth of West Jones. While the smallest player in the game, she was also one of most disruptive on defense. She finished with 17 points, seven steals and 7-of-9 hit free throws, including four charity tosses in the final minutes, sealing the win.

Mississippi's coaches included Sherri Cooley of South Jones and Janna Thompson of Horn Lake. Their team forced 36 Alabama turnovers, leading to 94 shot attempts, 22 more than Alabama. However, a 20-of-41 free-throw shooting performance hurt Mississippi, while Alabama was 14-of-26.

Wenonah’s Alexus Dye had a double-double for Alabama with 21 points and 16 rebounds. Thompson’s rebounding total tied for the second-most rebounds in a single game in the 27-game history. Dye had 16, which tied for third. Alabama rebounded more than Mississippi, 63-49. Bianca Jackson of Brewbaker Tech had eight points, five assists and five rebounds for Alabama. Wenonah’s Jayla Morrow had a game-high of six assists.

Mississippi's Keyara Jones of Heidelberg had 14 points, Alayjah Sherer of Tupelo had 11 and Jailin Cherry of Pascagoula had 10.

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